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Photoshop CC Essential Training
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Brightening eyes, to make a person appear more alert


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Photoshop CC Essential Training

with Julieanne Kost

Video: Brightening eyes, to make a person appear more alert

We're going to learn three quick ways to brighten a person's eyes in a portrait. The first thing that we're going to do, is we're going to remove any stray eyelashes or any veins that are in the eye that are distracting. And in order to do this, I'm going to work on the Background Layer, here. Of course we could always make a copy of the Background Layer if we wanted to. But I think I'll work directly on it using Cmd Plus, I'm going to zoom in. That's Ctrl Plus on Windows. And then, I'm going to use the spacebar to temporary access the hand tools so that I can look at the eye on the right hand side of our screen. Now, I want to remove this eyelash right here as well as this one. In order to do that, I will select the Patch tool. I have the patch set to Source.
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  1. 1m 42s
    1. What is Photoshop?
      1m 42s
  2. 4m 18s
    1. Welcome
      1m 4s
    2. Using the exercise files
      25s
    3. Installing Adobe Bridge
      1m 23s
    4. What's new NEW
      1m 26s
  3. 40m 58s
    1. What is Adobe Bridge?
      3m 3s
    2. Getting photos from a camera
      6m 0s
    3. A tour of workspaces in Bridge
      8m 30s
    4. Customizing how thumbnails are displayed
      4m 42s
    5. Changing file names and batch renaming
      4m 39s
    6. Adding basic metadata with metadata templates
      4m 46s
    7. Creating and applying keywords to images
      7m 1s
    8. Viewing images in Full Screen Preview mode
      2m 17s
  4. 27m 23s
    1. Using Review mode to filter out rejected images
      5m 32s
    2. Saving images in collections
      3m 52s
    3. Rating and labeling images
      4m 31s
    4. Using the Filter panel to view different subsets
      3m 7s
    5. Using smart collections
      3m 39s
    6. Viewing final selects in a slideshow
      2m 50s
    7. Organizing groups of images into stacks
      3m 52s
  5. 29m 57s
    1. Comparing raw and JPEG files
      5m 5s
    2. Starting in Camera Raw instead of Photoshop
      4m 1s
    3. Touring the Camera Raw user interface
      5m 29s
    4. Previewing before and after adjustments
      3m 18s
    5. Toggling onscreen Shadow/Highlight clipping warnings
      4m 44s
    6. Choosing output settings
      3m 34s
    7. Saving a copy without going to Photoshop
      3m 46s
  6. 56m 7s
    1. Using the nondestructive Crop tool: Door and window with ramp
      3m 42s
    2. Correcting a tilted horizon line with the Straighten tool
      4m 12s
    3. Fixing color casts with the White Balance tool
      3m 52s
    4. Fixing blown-out highlights UPDATED
      5m 42s
    5. Revealing hidden shadow detail
      4m 36s
    6. Reducing distracting color noise with Noise Reduction
      5m 55s
    7. Correcting lens distortion
      5m 17s
    8. Making perspective corrections to images
      5m 51s
    9. Removing chromatic aberration
      3m 32s
    10. Sharpening details
      7m 23s
    11. Making an average photo great
      6m 5s
  7. 1h 3m
    1. Using the Graduated Filter tool
      5m 39s
    2. Adding a radial gradient
      6m 35s
    3. Making local adjustments with the Adjustment Brush
      11m 19s
    4. Retouching blemishes with the Spot Removal tool
      4m 35s
    5. A quick portrait retouching technique using Clarity
      7m 49s
    6. Converting to black and white
      3m 17s
    7. Editing images directly with the Targeted Adjustment tool
      3m 56s
    8. Selective coloring effects with the Adjustment Brush
      5m 56s
    9. Easy sepia and split-tone effects
      4m 11s
    10. Adding digital film grain texture effects
      2m 27s
    11. Adding vignettes and border effects
      4m 24s
    12. Saving variations within a single file with the Snapshot command
      3m 27s
  8. 19m 16s
    1. Copying and pasting settings across files
      1m 52s
    2. Processing multiple files in Camera Raw
      4m 22s
    3. Saving and using a library of Camera Raw presets
      5m 47s
    4. Saving multiple files in Camera Raw
      3m 36s
    5. Using Image Processor to batch process multiple files
      3m 39s
  9. 27m 6s
    1. Opening files from Bridge
      3m 9s
    2. Customizing the interface in Photoshop UPDATED
      5m 16s
    3. Managing panels
      5m 1s
    4. Switching and saving workspaces
      3m 45s
    5. Switching tools using the keyboard
      3m 21s
    6. Customizing the keyboard shortcuts
      6m 34s
  10. 22m 49s
    1. Working with tabbed documents
      2m 51s
    2. Arranging documents
      3m 37s
    3. Stopping Photoshop from tabbing documents
      2m 49s
    4. Panning, zooming, and using the Rotate View tool
      9m 51s
    5. Cycling through the different screen modes
      3m 41s
  11. 26m 19s
    1. Understanding file formats
      8m 26s
    2. Choosing the resolution you need
      5m 15s
    3. Understanding Resize vs. Resample
      9m 40s
    4. How big a print can you make with your image?
      2m 58s
  12. 59m 15s
    1. Using Undo and the History panel
      6m 40s
    2. Using crop options
      4m 20s
    3. Understanding Hide vs. Delete for the Crop tool
      3m 52s
    4. Cropping to the perfect print size
      3m 51s
    5. Making the canvas bigger with the Crop tool
      5m 2s
    6. Making the canvas bigger using the Canvas Size command
      4m 57s
    7. Straightening a crooked image
      4m 21s
    8. Removing keystoning from buildings
      2m 6s
    9. Using the Perspective Crop tool
      2m 4s
    10. Scaling, skewing, and rotating with Free Transform
      8m 29s
    11. Nondestructive transformations with Smart Objects UPDATED
      3m 56s
    12. Warping images UPDATED
      4m 48s
    13. Preserving important elements with Content-Aware Scale
      4m 49s
  13. 41m 55s
    1. Exploring layer basics UPDATED
      13m 25s
    2. Loading, selecting, and transforming layers UPDATED
      9m 28s
    3. Organizing layers into layer groups
      8m 47s
    4. Merging, rasterizing, and flattening layers
      10m 15s
  14. 1h 15m
    1. Using the Marquee and Lasso tools
      11m 41s
    2. Combining selections
      6m 40s
    3. Converting a selection into a layer mask
      7m 40s
    4. Using the Quick Selection tool and Refine Edge
      7m 12s
    5. Selecting soft-edged objects using Refine Edge
      9m 28s
    6. Touching up a layer mask with the Brush tool
      5m 42s
    7. Changing the opacity, size, and hardness of the painting tools
      9m 9s
    8. Blending images with a gradient layer mask
      4m 55s
    9. Combining multiple exposures with layer masks
      5m 5s
    10. Making selections with Color Range NEW
      5m 17s
    11. Selecting with Focus Mask NEW
      3m 10s
  15. 42m 5s
    1. Introducing adjustment layers
      3m 29s
    2. Starting with a preset
      2m 36s
    3. Improving tonal quality with Levels
      7m 32s
    4. Increasing midtone contrast with Curves
      5m 7s
    5. Removing a color cast with Auto Color
      2m 37s
    6. Changing the color temperature with Photo Filter
      1m 56s
    7. Shifting colors with Hue/Saturation
      5m 39s
    8. Making washed-out colors pop with Vibrance
      2m 7s
    9. Converting color to black and white
      3m 32s
    10. Creating traditional darkroom toning effects
      2m 51s
    11. Controlling which layers are affected by an adjustment layer
      3m 49s
    12. Three different ways to add an adjustment layer
      50s
  16. 24m 41s
    1. Adjusting shadows and highlights
      5m 49s
    2. Replacing color using Selective Color
      5m 39s
    3. Using fill layers to create a hand-painted look
      7m 18s
    4. Using a gradient fill layer to add a color wash
      5m 55s
  17. 40m 53s
    1. Removing blemishes with the Healing Brush and Patch tools
      10m 21s
    2. A quick technique for smoothing skin and pores
      3m 4s
    3. Making teeth bright and white
      2m 47s
    4. Brightening eyes, to make a person appear more alert
      6m 31s
    5. Taming flyaway hair
      4m 53s
    6. De-emphasizing wrinkles with the Healing Brush
      1m 53s
    7. Body sculpting with Liquify UPDATED
      5m 6s
    8. Removing unwanted details with Content-Aware Fill UPDATED
      6m 18s
  18. 22m 47s
    1. Creating panoramas with Photomerge and Auto-Blend
      5m 50s
    2. Combining multiple frames of an action sequence
      6m 21s
    3. Swapping heads in a family portrait
      4m 3s
    4. Working with bracketed exposures (HDR)
      6m 33s
  19. 1h 0m
    1. Overview of filters UPDATED
      3m 3s
    2. Applying filters nondestructively with Smart Filters UPDATED
      5m 56s
    3. Straightening images using the Adaptive Wide Angle filter
      5m 28s
    4. Creating a soft glow with the Gaussian Blur filter
      3m 23s
    5. Creating an infrared look with Diffuse Glow
      5m 4s
    6. Adding noise with the Add Noise filter
      7m 7s
    7. Sharpening an image with Unsharp Mask and Smart Sharpen
      7m 22s
    8. Giving an image texture with the Texturizer filter
      1m 53s
    9. Using the Field, Iris, and Tilt-Shift Blurs UPDATED
      6m 9s
    10. Using the Spin and Path Blurs NEW
      7m 38s
    11. Applying the Camera Raw filter
      2m 48s
    12. Applying a filter to multiple layers
      4m 11s
  20. 24m 3s
    1. Cycling through the blending modes
      5m 24s
    2. Scanning or photographing paper to add a deckled edge
      4m 55s
    3. Adding texture with blend modes
      1m 58s
    4. Making a cast shadow more realistic with Multiply
      5m 57s
    5. Sharpening an image with High Pass and Overlay
      2m 49s
    6. Adding a realistic off-center vignette
      3m 0s
  21. 35m 37s
    1. Exploring character (point) type UPDATED
      11m 58s
    2. Adding paragraph (area) type
      4m 7s
    3. Adding type on a path
      7m 3s
    4. Clipping an image inside type
      3m 41s
    5. Warping type
      2m 36s
    6. Defining character and paragraph styles
      6m 12s
  22. 24m 13s
    1. Using the shape tools
      13m 45s
    2. Custom shape layers
      6m 15s
    3. Adding a keyline to an image
      4m 13s
  23. 24m 48s
    1. Adding a drop shadow effect
      8m 57s
    2. Adding edges, textures, and color overlays using styles
      5m 11s
    3. Creating a transparent logo or watermark
      4m 46s
    4. Knowing how and when to scale layer effects
      5m 54s
  24. 11m 43s
    1. Creating contact sheets
      4m 29s
    2. Creating PDF presentations
      3m 25s
    3. Saving for the web
      3m 49s
  25. 23m 9s
    1. Working with video clips
      12m 14s
    2. Adding special effects to video files
      5m 56s
    3. Adding pans and zooms to still images
      4m 59s
  26. 1m 4s
    1. Next steps
      1m 4s

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Photoshop CC Essential Training
13h 51m Beginner Jun 17, 2013 Updated Jun 18, 2014

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Learning how to use Adobe Photoshop efficiently and effectively is the best way to get the most out of your pixels and create stunning imagery. Master the fundamentals of this program with Julieanne Kost, and discover how to achieve the results you want with Photoshop and its companion programs, Bridge and Camera Raw. This comprehensive course covers nondestructive editing techniques using layers, masking, adjustment layers, blend modes, and Smart Objects. Find out how to perform common editing tasks, including lens correction, cropping and straightening, color and tonal adjustments, noise reduction, shadow and highlight detail recovery, sharpening, and retouching. Julieanne also shows how to achieve more creative effects with filters, layer effects, illustrative type, and the Photomerge command for creating panoramas and composites.

Topics include:
  • Using Bridge to batch rename files and add keywords and metadata to photos
  • Viewing, rating, filtering, and creating collections to isolate your best work
  • Comparing raw and JPEG file formats
  • Retouching and automating workflow with Camera Raw
  • Navigating documents and the Photoshop interface
  • Understanding file formats, resolution, canvas size, and print size
  • Cropping, straightening, transforming, warping, scaling, and resizing images
  • Selecting, stacking, aligning, and grouping layers
  • Making precise selections using the Marquee, Lasso, and Brush tools
  • Using Refine Edge, Quick Selection, and layer masks to isolate soft edge objects
  • Improving tone, contrast, and color selectively
  • Converting to black and white and tinting images
  • Retouching blemishes, smoothing skin, whitening teeth, and brightening eyes
  • Retouching with the Liquify, Content-Aware Fill, Healing Brush, and Patch tools
  • Merging multiple exposures
  • Making nondestructive changes with Smart Filters
  • Adding texture, edge effects, and drop shadows with blend modes
  • Working with type
  • Creating, modifying, and combining shapes using the Shape tools
  • Adding layer effects
  • Saving and sharing images via contact sheets, web galleries, and Save For Web
  • Editing video and audio clips
  • Panning and zooming still photos
Subjects:
Photography Raw Processing
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Julieanne Kost

Brightening eyes, to make a person appear more alert

We're going to learn three quick ways to brighten a person's eyes in a portrait. The first thing that we're going to do, is we're going to remove any stray eyelashes or any veins that are in the eye that are distracting. And in order to do this, I'm going to work on the Background Layer, here. Of course we could always make a copy of the Background Layer if we wanted to. But I think I'll work directly on it using Cmd Plus, I'm going to zoom in. That's Ctrl Plus on Windows. And then, I'm going to use the spacebar to temporary access the hand tools so that I can look at the eye on the right hand side of our screen. Now, I want to remove this eyelash right here as well as this one. In order to do that, I will select the Patch tool. I have the patch set to Source.

So if I click and drag a marquee around the eyelash, and then drag over to the right to tell Photoshop to select from this area right here and patch that eyelash area, it will do that. I'll click to Go Ahead and Deselect. If we have other, small veins, we can select those by just dragging, the mark key around it, and then just moving the patch tool, to a clearer area of the eye, in order to replace that information. Of course, the nice thing is, is when I'm doing this, Photoshop is automatically blending all the tones and colors for me.

It's a really quick way to just remove anything in the eye that might be a little bit distracting. Remove this right here, and then maybe this one eyelash here that's moving down. Maybe one more, right there. Okay. Now, in order to brighten the eyes, I'll switch to the Lasso tool. So, I'll tap the l key. The hot spot is at the tip of that black arrow, but, we can also tap the caps lock key. When we enable that, we get the cross hairs. And now, I'm just going to make a loose selection right here around the whites of the eyes. If I want to add to the selection I need to hold down the Shift key. Shift key I get a little plus icon next to the cursor there, that tells me that I'm adding to my selection, and then I'll hold down the Spacebar and scoot over to the other eye...

Again, holding down the Shift key in order to add to my selection. And then one more time in that last area there. And of course, don't worry if you make a mistake, if you've added a little bit too much then just hold down the Option or the ALT key and you can come back in here and subtract that area. If you didn't add quite enough, you can hold down the Shift key and then add to that area. Alright, once I have both eyes selected, at the bottom of the Layers Panel I will add a huge saturation adjustment layer. This time I do want to remove all the color in the eye. So instead of selecting a color range like yellows, like we did for the teeth. I'm going to leave this set to master and then we'll decrease the saturation. Now, the hue saturation adjustment layer, we can see that it's underneath the softened skin layer.

I'm actually going to change the stacking order on my layers panel by clicking and dragging it up to the top. I can also see that there's a little bit of a hard edge to this selection, so using the properties panel, clicking on the mask. I'll increase the amount of feather so that we get a soft edge. I want to reuse this selection in order to brighten the whites of the eyes as well, so I'll hold down the command key on Mac or the control key on Windows and I'll click on the mask thumbnail of the hue saturation 2 adjustment layer. That loads that mask as a selection.

I can then select the curves adjustment layer and I'll just brighten the curve a little bit by clicking and dragging up. Obviously if you go too far it starts looking very odd so we'll just make a very slight change by dragging up the curve. We'll close the properties panel And then, I want to just dodge a little bit around the iris of the eye. And I want to burn a little bit right along the edge here. That's going to increase the contrast in this area and make the eye appear a little bit brighter which is going to make the person look a little bit more awake or a little bit more aware.

In order to do that, I'm going to add a new layer at the top of my layer stack. I'll hold down the option key when I click on the new layer icon, it'll be the alt key on windows. And I'm going to name this brighten eyes, and I need to change the blend mode. If I'm going to paint with black or white in this layer in order to add contrast. I want to change the blend mode. To overlay, then I want to fill it with an overlaying neutral color and click OK. Now also let my paint brush by tapping the b key, we get a smaller brush by using the left bracket key, and I can see that my (UNKNOWN) color is black.

So, with the decreased opacity of may be 40 to 50% I just want to click and drag right around the outside of the eye. Of course if you make a mistake just use Command or Control z. And I think this is a little bit heavy but that's okay. I'm going to decrease the opacity of the entire layer in a moment. Of course we don't have to do it in one stroke. You can do it in multiple strokes, just know that because you're painting at a lower opacity, if you paint over the same spot more than once it's going to build up the opacity in that area. Now obviously this is way too much but that's okay, we're going to adjust that in a minute.

So I'll tap the X key to exchange my foreground and background color... And I'm going to use the right bracket to get a larger brush. And I'm just going to paint in the lower area of the eye right here. Again I can tell that I'm adding way too much contrast but once I'm done with both eyes I can then go to the opacity of that layer and bring that way down to maybe 20 or 30 percent. Now, let's zoom out, I'll use command 0, and we can toggle on and off the visibility of the brighten eyes layer.

And you can see how it's just kind of adding a little bit of brightness to the eyes, making her look like she's a little bit more alert. We also want to toggle the visibility of the curves layer. I think I've brightened those whites of the eyes a bit too much. So I can either change the curve Or, I can simply decrease the opacity of the curve adjustment layer. Toggling on and off again. And we can also toggle the hue saturation adjustment layer, just to see that we've removed any color from the eye. And finally, if we hold down the option or the alt key, we can click on the eye icon next to the background, just to show a quick before. And after of our retouching.

So there you go, three quick techniques to just brighten the eyes in a portratit.

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Q: This course was updated on 01/16/2014. What changed?
A: When Creative Cloud applications are updated, we refresh our training to make sure it covers the latest features and interface changes from Adobe. This update covers changes to Camera Raw, including nondestructive cropping, workflow and output settings, and the ability to save multiple files automatically.
Q: This course was updated on 6/18/2014. What changed?
A: In June 2014 Adobe released new features for Photoshop CC and added enhancements to several existing features. We added movies to introduce the new Focus Mask and Blur Gallery features, and changed several movies to reflect updates to instant type preview, font search, Typekit, Liquify, Content-Aware Fill, Adobe Camera Raw, and Smart Guides. 
 
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