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In this course, photographer, author, and teacher Chris Orwig details the tools every photographer needs to retouch portraits to make them look their best while remaining authentic. The course includes an overview of the retouching process and how to develop a plan for a retouching project.
After exploring techniques to improve the overall photo, Chris shares his techniques for reducing wrinkles, enhancing eyes and other facial features, improving hair, and retouching makeup. The course concludes with a look at retouching skin and reshaping portions of a portrait using transformations, the Warp tool, and the Liquify filter.
In the next few movies, we'll be working on this photograph, and we'll look at how we can add some makeup using Photoshop. We'll start off by looking at how we can lighten shadows by using a really helpful technique. In a sense, it's kind of like adding, perhaps, a little bit of makeup which is lighter, or brighter; maybe some powder. So to do this, let's go ahead and create a new lawyer. Press Shift+Command+N on a Mac, or Shift+Control+N on Windows. We'll name this powder - clone / lighten. What we're going to do is we're going to use the Clone Stamp tool on a blending mode of Lighten. All right! Well once you've created your new layer, click OK.
The next step will be to select the Clone Stamp tool. We can choose that tool on the Tools panel, or you can press the S key to select it. Next, rather than using the blending mode of Normal, we're going to go to a blending mode of Lighten. Then we're going to decrease our Opacity to about 25 or 30%. We want to have Aligned turned on, and we want to Sample All Layers. Next, let's change our brush size, and we're going to change our brush size by way of a shortcut. If you hold down Control+Option on a Mac, or Control+Alt on Windows, you can then click and drag. If we click and drag to the left and to the right, we can change our brush size here, and if we click and drag up and down, we can change our brush Hardness.
So let's make sure we have 0% Hardness, and let's also choose a relatively big brush here. In this way, we can start to work on this area of our picture. If you don't like that shortcut, you can always change your brush size by pressing the bracket keys. The Left Bracket key makes it smaller; the Right Bracket key makes your brush bigger. The next step will be to hold down the Option key on the Mac, Alt key on Windows, and then to click or sample on a nice area, and then to go ahead and just start to paint over these little shadows which we have here underneath the lips.
We'll go ahead and Option+click or Alt+ click to sample a few different areas. Then decrease your brush size, so you can kind of get into some of the smaller details, and as we're doing this, really what we're looking to do is start to sort of paint away these little areas of shadows. So we'll just go ahead and go back and forth over these little areas. I'm going to sample above over here to try to brighten up this area over here, and doing this, a lot of times, whenever you're working with makeup, or when you're doing this in Photoshop, you're making these little teeny subtle adjustments, and you're kind of building them up.
With makeup, what happens a lot is it's applied, and then it's kind of spread around, and essentially that's what we're trying to do here is to kind of spread around this effect. And so again, we'll just go through and do a little bit more work with this and also hit these shadows here around the nose, and go ahead and decrease those as well. Same thing; Option+ click or Alt+click to set a nice sample area, and then paint those away. You may be noticing here that I'm Option or Alt+clicking a lot, so I'm choosing a lot of different sample points. So I press Option or Alt, I paint a little bit; press Option or Alt, and then I paint some more.
In doing that, really, it's just helping me to have a nice even selections, and also it's helping me to make sure that I'm sampling tone which matches the area that I'm working on. So work on the top of the lips here as well, and just trying to work on these little shadows that we have. All right! Well, let's take a look at how we're doing so far with this area. If we click on the eye icon, we can see here's our before; now here is our after. We're making some nice headway; we need to smooth things out a little bit more.
So I'll go ahead and just take these areas down. I'm using a bit of a bigger brush here to try to kind of smooth out a couple little areas that I notice became just a little bit too spotty. So I'll just go ahead and make my way back over these areas. All right! Well I think we're doing pretty good with that. Here is our before, and then now our after. Last, but not least, with this one, I'm going to decrease my Opacity just a little bit here, because I want to bring back just a little bit of the shape that those shadows brought. So there it is; our before and after. Our first step of adding what we're calling powder, or some sort of makeup, which is kind of decreasing some dark areas on the face.
Well, now that we've done that, the next thing that I want to do is add some makeup in order to enhance the photograph. Let's take a look at how we can do that in the next movie. So go ahead and leave this file open, as we'll be working on it in the next movie.
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