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In Photoshop CS6 for Photographers, author, photographer, and teacher Chris Orwig explores Photoshop from the perspective of the photographer.
The course details the features and techniques behind enhancing and retouching photos, preparing them for print and online publishing, and much more. Chris demonstrates how to make basic edits in Camera Raw, develop and save color profiles, work with layers and selections, tone and sharpen, and retouch images while retaining their natural character.
Chris also shares some creative tips and project ideas, such as converting a photo to black-and-white and enhancing a portrait with hand-painted masks. The course also covers workflow details, such as organizing images in Bridge and Mini Bridge, optimizing Photoshop preferences, and calibrating your monitor.
Now that we've worked on a lot of the small details in the photograph and we've cleaned those up, the next thing that I want to take a look at is how we can brighten the shadows that we can see under the eyes. There are number of different techniques that we can do in order to accomplish this. Let me show you one. We'll go ahead and click in our topmost layer, and than create a new layer by pressing Shift+Command+N on Mac or Shift+Ctrl+N on Windows and let's name this layer shadows. Next, we'll select the Clone Stamp tool by pressing the S key and with the Clone Stamp tool what I want to do is I want to change my overall layer Opacity.
Here we're going to go ahead and decrease this significantly. We want to bring this way down, say something even less than 20% there. Maybe about 18 might work well. We'll turn Aligned and Sample All layers on and then I want you to Option+Click or Alt+Click on a nice bright area. Next, here with the Soft Edge brush you want to make sure you don't have any hardness there. Go ahead and just start to clone in some of this. Let me close that Preset panel there. We're just going to start to slowly paint over this area. You want to Option+Click or Alt+Click, nice bright tones.
So you want to make sure you're choosing that, and you want to be really fluid with your brushstrokes. Because here what we're trying to do is essentially paint away some of these shadows that we're seeing. As you're working with these shadows, what you should ideally be seeing is that it's not really dramatic. It's not like some huge difference here. It's almost like you don't notice the difference until you actually look at the before and after. Because when it comes to people retouching, well, you want it to be subtle and smooth and most importantly, you want it to be believable. That's especially important when it comes to work that you're doing around the eyes, because you want someone to be drawn into the eyes.
So here basically what I'm doing is I'm Option+Clicking or Alt+Clicking, I'm painting on different areas. I'll go back to the other side here, work on a couple of other shadows I'm noticing, change my brush size, and again just try to diminish or decrease the shadows that I'm noticing that I think are detracting a little bit from this photograph. I'm looking just to take out anything that's not quite even, and now after having done that with the Clone Stamp tool, we of course want to evaluate our progress. To do so we can click on the eye icon to see that before and after, and really what this is about is just trying to bring in some light into those shadow areas.
Now after having done that, you may want to decrease the Opacity of this so that you still have a little bit of shape there. Here it looks like with this image perhaps down around 80% that looks pretty nice. So our overall retouching so far is this before and then now after. Another way that we can work with shadows under eyes is with the Patch tool. This is a technique that a lot of people like to use. So here I'm going to turn off the layer which we just created in order to show you another technique.
This other technique, it requires that we merge some layers together. In order to do that we have to learn a kind of a complicated shortcut. It's Shift+Option+Command+N+E on a Mac, Shift+Alt+Ctrl+N+E on Windows. What that will do is it will merge your underlying layers to the topmost layer and here I'm going to go ahead and name this shadows as well. Next, we can select our Patch tool and what the Patch tool we need to use this on Normal, because Content-Aware just won't work well with this type of a technique and then you want to go ahead and make a selection around the shadow area.
Now in doing this what we're looking to do is to try to brighten this up, and initially, it's just going to look kind of strange. Click-and-drag down, and it will then remove a lot of the content from this area. You can deselect and then you can start to see that. You may also want to do this multiple times in a few different ways to try to brighten up these shadows. Let's go ahead and work on this side as well. One of the things you may notice is that it maybe a little bit say, smudgy. Well, that's okay, because we're using this layer to try to diminish those shadows and what we'll do is drop our Opacity way down.
So it's almost like it's just barely softens them. Here you can see we have that kind of taking those shadows out and softening that area of the skin. So it's another technique. That's real common when it comes to retouching. Yet perhaps most importantly is that whether you're retouching a portrait or something else. You can use these different types of techniques to deal with blemishes, because sometimes what you want to do with blemishes is remove them altogether. Other times you may just want to soften them or scale them back as we've done with these different layers here, and we've done that as a way to try to improve the overall focus on the most important, say, part of our image, whatever that is.
Alright. Well, let's go ahead and zoom back in and look at one final glance of this one. Here we have that with our one technique. Here is our before and then now our after.
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