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Photoshop CS4 for Photographers is an essential course for any digital photographer who wants to master the software's vast array of image enhancement techniques. Professional photographer and instructor Chris Orwig uses his own compelling images to demonstrate how the power of Photoshop can make photographers more passionate about their work. He covers many aspects of the application, such as working with RAW images, using curves and levels, making images snap, and enhancing bland photographs by converting them to black and white. Exercise files accompany this course.
We are going to continue our conversation about cleaning up our photos. Yet, in this movie, we are going to talk about how we can clean up our photograph that was taken in the studio. Let's go ahead and select the file jkim_clean_up.psd. Double-click it to open it up in Photoshop. I have to go to Full Screen View mode and then Command+Plus to zoom in just a little bit. That's Command+Plus on the Mac, Ctrl+Plus on a PC. Well, now that I'm zoomed in, I notice I have quite a bit of notes here. I have this notes layer. This is showing me the different things that I need to retouch. If we zoom in a little bit closer we will notice that the nose has a little bit of a problem, little bit of a highlight there. We want to fix that.
We are just going to target that little blemish there. We are not going to do everything because this is an Essentials title and we are going to work on the background of it. Now because the background is so clean and white, this is going to be pretty easy. So we will click in our Background layer. Shift+Command+N to create a new layer on a Mac/Shift+Ctrl+N on a PC. Name this one clean, press S on your keyboard to grab your Clone Stamp tool. Now we need to take the blend mode for this to Normal and I'm going to bring this all the way to 100% and I don't even to heal this. I'm just going to go ahead and paint this away. Again, all you need to is hold down the Option key to sample an area and then slowly click and paint that away. All right, the background is cleaned up and when you are shooting studio portraits, it's actually quite common that you are going to have to cleanup your background a little bit. So that step is very common.
All right, well, let's zoom in on the face there. Spacebar+Command key on the Mac, Spacebar+Ctrl key on a PC and then zoom in on the face. All right, let's create a new layer. That is Shift+ Command+N on a Mac. Shift+Ctrl+N on a PC. We will name this layer nose and I zoom in even further and this is going to be kind of interesting. We'll grab our Clones Stamp tool and I want to make this brush nice and small and now when I sample an area of the nose here, I want to make sure my brush has no Hardness, not at all perfect, sampling all layers.
What I'm looking to do here is to just slowly bring in a little bit of this tone. I'll go ahead and move around the nose and the trick with this is I need to try to match the overall tonality of the other areas. So I press the Option key and then I click and paint a little bit. Press the Option key, click and paint. I make my brush nice and small. Option key, get rid of that highlight right there. Okay, we are going in a good direction. Again, I'm going to go into these small little details here, looking to try to get things normalized a bit.
Now I'm going to create one more layer. Shift+Command+N on the Mac, Shift+Ctrl+N on a PC. I'll name this nose 2. I'm going to grab the Healing Brush. Now a lot of times after I have cloned something, I like to heal on top of it, because that will help bring back a little bit of the texture. So I'm going to just go ahead and do that, that was a little bit too far there. So I Undo that. Just want to get near the edge of the nose. Don't want any of the strange discoloration to happen. So I'm just going to be real careful here. Small detail work, let's see how that layer works. That looks good. Here is this one. That looks pretty good too. Let's group those. Click in the top one, Shift key, click in the bottom one, Command+G on the Mac/Ctrl+G on PC and then lower the opacity. We don't need it to be that strong to remove that little highlight. Just don't want that regular shape of the nose and let's zoom out here and see how we are doing.
Before and after, yeah. I think we did a pretty good restructuring job of that portion of the image. We have cleaned up that small little blemish that was kind of highlighted or kind of accentuated because of the studio lighting. We probably wouldn't have notice that if we were in natural light, but that studio lighting just caught that little reflection. I wanted to bring that down and I did that by using my Clone Stamp tool as well as the Healing Brush. As a quick side note, this is one of those images that I cover in my other retouching title. If you are interested in retouching and interested in learning how to retouch the rest of the image, I recommend you go ahead and checkout one of those titles because that's where you will find all of that information.
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