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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.
In this movie I wanted to showcase the helpful plug-in that you can use for color correcting skin. Now, what a plug-in is, is it something you purchase externally from Photoshop. You, then install and you can access it and integrate it into your Photoshop workflow. So keep in mind, what I'm going to show it here doesn't come with Photoshop. It's a plug-in that's put out by these guys in ononesoftware. They have a phenomenal set of plug-ins. This particular plug-in is called Skin Tune. You can download a demo and try it out for yourself. So we are going to go and open up the file corwig_retouching.jpeg. You can find that in the Skin Tune plug-in folder. It's in the chapter 20 folder there.
Now, this particular file is a photograph that I used in another training title, which is one of the retouching training titles you can find in the lynda.com library. Let's double-click and open that in Photoshop, press F to go to Full Screen View mode and then I'm going to navigate to our Filter pulldown menu. Now you won't be able to do this unless you have this plug-in installed. I then select Skin Tune. Now this will open up the Skin Tune dialog and actually will take over much of the interface. I'm just using a demo just to illustrate how this actually works. I'll go ahead and close those opening messages and get right to the hard things.
Well, now here I have the dialog and what I need to do is sample an area of skin tone. Now when I sample an area, I don't want to click on the make-up or the highlight, right to the right of the highlight would be good or down here on the chin. I'll go ahead and click on that and choose Caucasian for the type of skin, now wow! Quite an amazing amount of color correction that's happening. Here let's zoom in so we can actually see it. We thought this image was okay, we didn't realize how bad it was until we actually corrected it. Now, from here I can actually click on different types of skin tones and I can go one way or another, yet the one that gave me from the get go is pretty good.
I also have controls down here, Brightness, Contrast and Saturation, Cyan and Yellow. I can work with the Highlights. I'll simply click to apply this. We will take a look at our before and after, here's before and after. One of the reasons why you want to use a plug-in for different things is in order to speed up your workflow and in order to get results that may have otherwise been impossible. Now there are certain tricky situations that plug-ins can really help out. Now, keep in mind that plug-ins are extra. Do you have to use plug-ins? Well, no, not at all. Yet, if you are interested in speeding up your workflow or going further with your workflow you can use plug-ins. Now the plug-ins always work perfectly? Well, not at all. A lot of times, when you are going to have to do, is integrate and use rather Photoshop skills with the plug-in or in addition to the plug-in. Many times for me the plug-in acts as a starting point that I than push even a little bit further and there are other times, like with this image, where it just nails, it worked so well. It's absolutely amazing.
So any way I just wanted you to show that because it is something I use in my workflow and it may be something of interest to you and if it is, ononesoftware where you can find a handful of different helpful plug-ins there. The one that we looked at here was called Skin Tune. All right, well, I hope that that was a helpful little demo or preview for you.
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