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Photoshop is the tool of choice for most creative professionals and has quickly become household name synonymous with computer art and image manipulation. In Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: Beyond the Basics, internationally renowned Photoshop guru Deke McClelland teaches such digital-age wonders as masking, filters, layers, blend modes, Liquify, Vanishing Point, and vector-based type. Along the way, Deke also teaches tried-and-true methods for sharpening details, smoothing over wrinkles and imperfections, trimming away jowls and fat, and wrapping one image around the surface of another. Plus, the training teaches how to construct and organize the elements in a composition so you can edit them easily in the future. Exercise files accompany the tutorial.
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Now as I mentioned in the previous exercise, sometimes that Average filter combined with the Hue Blend mode is all that it takes in order to fix color modeling inside of somebody's face. And as it turns out when you combine Averaging Skin Tones technique with the Captain Kirk-in love technique, the one that involves the Gaussian Blur, you can get just amazing results. Two simple techniques combined together to create one fantastic image and that's what we are going to see here. So what we are looking at is the horacioqmarketforce image with the Gaussian Blur layer on top of it.
So if you still have that image open with Gaussian Blur set to the Overlay mode then great. If not then, you can open my version, it's called hurrayforhoracio.psd and of course it's still that same Duncan Walker image here. Alright, I am going to select the background layer and I am going to turn off that GBlur Layer for a moment here, just long enough so that we can select this fellow's face. So I will go up to the Select menu and I will choose the Color Range command. And I am going to click inside this guy's face and then Shift drag of course inside of his face and his forehead and down along his chin and wherever else I think I should Shift drag.
And I am going to raise the fuzziness value to 65 for this specific image and that's of course you know something that you are going to have to experiment with, different settings works for different images. This does select a little bit of his tie actually and I am not sure that I want that much of his tie, so I am going to start this selection over and this looks actually a lot better this time around. Alright so I will click OK in order to accept that new selection and then I will press Ctrl+J, Command-J in the Mac in order to jump this image, this selection to a new layer and let's call it Average and then I will press the Enter key or the Return key in the Mac to accept that name.
Now I am going to load the Selection Outline, the Transparency Mask from that layer by Ctrl+Clicking on the Layer Thumbnail or Command-Clicking on the Layer Thumbnail on the Mac. I am going to go up to the Filter menu and if Average is the last command you chose then you can just choose the Average command or you can go down to the Blur menu and choose Average in order to find that beautiful average color. Now I press Ctrl+D, we no longer need this Selection Outline, Command-D on the Mac and let's go ahead and change the Blend Mode from Normal to Hue.
And we get this fairly sort of orange version of the image but that's okay, I will go ahead and hit the Esc key in order to deactivate the Blend Mode option here inside the Layers palette. And now I will turn on the GBlur Layer. And notice what this Average layer has done, if I turn it off and then I turn it back on, can you see what I am talking about. Look at this little bit of Red modelling that's going on inside of his face over here, above his lip, on the top of his chin, on his ears and so on inside the image around his eyes, around his nostrils.
When you turn the Average layer on, that all goes away, we just get this nice smooth sort of orangish skin tone. Now if you think that's too orange for whatever reasons then once again with the Average Layer active, you would press Ctrl+U, Command-U on the Mac, you would click inside the Hue value there and you would rotate it upward a little bit. So you would raise that value and I would say something like 3 to 4 is going to work pretty well for this image, you don't want to go too far with it. By the way changing the saturation and lightness sliders is not going to do anything because we are only seeing the Hue, thanks to the Hue Blend Mode, so we are only seeing the Hue that's associated with this layer right now.
So go ahead and click OK in order to accept that modification. And just so we can see how far we have come with horacioqmarketplace from the very beginning here, I will Alt or Option-Click on the background layer, this is what it looked like originally, this is what it looks like now, thanks to a combination of that Average Skin Tone technique along with the Captain Kirk-in love technique, two very-very powerful functions for producing flattering portrait shots.
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