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Correcting color and tone behind glasses

From: Photoshop for Photographers: Portrait Retouching

Video: Correcting color and tone behind glasses

In this movie, we'll be working with this portrait that I captured recently of someone that you might know. His name is Michael Ninness. Michael is a great friend and mentor, and he's an amazing Lynda.com author, among other things. Well, with this picture, we're going to take a look at how we can improve the area of the eyes in this photograph. We'll look at a technique that we can use which is specific to working with people who have eyeglasses. All right, well let's zoom in on this picture. As we zoom in, one of the things that you'll notice is that he has these really cool eyeglasses, yet the area behind the glasses is a bit dark.

Correcting color and tone behind glasses

In this movie, we'll be working with this portrait that I captured recently of someone that you might know. His name is Michael Ninness. Michael is a great friend and mentor, and he's an amazing Lynda.com author, among other things. Well, with this picture, we're going to take a look at how we can improve the area of the eyes in this photograph. We'll look at a technique that we can use which is specific to working with people who have eyeglasses. All right, well let's zoom in on this picture. As we zoom in, one of the things that you'll notice is that he has these really cool eyeglasses, yet the area behind the glasses is a bit dark.

That's because the way these glasses function is that when they're exposed to brighter sources of light, they tint, so that they work a little bit like sunglasses. Well that's really great and functional from a standpoint of wearing glasses, but from the perspective of photography, it's not very flattering. So how, then, can we change the brightness value, or the tonality, or color here in this part of our image? Well, we can do that by working with selections, and adjustment layers, and then by modifying a few things, by using a mask.

All right, well here let's click on our icon for Quick Select. The Quick Select tool, it allows us to quickly select something, so we'll paint over this area of the eye, hold down the Shift key, then paint over this area of the other eye. My selection is okay, but not perfect. To modify it, press Option on a Mac, Alt on Windows, and then paint over the areas that you want to remove from your selection, while holding down that modifier key; that's Option on a Mac, or Alt on Windows. All right, well that's a pretty decent rough selection.

Again, it's not perfect, but it will be a nice starting point. Next we can go ahead and click on an adjustment layer icon, say, like Curves. Well, because we made that selection, what we can then do is just target this area of the image. What we need to do is to brighten this up a little bit, and also modify the color, or tone. So let's go into our different channels; I'll go to the Red channel. I'll just click and drag this up just a little bit. Next we'll go to the Blue-Yellow channel, and I am going to click and drag that up as well. And by doing this, I am just looking to try to come up with a color combination which makes that skin tone look really nice.

All right, well here I think we're doing pretty good. Here is before, and then here is after. Well after having made that adjustment, we'll want to make a few more. Notice there is this reflection here on the glasses. A lot of times you try to get rid of that when you're capturing images by having them angle their head. And those reflections, they are okay. Yet what I want to do is just diminish them a little bit. And what I mean by saying they're okay is that they're not over the middle of the eye, so as long as they are off to the side in photographs, that's typically okay. We understand that; we understand how reflective materials work.

Yet if it were over his eye, it probably wouldn't be a keeper photograph. Yet, nonetheless, I still want to darken that area a bit. So here what we'll do is we'll create a new adjustment layer; again, Curves, and this time, I'll just click and drag down a little bit, and then I am going to go ahead and invert the mask. To invert the mask, press Command+I on a Mac, or Control+I on Windows, or go to the Mask panel here, and just click on the Invert button. Next we'll grab our Brush tool. We are going to paint with white to bring in this effect, and we'll decrease the Opacity here; bring it down to right around 50% or so.

And then I am going to make my brush smaller by pressing the Left Bracket key. Then I'll go ahead and just start to paint over this area. And in painting over this area, we're not going to see anything huge or significant. That's because our adjustment is pretty small. In order to see this more clearly, let's go to the Curves layer, and then here, I'm going to kind of overdo this, so I am going to darken this, or brighten this area. You can kind of see how I am starting to target that. In doing that, that can help me fine my edges. I'll need to soften what I've done here in a moment, but it can help me see if my mask is going in a good direction. Well now that I have that, I'll bring my white point down as well, and just look at how I can darken this a little bit more. And then go into the different channels; we'll go to the Red channel; add a little bit of red there.

Go to that Blue-Yellow channel, click and drag down, and add perhaps a little bit of yellow. And what I am noticing with this one is that it's looking all right, except it kind of got a little bit too dark down here. It's okay up near the top; you can see kind of see how we are working on this, but I need to soften it down here. To do that, flip this, so that we are painting with black. Decrease our Opacity way down, 10% or so, make the brush nice and big by pressing the Right Bracket key, then press Shift+Left Bracket That makes sure that you remove the hardness. If you press Shift+Right Bracket, it will increase the Hardness up here, and then if we press Shift+Left Bracket, it will decrease that.

We want to decrease the Hardness, then we are just going to kind of slowly tap into this area, to kind of soften that effect there from that little corner. And here, you can kind of see how that is now blending in a little bit better. Last, but not least, we want to soften the edges of those brush strokes by going to the Masks panel, and increasing that Feather amount. In doing that, that will just kind of hide our tracks a little bit as well. Next, we'll also do that in the other mask. It's almost always a good idea to do that. It just kind of blends in how you're working with light.

All right. Well now that we've made those adjustments using a selection, working with masks, and these adjustment layers, we've corrected this issue; we've improved the eyes. Here is our before, and then click on these eye icons again, and now you can see, here is our after. And simply by trying to reduce the variation which was near the eyes, it helps us to be more drawn into this portrait. And if we zoom out a little bit, and kind of see this in its entirety, this first correction with this image is already helping to make this one much stronger.

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Photoshop for Photographers: Portrait Retouching

85 video lessons · 25351 viewers

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  1. 1m 58s
    1. Welcome
      1m 4s
    2. Using the exercise files
      54s
  2. 6m 49s
    1. Initial retouching considerations
      3m 51s
    2. Using a Wacom tablet
      1m 8s
    3. Exploring resources and finding inspiration
      1m 50s
  3. 37m 21s
    1. Where to begin?
      1m 19s
    2. Reviewing the basic cleanup tools
      3m 59s
    3. Removing small distractions
      2m 41s
    4. Using selections and cloning to remove distractions
      4m 26s
    5. Simplifying the background with the Clone tool
      5m 12s
    6. Removing a garment strap
      5m 17s
    7. Removing a distracting logo
      3m 43s
    8. Removing lint from a T-shirt
      3m 40s
    9. Cleaning up a backdrop with Content-Aware Fill
      2m 58s
    10. Cleaning up a backdrop with the Patch tool
      4m 6s
  4. 22m 31s
    1. Extending a real-world scene, part 1
      4m 6s
    2. Extending a real-world scene, part 2
      4m 20s
    3. Removing distractions for a creative effect
      4m 31s
    4. Using selections and Free Transform to rebuild image elements
      3m 44s
    5. Moving a person with Content-Aware Move
      5m 50s
  5. 28m 48s
    1. Removing small details from the face
      4m 50s
    2. Retouching skin
      4m 35s
    3. Reducing hotspots, part 1
      4m 32s
    4. Reducing hotspots, part 2
      4m 36s
    5. Reducing brightness with selections and curves
      3m 26s
    6. Using Hue/Saturation to minimize variations in skin color
      3m 45s
    7. Removing tan lines
      1m 53s
    8. Leaving imperfections in portraits
      1m 11s
  6. 37m 15s
    1. Correcting tone with curves and masking
      5m 39s
    2. Fixing exposure and color with curves
      4m 14s
    3. Correcting tone with blending modes and masking
      5m 22s
    4. Using Shadows/Highlights to improve exposure
      5m 28s
    5. Using Soft Light layer blending to burn and dodge
      4m 37s
    6. Exploring the burning-and-dodging workflow
      6m 35s
    7. Using multiple techniques to improve shadows and highlights
      5m 20s
  7. 22m 42s
    1. Reducing wrinkles with the Healing Brush
      7m 21s
    2. Working on wrinkles and details
      6m 51s
    3. Fine-tuning and making final adjustments on wrinkles
      3m 44s
    4. Quick wrinkle reduction with the Patch tool
      4m 46s
  8. 43m 27s
    1. Enhancing eyes with adjustment layers and blending
      4m 7s
    2. Adding sparkle to the eyes
      4m 38s
    3. Increasing color with Colorize and blending modes
      5m 37s
    4. Rebuilding the edge of the eye
      6m 34s
    5. Whitening eyes, part 1
      3m 54s
    6. Whitening eyes, part 2
      5m 42s
    7. Removing eye veins and sharpening eyes behind glasses
      7m 8s
    8. Correcting color and tone behind glasses
      5m 47s
  9. 11m 26s
    1. Trimming eyebrows
      5m 25s
    2. Darkening eyebrows
      2m 48s
    3. Adding mascara to darken eyelashes
      3m 13s
  10. 16m 47s
    1. Enhancing lip color and tone with curves and masking
      4m 23s
    2. Using Color Balance and blending modes to improve the look of lips
      7m 41s
    3. Improving the look of lips with the Burn and Dodge tools
      4m 43s
  11. 13m 49s
    1. Teeth whitening made easy
      2m 33s
    2. Exploring advanced teeth whitening
      5m 0s
    3. Automating teeth whitening with actions
      5m 9s
    4. A note on retouching facial features
      1m 7s
  12. 35m 22s
    1. Covering and correcting hair discoloration
      5m 48s
    2. Fixing the color of hair roots
      3m 3s
    3. Making creative color adjustments to hair
      2m 44s
    4. Patching a gap in hair
      4m 27s
    5. Removing flyaway hairs
      6m 18s
    6. Fixing flyaway hairs with a complicated background
      5m 57s
    7. Adding accents and creative color to a fashion photograph
      7m 5s
  13. 27m 22s
    1. Brightening shadow areas on the face
      4m 22s
    2. Adding color to the cheeks and eyelids
      4m 30s
    3. Modifying eye makeup color
      3m 52s
    4. Increasing color saturation and variety
      4m 17s
    5. Enhancing color with the Lab Color space
      5m 44s
    6. Using Selective Color to create vibrant color
      3m 29s
    7. Additional makeup resources
      1m 8s
  14. 23m 15s
    1. High-pass skin softening
      6m 48s
    2. Creating a mask for the skin
      4m 23s
    3. Softening and adding even texture to the skin
      5m 36s
    4. Adding a soft glow to the skin and details
      6m 28s
  15. 34m 36s
    1. Adding dimension using curves and masking
      3m 50s
    2. Reshaping a jawline with Liquify
      4m 30s
    3. Reshaping a shirt with Liquify
      3m 13s
    4. Reshaping a shoulder with Liquify
      3m 22s
    5. Reshaping the body with Liquify
      2m 35s
    6. Using the Warp tool to reshape a jawline
      3m 33s
    7. Modifying the body with the Warp tool
      3m 35s
    8. Changing shape with selections and masking
      8m 32s
    9. Tips for thoughtful portrait retouching
      1m 26s
  16. 36s
    1. Goodbye
      36s

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