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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, we are going to be working on the file shape.psd. Let's go ahead and double-click that one to open it up. I have to go to Full Screen View mode. Now, with this photograph, what I want to do is talk a little bit about using a filter in a non-traditional way in order to enhance a portrait. Now with this particular photograph, I'm pretty close to the person, so there is a little bit of distortion. Now you may not notice that initially, but then after a second glance you are going to start to see it. So in order to fix this we can use a number of different techniques. This is a real quick and easy technique that you can use. Select your Background layer, press Command J on a Mac/Ctrl+J on a PC. And then go ahead and name this new layer shape, because we are really going to be changing the shape of the overall face. Next, we are going to navigate to our Filter pulldown menu, we are going to choose Distort and then Lens Correction.
Now the main reason why you don't want to use this Filter is in order to correct problems that you have with lenses. Now initially this filter was designed for architectural photographers but you can use it on your people photographs as well. Here is what I'm going to do. I'm simply going to reduce some of that distortion. Now if I go the other way this will look kind of funny and goofy and if I go too far it will be overkill. And I just want to reduce some of that distortion. So I'm going to go ahead and bring this down just a bit, it's a pretty significant change. So let's click OK. Now the next thing that I need to do is turn off my Background layer. So I can see where this image was changed grab the Marquee tool. I'm going to go ahead and click and drag this Marquee tool out and I'm going to get this to the furthest edges of my Images and next choose Image and then Crop.
Now once I have cropped this image, I need to Deselect, I can do that by going to Select > Deselect or pressing Command D on Mac, Ctrl+D on a PC. All right, well my crop wasn't quite perfect, so I'll go ahead and make another Marquee selection and choose Image > Crop. I just want to get that just right and then Command D on a Mac/Ctrl+D on a PC. Let's zoom in on this Photograph, just a bit, so we can see it and here is our before and then after. Now let's zoom out because sometimes stepping back helps as well. Before and after. The second photo is much more flattering. Now, in this case, I actually used that distort filter pretty high. You want to be really careful; you don't want to go too high because it can diminish the overall sharpness of your photo. But in this case because I'm sizing it down. It's still going to look good.
Also keep in mind that you want to make real subtle adjustments when you are using that filter, but as you can see here it does make for a much more flattering photograph.
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