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A portrait can be a cherished possession for a lifetime, and now making perfect portraits is just one Photoshop course away. Professional photographer and instructor Chris Orwig uses his vast knowledge of Photoshop to focus on the specific tools every photographer needs to adjust images and keep them looking genuine. Photoshop CS4 Portrait Retouching Essential Training explores this program's deep resources and inspires photographers to do their creative best with everything from blemishes to backdrops. Exercise files accompany the course.
In the next couple of movies, we will be working on this particular photograph. In this movie, I want to cover a technique that has become so popular, it actually has its own name. It's Hollywood Eyes. What it has to do with is increasing the size of the eyes and people have found that by increasing the size of the eyes, it makes people seem more alert, more alive and it adds a really unique visual interest. So what we need to do is first select our Marquee tool. You can find that in your toolbox or press the M key to select it. We are going to click-and-drag to make a real generous big selection that goes beyond the eyes. Next, we are going to copy this selection to a new layer. We can do that by pressing our shortcut or if you want the long cut, go to your Layer pull-down menu, New and then Layer via Copy.
So I'm going to go ahead and press the shortcut, which is Command+J on a Mac, Ctrl+J on a PC. Just to illustrate, you can see that we have that selection on its own layer. Well, now we need to free transform this layer. You can do that by way of shortcut and/or a long cut. We are going to select Free Transform right here. In Free Transform, you will notice in the Options Bar you have a few different options. The percent is what we are going to change. We are going to change this to 105% and also 105% in the height. Typically, Hollywood Eyes ranges from anywhere from about 1% or 2% anywhere up to 5%, 6% or even 7% sometimes. Okay, we will press Enter or Return to apply that. Let's take a look at what we have done. Here is our before and then after. Well, we have definitely increased the size of the eyes but we have these problem areas. No big deal, here is what we are going to do.
We are going to click on the Add Layer Mask icon. Press the B key to select our Brush tool. Make sure we are going to paint with black, so I'll press the X key. That will flip those two colors there, so I have black. I want to paint with an Opacity of 100%. If I hit 0 on the keyboard right now, it takes that Opacity to 100%. Make my brush a little bit bigger and here I'm just going to go ahead and begin to paint away these rough edges. The transition areas, I'm going to really pay attention to, to make sure that this is going to look good. Well, so far so good. Let's take a look at our before and after. Here is our before, here is our after. Again, just want to make sure that we haven't made new mistakes. One of the things that I'm noticing is I haven't quite masked this in far enough on this side. So I'm going to go ahead and mask that in, so I have the original shape of the face. I brought in a little bit too much there and also over here on this side as well. I just want to bring that down, so we have that nice shape that we had before. Then I'm going to bring in a little bit of texture right here.
The nice thing about masking is that if I make a mistake like this, I go too far in, hit the X key and we can always paint that back, right? So that X key flip-flops as those white and black colors, which is really helpful. So here is our before and then after. Before and after. Again, just a few more little areas that we want to work on. Another thing that can help too is when you are blending the skin together is to lower the opacity of your brush. So if you go down to 50%, press 5 or simply lower this. Then you can conceal little areas of the skin. It can help the areas blend together and create a nice smooth transition. So sometimes that helps as well.
Well, let's take a look at the overall before and after. Here is before and here is after. Really fascinating, isn't it? Just how you can make that simply type of a change in order to increase the size of the eyes. Well, there is more that I want to actually do with this particular photograph. So leave this one open and we will continue to enhance and improve the eyes in this photograph in the next movie.
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