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In this course, photographer, author, and teacher Chris Orwig details the tools every photographer needs to retouch portraits to make them look their best while remaining authentic. The course includes an overview of the retouching process and how to develop a plan for a retouching project.
After exploring techniques to improve the overall photo, Chris shares his techniques for reducing wrinkles, enhancing eyes and other facial features, improving hair, and retouching makeup. The course concludes with a look at retouching skin and reshaping portions of a portrait using transformations, the Warp tool, and the Liquify filter.
Now that we've cleaned up the shape of the eyebrows, let's take a look at how we can use adjustment layers and blending modes in order to add a little bit of density to the eyebrow. This is especially helpful when someone has a lighter color hair; it can just help add a little bit more there, when it comes to their eyebrows. All right, well first let's click on the adjustment layer icon for Curves. What we're going to do is actually not make any Curves adjustments at all; rather, we're going to change this Curves layer here to a blending mode of Multiply.
In doing that, we'll see we have a really nice darkening effect. Well, we don't want to darken everything, so we need to invert the mask. You can invert the mask by pressing Command+I on a Mac, or Control+I on Windows. Next up is to select your Brush tool. After you have the Brush tool, you want to paint it with white, and you want to use a relatively low Opacity. Here we'll bring this down even a little bit more. We want to have a nice soft-edge brush. We're just going to go ahead and paint over the eyebrows. In doing that, you can see that as I paint back and forth, I can start to darken up different areas of the eyebrows.
Sometimes you can use this technique to kind of fill in gaps if there are gaps there, or if you just want to darken the overall eyebrow, you can paint over all of it. I'll also paint on this eyebrow over here with white, and in doing that, if we click on this eye icon, you can see here is our before, and our after. That Multiply blending mode does a great job at darkening things. The eyebrows here are a bit too dark, so I'll go ahead and decrease my Opacity. This is where we can control how far we want to go with this. Another way that you can enhance eyebrows is by duplicating this layer with this nice mask which we've created, and then by changing the blending mode to Soft Light.
So here, press Command+J on a Mac, or Control+J on Windows, and then rather than using Multiply, this time we'll use Soft Light. What Soft Light will do is just add some nice contrast to that area of the picture, and then again, we can dial in how much contrast, and also bring in a little bit of color there as well, so how much contrast and color we want with this Soft Light blending. By using this technique of having these two layers on these different blending modes, you can see how we're able to change the characteristics of those eyebrows.
One layer, the Soft Light layer, really controls the contrast, and a little bit of the color. The Multiply; that's the one which allows us to control how much we want to darken these. And sometimes by darkening the eyebrows just a touch, it can kind of be a nice framing feature, which can help make your portraits even more kind of distinct. All right! Well, let's evaluate. Here it is: our before and after with this last eyebrow darkening technique, and then we can see our overall before and after, and we can see how we've improved the eyebrows in this beauty portrait.
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