Photoshop CS4 Portrait Retouching Essential Training
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Video: Enhancing eye details

Let's continue to talk about how we can enhance and improve eyes. Eyes are so important, because really in a photograph those are one of the first things that you look at. You are drawn to the eyes, and that's especially the case in this portrait of my daughter Annika. Well, let's go ahead and zoom in on this photo. We will do that by double- clicking the Zoom tool, so that we can get nice and close to the eyes there. One of the things that we are noticing for starters is that she has big beautiful blue eyes. I love those eyes. And let's say what we want to do is really bring out some of those qualities in the eyes. So we want to enhance them a little bit and bring out some more sharpness, some more detail, some more color and tone. Well, there are a couple of different things that we can do here.
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  1. 3m 22s
    1. Introduction
      2m 35s
    2. Using the exercise files
      47s
  2. 16m 23s
    1. Initial retouching considerations
      5m 21s
    2. Retouching workflow strategies
      3m 57s
    3. Retouching roadmap: Making notes
      2m 33s
    4. Using a Wacom Tablet
      2m 21s
    5. Resources and inspiration
      2m 11s
  3. 19m 44s
    1. White balancing in Adobe Camera Raw
      5m 51s
    2. White balancing with curves
      3m 10s
    3. Fine-tuning color with curves
      2m 17s
    4. Color-correcting white and black points in a photo
      3m 32s
    5. Color-correcting with a color card
      2m 59s
    6. Applying curves adjustments to another image
      1m 55s
  4. 35m 38s
    1. Reducing red skin tones
      3m 36s
    2. Correcting and enhancing skin colors
      2m 46s
    3. Introducing skin tone color correction
      3m 1s
    4. Color-correcting skin by the numbers
      2m 59s
    5. Color-correcting light skin tones: Male
      3m 25s
    6. Color-correcting light skin tones: Female
      2m 40s
    7. Color-correcting light skin tones: Children
      2m 46s
    8. Color-correcting medium light skin tones: Female
      2m 46s
    9. Color-correcting medium dark skin tones: Male
      3m 44s
    10. Color-correcting dark skin tones: Male
      5m 15s
    11. Color-correcting dark skin tones: Female
      2m 40s
  5. 34m 29s
    1. Using the Spot Removal tool
      5m 11s
    2. Deconstructing Clone and Heal spot removal
      2m 59s
    3. Cleaning up small skin variations
      5m 36s
    4. Reducing blemishes and skin shine
      3m 54s
    5. Cleaning up a portrait backdrop
      1m 39s
    6. Cleaning up a backdrop
      4m 33s
    7. Reducing wrinkles and Camera Raw workflow
      7m 46s
    8. Removing lens dust from images
      2m 51s
  6. 1h 1m
    1. Creative tip: Leaving crumbs
      1m 8s
    2. Removing background distractions
      7m 31s
    3. Removing elements with the Patch tool
      8m 27s
    4. Removing T-shirt graphics
      4m 6s
    5. Removing distractions near subjects
      6m 5s
    6. Simplifying a background
      7m 24s
    7. Cleaning up small facial details
      5m 50s
    8. Simple skin retouching project
      7m 29s
    9. Reducing hot spots
      4m 56s
    10. Cleaning up small hair details
      9m 2s
  7. 19m 39s
    1. Taking notes on an image
      2m 8s
    2. Cleaning up small details
      7m 12s
    3. Improving an eyebrow
      4m 13s
    4. Working on shadows
      6m 6s
  8. 15m 37s
    1. Creative tip: Letting go of perfection
      1m 25s
    2. Cleaning up the background
      4m 28s
    3. Improving the face
      5m 8s
    4. Cleaning up the details
      4m 36s
  9. 24m 41s
    1. Cleaning up the background
      5m 43s
    2. Improving background tone and texture
      6m 21s
    3. Fixing details and wrinkles
      4m 33s
    4. Final detail corrections
      4m 22s
    5. Bonus color enhancements
      3m 42s
  10. 38m 51s
    1. Creative tip: Movie critic
      58s
    2. Correcting tone with the Adjustment brush: Male
      5m 31s
    3. Correcting tone with the Adjustment brush: Female
      4m 58s
    4. Brightening with the Dodge tool
      3m 37s
    5. Correcting tone with curves
      5m 9s
    6. Enhancing with curves and the Burn tool
      3m 40s
    7. Quickly correcting tone with curves
      3m 35s
    8. Brightening with soft light blending
      4m 35s
    9. Darkening corners with soft light blending
      3m 54s
    10. Enhancing tone with shadows and highlights
      2m 54s
  11. 36m 11s
    1. Reducing shallow wrinkles with the Healing brush
      4m 32s
    2. Reducing wrinkles with Clone Stamp blending
      4m 2s
    3. Reducing deeper wrinkles with the Healing brush
      5m 57s
    4. Organizing layers and masking
      3m 15s
    5. Using the Dodge tool and blending modes on wrinkles
      4m 9s
    6. Using cloning, healing, and curves on wrinkles
      7m 33s
    7. Removing face and garment wrinkles for a magazine cover
      6m 43s
  12. 1h 1m
    1. Creative tip: Art and craft
      59s
    2. Adding sparkle to the eyes
      4m 25s
    3. Enhancing eye details
      3m 55s
    4. Brightening eyes
      6m 4s
    5. Improving eyes and darkening edges
      5m 38s
    6. Improving eyes with curves and color
      5m 3s
    7. Enhancing eyes with curves
      3m 42s
    8. Changing eye color
      6m 18s
    9. Adding a catch light
      2m 19s
    10. Sharpening eyes behind glasses
      4m 27s
    11. Whitening eyes
      2m 24s
    12. Whitening eyes in detail
      7m 44s
    13. Creating "Hollywood eyes"
      3m 24s
    14. Modifying pupils and eye edges
      5m 11s
  13. 15m 27s
    1. Reshaping an eyebrow
      3m 24s
    2. Improving texture around an eyebrow
      3m 8s
    3. Darkening an eyebrow
      3m 50s
    4. Adding mascara to increase eyelash density
      2m 11s
    5. Adding eyelashes
      2m 54s
  14. 18m 13s
    1. Enhancing lip color and tone
      3m 22s
    2. Using curves and Hue/Saturation to improve lips
      4m 29s
    3. Adding dimension, shine, tone, and color
      4m 11s
    4. Improving shape and tone
      6m 11s
  15. 11m 53s
    1. Creative tip: Ansel Adams
      1m 36s
    2. Whitening teeth with the Dodge tool
      2m 14s
    3. Whitening teeth with Hue/Saturation
      5m 17s
    4. Removing a gap between teeth
      2m 46s
  16. 35m 20s
    1. Patching a gap in hair
      2m 45s
    2. Covering hair discoloration
      3m 20s
    3. Brightening hair for emphasis
      3m 8s
    4. Brightening dark roots
      4m 27s
    5. Adding hair
      4m 39s
    6. Fixing roots and hair color
      4m 17s
    7. Removing flyaway hairs
      12m 44s
  17. 36m 12s
    1. Additional makeup resources
      1m 30s
    2. Brightening shadowed areas on the face
      2m 46s
    3. Adding color to the cheeks
      4m 59s
    4. Improving the lips
      3m 3s
    5. Modifying lip color
      4m 28s
    6. Adding makeup
      3m 31s
    7. Modifying eye makeup color
      4m 58s
    8. Increasing color saturation and variety
      3m 19s
    9. Changing eye makeup color
      3m 15s
    10. Creating dimensions with contours
      4m 23s
  18. 45m 6s
    1. Creative tip: Know when to hold 'em
      1m 18s
    2. Reducing skin highlights
      4m 15s
    3. Cleaning up small skin blemishes
      5m 19s
    4. Healing small skin blemishes
      3m 16s
    5. Minimizing color variance
      3m 31s
    6. Reducing small details
      4m 40s
    7. Advanced skin enhancement
      6m 17s
    8. Beauty skin workflow
      8m 50s
    9. Fashion project pt. 1: Background cleanup
      4m 21s
    10. Fashion project pt. 2: Skin cleanup
      3m 19s
  19. 1h 5m
    1. Basic skin cleanup
      2m 49s
    2. Advanced blemish removal
      6m 39s
    3. Skin softening
      7m 5s
    4. Basic skin cleanup
      3m 42s
    5. Enhancing texture and tone
      5m 12s
    6. Basic retouching final steps
      4m 27s
    7. Final skin softening
      6m 53s
    8. High-Pass skin softening
      7m 38s
    9. Creating a skin-softening action
      7m 18s
    10. Speeding up skin softening with masking
      7m 1s
    11. Skin cleanup and softening with Camera Raw
      6m 53s
  20. 57m 34s
    1. Creative tip: The ethics of retouching
      1m 31s
    2. Yoga project
      8m 52s
    3. Fashion project pt. 1: Improving the facial expression
      2m 44s
    4. Fashion project pt. 2: Changing the arms
      4m 43s
    5. Fashion project pt. 3: Modifying the legs
      2m 54s
    6. Fashion project pt. 4: Increasing the height
      2m 29s
    7. Fashion project pt. 5: Working with light
      6m 4s
    8. Flamenco project pt. 1: Modifying the waist
      3m 37s
    9. Flamenco project pt. 2: Improving the waist
      1m 54s
    10. Flamenco project pt. 3: Adding height
      2m 16s
    11. Flamenco project pt. 4: Color and tone
      2m 52s
    12. Muscles project pt. 1: Introducing the Liquefy filter
      2m 46s
    13. Muscles project pt. 2: Using the Liquefy filter
      5m 13s
    14. Muscles project pt. 3: Burning and dodging
      6m 19s
    15. Muscles project pt. 4: Using curves
      3m 20s
  21. 43m 32s
    1. Improving the jaw line with Forward Warp Liquefy
      3m 21s
    2. Improving the jaw line with Push Left Liquefy
      3m 25s
    3. Improving the jaw line with the Free Transform tool
      1m 55s
    4. Creating simple symmetry in the face
      7m 21s
    5. Improving the Shape of Eyes, Ears, Nose and Face
      3m 49s
    6. Tailor fitting a wedding dress
      2m 32s
    7. Improving the face
      3m 20s
    8. Reducing the stomach size
      4m 29s
    9. Correcting distortion
      8m 49s
    10. Combining multiple exposures
      4m 31s
  22. 46m 0s
    1. Creative tip: Seal on photography
      1m 28s
    2. Color-correcting skin tones
      4m 8s
    3. Reducing blemishes
      3m 33s
    4. Enhancing tone
      3m 22s
    5. Adding makeup
      5m 17s
    6. Creating dimension with contours
      2m 57s
    7. Sharpening eyes
      5m 22s
    8. Improving eyes
      4m 44s
    9. Lightening dark roots
      1m 26s
    10. Smoothing skin
      3m 38s
    11. Enhancing color
      3m 29s
    12. Modifying the background
      6m 36s
  23. 38s
    1. Goodbye
      38s

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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.

Topics include:
  • Understanding the art of retouching
  • Using color correction tools to correct skin tone
  • Detailing and improving eyes and other facial features
  • Working with the Camera Raw Adjustment brush
  • Adding and improving hair
  • Whitening and brightening teeth
  • Softening skin and enhancing makeup
  • Subtly improving physique
  • Reviewing the final workflow for the best work possible
Subject:
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Software:
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Author:
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Enhancing eye details

Let's continue to talk about how we can enhance and improve eyes. Eyes are so important, because really in a photograph those are one of the first things that you look at. You are drawn to the eyes, and that's especially the case in this portrait of my daughter Annika. Well, let's go ahead and zoom in on this photo. We will do that by double- clicking the Zoom tool, so that we can get nice and close to the eyes there. One of the things that we are noticing for starters is that she has big beautiful blue eyes. I love those eyes. And let's say what we want to do is really bring out some of those qualities in the eyes. So we want to enhance them a little bit and bring out some more sharpness, some more detail, some more color and tone. Well, there are a couple of different things that we can do here.

One of the things that we have seen so far is that we can use blend modes. We can use blend modes in some pretty interesting way. So we can also sharpen eyes in some pretty interesting ways as well. So let's go ahead and experiment with some other techniques in order to accomplish similar things that we accomplished in the previous movie. Well for starters, let's copy that Background layer. Command+J on a Mac, Ctrl+J on a PC. We can go ahead and name this layer, high pass. We are going to take a look at how we can use high pass sharpening in order to increase the detail on eyes. We are going to navigate to our Filter pull-down menu and choose Other and then High Pass.

Now what High Pass gives us the ability to do is to dial in sharpness especially to areas. So I'm just going to bring up the Radius until I see nice detail in the eyes there. I'll go ahead and click OK. Then what you need to do is go to Image > Adjustments > Hue/ Saturation and desaturate all the way. We want to remove any color from this layer. Click OK. Then we are going to try one of two blend modes. We are either use Overlay or Soft Light. Let's go ahead and try Overlay for starters and then turn this layer on and off. Again, we just want to focus in on the eyes, because the face is too sharp, but those eyes look really good. Let's compare that to Soft Light. Okay well, that's a little bit more subdued. So I'll go ahead and zoom in a little bit further. So we can actually see what's happening here. Here is our before and then after. All right, great.

Well, this time what we are going to do is hold down the Option key on a Mac; Alt key on a PC, remember that's that renegade shortcut key and click on the Add Layer Mask icon. So that we have added a layer mask filled with Black. Well, in this image, because we are really focused in on the eyes, what we want to do is when we add our sharpening, we want to try to add our sharpening that follows the way that the eye actually work. So I'm going to go ahead and paint from the middle out and I'm going to try to bring in the sharpening along those lines, just really accentuating, or bringing out some of the detail of the eyes that we are seeing there and so I'm trying to follow this.

Remember, before because we are so zoomed out, we just did a real brush stroke that went kind of around the eye and in this case, I'm going from the middle out, and it's a pretty subtle improvement here and that depends on how far I actually paint this and how much color I bring in. So I'll click back in the mask there. I'm just going to go ahead and add a little bit more and a little bit more over here, looking for a little subtle improvement there, sharpening the eyes. If I press Command+J on a Mac, Ctrl+J on a PC, that will double the intensity of it. So here is our before and then our after. That little subtle improvement. If we zoom out a bit can really bring a lot of the detail out in the eyes. Here is our before and then after, just slowly starting to bring some sharpness to that area of the eye.

Now one of the things that you want to be careful of when you are sharpening eyes is you want to pay real close attention to your highlights, because sometimes when you have highlights like this and like this, they can become too sharp. If I look at my before and after, I brought in too much sharpening on that particular highlight, and it's a dead giveaway that this image was sharpened. It looks a little bit unnatural. So I need to go back to that mask, grab my brush, I'm going to paint with black and I'm going to hide or conceal by painting with black, the sharpening in that particular area. And sometimes what you can do is just go up to the edges of a highlight and just get rid of the edges and by taking those edges off your sharpening will look so much better.

All right, well stage one with this photograph is complete. There is more that I want to share with you in regards to enhancing eyes and with using this image. So we will continue to work on this photograph in the next movie.

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