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Enhancing eyes with adjustment layers and blending


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Photoshop for Photographers: Portrait Retouching

with Chris Orwig

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This is a photograph of one of our good family friends, Maddy, and Maddy was dressed up for Halloween. She was going to this harvest festival, and I snapped this picture, and this is a photograph straight out of the camera. If we zoom in a little bit, you notice that she has these really bright and vibrant eyes, not to mention that she's wearing this really colorful Halloween costume. Well, let's take a look at how we can bring some more brightness and vibrance out of the color of her eyes, and let's explore how we can do that by using curves and masking.
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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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Photoshop for Photographers: Portrait Retouching
6h 4m Intermediate May 25, 2012

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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.

Topics include:
  • Using selections and cloning to remove small distractions
  • Removing lint
  • Improving skin
  • Removing tan lines
  • Correcting tone with Curves and masking
  • Burning and dodging
  • Reducing wrinkles
  • Enhancing eyes
  • Whitening teeth
  • Fixing flyaway hairs
  • Adding and changing makeup
  • Softening and adding a glow to skin
  • Reshaping the body subtly
Subjects:
Photography Portraits Retouching
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Chris Orwig

Enhancing eyes with adjustment layers and blending

This is a photograph of one of our good family friends, Maddy, and Maddy was dressed up for Halloween. She was going to this harvest festival, and I snapped this picture, and this is a photograph straight out of the camera. If we zoom in a little bit, you notice that she has these really bright and vibrant eyes, not to mention that she's wearing this really colorful Halloween costume. Well, let's take a look at how we can bring some more brightness and vibrance out of the color of her eyes, and let's explore how we can do that by using curves and masking.

All right. Well, here I'm going to zoom in even further, so I can focus in on those eyes. Next thing I want to do is I want to make a quick mask selection. Quick mask allows us to build a selection by painting on our image with black or white. To do that, press the Q key, then press the B key to select your Brush tool. With the Brush tool, we'll use a relatively high Opacity. We want to brush with nice softness there, and then we want a brush size that's a little bit bigger, so that we can then paint over the area of the eyes.

Next, what's going to happen is, as we start to paint, we'll see this red overlay on top of the eyes. Now, it will look a little bit strange, but that's okay. This is just showing us the area that we're selecting. That's how quick mask works, and in this case, we can just create this really nice soft edge selection, so that we can then modify this part of our picture. All right, well now that we have this nice selection, press the Q key again to exit quick mask. Now, the only problem with quick mask is that when you exit it, you actually have everything selected now, except for the eyes.

I'll show you what I mean here in a second. Well, here, we'll go ahead and click on our Curves adjustment layer icon, and if I make an adjustment to this layer, you can see I'm affecting everything but the eyes. Well, I want this adjustment to affect the eyes, so we need to invert the mask. You can do that by pressing Command+I on your keyboard, or you can click on the mask icon and then press the Invert button. What you want in the mask is a mask which is black, except for the area where it's white on the eyes. All right. Well now that we have built this mask out of our quick mask, what we want to do is we want to change the overall brightness of the eyes.

So I am going to go ahead and click and drag my curve up, and then bring in a little bit of contrast as well. This is an S-curve, which adds contrast, and color saturation, but it's a little bit high, so it's also brightening. In other words, I'm dragging this point up a bit higher than normal. So here, you can see how we're brightening, and how we're also adding some nice color saturation there. All right; well let's say that we also want to modify the color, but we want to do this on a separate layer. How can we do that? Well, one way that you can do that is you can reuse your mask.

You can reuse it by Command+clicking or Control+clicking the mask. That will reactivate that mask as a selection. Next, you can choose another adjustment. You could use any of these adjustment layers up here. Just to keep things simple, let's once again use a Curves adjustment. Well, here in Curves, I can go to the Red channel; the Red-cyan channel, where if I click and drag down, I can add more cyan, which makes the eyes appear more green. We could also go to the Green-magenta channel, and click and drag up to add some more green color there.

And then we could go to the Blue channel as well, and you can see how we can use these different channels to really modify the overall color of the eyes. Now, the color effect that I've dialed in is obviously over the top. If we look at our before and after, and if we zoom out a little bit, we can see how those eyes, they're way too green. Yet it's interesting to see how you have a lot of control when you're working with the mask in an adjustment. Next step would be, of course, to diminish or decrease the Opacity here, and I'll do that by just bringing that back, so the color isn't quite so surreal.

That would being said, I do want some nice bright, vivid colors, because that's what this photograph is about. If we click and drag across the eye icons, we can see there is our before, and then click and drag again; now here is our after.

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