Photoshop CS5: Athletic Retouching Projects
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Photoshop CS5: Athletic Retouching Projects

with Chris Orwig

Video: Enhancing the eyes

At this stage in the process, one of the things that I want to do is start to organize my layers and my image, and then move forward even further. So, so far we've made some great progress and we can see that we've done some work on the shadows, some details on the skin. Also, we've brought in some nice sharpness to the eyes. Well, what I'm going to do is actually merge all of those layers together. One of the best ways to do that, if you have blending or Opacity is to merge to top and then merge to the bottom. Let's do that. So, we merge to the top by clicking in the top layer, pressing Shift+Option+Command+E on a Mac, Shift+Alt+Ctrl+E on Windows.
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  1. 1m 55s
    1. Welcome
      53s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 2s
  2. 58m 44s
    1. Creating two exposures with Adobe Camera Raw
      7m 20s
    2. Cleaning up the small details
      4m 22s
    3. Reducing brightness on the skin
      6m 7s
    4. Enhancing color and tone
      5m 17s
    5. Using curves and blending modes for tone
      4m 12s
    6. Improving the eyes
      5m 38s
    7. Modifying the jacket
      6m 38s
    8. Changing the background color
      3m 11s
    9. Final adjustments
      3m 58s
    10. Sharpening the image
      7m 52s
    11. Black-and-white creativity
      4m 9s
  3. 13m 19s
    1. Simplifying with selections
      6m 4s
    2. Cleaning up the details
      4m 1s
    3. Filling in the windows
      3m 14s
  4. 18m 1s
    1. Enhancing muscles
      4m 16s
    2. Adding zoom and modifying color
      5m 14s
    3. Working with contrast
      3m 32s
    4. Blending with a displacement map
      4m 59s
  5. 34m 54s
    1. Cleaning up the original image
      2m 43s
    2. Removing small details
      6m 13s
    3. Removing blemishes and distractions from the background
      8m 6s
    4. Lightening certain colors
      5m 2s
    5. Enhancing the color and tone
      4m 34s
    6. Adding motion blur to the cyclist
      3m 51s
    7. Sharpening and creating layer comps
      4m 25s
  6. 27m 27s
    1. Improving the composition by cropping
      1m 38s
    2. Toning the image with HDR toning
      3m 48s
    3. Adding multiple blending modes to one adjustment
      3m 15s
    4. Creative color reduction
      5m 32s
    5. Sharpening the image
      6m 51s
    6. Enhancing the color and tone
      6m 23s
  7. 16m 13s
    1. Applying a freeform crop
      1m 56s
    2. Modifying the shadows and highlights
      1m 59s
    3. Working with Smart Sharpen
      2m 43s
    4. Changing the color and tone
      3m 44s
    5. Enhancing the color and sharpness
      3m 43s
    6. Final project review
      2m 8s
  8. 34m 6s
    1. Combining multiple exposures
      2m 7s
    2. Masking in the eyes
      5m 54s
    3. Cleaning up the small details
      5m 17s
    4. Enhancing the eyes
      6m 10s
    5. Sharpening the eyes
      2m 31s
    6. Enhancing the skin
      4m 28s
    7. Modifying the overall color and tone
      5m 15s
    8. Final project review
      2m 24s
  9. 22m 32s
    1. Removing unwanted background elements
      3m 45s
    2. Correcting the wall color
      4m 33s
    3. Improving the color of the track
      6m 59s
    4. Adding motion blur
      4m 10s
    5. Improving composition by cropping
      3m 5s
  10. 33m 58s
    1. Using Liquify to change the shape
      4m 56s
    2. Improving the shadows
      3m 4s
    3. Cleaning up the details
      4m 25s
    4. Removing unwanted highlights on the skin
      5m 2s
    5. Sculpting dimension in the muscles
      6m 52s
    6. Increasing height
      4m 49s
    7. Applying midtone contrast and sharpening
      4m 50s
  11. 36m 10s
    1. Making basic adjustments with Adobe Camera Raw (project 1)
      4m 27s
    2. Enhancing the color and tone
      4m 35s
    3. Final project review
      7m 14s
    4. Making basic adjustments with Adobe Camera Raw (project 2)
      3m 44s
    5. Working with shadows, highlights, and curves
      5m 32s
    6. Making creative color adjustments
      5m 20s
    7. Modifying the tone and sharpening
      5m 18s
  12. 16m 27s
    1. Converting the image to black and white
      3m 29s
    2. Improving the eyes
      2m 31s
    3. Sharpening the details
      6m 19s
    4. Enhancing the color and tone
      4m 8s
  13. 9m 42s
    1. Cleaning up the image with Content-Aware Fill
      2m 47s
    2. Removing and repositioning the subjects
      6m 55s
  14. 45m 42s
    1. Making basic adjustments with Adobe Camera Raw (project 1)
      4m 21s
    2. Cleaning up the small details
      3m 22s
    3. Modifying the tone
      4m 5s
    4. Adding grain
      7m 36s
    5. Making basic adjustments with Adobe Camera Raw (project 2)
      8m 39s
    6. Working with curves
      2m 33s
    7. Sharpening the details
      4m 54s
    8. Enhancing the color and tone
      6m 15s
    9. Final project review
      3m 57s
  15. 24s
    1. Goodbye
      24s

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Watch the Online Video Course Photoshop CS5: Athletic Retouching Projects
6h 9m Intermediate Sep 29, 2010

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In Photoshop CS5: Athletic Retouching Projects, Chris Orwig demonstrates how to use Photoshop CS5 to add energy, motion, and strength to portraits and shots of athletes in action. This course covers removing blemishes from the subject and the background, adding motion blur, enhancing muscle tone, and making adjustments to photos shot in outdoor lighting conditions. Sections on underwater portraits and working with multiples subjects are also included. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Creating and combining multiple exposures
  • Repositioning subjects
  • Enhancing color and tone
  • Removing unwanted background elements
  • Simplifying with selections
  • Improving composition with cropping
  • Toning with the High Dynamic Range (HDR) Pro toolset
  • Enhancing eyes
  • Changing shape and sculpting muscles with Liquify
  • Increasing height
  • Sharpening and creating final layer comps
Subject:
Photography
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Chris Orwig

Enhancing the eyes

At this stage in the process, one of the things that I want to do is start to organize my layers and my image, and then move forward even further. So, so far we've made some great progress and we can see that we've done some work on the shadows, some details on the skin. Also, we've brought in some nice sharpness to the eyes. Well, what I'm going to do is actually merge all of those layers together. One of the best ways to do that, if you have blending or Opacity is to merge to top and then merge to the bottom. Let's do that. So, we merge to the top by clicking in the top layer, pressing Shift+Option+Command+E on a Mac, Shift+Alt+Ctrl+E on Windows.

Click in that top layer and then Shift+Click in the bottom layer of the adjustments that you've made. So, we have all four of these layers selected. Next we press Command+E on a Mac, Ctrl+E on Windows. We'll go ahead and just name this one r1 for retouch 1, so we can see all of our adjustments here. Here's our before, and then after. We're kind of committing to this, organizing our Layers palette, which in turn gives us a bit of momentum in order to move forward. Well, the next thing that I want to do is I want to trim the image. I have this edge here that was created when I align my two images.

To do that, we can go to our Image pulldown menu and then choose Trim. We'll go ahead and choose the Top Left Pixel Color, which is transparent, and then we'll go ahead and click OK. That in turn will recrop this image so that we can now really focus in on what we're doing. All right, great, well now that we've done some of that organizational work, next I want to work on the eyes. So, let's zoom way in on those eyes. What can we do to modify those? Well, there are a number of different techniques that we can use. One technique that we can use involves adding a bit of contrast or using blending modes or even adding a bit of sharpening just to the eyes.

So, let's take a look at how we could do this. Here, what I'm going to do just for the sake of doing something different is press the Q key to enter into Quick Mask. Next, I'll press the B key to grab my Brush tool. I'll make sure I'm painting at 100% Opacity and I'll make my brush nice and small, and I'm going to go ahead and paint with black. When I paint with black on Quick Mask, I should see this red overlay on top of the area where I've painted. I know that this looks a little bit strange, but you can think of Quick Mask as a way to quickly build up a mask. If ever you paint too far like I did there, hit the X key and then go ahead and paint that area out.

All we're looking to do here is just to have a quick selection of the eyes. Now, let's exit Quick Mask by pressing the Q key. Next thing we want to do is create an adjustment. To do so, we need to determine what type of adjustment. One that might be fun to use is Curves. So, here we'll click on Curves, and then I'm just going to make a drastic Curves adjustment. Now, when I do that, I realize oh, bummer! This adjustment is applied to everything but the eyes. It's the exact opposite of what I want. Then I say to myself, no big deal. I can quickly invert this mask.

To do that, press Command+I. Well, now I have this brightness, which comes in just to the eyes there, and I can control how bright I want this to be. I can also go into my other channels like say the Red channel and add perhaps a little bit of cyan in there by dragging down. You can see it becomes more cyan or red depending on where I position that curve. Go to the Blue/Yellow channel. Bring up the blues a little bit. Here you can see you can really combine the color that you want. You can also go back to the RGB Composite and you can experiment a bit.

So, say you want to add a little bit of contrast and color saturation. You can have quite a bit of fun with modifying the eyes. Now, here, the eyes don't look very natural or realistic, so I'm going to click the Reset button to bring everything back to normal. Next, all that I want to do here is just a little bit of brightening on those eyes and just a touch of color. So, I'll go into the Red/Cyan channel, just add a little bit of cyan there, and I think that looks pretty good. Here we have before, and then after. We can, of course, go further if you want to do that.

You could experiment a little bit with how to do this. Now, in regards to my mask, it's okay, but I want to mask out the top area of the image. So, I'm grabbing the Brush tool, make my brush a little bit bigger, and I'm just going to lower the Opacity. The reason I'm doing this is I shouldn't be as bright up top. The brightness should be more down to the lower part of the eye, the opposite side of the light source there. Well, another thing that we could do would be to copy this layer. Let's go ahead and copy it, and then to try a blending mode. We could try a blending mode like Screen, which would really brighten things up.

We could try a blending mode like Soft Light, which really adds a lot of nice contrast. We can also go and try Mask and say well, how about if we just add a little bit more into that area? We could do that, paint in this mask to modify it. Another interesting thing you can do with eyes is you can have one layer onscreen. That's the brightness, copy this. Another layer on Soft Light. That's the contrast. Then lower the Opacity of these two layers until you have a nice mix of contrast and also a nice mix of brightness.

So again, here we have before and then after, just a little nice snap to those areas of the image. Now, in this case, I've kind of pushed the eyes pretty far. Here's my before. Here's my after. I'm not totally sure that this is going to work well, that this is going to be good. It might be that I've gone too far. Well, here's what I like to do. I like to zoom out. Press Command+Minus on a Mac, Ctrl+ Minus on Windows. Evaluate what you've done. Perhaps, modify the Opacity of some of your adjustments here, or another thing that you can do is click in one of these layers, hold down the Shift key, clicking another, then press Command+G for Group.

Once you've grouped those together, you can then turn this on or off, and you can also lower the Opacity so you have just the right amount of color and tone there, so that it looks realistic. It's not over the top. But so that it is in a sense bringing out some of those color and tones that are there, or it's bringing out that effect that you want to create. All right, well, so far so good! We've done some great work with the eyes or sharpness, their color and tone. Let's go ahead and push this even further. And we'll do that in the next movie.

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