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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.
In this portrait that I captured recently of Lynda Weinman of lynda.com, someone who we all respect and admire, we're going to look at how we can increase the density or the darkness of the lips, and also how we can modify the color. So let's go ahead and zoom in on this on this picture a little bit here. Next what I want to do is click on the Curves adjustment layer icon to create an adjustment which will allow me to then darken and change the color of the lips. Here we'll click, and drag down. Next what we're going to do is we're going to navigate into the Red channel. In the Red channel, rather than clicking and dragging up to bring up the red, I'm actually going to bring in some cyan. In doing that, it'll create nice tone here in the lips, and then finally, we'll go into our Green-magenta channel, and just focus in on what's happening to the lips, and I'll drag this down a little bit to bring in a touch of magenta.
Now, we can always change these amounts after the fact, but I just like to start off with something that might work. Next, let's invert the mask. You can do that by going to the Masks channel, and clicking Invert. This black mask is concealing all of our adjustment, so we then need to paint it into the lips. To do so, we'll grab the Brush tool, we'll paint with white, we'll choose a brush that's nice and small, without any Hardness, and we'll decrease our Opacity here a bit. Next, we can start to paint over the lips, and this will then bring in this new color and tone. If we need a smaller brush, as I do here, press the Left Bracket key; it's a nice shortcut to be able to change your brush size.
And if ever you make a mistake, let's say you paint in too much in one area, what you can do is you can always just hit the X key to paint it away. Let me kind of illustrate that. I'll just make a brushstroke, say, right here that I don't like. We'll press the X key, and then you can go ahead and paint that away. So if you hit X, it flips between black and white. Black will conceal; white will reveal the effect. So a lot of times when you're masking, you're going to go back and forth between black and white in order to get this to look good. All right, well next, let's evaluate how we're doing. Here's our before; here's our after.
Well, so far, so good. Yet, what I'm noticing is that I need to modify this a little bit more, so I'm going to go ahead and just use my mask here just a touch, and I'll try to bring this in a little bit less here. I'm lowering the Opacity by pressing a number on my keyboard; I pressed the 2 on the keyboard, just to kind of soften up that edge there a little bit. And then I'll increase the Feather just a little bit here to kind of soften the edges of all of these adjustments. And then I want to fill in the gaps in the makeup here just a little bit, so I'll create one more adjustment.
We'll click on the Curves adjustment here, and then I'll click and drag down to darken this. I need to change the color in a moment, but first, we'll press Command+I or Control+I to invert that, and then I'll go ahead and hit the X key to paint with white. And with white, I'm just going to darken up this lower area of the lip. I want to kind of strengthen that line, and also this area back over here. So just go ahead and bring in a little bit of that darkening effect, and in my Curve, you can see how we can kind of control that part of the image there.
And then we'll go into our different channels, and going to add just a touch of yellow there in order to soften that up. All right. Well so far, so good. Here we have our before, and then our after. Really, this is just utilizing or using all of our masking and curve skills that we already have. If we zoom out a little bit, we can kind of see how we're going in this nice direction of adding this look to this photograph. Last, but not the least with this one, I'm going to create one more Curves adjustment, and this time I'm just going to darken up everything, and also brighten up everything, adding a little bit more contrast, and color saturation.
The reason why I'm adding this S curve on top is just to kind of finish off this look, and add these nice, deep, rich tones here, so you can kind of see that before and after. All right, well let's evaluate everything. Here it is; here is before, and then click and drag on those icons. There you can see the after. You know, another great way to look at your before and after is to hold down the Option key on the Mac, Alt key on Windows, and then to click on the eye icon of your Background layer. By doing that, it will turn off the visibility of those other layers, so that you can see your overall before and after. Here it is: before, and then now, after.
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