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Photoshop CS5 for Photographers provides comprehensive Photoshop training targeting the needs of photographers. In this course, author Chris Orwig demonstrates the fundamental skills used to enhance digital photos, including managing and correcting color, sharpening, making selections and adjustments, retouching, and printing from Photoshop. In addition to teaching the techniques that enable photographers to refine and publish their photos, the course includes live-action segments that encourage thinking photographically and shooting with Photoshop’s capabilities in mind. Exercise files are included with the course.
Here I want to share with you a few tips for working with makeup. Well, let's take a look at how we can enhance some of the makeup that's already here. I am going to go ahead and zoom in on this photo a little bit, and there are a number of different types of adjustment layers we can work with. But let's say that what we want to do is focus in on the eyeshadow, the cheeks and also the lips. Let's start off with the eyeshadow. Well, one technique that we could use would be to click on the Color Balance adjustment layer. Here we can go ahead and modify the color one way or another. I'm just going to swing this one way and modify my sliders.
Next, I want this just to affect this area of the eye. So press Command+I on a Mac, Ctrl+I on a PC to invert the mask. Then go ahead and press the B key or select your Brush tool. What we want to do is paint with white. We want a nice small brush. So if you right-click or Ctrl+Click, you can change your brush size. Also, you want to remove the hardness. Almost, always in Photoshop when retouching, you want a soft edged brush there. Then all that I'm going to do is just start to paint over this area of the eye.
Pressing the left bracket key to make my brush a little bit smaller there. That way I can get into that portion of the eye. I'll do the same thing over here on the other side, just bringing in a little bit of a different color. The nice thing about this is that if the color isn't very good, what we can do is we can continually change it. Let me show you what I mean. Here I can swing this one way or another, continually modifying that particular area of the face. We can come up with some pretty interesting color combinations.
Now, the one thing that you might want to do is just go into your Masks panel and feather out your selection just a bit to soften those edges up. It may be hard to see on the recording, but what that does is it just creates a little bit of a softer transition on those areas. Now, of course, you can always also lower the Opacity of this layer. Here I'm going to go ahead and bring that layer Opacity down. So I have a little bit more subtle hue of purple. Here we have our before, and then our after working on this area of the face.
Well, what about the cheeks here? Well, let's again go back to Color Balance. We'll click on the Adjustment Layer icon. Here, we're going to go ahead and choose Color Balance. Next, what I'm going to do is I want to bring in some nice Reds and Yellows. Actually, perhaps a little bit of Magenta. I actually like how it's affecting the entire image, but I want to focus this in on the cheeks. So we need to invert that mask. Press Command+I on a Mac, Ctrl+I on a PC. Then with a little bit of a bigger brush and a little bit of a lower Opacity, I'm going to go ahead and just start to paint with white in this area, bringing in some of this nice color here.
You can see how that shade is starting to come in. Here is our before and then after. Let me crank it up a little bit, so you can actually see it. There we go. Now we can see the color a little bit more clearly, just adding a little bit of vibrance and life to the cheeks there. Now, of course, what I need to do is go to my Mask panel, feather that out, soften that up. Now, because I happen to like this color shift, I'm also going to lower the Density. This is just a subjective edit, but what that's going to do is warm up the rest of the skin as well.
So here we have our before and then after. Let me zoom in a little bit more, so you can see that. Here we have before and then after, warming up the skin a touch and also bringing some nice color to the cheeks. Well, how else can we work on makeup? What about the lips? Well, just for the fun of it let's use a different type of an adjustment. This time, we'll go to Curves. With Curves open, what I'm going to do is add a little bit of density here. So I'm going to click and drag down. I also want to add some Red, brighten up the Red there, going to that Blue/Yellow channel, add a little bit of Yellow into that.
So click and drag down, go to the Green/Magenta channel again. Click and drag down. I'm really focusing in on the color of the lips. All right! You know the routine, right? Command+I on your Mask if you're on a Mac, Ctrl+I on a PC. Then with our Brush tool, paint with white, make the brush a little smaller. We can do so by pressing the left bracket key. We're just going to paint over this area of the image. Now we can make some really dramatic changes if we want to. In this case, I'm going for a little bit more subtle, yet significant.
Keep things a little bit more simple. Well, let's take a look at how we're doing. Here is our before, and then our after perhaps, to have a little bit better visual so you can see what's happening. I'm going to bring that down even further. So here is our before and then after. Of course, almost as always, go to your Masks panel, then just soften those edges up just a touch to smooth things out. Well, let's zoom out here and see how we're doing. Here is our overall before, and then after. A little bit of a closer look here.
Here we have the before, and then after enhancing the makeup. Now, because this is a demo movie, I feel like I pushed the color here just a little bit too far, but I did that so you can see the effect. If it were an actual image that I were going to print or have published, what I would probably do is go back and modify this even further, lowering the intensity of that hue, also the lips, the same thing, bring those down just a bit, because you don't ever want to over-exaggerate things especially with a really natural looking image like this.
So something right in there I think looks nice. Again, our final, before and then after.
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