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Enhancing a portrait with hand-painted masks

From: Photoshop CS5 for Photographers

Video: Enhancing a portrait with hand-painted masks

Let's continue, and take even further, this whole idea of how we can have hand painted masks, in order to modify different aspects of our image, and also let's add in a little bit how we can work with color. Well, here I have this portrait of two of my all time favorite people, my wife Kelly and my daughter Annika. They are sitting by a window, watching the snow fall up in the mountains. What I wanted to do is I want to improve this image just a little bit. Here is how I am going to do it. We are going to go ahead and navigate over to our Adjustment panel. I will click on the Curves icon.

Enhancing a portrait with hand-painted masks

Let's continue, and take even further, this whole idea of how we can have hand painted masks, in order to modify different aspects of our image, and also let's add in a little bit how we can work with color. Well, here I have this portrait of two of my all time favorite people, my wife Kelly and my daughter Annika. They are sitting by a window, watching the snow fall up in the mountains. What I wanted to do is I want to improve this image just a little bit. Here is how I am going to do it. We are going to go ahead and navigate over to our Adjustment panel. I will click on the Curves icon.

Well the first thing I want to do is I want to darken the image up a bit. I feel like it's just a little bit too bright. So I'm going to go ahead and darken that here. Once I do that, I notice that I actually don't want to darken this portion of the face. I want to bring back some of the detail. Well in order to do that, I'll select the Brush tool by pressing the B key, and then I'm going to paint with black. In other words, I am going to paint on this mask to conceal part of this adjustment here. So in order to do that, I'm just going to go ahead and start to make some brushstrokes in these areas that I think would be nice to have back. And one of the things that we're going to do is take a look at how we can improve this, kind of as we go.

One thing that I might want to do here is I might want to change my Opacity of my brush for a couple of different areas. So I may do that in a second, but in the meantime, I am just going to go ahead and paint across a few of these little areas here, bringing in the original brightness and tone. If ever we make a mistake, we will hit the X key and then paint with white. That would then reveal the adjustment. Hit the X key again and I continue painting. And I am just going to make this really big there. I press the right bracket key that made my brush big.

I am just looking to modify few of these little areas in here and brighten up some of the areas that were little bit darker. All right. Well, so far so good. Let's take a look at how we're doing. Here we have our before and then our after. Another interesting way to view your mask is to Shift+,lick the Mask, which will temporarily disable it. Here is before, without the Mask, and then Shift+Click again. Here is with the mask. Well, my brushstrokes are a little bit too harsh, so I am going to go to my Mask panel and then increase the feather amount. That will than smooth out all those different brushstrokes, and I want to go to a place where I still have definition, but where those brushstrokes aren't too harsh.

Now, I need to use this Feather amount, because that was just been pretty quick about my brushstrokes, but this Feather slider can really help me sweeten up those brushstrokes that I made. Another thing that I notice is that there are some areas of the image that are just too bright, for example, the white here on the background and also the white on the window. That's not going to print very well. So I'll go ahead and click on the Adjustment layer icon and choose Curves. Now this time what I'm to do is go ahead and click on my top point and bring that down. I am going to exaggerate this for a second, but you can see that I'm bringing back detail into these areas.

It's a nice way to bring detail back, so we are just going to bring that down a little bit and then drag this point down. Well we don't want this to apply everywhere, so we'll go ahead and just take a look at those areas that we want to effect, so we are focusing on those, and then we are going to invert the Mask. Press Command+I on the Mac; Ctrl+I on the PC. Next, we want to paint with white, so we can either press X or click on this bent arrow icon here, grab our Brush tool, and then we can start to paint this new detail into this area of the photograph, so that will reproduce a little bit better.

I will go ahead and do a little bit over here as well. Just bring in a little bit more detail on this side and then also, I'll go ahead and bring in a little bit on this side of Annika, because I got just a little bit too bright over there. All right, well so far so good. Here we have our before and then our after. Once again, we can modify how far we want to go with this. I will bring this down a little bit more, just to darken that up even more here. Clicking and dragging down both of those points. Next, we will go to the Mask panel and just increase the Feather a little bit.

Again, it helps us when we are working quickly with our Brush tool, just to soften out those edges and sweeten things up. Well, the image is looking a lot better. The last thing that I want to do here is work on color. So let's go ahead and click on the Adjustment Layer icon and now choose Curves. At this juncture, I am going to start up by going to the Red channel, and I am going to click in the middle. Then I can use my arrow keys to nudge this up, just a little bit. I will go down to the Green magenta channel. Click in the middle, and then I'm going to click down with my down arrow key, and then I will go to the Blue Yellow channel, same thing, and here I am going to click down to add a little bit of yellow.

What I am trying to do is just find a way to warm this image up without really over powering it. I think it's looking better. Here is our before, and then here is our after. Now, if we went too far in any of these channels, simply go back to them, and then you can press your arrow key in order to modify this. Like perhaps I don't need all of that red, and again, I am looking for a real subtle change. Here is our before and then our after. Let's zoom in a little bit closely so we can see that; again, before and then after. Subtle yet significant color change.

Now, perhaps I should make this a little more dramatic so that you guys can see it here. I am going to increase my Reds, and my Blues, and Yellows and just make this a little bit more warm here. and then also a little bit of Magenta. You can also click and drag these points in order to find the sweet spot for the color, and then I will go to RGB, and I am just going to brighten the whole image up just a touch. Now that I've done all the different adjustments, let's take a look at our before and after. We can do so by holding on the Option key on the Mac, Alt key on the PC and then clicking on the I icon of the background layer.

Here we have it, before and then after. Some pretty simple adjustments, yet they really helped improve this photograph. And the last thing that I want to point out is that what we can always do, let's say with the color layer or with any these layers, is that if this adjustment is too powerful, simply lower the opacity, and we can find the sweet spot for this adjustments. And in my opinion, I think this one needs to come down just a little bit. So now I have a much more subtle color shift. I don't want that one to be overpowering, so I simply lower its Opacity, and now I think this image looks good, our final before and then after.

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Photoshop CS5 for Photographers

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  1. 4m 16s
    1. Welcome
      2m 14s
    2. Using the exercise files
      45s
    3. Photography and Photoshop
      1m 17s
  2. 27m 21s
    1. Becoming a successful student of Photoshop
      1m 1s
    2. Strategies for success
      2m 9s
    3. Taking visual snapshots
      3m 32s
    4. The importance of the 30-minute blink
      2m 38s
    5. Isolation
      5m 41s
    6. Creative memorization
      2m 59s
    7. Say it out loud
      4m 9s
    8. Be prepared for surprises
      1m 17s
    9. Why Photoshop CS5?
      3m 55s
  3. 20m 8s
    1. What is Adobe Bridge?
      2m 51s
    2. Introducing the Bridge workspace
      2m 57s
    3. Using Bridge to review and evaluate photographs
      4m 12s
    4. Working with Bridge and Photoshop
      1m 56s
    5. Introducing Mini Bridge
      3m 49s
    6. Working with Mini Bridge
      4m 23s
  4. 25m 52s
    1. Choosing your color settings
      2m 35s
    2. HUD color picker preferences
      2m 44s
    3. Image interpolation preferences
      3m 52s
    4. Zoom preferences
      1m 47s
    5. Interface preferences
      3m 3s
    6. File-handling preferences
      2m 59s
    7. Performance preferences
      2m 28s
    8. Cursor preferences
      2m 59s
    9. Guides and type preview preferences
      3m 25s
  5. 23m 46s
    1. Introducing color management
      2m 53s
    2. Two simple steps for more accurate color
      5m 34s
    3. Opening and saving files with embedded profiles
      4m 28s
    4. Why color settings and monitor calibration matter
      5m 18s
    5. Creative tip: Setting up your studio
      1m 59s
    6. Monitor calibration
      1m 46s
    7. Color management resources
      1m 48s
  6. 35m 9s
    1. Introducing the Tools panel
      1m 27s
    2. Working with the Tools panel
      4m 36s
    3. Viewing and arranging documents
      4m 29s
    4. Combining multiple images
      4m 15s
    5. Closing multiple images
      2m 17s
    6. Working with panels
      3m 50s
    7. Customizing your workspace
      4m 14s
    8. Creating custom keyboard shortcuts
      4m 49s
    9. Working with the Application bar and Full Screen view
      4m 3s
    10. Working with a Wacom tablet
      1m 9s
  7. 22m 54s
    1. Bit depth 101
      5m 29s
    2. Introducing image size
      3m 26s
    3. Resizing images
      6m 50s
    4. Resizing by cropping
      2m 33s
    5. Straightening an image
      2m 22s
    6. Creative tip: Sizing images correctly
      2m 14s
  8. 33m 49s
    1. Introducing the Camera Raw preferences
      3m 33s
    2. Opening images in Camera Raw
      3m 48s
    3. Using the basic Camera Raw controls
      3m 20s
    4. Color correction and white balance
      3m 7s
    5. Processing multiple images
      2m 21s
    6. Crop and compose
      4m 31s
    7. Converting to black and white
      2m 26s
    8. Camera raw workflow
      7m 36s
    9. Saving images from Adobe Camera Raw
      3m 7s
  9. 38m 9s
    1. Introducing transparency
      1m 29s
    2. Introducing layers
      2m 58s
    3. Working with layers
      3m 49s
    4. Aligning layers
      2m 8s
    5. Creating new layers
      4m 18s
    6. Organizing layers
      3m 34s
    7. Layer style effects
      6m 18s
    8. Creating a clipping mask
      3m 0s
    9. Targeting and moving layers
      4m 10s
    10. Layers shortcuts
      6m 25s
  10. 44m 59s
    1. Using the Magic Wand
      4m 43s
    2. Using the Quick Select tool to remove a background
      2m 16s
    3. Using the Quick Select tool for creative color effects
      2m 23s
    4. Using the Marquee Selection tool
      2m 55s
    5. Using the Magnetic Lasso tool
      3m 6s
    6. Using the Polygonal Lasso tool
      3m 28s
    7. Making color range selections
      3m 35s
    8. Using Refine Edge to improve selections
      3m 17s
    9. Using Refine Edge with a color range
      4m 21s
    10. Introducing paths
      3m 43s
    11. Creating a path selection
      4m 24s
    12. Using a path selection to improve color
      6m 48s
  11. 42m 31s
    1. Introducing masking
      1m 13s
    2. Deconstructing how masking works
      6m 56s
    3. Masking defined
      1m 51s
    4. Refining masked edges
      5m 58s
    5. Building a mask based on color
      6m 11s
    6. Changing a color using a mask
      3m 54s
    7. Masking and selective sharpening
      5m 53s
    8. Using the Mask panel controls
      4m 7s
    9. Quick Mask mode
      6m 28s
  12. 15m 8s
    1. Creating a custom border using masking
      6m 10s
    2. Using pre-built borders
      4m 21s
    3. Exploring sample image frames
      4m 37s
  13. 21m 40s
    1. Introducing the Adjustments panel
      4m 50s
    2. Using Hue/Saturation and the Target Adjustment tool
      4m 29s
    3. Adjusting brightness and contrast
      4m 46s
    4. Working with vibrance and saturation
      3m 31s
    5. Working with adjustment layer presets
      4m 4s
  14. 27m 10s
    1. Introducing levels
      3m 29s
    2. Enhancing color and tone with levels
      6m 32s
    3. Modifying color and contrast with levels
      6m 15s
    4. Using levels to make subjective color shifts
      5m 11s
    5. Using levels and masking
      3m 5s
    6. Creative tip: Checking in
      2m 38s
  15. 34m 14s
    1. Introducing the Curves dialog box
      2m 53s
    2. Demystifying curves
      5m 45s
    3. Using curves to modify color, contrast, and tone
      2m 58s
    4. Combining selections and masking with curves
      3m 6s
    5. Creating hand-painted masks
      4m 27s
    6. Enhancing a portrait with hand-painted masks
      6m 23s
    7. Using curves to enhance color
      4m 24s
    8. Using multiple curves adjustments
      1m 41s
    9. Using, modifying, and saving curves presets
      2m 37s
  16. 23m 5s
    1. Creative tip: Blending two elements
      58s
    2. Introducing blending modes
      2m 26s
    3. Blending modes visualized
      4m 40s
    4. Blending multiple images together
      4m 34s
    5. Using blending modes to remove white or black
      1m 53s
    6. Improving overexposure using blending
      1m 36s
    7. Improving underexposure using blending
      4m 8s
    8. Blending shortcuts
      2m 50s
  17. 16m 40s
    1. Correcting color with the eyedroppers
      4m 58s
    2. Correcting color and tone with the eyedroppers
      4m 14s
    3. Correcting color with Camera Raw
      1m 58s
    4. Camera Raw color correction with a color chart
      1m 52s
    5. Color-correcting skin by the numbers
      3m 38s
  18. 27m 27s
    1. Replacing color
      2m 9s
    2. Replacing color with Hue/Saturation
      5m 12s
    3. Modifying color with Selective Color
      3m 40s
    4. Modifying multiple colors with Selective Color
      3m 5s
    5. Creating dramatic sunset colors
      2m 59s
    6. Using Color Balance to improve sunrise colors
      1m 13s
    7. Using Color Balance, selections, and masks together
      4m 57s
    8. Improving a family portrait with Color Balance
      2m 35s
    9. Creative tip: Shoot more
      1m 37s
  19. 31m 12s
    1. Creative tip: The digital darkroom
      1m 20s
    2. Introducing the Burn and Dodge tools
      3m 22s
    3. Using the Burn and Dodge tools
      3m 31s
    4. Enhancing dimension with the Burn and Dodge tools
      3m 58s
    5. Improving tone with the Burn and Dodge tools
      3m 12s
    6. Using Soft Light for burning and dodging
      5m 58s
    7. Darkening with the Soft Light blending mode
      5m 39s
    8. Adding contrast to the highlights
      4m 12s
  20. 15m 1s
    1. Introducing black-and-white conversion
      4m 9s
    2. Converting a portrait to black-and-white
      4m 22s
    3. Converting a landscape to black-and-white
      2m 18s
    4. Adding grain and tone to a black-and-white image
      2m 39s
    5. Creative tip: Seeing beyond color
      1m 33s
  21. 11m 2s
    1. Adding lens flare
      3m 34s
    2. Adding film grain
      1m 47s
    3. Introducing Smart Filters
      1m 44s
    4. Applying Smart Filters
      3m 57s
  22. 10m 17s
    1. Reducing noise with Surface Blur
      4m 25s
    2. Using the Noise Reduction filter
      2m 56s
    3. Advanced noise reduction using channels
      2m 56s
  23. 45m 18s
    1. Using the Dust and Scratches filter
      3m 8s
    2. Removing dust and scratches with masking
      2m 44s
    3. Introducing the trio of healing tools
      5m 30s
    4. Using the Healing and Clone Stamp tools
      3m 26s
    5. Healing along edges and areas of contrast
      2m 8s
    6. Healing and patching
      5m 19s
    7. Using Content-Aware Fill
      4m 27s
    8. Using multiple content-aware tools for the best results
      4m 19s
    9. Making multiple selections with Content-Aware Fill
      2m 18s
    10. Deleting unwanted elements
      3m 59s
    11. Removing a garment strap with spot healing
      1m 46s
    12. Cleaning up an image with spot healing, cloning, and healing
      6m 14s
  24. 48m 59s
    1. Creative tip: Leaving crumbs
      1m 18s
    2. Whitening teeth
      2m 8s
    3. Improving eyes
      3m 24s
    4. Changing eye color
      2m 48s
    5. Enhancing makeup
      5m 33s
    6. Removing blemishes
      2m 20s
    7. Softening skin
      7m 0s
    8. Reducing shadows around eyes
      5m 32s
    9. Reducing and removing wrinkles around eyes
      6m 43s
    10. Improving highlights and shadows
      5m 6s
    11. Changing body size and shape with Liquify
      3m 50s
    12. Modifying the body with Puppet Warp
      3m 17s
  25. 23m 19s
    1. Using the Lens Correction filter
      5m 16s
    2. Removing distortion with Automatic Lens Correction
      2m 22s
    3. Improving a portrait with Lens Correction
      2m 16s
    4. Using Free Transform to correct perspective
      4m 47s
    5. Using Puppet Warp to correct perspective
      4m 47s
    6. Changing a portrait with Puppet Warp
      3m 51s
  26. 37m 11s
    1. Introducing Smart Sharpen
      4m 56s
    2. Smart Sharpen demystified
      5m 49s
    3. Smart Sharpen and masking
      8m 49s
    4. Using Smart Sharpen on small details
      5m 3s
    5. Using the Unsharp Mask filter
      6m 9s
    6. High Pass sharpening an image
      6m 25s
  27. 20m 5s
    1. Resizing for the web and email
      4m 23s
    2. Sharpening for the web and email
      2m 49s
    3. Correcting color for the web and email
      3m 50s
    4. Saving and exporting images for the web and email
      2m 43s
    5. Creating a web gallery
      4m 0s
    6. Sharing photos online
      2m 20s
  28. 17m 15s
    1. Desktop printing recommendations
      2m 46s
    2. Creating a PDF layout and contact sheets
      3m 5s
    3. Resizing and sharpening for a specific print size
      3m 12s
    4. Using Soft Proof to preview the print
      3m 48s
    5. Using the Print dialog box
      2m 25s
    6. Choosing printer settings
      1m 59s
  29. 56s
    1. Goodbye
      56s

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