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Photoshop for Photographers: Portrait Retouching
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Exploring advanced teeth whitening


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Photoshop for Photographers: Portrait Retouching

with Chris Orwig

Video: Exploring advanced teeth whitening

In this movie, we will be working on a photograph which we worked on in a previous chapter, and in that chapter, we talked about how we could reduce and remove small blemishes or wrinkles. If you click on the eye icon, you can see here is our before, and then now our after. Whenever you're retouching a photograph, you need to have a good cohesive workflow. In other words, you need to work on all different areas of your picture, especially the teeth. Well here, I want to share with you a valuable technique that you can use for teeth whitening.
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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

Exploring advanced teeth whitening

In this movie, we will be working on a photograph which we worked on in a previous chapter, and in that chapter, we talked about how we could reduce and remove small blemishes or wrinkles. If you click on the eye icon, you can see here is our before, and then now our after. Whenever you're retouching a photograph, you need to have a good cohesive workflow. In other words, you need to work on all different areas of your picture, especially the teeth. Well here, I want to share with you a valuable technique that you can use for teeth whitening.

Let's zoom in on this picture a little bit. In this particular technique, it's going to require that we create some adjustment layers, build some masks, and also work with blending modes. So let's start off by clicking on the adjustment layer icon for Hue/Saturation. Next click on the Targeted Adjustment tool, and then click on one of the teeth. This will then take you to the Yellows channel, and it will show you which colors you're working with. Here we want to desaturate, so we are going to bring down our Saturation. I also want to increase the Lightness just a touch as well.

Next, you want to go back to the Master channel here, and also just increase the Lightness just a little bit. Well so far, we can see that this effect is affecting the entire image; that's not very good. We need to then invert the mask. To do that press Command+I on a Mac, Control+I on windows, or go to Masks panel, and click on Invert. Next, press the B key to select your Brush tool. With the Brush tool, what we want to do is use a nice small brush. We also want to remove all the Hardness. For the Opacity, let's bring this down to about 70% or so, and then just make sure to paint with white.

Last, but not least here, with this tool, what we'll do is we'll just start to paint over the teeth. And what we should see is that this kind of looks like we are almost scrubbing away, or cleaning away the yellow effect on the teeth. Now, this first adjustment won't be everything. It won't be the perfect amount, and the perfect way to whiten the teeth. Rather, this is going to be the foundational step which we'll build upon as we create a couple more adjustments. That being said, it is important that your mask is really good; that you really focus it in on the teeth in order to whiten or brighten those teeth.

Also keep in mind, we are not interested in making these teeth pure white. Next let's go back to the Hue/Saturation adjustment. Here, let's go back to Yellows, and I am going to decrease even more of those yellows. Alright, if we click on the eye icon, we can see here's our before, now here's our after; it's starting to look better. Yet to take this even further, what we are going to do is duplicate this layer twice. Before we do that, though, let's go to our Masks panel, and just increase the Feather amount a little bit on this mask we've created to soften our brush strokes.

Then let's click and drag this to the New layer icon, not just once, but twice, so that we have three versions of this same adjustment. Let's turn off the visibility of those top two, so we can kind of talk about what we are going to do here. Well, this first Hue/Saturation layer: that was the one that got rid of most of the yellow. Next, with this one here, we're going to take the Opacity level down to about 10 or 15%, or so. Then we are going to take this to a blending mode of Screen. What that will do is it will brighten the teeth a little bit. You can kind of see how it's bringing some nice vibrance to those teeth.

Then this top layer, we will turn on the visibility there, decrease the Opacity to about 50% approximately, then we will take this to blending mode of Soft Light. This is going to bring in some nice contrast to the teeth. Now these last two layers, you can see what they did is they brightened, and also just made the teeth a little bit more vibrant, rather than a bit too muted. It's all of these adjustments together which have helped us to whiten or brighten the teeth, as you can see here as I am kind of clicking between this before and after view.

As always, whenever you're using a technique like this, just tinker a little bit with your Opacity until you get the brightness amount, or the contrast level just right for your own photograph. Alright, well here I am going to zoom out a little bit, so we can see how this looks inside of the entirety of the photograph. I want to make sure that the teeth aren't so white that they're drawing all of our attention towards them. With this photograph, I think it looks really natural, and I think that's a decent job at whitening those teeth. Let's look at the overall before and after. So here is before we did anything to the photograph, and then we can click and drag through our eye icons, and we can see the after.

In this case, what you can see is that the retouching work that we did previously was really important. It was important to do that, because in a way, I know this will sound kind of weird, but that kind of helped us to whiten the teeth. In other words, by retouching our photograph in this cohesive, or kind of holistic way, by working on different areas, it helped to improve all of the different elements of the image. That really is a trick with retouching. The trick is to focus in on all of these different little elements in order to come up with the best results.

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