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Extending a real-world scene, part 1

From: Photoshop for Photographers: Portrait Retouching

Video: Extending a real-world scene, part 1

In the previous two movies we gained some valuable skills and techniques, which will help us simplify and strengthen our photographs. We looked at how we can fill in or extend the background. Yet in both of those situations, the background or backdrop was pretty simple. What about images like this, where the backdrop is the real world? Well, here we're going to look at how we can use the Crop tool in order to extend our canvas, and then we'll explore how we can extend that background as well, so that the subject of this portrait is centered in the frame.

Extending a real-world scene, part 1

In the previous two movies we gained some valuable skills and techniques, which will help us simplify and strengthen our photographs. We looked at how we can fill in or extend the background. Yet in both of those situations, the background or backdrop was pretty simple. What about images like this, where the backdrop is the real world? Well, here we're going to look at how we can use the Crop tool in order to extend our canvas, and then we'll explore how we can extend that background as well, so that the subject of this portrait is centered in the frame.

All right. Well, first let's press the C key to select the Crop tool. Next in the options bar, you want to make sure to turn off the Delete Cropped Pixels. You almost always want that off, because if you turn that option off the crops that you applied to your image won't be permanent. You can always undo them. Next, rather than cropping into the photograph, I want to extend the canvas. To do that you can just hover over one of the handles and then click and drag. Here as I click and drag what we'll see is that I now have this subject here centered in this frame.

Yet on the left-hand side, I don't have any pixels. That's okay. We're going to invent those or create those. We're going to extend our image to that side of our document. All right, to apply this crop just press Enter or Return. Next, let's select another tool like the Move tool, in order to hide all of those crop handles. All right, well, now that we can see that this subject in this portrait is centered, I'm liking it a lot better. Yet obviously, I need to somehow re- create the bricks and also the fireplace on the left and the right side.

Let's start to take a look at how we can do this. I'm going to double-click on this layer here and just name this BG for background and then what I want to do is create a new layer. Here we'll create a new layer by clicking on the New Layer icon, and in this case I'm going to go ahead and name this layer extend. The next thing that I want to do is I want to make a selection. Here I'm going to make a selection with the Marquee tool. This gives us the ability to click and drag over our image, and what I want to do is just click and drag over this side of the frame, so I have a nice good sample area of my photograph.

Then we're going to jump to a tool which allows us to move content and it allows us to do this in a way that it blends the content together. Here we're going to use Content-Aware Move. When you select this tool, you can either move content, which will in essence kind of swap content out. Or you can choose Extend. That's what we want to do here. Next we want to Sample All Layers, so that our clean up work can be done on this new layer. By doing clean up work on a new layer, it just gives us more flexibility, so that we can always undo that if we need to later.

Next step, click and drag into that selection area. Drag over to the left and then let go. Photoshop will then do some of its magic. It will analyze the data and then it will seek to try to blend this together. In doing that, we can see it did a pretty good job. Let's go to Select and then choose Deselect. Here it helped me to extend this side of my canvas. It's looking a lot better. Except in the fireplace, I see this kind of duplicate area here, and I'm not liking that. No big deal, just make a selection.

In this case we'll use the Marquee tool and then once again what we can do is we can make a selection of an area, and we can cover something up. Rather than selecting this little problem area, with the Select tool I'll move that now over to the right. The reason why I first made it over that area was just to make sure that the selection was big enough. Next, grab the Content-Aware Move tool. Once again, just click and drag over. This will then allow us to extend that and to cover up that part of our photograph.

Okay, well, the left side of the frame is looking good. What about the right? Well, let's take care of the right side of the frame and finish this project off and let's do that in the next movie. So go ahead and leave this file open, as we'll continue to work with it in the next movie.

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Photoshop for Photographers: Portrait Retouching

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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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