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In Photoshop CS5 for Photographers: Camera Raw 6, Chris Orwig provides in-depth training on Camera Raw 6, the CS5 component that enables photographers to open and manipulate images in non-destructive and now even more efficient ways. This course covers the benefits of the raw processing, which makes it possible to more precisely control an image's appearance—exposure, shadow and highlight detail, color balance, sharpness, and more—including new workflow procedures and technical concepts and issues. Learn the entire Camera Raw workflow, from opening and resizing, toning and cropping, to sharpening and saving. Exercise files are included with the course.
With this portrait, we are going to take a look at how we can work on the skin and the eyes. Let's go ahead and zoom in a little bit on this image. I can do so by pressing Command+ Plus on a Mac, Ctrl+Plus on Windows. Now, when I zoom in one of the things that I notice is that for the most part this image looks great. Yet one of the things that I wanted to do is let's say I want to smooth the skin out a little bit in order to create perhaps a little bit more of a flattering look. Let's press the K key in order to select the Adjustment Brush. Next, in order to clean up all of these different settings here, we will simply click on Negative Clarity and go to that Negative Clarity setting for our Adjustment Brush.
Let's lower this even more and a little bit of Exposure increase and a little bit of Brightness. Sometimes that helps when trying to smooth skin out. Next, we want to have a brush size that's nice and small. We need quite a bit of Feather there and then a relatively low Flow amount, but not too low. Next, I am going to go ahead and just start to paint over different areas of the photograph. Now as I do this, we are going to start to see this effect being built up little-by-little. And again I will just make my way through here, trying to paint on areas that can improve in regards the overall Exposure or the Brightness value of the skin and also a little bit of the smoothness.
Press the Spacebar key, and click and drag to reposition. Now, if ever we make a brush stroke that's too harsh or too big, we can always soften this up. We could also try increasing our Feather, if we want to have a little bit more of a transitional edge, rather than one that's quite so harsh. Let's bring that up even more. You can increase your feather, either by clicking on this slider, or of course, you can always press Shift+Right Bracket key. All right, we will go up here to the forehead. One of the things we want to be careful of, of course, is to be really consistent, as we are making adjustments like this.
We don't want to do anything that's over the top, but we do really want to try to improve the image in regards to the texture we have here in the way the skin is really looking. All right. Well so far this is looking just a ton better. Let's take a look at our before and after. We can do so by pressing the P key. Here we have before, and now here we have after. Again, this has added a lot of really nice softness. Now, it might be that the skin is just a touch too bright, so I am going to go ahead and lower that Exposure, kind of bring that back down.
I think we brighten that up just a little bit too much. Now, here we have our before and then our after. Zoom in out a little bit, so we can see that a little more clearly again, before and then after, just brightening up a few areas there and also softening the skin. Negative Clarity can be a phenomenal way to smooth out texture of skin. Now, of course you can go even further, and you want to determine how far to go based on your own preference and the particular image. All right. Well let's zoom back in on this photograph here, and really if you are going to dial in Clarity, you want to be zoomed in all the way, in this case to 100%.
Now the softness there is looking, I think, really nice. Again, here we have our before and then our after. All right. Well the next thing I want to do is work on the Exposure in the eyes. So I am going to click on the Plus icon, in order to have a positive Exposure, New Adjustment Brush, and here I'll add a little bit of Contrast, touch of Brightness and also some clarity and sharpening here to this area of the image. Next, I want to make my brush nice and small, so I will go ahead, press the Left Bracket key, and then I am going to simply start to paint over this area of the eye.
As I do that, I want to bring in a little bit of brightness there. Lower the Flow amount. I could do that by clicking on that slider or by pressing the Minus key. I am going to press the Minus key a couple of more times over here, so that this eye is brightened a little bit less than this eye over here, because this one needs more. This eye is already pretty bright over here on our left. The right-hand one needs a touch more. Press the Plus key. Increase our Flow a little bit more. I am just going to bring in a little bit more brightness there. Now, my brightness spilled off into the eyelid.
I'll hold down Option on a Mac, Alt on a PC. I am going to go ahead and paint over that area to subtract that out, once I have done that, make my brush a little bit smaller here. And then I'll go ahead and paint this back into that area. All right. Well let's press the V key to hide those Pins. Those are really distracting. Next, let's press the P key to look at our before, and then now our after. Let's zoom out a touch more, so we can see how we are doing. Here we have it, our before, and then our after.
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