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Fine-tuning and making final adjustments on wrinkles

From: Photoshop for Photographers: Portrait Retouching

Video: Fine-tuning and making final adjustments on wrinkles

Effective wrinkle reduction or removal of many times takes a number of little steps. So if you are still tracking with me, I commend you for sticking with it. Because it's these little steps that many times lead to the best results. Well, some of the little steps that I haven taken are in separate layers. Right now I have to scroll up and down in my Layers panel in order to see what I have done. Well, you can change the way that your Layers panel displays layers, by clicking on this flyout menu icon here. And then you can choose panel options. This will open up the Layer Panel Options dialog.

Fine-tuning and making final adjustments on wrinkles

Effective wrinkle reduction or removal of many times takes a number of little steps. So if you are still tracking with me, I commend you for sticking with it. Because it's these little steps that many times lead to the best results. Well, some of the little steps that I haven taken are in separate layers. Right now I have to scroll up and down in my Layers panel in order to see what I have done. Well, you can change the way that your Layers panel displays layers, by clicking on this flyout menu icon here. And then you can choose panel options. This will open up the Layer Panel Options dialog.

What we can do is we can change the thumbnail size of the layer. In doing that those layers now appear much more small. Sometimes this is helpful, especially when you have a lot of layers. But still here in my document I need to scroll up and down. To open up more space for the Layers panel, well just double-click on the tabs above; that will then collapse those, so that we can really see all the layers that we have in our document. What I want to do now is I want to organize these layers and then I want to apply a few finishing touches to this project.

So click in the topmost layer, then hold down the Shift key and click in the bottom layer of the stack. Next, let's group these by pressing Command+G on a Mac or Ctrl+G on Windows, and we'll name this entire group wrinkles. Well, now that we have all of these group together, we can click this whole thing on and off very easily to see our before and after. And what else is interesting about having this group together is we can add a mask to this group to add a mask click on the Add Layer Mask icon. Next, we can select our Brush tool, then we can paint with black.

And by painting with black at a lower opacity, we can then bring back some of the original image. Let's bring this way down, say to 10 or 15%. Then, I'll zoom in a little bit on the photograph, so that you can see what I mean. Here I'll tab the left bracket key, I want to bring back a little bit of the original file here in this part of the photograph. you can see some of those original wrinkles or character lines come back. And by doing that I just want to bring back a little bit more of that original character there, in that part of the face, because when it comes to the eyes I don't want those to look over retouched.

I want someone to be drawn into the picture, not into my Photoshop work. All right, well after having created that mask I think it looks a little better. You can Shift+Click the mask to see the before and after. It's really subtle. But let's zoom in even closer and then Shift+Click that and you can see how I'm bringing back more of that. If I exaggerate this by painting back and forth over this area a little bit more, and then Shift+Click, you can see how we can control that right here on this mask. Now if ever you want to remove what you've done, we'll just paint with white. So here we'll choose white in the foreground color here, and then we can go ahead and bring back in more of the original retouching.

And we can do this in a way that we can really maintain that great character that we have here in the face. And I think that finishing touch, it helps out. Last but not least, we want to click on our Eye icon to look at our before, then click again to look at the after, and this photograph now looks much better. And now that we've dealt with all of those little details and all of those wrinkles, one of the things that I want to do is I want to whiten the teeth, because we can't necessarily work on the skin and then neglect another area; otherwise, the overall retouching will just look imbalanced.

And actually we're going to take a look at how we can whiten these teeth in another chapter. We'll continue to work on this file in that chapter. Yet for now here in this chapter our project has been wrapped up. As you can see, we have that overall before and now after.

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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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