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A portrait can be a cherished possession for a lifetime, and now making perfect portraits is just one Photoshop course away. Professional photographer and instructor Chris Orwig uses his vast knowledge of Photoshop to focus on the specific tools every photographer needs to adjust images and keep them looking genuine. Photoshop CS4 Portrait Retouching Essential Training explores this program's deep resources and inspires photographers to do their creative best with everything from blemishes to backdrops. Exercise files accompany the course.
In this movie, we are going to make some real simple adjustments. First we are going to work on the stomach because that was one of the areas in our road map notes, right? We worked on that side. We did a little bit of a work there. So let's go ahead and work on the stomach. We will zoom in just a touch here. Then we can work right on this edge retouch layer. I'm going to grab the Patch tool, because Patch tool works well, when you have larger areas, like this that we are working on. I'm just going to go ahead and select that, I'm going to select in a couple of different ways of the few different shapes. Great, so far so good. There is our before and after, just removing that shadow. Create a new layer. We are going to do a little bit of dodging on this one with the Clone Stamp tool. Blend mode, Lighten, Opacity, really low, 13% will probably work well. We will go ahead and sample a little area there. I work on that little wrinkle, remove that one. Make my brush nice and big, press 1 to go to 10%, I'm going to lower that even more.
All that I'm looking to do here is to just brighten this up, just a bit here. I'm just making my way through. What I'll probably do is do this brightening affect and then I'll lower the opacity on this layer, because this layer, doing this pretty broad brush strokes here, but unless it's kind of some nice little brightening there. That looks pretty good, actually. So I'll go ahead and lower the opacity, just a touch. Here as my before and then after, a little bit of work on the stomach. That looks better. We could do more, if we wanted to, but I think that's fine. Next thing I want to do is some height work. So I'll go ahead and click in the top layer. Shift+Option+Command+E on a Mac, Shift+Alt+Ctrl+E on a PC. Let's go ahead and name this layer, height. Now we are going to free transform it, grab your Move tool and navigate to Edit > Free Transform. Then we are going to take our height somewhere up 102%. Not 120, 102, or maybe 103%. We will press Enter or Return.
Now the nice thing about this is we have now increased the height here, which made the image better, but we lost some of the image, right? Above and below. We can't see the entire image. If we navigate to Image > Reveal All, we now can see all of the image. So now here is my before and then here is my after. It's showing me all of that with the entire canvas size. That's important because I want to be able to have that space above the hands and below there as well. All right, great. So far so good. We have done some really nice retouching with this, nice and simple retouch. Here is our before and then after. There is one more step we are going to take with this image and we are going to do that in the next one.
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