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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 do the cleanup work on the eyebrow, right? So we need to deal with this up here and a little bit of hair on the forehead. So, let's go ahead and use our shortcut, on the Mac, Command+Option+0, on a PC Ctrl+Alt+0, and press spacebar key to reposition the image, so we can focus in on the area that we want to work on. Now let's turn off the visibility of this notes layer, and then create a new layer. Shift+Command+N on the Mac, Shift+Ctrl+N on a PC, and we will name this one eyebrow. And what I want to do here is just clean this up, add a little bit more shape to this eyebrow, so I'm going to need to do this in phases.
For to starters, I'll press the S key to select the Clone Stamp tool, and then I'm going to go ahead and lower the opacity, I'll take it down somewhere right about 70% or so. Next, make sure the Aligned is on, Sample All Layers is on. Great! Hold down the Option key and sample an area, and then just move below that, and begin to remove or diminish a little bit of the eyebrow hairs that are above the eyebrow, because what I'm interested in doing is to try to create little bit a different shape for this eyebrow, just want to clean this up a bit. Now keep in mind what we are going to do here is we are going to go about doing this in a way that will change the shape of the eyebrow, and then we will go back and lower the opacity of our layer, lower the opacity of this work, and blend it back in. So when we do this, we are going to go a little bit too far, meaning, we are going to take it a little bit more out than we are comfortable with, and so a good way to go when you do retouching sometimes is to do just to touch more than you feel you should, because you can always back it off later.
Okay, well great. Well, so far I'm seeing that this is working out okay, and I just want to try to bring that in. Next step, we are going to use our healing brush, so I'll go ahead and select the Healing Brush, and here we are going to go about this and try to blend in some of the texture of the skin back into the mix of things, because that clone stamp tool can really create those repeating patterns that aren't very good, and also just give us some little problems, I'm just going to go really close to the eyebrow here, trying not to get too close, so that I get the darker tones in the mix, but that's looking pretty good.
Let's see how we are doing here, here is before and after. Again, it's a little bit too strong, but stick with me for a second, just trust me on this one, it is going look good when we get there, we are not there yet, just going to go work on the texture of the skin up here a little bit, and I'm holding the Option key, and I'm sampling different areas, also might as well, we will work on this hair up here as well. Option-click here, do the same type of thing as we did before, and the trick with this Options-clicking is just to try to sample areas or tones that match the area we are working on, and to think about, first we are going to try to remove some of the hair here a little bit, and then change its tone and touch, make it a little bit darker tone up in here, and then grab the healing brush by pressing the J key, and we are going to heal on top of that removed area. Hold on the Option key on a Mac, Alt key on a PC to sample your area. Little bit too strong up there in the hairline, but you will see how this will turn out.
All right, well, next let's really focus in on the eyebrow, since I need to clean up a little bit more, we will go ahead and bring back some of the opacity, now that is looking really natural and nice. Here is before, and then after, just subtly taking that down, it also looks pretty decent up here in the hairline, it looks all right, may want to bring a little bit more texture back in there, so I grab the Eraser tool, Low Opacity, I'll go down somewhere about 20% or so. Make my brush even smaller by pressing the left bracket key. Basically what I'm going to do here is erase some of what I have done. I'm going to do that just to have it look a little bit more natural. Here is now my before and after, adding a little bit of shape to that eyebrow without over doing it. Now of course how far you go with this in your overall intensity of your opacity here is really going to determine on the type of effect you want to go for. But one of things I find is it's nice to kind of bring that back a little bit, so it does not look completely unnatural, you want to be really careful of that, you do not want to give away the fact that you retouched that.
All right, well, I think that eyebrow is looking pretty good. Now that we have dealt with that area, let's turn on our notes layer and see what else we have to do, and at this juncture, what we are going to do then is take a look at what's next? Well, really what we have to do next is we have some shadows underneath the nose, as well as underneath the lip, and then deal with a few wrinkles on the neck. Let's go ahead and do those things in the next movie.
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