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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.
Now that we have custom tailored the dress and fixed up that portion of the image, let's work on the face. We will go ahead and zoom in a little bit here, this is going to take a few steps but we will get this pretty good. Well let's go ahead and create a new layer and we will name this new layer F 1, for face one. Then we are going to grab our Clone stamp tool, blend mode of Lighten, bring up the Opacity here just a bit, maybe about 20% will work well. We will zoom way in with a small brush here, not too small though. I should also say soft edged brush, no hardness. All right, Option-click on the face if you are on the Mac, Alt-click on the PC, we are just going to look to try to begin to do some brightening here. Of course, we want to sample all layers right, so we will go ahead and I'm going to sample the neck area here to bring in a little bit more even intense brightening.
Then just make sure I have a good sample point there just to brighten up this little shadow that we have on the face. Now that a lot of times what happens is when you brighten something, you can loose a little bit of the shape or little bit of overall texture but don't worry we can always fix that. We know how to fix these things. And then we are going to go ahead and work on shadow under the eyes a little bit. We will break that one up a little bit there and also this one over here as long as we are doing some face work. Well, minus will make it fit into the rest of the deal all right. Let's take a look at our before and after, here is before and then after, so far so good.
That's looking pretty nice I think. The trick though as I mention is we have lost a little bit of texture here. We need to bring some of that back, make my brush nice and big, sample that and bring in a little bit more brightness and then I'll press 1 to go to 10% and just look to brighten up a few more little areas in the face. Little by little, zoom out a touch and then there is our before and then after, let's lower the Opacity of that, so we can bring back some of the original texture, before and after. We are just looking to soften that effects a little bit, before and then after. Great, now that we have done that we will create one more layer, we will double-click the name at the layer, f2 there we go and then zoom back in.
We are going to use the Healing Brush, Healing Brush is so good, this tool is hands down amazing, especially because it just brings in such nice texture, just when you think that all texture is lost, you can do a little bit of healing, brings back in this nice texture, this nice field and that's what we need with photographs like this. So we will just make our way through this one, little bit bigger brush here, and work on some these areas down here. Zoom out a touch and just see how this is coming along and we will look at our before and after, here is our before and then here is our after. It's looking nice, again a little bit too strong there so I'll just pull this back here.
Here is our face work before and then after that face is looking a lot better. Now of course, there is always more than we could do in order to make that even better but I think for the most part we are at a good place with that. The next thing that I want to do is to begin to work on the lower portion of the dress and let me just look at the face here, I just feel like there is a little bit more that we have to do with this face with my last adjustment layer, I don't know if I'm too happy with it. I will crank up the Opacity there. I think that looks better maybe with the Opacity even higher. All right, before and then after. Yeah, I think that's all I need to do. Leave the opacity up. That's looking nice. All right, now we have to work on the dress and we are going to do that in the next movie.
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