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Photoshop CS5 for Photographers provides comprehensive Photoshop training targeting the needs of photographers. In this course, author Chris Orwig demonstrates the fundamental skills used to enhance digital photos, including managing and correcting color, sharpening, making selections and adjustments, retouching, and printing from Photoshop. In addition to teaching the techniques that enable photographers to refine and publish their photos, the course includes live-action segments that encourage thinking photographically and shooting with Photoshop’s capabilities in mind. Exercise files are included with the course.
In this movie, I want to take a look at another example of how we can work with shadows and tone, when we are interested in retouching photographs. All right, well let's go ahead and zoom in on this image. This is a photograph of an elite athlete, a professional volleyball player. As we zoom in on the image, one of the things that I notice is that there is some shadows underneath the eyes and a little bit too much of a shine on the forehead. That's a result of taking a picture outside in the sun and it's a pretty bright and harsh sun. So I want to soften things up just a little bit here. Well in order do that, I'll first create new layer and name this layer eyes, because that's the area we'll work on first.
Next we'll grab the Clone Stamp tool, and we're going to select the blend mode of Lighten. Let's take our Opacity way down. I am going to zoom in even farther and here what I'm interested in doing is having a nice soft brush, so we will right-click or Ctrl+click to open up this dialog here. Small brush, no hardness. Then we'll hold down the Option key on a Mac, Alt key on a PC, and we'll just sample little area underneath the eyes and just paint in some nice tone here. Now one of the things that can happen is that as we do this, we may see occasionally a little bit of a color shift.
If ever you do see a color shift, what you can do is take this layer to a blending mode of Luminosity. That will then just use the luminance value of this layer rather than adding any color to it. Now in this case we don't have any color problem so I'll leave it as is. Next, I am going to lower my Opacity even further. Hold down the Option key on a Mac, Alt key on a PC and sample a little bit lower here. Just look to brighten up this shadow up here in the upper part of the eye as well. A little bit of a smaller brush and then work on just that really dark wrinkle right there, and I'll make this a little bit stronger so I can work out that little wrinkle there, just make that a little more subtle.
I don't want that to be too harsh. And again, just making our way through that portion of the image and this Lighten blend mode is nice because it just says, hey, let's just work on the pixels that are darker and let's just work on fixing those and not worry about the other ones. All right. Well let's zoom out a bit and see how we're doing. Here we have our before and then our after. Zooming back in so you can actually see that we have before and then after. Now again, we'll took that a little bit too far, but it's always nice to do that because we can then use our Opacity slider to dial this in just right, so we still have a natural look, but we are just taking the edge off of those shadows.
All right, what about the forehead? Well here, what we are going to do is click on the New Layer icon. This time we're going to name this layer shine because that's what I want to work on up there. With this layer, I am going to go ahead and use Clone Stamp tool, but this time I am going to we use this on Multiply and have a nice low Opacity here. I am going to make my brush a little bit bigger. I want it to be yay big. I think that looks good. I am actually going to sample an area from the chest. Hold down the Option key on a Mac, Alt key on a PC and click.
Then I am going to try to really carefully just paint over this area, building up the density of this area. Make my brush a little bit smaller there and Option+click on a little bit of a darker tone. Again, all that I am trying to do is just to take away a little bit of the shine here that got a little bit out of control. Also down here, we want to work on the shine that we see on the cheek. I am going to make my brush a little bit smaller here. I can sample a closer area now, and I kind of like to think of this as adding a bit of powder.
Now if ever you make a mistake, it's not that big a deal because this is on a new layer, and we can go ahead and lower the Opacity here of course, so we can find a nice spot, again, just taking the shine off so that that looks so much better. We can of course also create a new layer. Let's go ahead and click on New Layer. Name this c1, cleanup 1. We can then go in and clean up any of these areas where perhaps that we darkened a little bit too much or perhaps where there isn't quite a good transition, or for that matter, where the cloning brought in something that was undesirable.
I'll just go ahead and make my way through this one, doing some small little cleanup work in order to kind of finish off our work on the tonal values of this area of the photograph. All right. Well I think that's looking much better. Let's zoom out a little bit, so we can evaluate and see how this is. A couple other little areas we need to work on to even that out. Here we have our overall before and then our after. So these adjustments have really softened things out on the face quite nicely. Well let's go ahead and group these adjustments. Click in your top layer, hold down the Shift key, then click in the bottom layer, and then press Command+G on a Mac in order to group.
Let's zoom in a little bit further so you can evaluate those. Here we have them, before and then after. As always, at this juncture, if we want to, we can lower the Opacity just again to find that sweet spot because we're trying to create something that's really subtle, really believable, really authentic and something that improves the image in simple yet significant ways.
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