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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.
Although we have made some great progress on this image, what I want to do is begin to work on the lips a little bit. So we have actually already worked on the lips in another movie here. So I'm just going to share this briefly how we can begin to improve the shape of the lips and then we will work on the color here. All right, well let's go ahead and find a nice zoom rate so we can see those lips. Maybe a little bit closer there. Create a new layer. Shift+Command+N on a Mac, Shift+Ctrl+N on a PC. We are going to take this to a blend mode of Soft Light and go ahead and click OK. Now all that I want to do here is just begin to improve the way these lips look. So I'll grab my brush. I'm going to paint with black.
And I'm going to paint with black on a pretty low Opacity. I'm going to try Opacity of maybe something around 20% or so. Or maybe a little bit lower than that. I'll press 1-5 to go to 15%. All right, well now that I have that I'm just going to look to paint across the lips here a little bit and darken up some of the areas on the lips. And I'll go ahead and just try to even the tones out. Just a touch here. I'll make my brush a little bit bigger there. I'm also going to try to improve the shape here a little bit. I'll go ahead and press the 10 key to go down to 10% Opacity and then press 1-6 to go to 16% Opacity.
Just looking to darken up the lower portion of the lips here, add a little bit more contour or shape. When you are doing this type of burning and dodging if you ever run into problems in regards to how this is actually looking, like maybe it's going a little bit too black or may your line is a little bit too strong, keep in mind that one of the things that you can do is you can actually blur this out. Because all that we are doing here is really just painting on this layer. We will go ahead and add a little bit more shape to this portion of the image up here. A little bit more texture and shaping up the lips a little bit.
And we are going to be able to blur this out nicely here in just a moment. Go ahead and add a little bit more shape here. I'm changing the Opacity of what I'm using and go ahead and try a little bit higher Opacity just for the edge of the lips here. Bring a little bit more darkness in underneath the lips. All right, so far so good. I think, we are making progress on this image and I'm going to go ahead and make my way through that layer. Okay, well let's zoom out a little bit. I'm going to then blur that, Filter > Blur and choose Gaussian Blur. This will give us the ability just to soften up these edges in the burning and dodging that we have done.
In this case, mostly burning. Just to darken those up a little bit. Click OK to apply that. Here is our before. We'll zoom out and then after. All right, just adding a little bit of density to those lips. We will zoom back in and do a little bit more. Now that we have diffused that nicely, I'll press 2 to go to 20%. In this case, I want to choose a color to bring in. So I'll hold down the Option key on a Mac. Alt key on a PC. I'm just going to bring in a dark red or dark tone here. Even a little darker and that will just help me begin to darken this up a bit. So we will go even darker. It's not dark enough, is it? There we go.
Go ahead and bring this in a little bit more down there. All right, well so far, so good. We have definitely changed the overall shape of the lips; added a little bit of volume there. Now that we have done that, let's go ahead and begin to work on color. And we'll work on the color of the lips as well as the color of the makeup up here in the next movie.
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