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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.
You know the Lens Correction filter was primarily built for photography of objects or of products or of architecture and buildings and whatnot, yet believe it or not, it can work incredibly well on people photographs as well. Let's take a look at how we can use this filter in order to create perhaps a little bit more of a flattering look. Now in this case, with this portrait, I really like it. I like the expression and whatnot. I like how we're really close to the subject. Yet there's a little bit of distortion, and I want to remove that again in order to create a touch more of a flattering look.
Let's copy that background layer, press Command+J or Ctrl+J, and then let's go ahead and name this layer c1 for correction one. The first thing we are going to do is navigate to our Filter pulldown menu then we're going to open up the Lens Correction dialog. Once we're in the Lens Correction dialog, we're going to go to Custom. And all that we are going to do here is simply remove a bit of distortion. So I am going to go ahead and click and drag to the right in order to do so. Already you can see that the image is looking much better. It's kind of evening out the face a little, making the nose a touch smaller, and again keep in mind that this technique and the one that we will do in a second works well on all different types of people photographs.
Okay, well let's click OK in order to apply this. Really simple adjustment but nonetheless really adding a little bit to making this image look more interesting. Well, the next thing that I want to do is I actually I want to Free Transform this a little bit, and I am going to do that by pressing Command+T on a Mac, Ctrl+T on a PC, and then I am going to go ahead and click and drag up. You can really get away with doing this probably about to 5% more than the actual file size here. And a lot of times, this can really just add that extra little touch to the image, and so I am going to go ahead and reposition this and then press Enter or Return.
Let's take a look at our before and after. Here we have it before and then now after. In that final free transformation adjustment, we can really add a little bit of length to the photograph and whenever you add a bit of length to someone it makes them look a little thinner, a little taller and a lot of times it looks a little bit more flattering. So again keep in mind that while we applied this technique to a close-up portrait, I've found and I think you'll soon discover that these two techniques together work incredibly well in a wide range of circumstances.
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