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Photoshop for Photographers: Portrait Retouching

with Chris Orwig

Video: Initial retouching considerations

Before we start to work in Photoshop, I thought it will be helpful to step back for a few moments and share with you a few retouching considerations that you may want to think about before you start to retouch your own photographs. Well, the first one is genre. Let's say for example that we're talking about writing. You are a writer. Well, if you are writing journalism, it's going to be direct and straightforward. Yet if you're writing in the genre of poetry, well, you are going to take poetic license. You can use different words and comparisons and you can exaggerate in a different way.
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  1. 1m 58s
    1. Welcome
      1m 4s
    2. Using the exercise files
      54s
  2. 6m 49s
    1. Initial retouching considerations
      3m 51s
    2. Using a Wacom tablet
      1m 8s
    3. Exploring resources and finding inspiration
      1m 50s
  3. 37m 21s
    1. Where to begin?
      1m 19s
    2. Reviewing the basic cleanup tools
      3m 59s
    3. Removing small distractions
      2m 41s
    4. Using selections and cloning to remove distractions
      4m 26s
    5. Simplifying the background with the Clone tool
      5m 12s
    6. Removing a garment strap
      5m 17s
    7. Removing a distracting logo
      3m 43s
    8. Removing lint from a T-shirt
      3m 40s
    9. Cleaning up a backdrop with Content-Aware Fill
      2m 58s
    10. Cleaning up a backdrop with the Patch tool
      4m 6s
  4. 22m 31s
    1. Extending a real-world scene, part 1
      4m 6s
    2. Extending a real-world scene, part 2
      4m 20s
    3. Removing distractions for a creative effect
      4m 31s
    4. Using selections and Free Transform to rebuild image elements
      3m 44s
    5. Moving a person with Content-Aware Move
      5m 50s
  5. 28m 48s
    1. Removing small details from the face
      4m 50s
    2. Retouching skin
      4m 35s
    3. Reducing hotspots, part 1
      4m 32s
    4. Reducing hotspots, part 2
      4m 36s
    5. Reducing brightness with selections and curves
      3m 26s
    6. Using Hue/Saturation to minimize variations in skin color
      3m 45s
    7. Removing tan lines
      1m 53s
    8. Leaving imperfections in portraits
      1m 11s
  6. 37m 15s
    1. Correcting tone with curves and masking
      5m 39s
    2. Fixing exposure and color with curves
      4m 14s
    3. Correcting tone with blending modes and masking
      5m 22s
    4. Using Shadows/Highlights to improve exposure
      5m 28s
    5. Using Soft Light layer blending to burn and dodge
      4m 37s
    6. Exploring the burning-and-dodging workflow
      6m 35s
    7. Using multiple techniques to improve shadows and highlights
      5m 20s
  7. 22m 42s
    1. Reducing wrinkles with the Healing Brush
      7m 21s
    2. Working on wrinkles and details
      6m 51s
    3. Fine-tuning and making final adjustments on wrinkles
      3m 44s
    4. Quick wrinkle reduction with the Patch tool
      4m 46s
  8. 43m 27s
    1. Enhancing eyes with adjustment layers and blending
      4m 7s
    2. Adding sparkle to the eyes
      4m 38s
    3. Increasing color with Colorize and blending modes
      5m 37s
    4. Rebuilding the edge of the eye
      6m 34s
    5. Whitening eyes, part 1
      3m 54s
    6. Whitening eyes, part 2
      5m 42s
    7. Removing eye veins and sharpening eyes behind glasses
      7m 8s
    8. Correcting color and tone behind glasses
      5m 47s
  9. 11m 26s
    1. Trimming eyebrows
      5m 25s
    2. Darkening eyebrows
      2m 48s
    3. Adding mascara to darken eyelashes
      3m 13s
  10. 16m 47s
    1. Enhancing lip color and tone with curves and masking
      4m 23s
    2. Using Color Balance and blending modes to improve the look of lips
      7m 41s
    3. Improving the look of lips with the Burn and Dodge tools
      4m 43s
  11. 13m 49s
    1. Teeth whitening made easy
      2m 33s
    2. Exploring advanced teeth whitening
      5m 0s
    3. Automating teeth whitening with actions
      5m 9s
    4. A note on retouching facial features
      1m 7s
  12. 35m 22s
    1. Covering and correcting hair discoloration
      5m 48s
    2. Fixing the color of hair roots
      3m 3s
    3. Making creative color adjustments to hair
      2m 44s
    4. Patching a gap in hair
      4m 27s
    5. Removing flyaway hairs
      6m 18s
    6. Fixing flyaway hairs with a complicated background
      5m 57s
    7. Adding accents and creative color to a fashion photograph
      7m 5s
  13. 27m 22s
    1. Brightening shadow areas on the face
      4m 22s
    2. Adding color to the cheeks and eyelids
      4m 30s
    3. Modifying eye makeup color
      3m 52s
    4. Increasing color saturation and variety
      4m 17s
    5. Enhancing color with the Lab Color space
      5m 44s
    6. Using Selective Color to create vibrant color
      3m 29s
    7. Additional makeup resources
      1m 8s
  14. 23m 15s
    1. High-pass skin softening
      6m 48s
    2. Creating a mask for the skin
      4m 23s
    3. Softening and adding even texture to the skin
      5m 36s
    4. Adding a soft glow to the skin and details
      6m 28s
  15. 34m 36s
    1. Adding dimension using curves and masking
      3m 50s
    2. Reshaping a jawline with Liquify
      4m 30s
    3. Reshaping a shirt with Liquify
      3m 13s
    4. Reshaping a shoulder with Liquify
      3m 22s
    5. Reshaping the body with Liquify
      2m 35s
    6. Using the Warp tool to reshape a jawline
      3m 33s
    7. Modifying the body with the Warp tool
      3m 35s
    8. Changing shape with selections and masking
      8m 32s
    9. Tips for thoughtful portrait retouching
      1m 26s
  16. 36s
    1. Goodbye
      36s

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Photoshop for Photographers: Portrait Retouching
6h 4m Intermediate May 25, 2012

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In this course, photographer, author, and teacher Chris Orwig details the tools every photographer needs to retouch portraits to make them look their best while remaining authentic. The course includes an overview of the retouching process and how to develop a plan for a retouching project.

After exploring techniques to improve the overall photo, Chris shares his techniques for reducing wrinkles, enhancing eyes and other facial features, improving hair, and retouching makeup. The course concludes with a look at retouching skin and reshaping portions of a portrait using transformations, the Warp tool, and the Liquify filter.

Topics include:
  • Using selections and cloning to remove small distractions
  • Removing lint
  • Improving skin
  • Removing tan lines
  • Correcting tone with Curves and masking
  • Burning and dodging
  • Reducing wrinkles
  • Enhancing eyes
  • Whitening teeth
  • Fixing flyaway hairs
  • Adding and changing makeup
  • Softening and adding a glow to skin
  • Reshaping the body subtly
Subjects:
Photography Portraits Retouching
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Chris Orwig

Initial retouching considerations

Before we start to work in Photoshop, I thought it will be helpful to step back for a few moments and share with you a few retouching considerations that you may want to think about before you start to retouch your own photographs. Well, the first one is genre. Let's say for example that we're talking about writing. You are a writer. Well, if you are writing journalism, it's going to be direct and straightforward. Yet if you're writing in the genre of poetry, well, you are going to take poetic license. You can use different words and comparisons and you can exaggerate in a different way.

Well, I think the same thing can be said about photography and also about photographic retouching. In the photograph on the left, you can see a makeup artist is applying makeup here for a high-end fashion shoot. Well in fashion, we can retouch our photographs in a different way; say than a portrait of one of our friends or neighbors. So as we seek to look at how we are going to retouch our images like this fashion picture here, we want to think about that. With the photograph like this, maybe we want to make the colors really vibrant and bright.

Well, that might be important for that type of photography. In other situations, like in this portrait of one of our good family friends, really the retouching is going to focus in on cleaning up those small details and brightening up the face and reducing the shadows. We are not trying to create something surreal; rather we are paying attention to that type of photographs that this is. What's our vision, and then what kind of retouching do we want to apply in order to actualize our vision. In other situations, we might simply want to reduce and simplify.

You might want to focus in on all those small details; perhaps those wrinkles here and just reduce or remove those. And in doing that what we are trying to do is we are trying to clarify our voice. We are trying to make a portrait that's stronger. Many times we can do this by focusing in on the small details. You know, in portrait retouching those details matter. We can focus in on those and we can reduce and simplify in order to improve and enhance our pictures. As you start to work on details, there are so many different types.

Perhaps, you want to work on overall shape or maybe what you want to do is just remove distracting elements in the background. Well, whatever it is, as you start to work on details, you also need to keep in mind that good portraits almost always capture personality. We don't want to reduce and simplify or remove details so much so that we're kind of removing too much of the character. Rather, when you're looking to try to capture portraits, you want to leave a few of those blemishes or imperfections in the picture that will help us capture or convey the personality that much more.

Another essential aspect of portrait retouching is that we are curious. Good portrait retouching isn't about simply tips and techniques; rather, it's about knowing how or when or why to apply those. Last but not least, as you work on your photographs what you'll discover is many times you apply these adjustments of layer, after layer, after layer and in a sense what can happen is you can keep almost retouching your photographs forever. Eventually, you need to know when to stop.

You need to know when to say, all right, you know what, enough is enough. This is good enough, because again, it's about trying to capture a bit of that personality or that person and many times what that means is focusing in on a lot of these small details, but then eventually, it means making that decision to say, you know what, this is good enough. As a matter of fact maybe this is even great. All right. Well, I hope that these few little retouching considerations will help you as you start to think about how you're going to retouch your own photographs.

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