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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.
In the previous movie, we looked at how we could correct hair color. In this movie, we'll explore how we can enhance or change the color of hair, just for the fun of it. All right. Well one of the ways that we can do this is by clicking on our Color Balance adjustment layer icon. Color Balance gives us controls which are so intuitive and easy to use. Here we can simply use these sliders to, say, change the overall accent of the color. This is affecting the whole image. If we want to limit it to the hair, you can click on the icon for Masks, and then go to Color Range.
Color Range allows you to sample in your image either a color, or a brightness value. To add more to this, hold down the Shift key, and you can see how I'm building up this mask here, so that the white area is showing me what will be affected. I can also see that updated in the photograph as well. If that's too much, you can always decrease the Fuzziness slider to limit that. Here I'm just trying to add a little bit of an accent or highlight color to the hair. I'll hold down the Shift key, and I'll add a little bit more to that. Next click OK in order to apply that. Well, right now we have some color in the hair, but it just looks kind of strange or pixilated. The selection is too harsh; it doesn't have transitions. To add those, click and drag your Feather amount up, and that will then soften all of those brushstrokes, and then you can have this really nice kind of accent color here. You can see how I can brighten that up, so that we can really see that.
If we increase that Feather amount even more, that will just soften up all of those edges. So in doing that, you can come up with some interesting or creative ways to add a little bit of an accent color to the hair. Another way that you can do that is by simply creating a new Color Balance adjustment layer, and then you can invert that mask by pressing Command+I on a Mac, Control+I on Windows, and then just paint in with black, or white. Paint with white in order to reveal the color adjustment. If you want to bring it into a really limited area, let's say, you want to paint in kind of a highlight in one part of the hair, you could then do that by using this technique. And by experimenting with color in hair, a lot of times that you can do is just come up with some creative options for different ways that you could process or work with your photographs.
Once you have that mask, you can always go back to the Color Balance adjustment, and then you can make other changes too. You could experiment with different accent colors, or you could change the overall Hue in order to come up with something that might look good for your particular portrait that you're working on. All right! Well if you haven't ever experimented with this technique of using Color Balance and masking together in order to change or enhance hair color, you might want to try it out, because sometimes it can help you come up with some creative ways to process your photographs.
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