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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 order to make sure that we have a good working understanding of how to work with the Warp tool, I want to work on another photograph here. And in this photograph, what we're going to do is explore how we can take this whole side of the image, and push it in. In order to do that, this time we're going to copy the entire background layer. So here, press Command+J on a Mac, or Contro+J on Windows, and we'll name this new layer warp. Next, we're going to make a selection of the area that we want to work on, and typically you're going to make a pretty big selection; a little bit bigger than you need to.
Now press Command+T on a Mac, or Control+T on Windows, and then just click on the Warp button. Here what I'm interested in doing is changing this, so we'll go ahead and push that in. As we push this in, we can see that we're able to really push in this side pretty well. We'll go ahead and draw that in, and then maybe bring out the bottom part here a little bit more, so we have nice kind of curve there. And then press Enter or Return; then we need to deselect. To deselect, press Command+D on a Mac, or Control+D on Windows, or navigate to the Select menu, and then choose Deselect.
All right, well stage one is complete; here is before, then here's after. Stage two, what I need to do is focus in on this area, so again we'll make an adjustment there. Press Command+T on the Mac, Control+T on Windows, and once again, click the Warp tool. I wanted to show you this example, just to kind of highlight how we can make multiple Warp adjustments in one area. And here what I'm looking to do is to try to make these adjustments, so that we can then control both of these areas here in the photograph. All right. We'll go ahead and just click that around their a little bit; I need to be careful to make this just right.
Next, press Enter, or Retur,n and then press Command+D on a Mac, or Control+D on Windows to Deselect. Here is our before, and then now our after. Well last, but not least, what we need to do is then mask this in, so that it's really realistic, and nice. So here, hold down the Option key on a Mac, or Alt key on Windows, and click on the Add layer mask icon. When we press and hold Option or Alt, it allows us to create a mask which is filled with black. Next step, grab the Brush tool. Here, we'll paint with white, with a nice high Opacity.
We're just going to start to paint this new edge in. And the reason why you want to paint this in is just to make sure that the outer wall, and all of those other elements, really fit nicely together. I'll go to the edge of the shirt here to make sure that shirt seam is good, and I'm going to leave a lot of this original part of the dress in right there, because I think the flow of that works pretty well. And then up top, looks like I have a little issue right there; kind of a little bump or divot. In order to fix that, press the X key, and I'm going to paint that away, just to make sure that that's not there, and then I'll go back and forth to get that really good.
All right, well now that we've made that, I'm going to zoom in a little bit, and it looks like this is just a touch off, and so in order to fix that, I'll grab my Clone Stamp Ttool. Here we'll create a new layer, press the S key, or select the Clone Stamp tool, and we'll crank this up a little bit, and then just Option+Click or Alt+Click to reshape that. And we'll also do the same thing from the inside out here, in regards to adding a little bit a nice detail there. Again, it's a small little adjustment, but at least on my monitor, it was one that I needed to fix. All right, well if we look at our overall before and after, you can see how we can use this Warp tool, whether we're working on changing the shape of a jaw, or a body, as we've done here.
Once again, here it is; our before, and then now our after.
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