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Photoshop for Photographers: Portrait Retouching

Modifying the body with the Warp tool


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Photoshop for Photographers: Portrait Retouching

with Chris Orwig

Video: Modifying the body with the Warp tool

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.
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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

Modifying the body with the Warp tool

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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