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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.
Here we are going to continue to work with makeup color, and we're going to pick up on a technique which was introduced to us in a previous movie, where we used a Solid Color adjustment layer, and also a blending mode of Color in order to bring in realistic, vibrant, and interesting color. In particular, we'll look at how we can work with the makeup here, how we can kind of fill that in, and also how we can change the color as well. Yet, before we go to our Solid Color layer, what I want you to do is to press the I key to select the Eyedropper tool.
By doing this, we can then sample the color that we want to work on; in this case, the color of the eye makeup there. In the color picker, you'll notice that, that color is now my foreground color. Well, we've done that because if we now go over to our adjustment layer icon, and choose Solid Color, well, it will then sample or select this color for us. This will kind of jumpstart or speed up our workflow. Next we can click OK. Then we want to change the layer blending mode to Color. Now that we have that, we'll click in our mask, and then press Command+I on the Mac, or Control+I on Windows.
Then press the B key to select the Brush tool. And you know the routine here, right? We decrease our Opacity a little bit; we want a nice soft-edge brush. We're going to go ahead and paint this into this area. In doing this, really what I am doing is I am just filling in some of the gaps. Notice that the makeup was just a little bit too faint up in the top area here, so I am just adding a little bit more. I could even increase the area where I want to have this makeup color by painting this into these areas. Paint back and forth if you want to brighten that up.
You can do that because we have this lower Opacity that we are using, and by painting back and forth, we can then build that up all the way up to 100% in those areas as well. All right, great! Well, you can see how we not only filled that in, but how we built that out even more. Let's say that now what we want to do is we want to modify just a small area of our photograph. We want to use the same technique; Color, and this Color blending mode. So let's go to our icon here. This time we are going to choose Solid Color again; we'll choose a different color.
I'm going to choose a blue here; bright blue. Click OK, take that Layer blending mode to Color, and then click on the mask, and press Command+I on Mac, or Control+I on Windows. And then make the brush a lot smaller, and this time, I am just going to paint over the eyelid. And by doing this, we can see, we can bring in this really kind of fun color into this area. Hit the X key if you need to paint away the color from one of the areas, like in this area here, and X flips between black and white. If you don't have black and white as your foreground and background colors, you can always press the D key; that will take those to the default black and white colors.
One of the reasons why this is nice to do with the Solid Color adjustment is that what we can do is we can change the color that we have here. So if blue isn't working for us, we'll just double-click the icon, and then we can choose different colors. You can see how we can choose different colors here in this area of the image. Next, click OK. Last, but not least, what you want to do is double-click your mask, and just increase the Feather just slightly. This will soften all those edges that we've created with our brush there. We also may want to do this with the other adjustment as well. Again, just kind of softening that, or making it look a little bit less kind of hand painted, and a bit more realistic.
And so here we can create these really vivid and vibrant colors, or we can make colors which are more subdued, and by using these adjustment layers, they can help us to fill in or perhaps to draw out color that's there, or even to introduce new color into our photographs in some fascinating ways. All right! Well let's click on the eye icons. Here it is: there is our before, and then now here is our after.
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