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A portrait can be a cherished possession for a lifetime, and now making perfect portraits is just one Photoshop course away. Professional photographer and instructor Chris Orwig uses his vast knowledge of Photoshop to focus on the specific tools every photographer needs to adjust images and keep them looking genuine. Photoshop CS4 Portrait Retouching Essential Training explores this program's deep resources and inspires photographers to do their creative best with everything from blemishes to backdrops. Exercise files accompany the course.
So far we have learned a few techniques for working with color and for improving the color in makeup. In this movie I want to share with you a few more really fun techniques. All right well let's zoom on in this photograph. I love the bright vivid colors. The first step is going to be the Grab or Eyedropper tool and sample the color that we like and I'll go ahead and click on the color here over this makeup. There it is in my color picker. Next click on the Adjustment Layer icon choose Solid Color. It remembers that color that I sampled there. It's a same exact color we can see that. Click OK. Next take the blend mode to good old Color. Now that we have this Color blend mode, we are going to Invert the mask click in your mask, go to the Mask panel and choose Invert.
Now what I'm going to do with this color that I have? Well I'll grab my brush I'm going to paint. Just so something a little bit under 100% Opacity. Nice soft edge brush, no Hardness. Make the brush a little bit bigger there like that looks nice and then. I'll zoom in a little bit closer here. I'm just going to start to extend the color that I have in this photograph. I'm going to extend this beyond where it is kind of filling in the makeup a little bit. Make this even a little bit more vivid. Come down here underneath the eye as well and how far we go with this is really contingent upon what we are interested in doing.
Go ahead and move to the other eye, got my Brush tool by pressing the B key. If you don't have that Brush tool I had exited that Brush quickly in order to view the image. Yet here we go, we will go ahead and paint across that as a side note really like this photograph is captured by one of my good friends Michael Costa. He is an amazing wedding photographer. You can Google his name to see more of his work. I can also if I'm interested extend this even further, here is my before, here is after and I'm going to go ahead and do that here. I'm going to go ahead and bring up a little bit more makeup to this area and the nice thing about this is because this is a mask. It's so much flexibility so much control. Let me show what I mean. At this juncture the makeup may look a little bit too hand painted. So what I can do then is click on my mask and paint with black.
Let's paint with black with a real low Opacity here about 40% and just soften that edge, right just make it look a little bit more natural. Okay a little bit more variation on the edge and just mask it off just a touch there taking out some of the color and now here is our before and then after, so fun so much that we can do here by extending this color and of course we can always lower the Opacity right if we want to have a little bit more of a blended look and not quite such a solid color there. All right well what else can we do with this technique. Well another thing that we could do is grab our Eyedropper tool. Sample a color from the lips then we are going to click on the Adjustment layer icon, choose Solid Color. It will remember that color click OK.
Next take this to a blend mode of good old Color and then invert the mask. We are going to invert the mask this time by pressing Command+I in a Mac, Ctrl+I on a PC. That will also be kind of interesting, I'm going to grab my Brush tool go ahead and zoom in. I'll press 0 takes that to 100% make my brush nice and small by pressing the left bracket key. I'm just going to look to try to bring in some of those colors by painting with white. Make sure I have white my foreground color. I'm going to go ahead and paint with white into this small area of the eyelid. Adding a little bit more of an interesting look. It's going to bit of problem here but we will have a unique way to solve this problem. All right and that's one is looking good and one of the problems that we are having is that we have a little bit of an overlap right or you can see that in certain place there is some blue color coming in with this pink lipstick color.
So it doesn't quite look uniform. What are some of the things that we could do here? If we go ahead and set this on top we then now have this color covering what's underneath it and that works pretty well. Another way that we could have fix this up is to worked on the mask on the other layer, but this case I think this works pretty well, I just simply reorder in the layers and I'll go ahead and just clean up those edges just in touch. Now the nice thing about this is that we have complete control over this. Let me show you what I mean. I can double click on the color picker swatch here and let's say that not really sure if I like that color I want to try out a different color. Well I have such flexibility because I can continually modify this and try different colors and see what different types of color looks like and here we can see we just have a different blue.
We can shift the blue go for a deeper saturated tone for that matter for that green or little bit yellow color and so we have so much flexibility regards to the color that we are bringing in. Go ahead and click OK. I think that looks kind of interesting and then zoom out a little bit. We can turn this layer on and off. We can also do the same thing with the other layer. Lower the Opacity, increase the Opacity. You get the gist of it. All right the sky is the limit. There is so much that we can do here. Simply by working with these Solid Color Adjustment layers. Masking in color to specific areas and then modifying them either by way of their Opacity. We can back this of course to have a little bit more of a subtle affect and also by double clicking the Color Picker to make some even different changes here and there so much fun that you can have with this. I'm going to try to find a color that I kind of like little bit of brighter green I think I'm going to go for here. I think that looks nice.
All right well let's take a look at our before and after here is our before and then our after.
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