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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.
In this movie we are going to take a look at how we can improve the lips in regards to the color of the makeup on the lips. So in order to do this we are going to create a Curves adjustment. Let's click on the Adjustment layer icon and then choose good old Curves. Next we are going to the Red channel. So go and select Red and we are going to increase the red, really focusing in on the lips. And say you know, this might be an interesting color, yet it's really hard to tell because it's shifting the color in the entire image. So how do we fix that? It is really simple. We navigate over to the Masks panel and then choose Color Range.
Color Range is really unique. What it allows us to do is to use one of our eyedroppers and sample a color. So I sampled the color here in the lips. We are going to turn Localized color clusters on. Grab my eyedropper with the plus icon and I'm just going to click and drag across this and then lower the range here. So I'm just working on the lips and I'll go ahead and add more color to this. So I'm going to go ahead and click and drag across the lips. And this selection isn't going to be perfect but it is going to be pretty good start and I'll go ahead and make my through that. Lower the range even more. So I just have those lips and again it is a pretty decent start. If I go too far, grab the eyedropper with the minus icon and minus away the skin here. You can see my mask is being cleaned-up up top. That is a pretty good mask. Go ahead and click OK.
Well now that we have that, here is our before and then here is our after. Let's zoom in a little bit and take a look at this mask. How do we know if this mask is good enough for us? What you can do is hold down the Option key on the Mac, Alt key on a PC and click on your mask. Now when you do that, one of the things that I notice here with my mask is it definitely isn't good enough. There is some problems. So we go ahead and grab my Brush tool. I'm going to setup the paint with black at 100%. 100% here, black in the foreground color. I'm just going to paint away the edges over here. Make my brush a little bit smaller. All right, great! Now sometimes looking at your mask in this black and white view really helps out.
Other times it is not very helpful, because you can't truly see the transition edge. You can assume well, maybe this is where the transition edge is, but you don't necessarily know. Well how then could you see the mask in another way that might be even more helpful? What you can do is hold down the Option key on a Mac and the Shift key, on a PC that is Alt+Shift, and if you Alt+Shift -click something, you can see in this red rubylith overlay. Now in this red rubylith overlay what I can do then is I can grab one of my colors like black or white and I can say you know what? Actually what I need to do is mask away a little bit more of this. In addition the mask that I had there wasn't very good. It was a little bit too harsh.
Now all that I'm trying to do here is just get you to begin to think of how you can work with masking. Is this the only way to make this selection and modify the lips here? No! There are number of other techniques that you can use as well but it just kind of a helpful way to begin to see things and know how to use your masks even better. Well then the Option key and the Shift key on a Mac, Alt key and the Shift key on a PC and then look at your before and after. You can always simply work on your mask in this view as well. Well let's zoom out a little bit and now that we zooming out, one of the things I notice is I want to fix my mask even a little bit more.
So I'll grab the Brush tool and I'm going to paint with white here and I'm painting at 100%. So I'm going to take that down about 80% by pressing the 8 key. I just want to bring some of this color out just a bit there, into that portion of the lip, and also up here I want to bring out a little bit more color there, again just filling that out, just a touch there. Press the 0 key. Make my brush a little smaller and again just bring some of that color out right there. All right, great! Well so far so good. You can see that we can continually modify that, hit the X key, mask away certain areas, and just make the best of it.
Well now that we have the lip color here, how can we change that? Well, double-Click the icon for the Curves adjustment layer and there are so many different options here. We can go on to Green-Magenta channel. I'll make this a little bit more Magenta. We could also go to that Blue-Yellow channel. Add a little bit of blue, make it a little bit more of a purple color or add a little bit more yellow. We have a little bit of a deeper red and of course we can continually modify this. I'll go ahead and modify this just a touch here and lower our opacity. It is really helpful to see what it was like before and then bring in a little bit of hue. How about right about there? I think that looks nice. Here is our before and then after. Let's take a look at our overall before and after to see how we are doing. Here is the overall before and then the after. Just a little bit of makeup work can really make some helpful improvements here. And I lower the opacity even more. I want a little bit more of a subtle color shift there.
All right, well now that we improved the color on the lips, let's begin to improve the color around the eyes and we will do that in the next movie.
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