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In Photoshop CS5: Athletic Retouching Projects, Chris Orwig demonstrates how to use Photoshop CS5 to add energy, motion, and strength to portraits and shots of athletes in action. This course covers removing blemishes from the subject and the background, adding motion blur, enhancing muscle tone, and making adjustments to photos shot in outdoor lighting conditions. Sections on underwater portraits and working with multiples subjects are also included. Exercise files accompany the course.
Here I want to do a little bit of work on the overall color and tone. To do that, I am going to click in my topmost layer and then click on the adjustment layer icon for Curves, and what I want to do is use the Target Adjustment tool and then hover over this side of the face and just click and drag down. I think that I need to darken this half of the face to bring the lighting on the face to be a little bit closer together. Next, invert the mask, Command+I, grab your Brush tool, and here we'll press the Right Bracket key to make our brush a little bit bigger. Make sure I am using the Normal blending mode, nice low Opacity.
I am just going to start to paint over this area of the face, this side. I want to try to be pretty consistent. I also though will have the ability to blur out my brushstrokes, which we'll do here in a minute, but for now just adding a little bit of dampening tone here on this, because this side of the face was so much brighter than the other side. Here you have it before and then after. Go to your Mask panel, increase the Feather just to diffuse that, and then go back to the Adjustments and experiment with darkening that, just make sure you have just the right spot, and then of course work on your mask, any area that you think you need to touch up a little bit. Do that, just looking to kind of bring that a little bit closer together, and I think that's nice.
Taking out a little bit of that. I am going to bring just a touch of that back and again I think that's pretty good there. All right, well, what else could we do? What about the lips? We could work on that area. Create an adjustment. Here we'll use Curves. I am going to go ahead and just darken this up a bit, invert the mask, Command+I on a Mac, Ctrl+I on Windows, grab your Brush tool, and what we want to do with our Brush tool is paint with white, and I'll crank up the Opacity here a little bit so we can start to see this effect. I am just painting over the lips, careful not to touch the teeth there, and I want to be pretty consistent as I am painting, and then I'll make a stronger adjustment.
Here you can see we are darkening the lips here, a little bit stronger, and then press the X key to mask away any area that isn't very good. I think that's looking pretty nice. Go into the different channels, Red channel, just perhaps a little bit of red on the lips. Green-Magenta Channel, maybe just a touch of magenta as well and the Blue-Yellow Channel, sometimes little bit of yellow adds just a touch of life there. Again, we're just looking to darken those up, add a little bit more to that area of the image. Go back and forth with your mask, just get that exactly where you want it, and I am just trying to even out the tonality that I am seeing here.
So I'll do so by painting back and forth, painting with black or white, different brush sizes, to try to get this looking good and just paint this out just a little bit there. I went a little bit too far in that side of the mouth there. Okay, well I think that's pretty good. Here we have before and after. Then let's figure out exactly where we want this color and tone and maybe lower the Opacity a bit, just a touch, a little bit more density there. Now, what about the rim of the lips? Let's clean that up. We create a new layer. We grab our Clone Stamp tool here.
With our Clone Stamp tool, we can use a blending mode, a real low Opacity or just go to Normal. Because we're on a separate layer, the blending mode won't be that effective in working on this area, and we can try different opacities here. I am just going to go ahead and work out that little area that I am noticing there. It kind of looks just a touch strange there in regards to the lips, just trying to even out that edge, so we have a nice clean edge, and as I do this I want to go back and kind of hide my tracks a little bit too, a little bit smaller brush now.
Just look to try to create a nice fine line along that edge, and this is all small detail stuff, but a lot of times the details like this are really worth it. Go through here and just try to make those a little bit nicer there and also a little bit perhaps brightening underneath as well. All right, here we have it before and then after, just cleaning up the lips a bit, before and after. Now because this is an athlete portrait, it's not a fashion image, we don't need to go over the top, but nonetheless, we're making some nice little improvements to a few areas of the image.
Next, let's zoom out a bit and just see if there is anything else we may want to do here. Sure, I see a couple of little areas. I'll grab my Healing Brush, make this a touch bigger, just noticing a little freckle on the arm here that might be nice to retouch out, a little shadow over there and then also a couple little blemishes on the ground, and all I am doing here is near the end I am just thinking, hey, is there anything else that might be nice to do here just to really make this look perfect and good? I am going to go ahead and retouch out these little shapes here of the bouquet in the background.
Even though I love that loo,k I just think it's a touch distracting there and see if I can retouch those out. I think that's okay. Second thought, I am going to erase what I just did. Isn't it funny how when you do things sometimes you discover, you know what? That wasn't needed and a lot of times that happens when we are retouching. We'll bring that back in. I kind of like that detail, and you always want to check yourself and say okay, I want to do this because it looks good not just because I can and just a few more little areas this time using the Healing Brush on the foreground here, just cleaning up the ground.
All right, well, I think we're in pretty good place. A couple more adjustments to make, and we'll pick up where we've left off here in the next movie.
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