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Modifying the overall color and tone

From: Photoshop CS5: Athletic Retouching Projects

Video: Modifying the overall color and tone

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.

Modifying the overall color and tone

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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Photoshop CS5: Athletic Retouching Projects

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  1. 1m 55s
    1. Welcome
      53s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 2s
  2. 58m 44s
    1. Creating two exposures with Adobe Camera Raw
      7m 20s
    2. Cleaning up the small details
      4m 22s
    3. Reducing brightness on the skin
      6m 7s
    4. Enhancing color and tone
      5m 17s
    5. Using curves and blending modes for tone
      4m 12s
    6. Improving the eyes
      5m 38s
    7. Modifying the jacket
      6m 38s
    8. Changing the background color
      3m 11s
    9. Final adjustments
      3m 58s
    10. Sharpening the image
      7m 52s
    11. Black-and-white creativity
      4m 9s
  3. 13m 19s
    1. Simplifying with selections
      6m 4s
    2. Cleaning up the details
      4m 1s
    3. Filling in the windows
      3m 14s
  4. 18m 1s
    1. Enhancing muscles
      4m 16s
    2. Adding zoom and modifying color
      5m 14s
    3. Working with contrast
      3m 32s
    4. Blending with a displacement map
      4m 59s
  5. 34m 54s
    1. Cleaning up the original image
      2m 43s
    2. Removing small details
      6m 13s
    3. Removing blemishes and distractions from the background
      8m 6s
    4. Lightening certain colors
      5m 2s
    5. Enhancing the color and tone
      4m 34s
    6. Adding motion blur to the cyclist
      3m 51s
    7. Sharpening and creating layer comps
      4m 25s
  6. 27m 27s
    1. Improving the composition by cropping
      1m 38s
    2. Toning the image with HDR toning
      3m 48s
    3. Adding multiple blending modes to one adjustment
      3m 15s
    4. Creative color reduction
      5m 32s
    5. Sharpening the image
      6m 51s
    6. Enhancing the color and tone
      6m 23s
  7. 16m 13s
    1. Applying a freeform crop
      1m 56s
    2. Modifying the shadows and highlights
      1m 59s
    3. Working with Smart Sharpen
      2m 43s
    4. Changing the color and tone
      3m 44s
    5. Enhancing the color and sharpness
      3m 43s
    6. Final project review
      2m 8s
  8. 34m 6s
    1. Combining multiple exposures
      2m 7s
    2. Masking in the eyes
      5m 54s
    3. Cleaning up the small details
      5m 17s
    4. Enhancing the eyes
      6m 10s
    5. Sharpening the eyes
      2m 31s
    6. Enhancing the skin
      4m 28s
    7. Modifying the overall color and tone
      5m 15s
    8. Final project review
      2m 24s
  9. 22m 32s
    1. Removing unwanted background elements
      3m 45s
    2. Correcting the wall color
      4m 33s
    3. Improving the color of the track
      6m 59s
    4. Adding motion blur
      4m 10s
    5. Improving composition by cropping
      3m 5s
  10. 33m 58s
    1. Using Liquify to change the shape
      4m 56s
    2. Improving the shadows
      3m 4s
    3. Cleaning up the details
      4m 25s
    4. Removing unwanted highlights on the skin
      5m 2s
    5. Sculpting dimension in the muscles
      6m 52s
    6. Increasing height
      4m 49s
    7. Applying midtone contrast and sharpening
      4m 50s
  11. 36m 10s
    1. Making basic adjustments with Adobe Camera Raw (project 1)
      4m 27s
    2. Enhancing the color and tone
      4m 35s
    3. Final project review
      7m 14s
    4. Making basic adjustments with Adobe Camera Raw (project 2)
      3m 44s
    5. Working with shadows, highlights, and curves
      5m 32s
    6. Making creative color adjustments
      5m 20s
    7. Modifying the tone and sharpening
      5m 18s
  12. 16m 27s
    1. Converting the image to black and white
      3m 29s
    2. Improving the eyes
      2m 31s
    3. Sharpening the details
      6m 19s
    4. Enhancing the color and tone
      4m 8s
  13. 9m 42s
    1. Cleaning up the image with Content-Aware Fill
      2m 47s
    2. Removing and repositioning the subjects
      6m 55s
  14. 45m 42s
    1. Making basic adjustments with Adobe Camera Raw (project 1)
      4m 21s
    2. Cleaning up the small details
      3m 22s
    3. Modifying the tone
      4m 5s
    4. Adding grain
      7m 36s
    5. Making basic adjustments with Adobe Camera Raw (project 2)
      8m 39s
    6. Working with curves
      2m 33s
    7. Sharpening the details
      4m 54s
    8. Enhancing the color and tone
      6m 15s
    9. Final project review
      3m 57s
  15. 24s
    1. Goodbye
      24s

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