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Moving a person with Content-Aware Move

From: Photoshop for Photographers: Portrait Retouching

Video: Moving a person with Content-Aware Move

All right, well here, in this last movie with this project, I want to take a look at how we can organize our Layers panel a little bit, and also how we can move a subject from one location to another. So these top two layers are the top of the lightbulb. If you click in one layer, then hold down the Shift key and click on another, you can select two layers, and when it comes to retouching, you're going to have a lot of little small layers. You typically will want to group these together. We can do that by way of a shortcut after we've selected them.

Moving a person with Content-Aware Move

All right, well here, in this last movie with this project, I want to take a look at how we can organize our Layers panel a little bit, and also how we can move a subject from one location to another. So these top two layers are the top of the lightbulb. If you click in one layer, then hold down the Shift key and click on another, you can select two layers, and when it comes to retouching, you're going to have a lot of little small layers. You typically will want to group these together. We can do that by way of a shortcut after we've selected them.

The shortcut is Command+G on a Mac, Ctrl+G on Windows, and I'll just name this group light. In this way, I can turn these on and off, and you can see how we can then modify those. With this entire group, what you may want to do sometimes is just lower the opacity, and this is true sometimes when you're retouching different areas. By lowering the opacity sometimes, it can help those little areas you've retouch just blend in subtly. So it can look even more realistic. Well here I think when I drop it down just to bit, it looks kind of nice.

Well last but not least, I mentioned that I want to move the subject. To do that I'll create one more layer, so we'll click on the New Layer icon, and here we'll go ahead and just name this move. We're going to use the Content-Aware Move tool. You can find that underneath the Healing Brushes. This tool allows you to either extend, as we've already talked about, or to move. When it comes to people photography and cleaning up your background or modifying your image when you're starting off, this tool is hands down amazing.

We have some Adaptation options. With people you typically will want to use Very Strict. Otherwise it will kind of change proportions; It just won't look very good. You also want to turn on Sample All Layers. In this way, we can do all of this work on a new or separate layer. Next, the way that you use this is you go ahead and click and drag around the object that you want to move, in this case a person, and what I want to do is I want to move the subject here, Bruce, over to the right a little bit.

So it's almost like he's kind of glancing up at the lightbulb. So here we'll click and drag this, and also drag it down a little bit over to the right, and I'm just going to try to find a nice spot for that and then we'll let go. Once we let go, Photoshop will analyze, or perhaps more accurately it will do magic. It will look at these edges, rebuild edges, cover up the other area, and bring our new subject over to this area. Typically, when we have patterns, this can work out really well for us.

Here we can go ahead and choose Select and then Deselect, and see how Photoshop did. Here's the overall before and then the after. If ever your patterns don't line up perfectly with whatever project you're working on, you can always create a new layer and try to almost re-create the pattern yourself. Like in this image, the pattern, it kind of chopped up a little bit over here. No big deal, click on the New Layer icon and here we'll go ahead and just name this new layer pattern, and then we could use our Clone Stamp tool.

You can select the Clone Stamp tool by clicking on it, or pressing the S key. We want to use Aligned and All Layers, and then here we'll press the right bracket key to make our brush bigger. In doing this, what we can start to do is to Option+Click or Alt+Click on one of these elements of our pattern, and then we can rebuild the pattern, and here you can see I'm just rebuilding that by clicking and dragging. And by rebuilding a pattern, many times you can kind of add a little bit more clarity to that or kind of fix those small issues.

Perhaps we want to do this on the side as well. Option+Click or Alt+Click in order to sample, and then go ahead and click and paint and you can again kind of cover up some of those areas or edges that didn't work out so well. Well now that we've done all of this work, my hope is, is that you had some fun doing this creative project. But perhaps even more important, that you learned some valuable cleanup techniques. Let's go ahead and review what we did here so that we can review kind of some of the steps we took. Here I'm going to click on the Eye icons to turn off the visibility of all of these layers.

We started off with this background image. Now, this image I processed in Camera Raw, to modify the color and tone. Then I brought it into Photoshop. In Photoshop, we made a selection of the sleeve and use Content-Aware Fill in order to get rid of that area. We saw how this tool rebuilt part of the arm. After having made that adjustment, we wanted to create a different version of our image, and this is something that we will do a lot when it comes to cleanup work. Here we decided to remove the arm.

We made a selection of that and again used Content-Aware Fill to get rid of that area. Then we used part of the light to rebuild the top. In doing that, it allowed us to kind of rebuild this light in a semirealistic way, and whenever you can use content, you can use pixels to retouch. Well, typically it can work out pretty well for you. Last but not least, we looked at how we could also use the Content-Aware Move tool in order to move an object, not just extend something, and then finally we fixed up a little bit of a pattern there in the background.

Now there's obviously more that we could do with this image in regards to the way that we processed it, or ways that we could make this light more realistic. But you know those conversations are for another training title, where we focus in on creativity and color and whatnot. Yet here, I think we learned some valuable skills about how we can start to retouch and clean up our images, and how we can do so in a way that we go beyond the basics. So that we're not just fixing problems, but so that also we may be even coming up with some interesting and creative ways to process our pictures.

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Photoshop for Photographers: Portrait Retouching

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  1. 1m 58s
    1. Welcome
      1m 4s
    2. Using the exercise files
      54s
  2. 6m 49s
    1. Initial retouching considerations
      3m 51s
    2. Using a Wacom tablet
      1m 8s
    3. Exploring resources and finding inspiration
      1m 50s
  3. 37m 21s
    1. Where to begin?
      1m 19s
    2. Reviewing the basic cleanup tools
      3m 59s
    3. Removing small distractions
      2m 41s
    4. Using selections and cloning to remove distractions
      4m 26s
    5. Simplifying the background with the Clone tool
      5m 12s
    6. Removing a garment strap
      5m 17s
    7. Removing a distracting logo
      3m 43s
    8. Removing lint from a T-shirt
      3m 40s
    9. Cleaning up a backdrop with Content-Aware Fill
      2m 58s
    10. Cleaning up a backdrop with the Patch tool
      4m 6s
  4. 22m 31s
    1. Extending a real-world scene, part 1
      4m 6s
    2. Extending a real-world scene, part 2
      4m 20s
    3. Removing distractions for a creative effect
      4m 31s
    4. Using selections and Free Transform to rebuild image elements
      3m 44s
    5. Moving a person with Content-Aware Move
      5m 50s
  5. 28m 48s
    1. Removing small details from the face
      4m 50s
    2. Retouching skin
      4m 35s
    3. Reducing hotspots, part 1
      4m 32s
    4. Reducing hotspots, part 2
      4m 36s
    5. Reducing brightness with selections and curves
      3m 26s
    6. Using Hue/Saturation to minimize variations in skin color
      3m 45s
    7. Removing tan lines
      1m 53s
    8. Leaving imperfections in portraits
      1m 11s
  6. 37m 15s
    1. Correcting tone with curves and masking
      5m 39s
    2. Fixing exposure and color with curves
      4m 14s
    3. Correcting tone with blending modes and masking
      5m 22s
    4. Using Shadows/Highlights to improve exposure
      5m 28s
    5. Using Soft Light layer blending to burn and dodge
      4m 37s
    6. Exploring the burning-and-dodging workflow
      6m 35s
    7. Using multiple techniques to improve shadows and highlights
      5m 20s
  7. 22m 42s
    1. Reducing wrinkles with the Healing Brush
      7m 21s
    2. Working on wrinkles and details
      6m 51s
    3. Fine-tuning and making final adjustments on wrinkles
      3m 44s
    4. Quick wrinkle reduction with the Patch tool
      4m 46s
  8. 43m 27s
    1. Enhancing eyes with adjustment layers and blending
      4m 7s
    2. Adding sparkle to the eyes
      4m 38s
    3. Increasing color with Colorize and blending modes
      5m 37s
    4. Rebuilding the edge of the eye
      6m 34s
    5. Whitening eyes, part 1
      3m 54s
    6. Whitening eyes, part 2
      5m 42s
    7. Removing eye veins and sharpening eyes behind glasses
      7m 8s
    8. Correcting color and tone behind glasses
      5m 47s
  9. 11m 26s
    1. Trimming eyebrows
      5m 25s
    2. Darkening eyebrows
      2m 48s
    3. Adding mascara to darken eyelashes
      3m 13s
  10. 16m 47s
    1. Enhancing lip color and tone with curves and masking
      4m 23s
    2. Using Color Balance and blending modes to improve the look of lips
      7m 41s
    3. Improving the look of lips with the Burn and Dodge tools
      4m 43s
  11. 13m 49s
    1. Teeth whitening made easy
      2m 33s
    2. Exploring advanced teeth whitening
      5m 0s
    3. Automating teeth whitening with actions
      5m 9s
    4. A note on retouching facial features
      1m 7s
  12. 35m 22s
    1. Covering and correcting hair discoloration
      5m 48s
    2. Fixing the color of hair roots
      3m 3s
    3. Making creative color adjustments to hair
      2m 44s
    4. Patching a gap in hair
      4m 27s
    5. Removing flyaway hairs
      6m 18s
    6. Fixing flyaway hairs with a complicated background
      5m 57s
    7. Adding accents and creative color to a fashion photograph
      7m 5s
  13. 27m 22s
    1. Brightening shadow areas on the face
      4m 22s
    2. Adding color to the cheeks and eyelids
      4m 30s
    3. Modifying eye makeup color
      3m 52s
    4. Increasing color saturation and variety
      4m 17s
    5. Enhancing color with the Lab Color space
      5m 44s
    6. Using Selective Color to create vibrant color
      3m 29s
    7. Additional makeup resources
      1m 8s
  14. 23m 15s
    1. High-pass skin softening
      6m 48s
    2. Creating a mask for the skin
      4m 23s
    3. Softening and adding even texture to the skin
      5m 36s
    4. Adding a soft glow to the skin and details
      6m 28s
  15. 34m 36s
    1. Adding dimension using curves and masking
      3m 50s
    2. Reshaping a jawline with Liquify
      4m 30s
    3. Reshaping a shirt with Liquify
      3m 13s
    4. Reshaping a shoulder with Liquify
      3m 22s
    5. Reshaping the body with Liquify
      2m 35s
    6. Using the Warp tool to reshape a jawline
      3m 33s
    7. Modifying the body with the Warp tool
      3m 35s
    8. Changing shape with selections and masking
      8m 32s
    9. Tips for thoughtful portrait retouching
      1m 26s
  16. 36s
    1. Goodbye
      36s

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