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In this course, photographer, author, and teacher Chris Orwig details the tools every photographer needs to retouch portraits to make them look their best while remaining authentic. The course includes an overview of the retouching process and how to develop a plan for a retouching project.
After exploring techniques to improve the overall photo, Chris shares his techniques for reducing wrinkles, enhancing eyes and other facial features, improving hair, and retouching makeup. The course concludes with a look at retouching skin and reshaping portions of a portrait using transformations, the Warp tool, and the Liquify filter.
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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