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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 I want to share with you another technique for burning and dodging and we are going to continue to work with this Ironman athlete. In this case we are working on his legs and those are just some crazy looking legs. What we want to do is we want to exaggerate or bring out some of those muscles and textures and what not a little bit more. So here is how we are going to do this. We will click on the Adjustment Layer icon and choose Curves. We are going to create a Curves adjustment and change its Blending mode and here is why. You don't need to do this; this is just for illustration purposes. If I increase the Red value here and go to a blend mode of Luminosity I won't see a color shift all right because all I'm seeing is the Luminance value of this Curves adjustment. So we are going to create a couple of Curves adjustment and we are going to use this blend mode of Luminosity.
Let's reset this curve. For this first adjustment what I'm interested in doing is darkening some of the shadows, I'm going to go ahead and darken that out and then I'll invert the mask, click on the Mask panel here and choose Invert great. Now I'll go ahead and grab my Brush tool, I'm going to paint with white; I have white in my foreground color there. Opacity probably around 20% to start and I'll zoom in just a touch here. I'll grab my brush; I'm just going to look to try to find some of these shadows and try to define them a little bit more. The nice thing about using a mask is we can blur this out and soften these edges up; we can also change our Opacity at any time, if we need to. So again just looking to try and bring out a little bit definition in a few of these of this areas photograph here, on the knee there as well, little bit on the leg, let's change that bring that in a touch and again I'll just do that here as well.
All right making our way through this one, so far so good, looking to try to follow the shadows over the highlights and I'm aware that I'm going a little bit too far but I'll blur that out. It will start to look good when we do that. Okay we will bring the Brush Size up a little bit and then do a little bit more subtle work okay great. So far so good. Let's blur out those brush strokes. Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur. This will then just pull those way back. So here we can see the before and then just bringing them together a little bit and I'm using a Wacom Tablet so I have nice diffusion on there, but I just want to do that even a little bit more on my before then after on those edges. And let's take a look at before and after so far.
Before and then after great. Let's work on the highlight, click on the Adjustment Layer icon, choose Curves, we are just going to brighten up those highlights a bit. I want to invert the mask go to the Mask panel choose Invert, blend mode good old Luminosity. Now here I'll paint with my white color. Let me go ahead and lower the Opacity about 10% and just brighten this up a little bit more. Try to use low Opacities when you are working on light and areas like this. So I'll go ahead and make my way through there and a lot of times, it's just a give and take a little bit darkening a little bit of brightening and its' the two together which help lead to some pretty interesting results. So here is our before and after just bringing out the highlight there a bit, Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and we will blur out those brush strokes just a touch here.
We don't need to go too far, I was using pretty soft edged brush here and then let's take a look at the overall before and after see if we have any mistakes. Here is our before and then after. Really nice definition, only we notice one thing that I feel like this is a little bit too strong so I'll go into this layer and I'm going to paint with black paint with black with a real big brush here right bracket key increases that. I'm just going to diminish that a bit, I felt like it was a little bit too string there here is my before and after. Again just subtly burning and dodging in order to bring out contour and tone and shape and to enhance the muscles on those legs.
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