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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 last movie, where we will be working on this photograph, I want to show you one more technique that you can use in order to try to create a little bit more realistic retouching. Now, in the previous movie I talked about how we have these two layers and we can lower the Opacity of these layers. What would happen if we crank up the Opacity here and remove a lot of those dark shadows? Then we turn on this top layer with all this texture and we crank up that texture perhaps even a little bit more. Well, it definitely doesn't look natural and that doesn't look natural in a number of different ways. But what we could do is we could click on the topmost layer, hold down the Shift key, click in the bottom layer, and these are the wrinkles for him over here. Press Command+G on a Mac, Ctrl+G on a PC.
We will go ahead and name this layer Guy and we will click on the Wrinkles layer below. Command+G on a Mac, Ctrl+ G on a PC. We will name this layer Girl just so we can keep these distinguished. Here's the wrinkle removal for her, and there it is for him. Well, what we can do with one of these layers, or either one of these layer sets I should say, let's say for example that guy, is click on the Add Layer Mask icon. Well, now that we have a layer mask, we could then lower the Opacity just a touch and let's say that what we want to do is bring back just a little bit of wrinkles around the edge of the face. We could then grab our Brush tool, paint with black. We can paint with black at a different Opacity setting, let's say 30%. I'm going to go ahead and just look to bring back in a little bit of the wrinkles underneath the eye, also little bit of the wrinkles around the edge of the eyes. Because, keep in mind that wrinkles get longer and deeper, the older someone gets.
So now with this mask, we can then Shift -click this to turn it on and off. Here is our before and after. We have a very different type of wrinkle reduction. We can bring the wrinkles back into specific areas. Now, of course the trick with all of this type of wrinkle reduction or wrinkle removal for that matter is to look away and look back and see if you are going in a good direction. But I just want to include one more movie, just to highlight this idea that you can of course go into these different layers and lower the Opacity, and we could continually do that. Then we could in addition, have a layer on top, where we're then bringing back different types of wrinkles, and then we already have a layer set, and we have a mask where we can bring in specific areas of those wrinkles in order to try to create perhaps a little bit more of a realistic photograph. We are realizing that the character is still there. We have a little bit more of the character, yet it's still a flattering photograph. Now, the last thing that I want to say about this particular photograph is that there is more work that needs to be done. We definitely would want to work on the wrinkles on the cheeks here as well because those are now, feel like they are really prominent as well as the chin.
The more that we work on the rest of the image, let's say we work on the wrinkles on the cheeks here, also on the neck, it would become a little bit more realistic. The problem right now is that the eyes are the area with the least amount of wrinkles, the least amount of contrast. So it's kind of confusing to look at this photograph. So if you were to finish this photograph off, again what you would do next is work on the wrinkles on the face a little bit, and then also on the neck. You could get away with removing these almost entirely because it's not going to be very distracting to remove those. It actually will look good. So again, all I want to do is point that out, and we're going to use the same exact techniques as we have used before.
At this juncture, I think it will be worthwhile to jump to another image and to continue to talk about wrinkle reduction because I think here, I hope that you've caught vision for how you can begin to reduce and/or remove wrinkles in a pretty unique way.
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