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Enhancing Digital Photography with Photoshop CS2 is a video-based tutorial designed for professional photographers and enthusiasts who want to get professional results. Chris Orwig, a professional photographer and instructor at the world-renowned Brooks Institute of Photography, shares the secrets and techniques that he uses to enhance his own photography in Photoshop. The training follows a photographer's digital workflow, starting with essential color management decisions and organizing images with Adobe Bridge. Chris moves on to cover processing Camera Raw files, enhancing tone and color, and correcting imperfections. He then demonstrates how to prepare the images for output and client reviews. Chris shares examples of his work as exercise files that accompany the training videos, allowing you to follow along and learn at your own pace.
>> Male Speaker: Now that we have covered some techniques for working on teeth, we're ready to learn how to enhance eyes, and we're going to do that in the next few movies. Let's go ahead and open up the file retouch_01.psd. F to full screen view mode, double-click the Zoom tool to go to 100 percent. In this case, we have some good detail in the eyes, not a ton of detail, and we want to bring out some of the really unique nature of this person's eyes. The way that we're going to do that is by making a selection. Select the Elliptical Marquee tool.
Go ahead and click and drag to make an ellipse around the shape of the eye, then hold in the Shift key and then click and drag a second time to make a second selection. Remember that from our selection movie, right? Hold in the spacebar and you can move that selection around. So we're making one selection, Shift key, making a second selection. It's one of the reasons I'm an advocate for making rough selections is because I want to determine very early on if it's worth putting in detail-oriented time.
So I typically will make an edit to see if this is a good direction to go in and if it is, then I clean it up. In contrast, some people I know will spend an incredible detailed amount of time making a selection and then make the edit only to find out they don't want to do that and therefore, they've lost time. So for me and my workflow, this tends to work well. So I have these two rough selections, I'll go ahead and go down to the Adjustment Layer icon and I'm going to select Curves. Let's create a Curves adjustment layer and simply brighten up those two selected areas.
Once we've done that, and it doesn't look very good, which is fine, we see our rough edges, we'll lower Opacity down to 0 and see can we bring out some of the detail in those eyes? Definitely. Right around there, that's a good percentage. So let's take the percentage all the way up, grab the Brush tool, right bracket for me to make a little bit bigger brush. I want a nice soft brush and I'm going to be painting with black. And so I'm cleaning up the edges of the brush.
I'm working on the mask. When you create an adjustment layer, when you make a selection and then create an adjustment layer by default, you're on the mask. As we can see down here on the layer, I'm default targeting that area. And now I'm just, now my mask is really good, and it's just the eyes. Another way to view that mask, remember? Shift+Option+click the Mask icon there. And that actually helped me. I didn't realize that my mask wasn't perfect up top. So now I will fix that up over there and down here I need to fix it up as well.
So that was a helpful click for me. Shift+Option+click or Shift+Alt+click on the PC. Now let's look at our before and after. We'll zoom out a little bit and let's see where we're going with this. Okay, we can open up the Curves adjustment layer again. Okay, so in this case, we're just working on the brightness values of those eyes. Go ahead and click OK. Let's look at our before and after. And we can see that the mask has a couple of little areas that we need to fix up, so I'm going to go ahead and do that and then lower my Opacity and look at the before and after. I'm not going for a surreal effect in the eyes; I just want to bring a little bit more light in there.
And let's take a look. Zoomed out, before and after. All right, that looks good. We're going to work on eyes some more and we'll do that in the next movie.
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