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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: We'll go ahead and open up the file retouch_02. F to go to full screen view mode. We're going to work on eyes here again. If you zoom in to 100 percent, what you notice is that the eyes are actually out of focus. The focus is on the hat right here and then everything behind that is out of focus. This was shot with a 50 millimeter lens at F14, so it really shallowed up the field, so the eyes aren't sharp. But there's a trick for bringing that detail back. Let's zoom in. And let's make a selection around the eyes.
We'll go ahead and do that with the Elliptical Marquee tool. Let's add a little bit of a Feather, a couple pixel Feather there. And we're going to make a selection by clicking and dragging, holding in the spacebar to reposition that selected area. And typically what you want to do when making selections like this is to go a little bit bigger than you need to. Hold down the Shift key, click and drag. Don't let go of the Shift key. Reposition with the spacebar. And again, we're looking to make a selection a little bit bigger than needed because we're going to clean up the edges with a mask later.
Once you've made the selections, press Command+J or Control+J. What this will be doing is copying those eyes onto their own layer. Once you've done that we want to target this layer it give it the name "eyes". And navigate to Filter > Sharpen > Smart Sharpen. You got it. And you'd be amazed at what you can do in regards to eyes with sharpening. So here we're going to add some sharpening. I have an Amount of 100.
I want to zoom in a little bit and see my before and after. If you use the Hand tool, you're going to see your before and after. That's pretty intense. I might need to lower it just a tad bit because this is a low-res file. Click OK. Let's zoom out to 100 percent and then look at our before and after. We're not done yet. Wow. It brought back a ton of detail in those eyes, which is really good. Lower the Opacity just a tad there. Sweeten it up. The next thing we need to do is zoom in and fix the edges of this layer.
I like to do that with the mask so I'll create a mask icon, select the brush and paint with black around the edge here to paint away any excess that we had in our selection. And that looks pretty good. Let's look at our before and after. All right. One of the unique things about this technique is that you can apply it to eyes that aren't sharp, as in this image, or you can apply it to eyes that are sharp. And you'll find that it will bring some visual interest to those eyes in really unique ways that aren't over the top.
This technique is used in retouching all the time. Well I hope that one's been helpful and I'll see you in the next movie.
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