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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: More on eyes. Open up the image retouch_03. F to go to full screen view mode. And let's double-click the Zoom tool to take it into 100 percent. One of the things that we notice from the get-go is that the eyes are not sharp. Well how can we fix that? Let's approach the problem in a similar way as we have done previously. We're going to use Quick Mask to create a selection. Go ahead and select your brush. And in this case, we want a brush with just a little bit of hardness, about 10 percent or so will be nice.
And press Q on the keyboard. And we're going to make a selection of these eyes using Quick Mask. The way that Quick Mask works is it allows us to quickly create a mask, which we will then turn into a selection. And we're going to use that multiple different ways to work on these eyes here. So all that I'm doing is that I'm painting with black. Again if you didn't catch that, press Q to enter Quick Mask.
If you find that you've gone too far, hit the X key and then paint away the other way. And again, typically it's good to have a little bit more than you need if you're going to err on one side, because you can always fix that up later. All right, now that we have the selection here, we're going to press Q to exit Quick Mask and then invert the selection. Remember that shortcut? Shift+Command+I on a Mac. Shift+Control+I on a PC. Or Select > Inverse. Now we just have the eyes selected, and at this point we're ready to copy those to a new layer.
And we'll do that by pressing Command+J or Control+J. The eyes are now on a layer above the background layer. Here's where we will apply the Smart Sharpen. Filter > Sharpen > Smart Sharpen. You got it. Okay, a Radius of about, it looks like about 1.3 on Lens Blur. We're going to bring back the haloing just a little bit. Sharpen them just a tad bit more. Click OK.
Let's take a look at what we have. Before and after. Okay, that looks really nice. We're ready to take a few more steps with these. Copy the eyes layer. Command+J or Control+J. Name this "eyes_screen". We're going to take this layer to a blend mode of Screen. And this will brighten the eyes. That is obviously over the top, but we know that's no big deal, because we're going to lower the Opacity. And what we're doing is we're looking to bring in a little bit more brightness there.
Let's look at a before and after. And we want to make this layer a little bit brighter than we're happy with because we're going to copy it. Command+J. And take this one to Soft Light. Yeah. That's the one that really makes it come together. Okay. Let's look at our before and after. Go ahead and Option+Alt+click the background. There's our before and there's after. Those eyes look a lot better. Let's zoom out just a little bit so we can see how they look. Again, if any of those layers are a little bit too strong for us, this initial one, I'm going to add the name "eyes_sharpen" for myself.
I could go ahead and dial in the amount of sharpening, lower that, the Screen blend mode a little bit too bright for me. I don't want too much attention to go to the eyes. A lot of times with retouching, the problem is, is that we retouch something that it stands out. It's more dominant than the rest of the photograph. We definitely want eyes to be prominent, but we don't want eyes to be dominant. So we're looking for edits that are subtle, yet significant. In this case, I think we've accomplished that. It looks really good. There are a few more techniques I want to learn on this image.
So let's do that in the next movie.
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