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Photoshop CS4 for Photographers is an essential course for any digital photographer who wants to master the software's vast array of image enhancement techniques. Professional photographer and instructor Chris Orwig uses his own compelling images to demonstrate how the power of Photoshop can make photographers more passionate about their work. He covers many aspects of the application, such as working with RAW images, using curves and levels, making images snap, and enhancing bland photographs by converting them to black and white. Exercise files accompany this course.
In these next few movies, we will look at a few techniques that will help us improve wrinkles and in particular the wrinkles around the eyes. We are going to start off with an image that's a little bit more easy to work with. So let's go ahead and open that one up. It's titled michael_costa_photography. This one wasn't captured by me but it was captured by my good friend Michael Costa. He is a great photographer. So let's go ahead and double-click this one to open it up in Photoshop. Press F to go Full Screen View mode. All right, well here we have the original image and let's double-click the Zoom tool to zoom into the image, here is the original and then here is the image after some retouching and after a little bit of color correction and again our before and after.
All right, well that's looking really good. Except one of the things that I'm noticing here, is that, there are some wrinkles underneath eye and I would like to reduce those a little bit. Well how can we do that? Let's create a new layer. Shift+Command+N on a Mac/Shift+ Ctrl+N on a PC. We will name this layer eye1 for our first layer working on the eyes. Next, we will grab one of our tools. We are going to go for the Healing Brush here. Now with the Healing Brush, what we are going to do is we are going to Option click right around this portion of the eye here. Nice sample of a skin and that's Option on a Mac/Alt on a PC and then we are going to click and paint over those wrinkles.
Now one of the things that's important to keep in mind is that we don't want to remove these all the way. I'll go ahead and Option click here and I just want to reduce that wrinkle over that way and that's looking okay. I want to undo that, I want to make it look even better. I'm going to go ahead and do this, once again my healing here was just a little bit too low, I need to increase that or raise it up just a little bit there and I'm going to just keep painting over this, so I want to get rid of that highlight as well. Just looking to try to even out the color just a touch there. Again too far on that one. Okay, well that looks pretty good. Then over on this side, Option click and again paint over that wrinkle there.
All right looking good, Option click on a Mac/of course, Alt click on a PC. I'm just going to go through and reduce some of these wrinkles. I'm also going to reduce the wrinkles over here just a little bit. We will do that in a second though. Let's look at our before and after, here is before and then after. All right, well that looks unnatural. It doesn't look good. And you know what you need to do, right, lower the Opacity. So I'll just go ahead and drag down the Opacity until I find the sweet spot. All I'm interested in doing is just reducing the intensity of those wrinkles, I just want to back them off a little bit. And so again, I'll find that sweet spot and it's going to depend on the image and depend on the light. I'll zoom out a little bit, so we can see it before and then after, overall before and after. Here is the original and here is after the first stage of retouching and then that final stage right there.
All right, well that looks pretty good. Let's work on a couple of other wrinkles. We will create a new layer either by clicking on the New Layer icon or Shift+Command+N on a Mac/Shift+Ctrl+ N on a PC. I'm going to call this layer wrinkle and grab my Healing Brush as I have here. Option click on this part of the cheek and I'm just going to go ahead and paint over these wrinkles. Again, just looking to bring those out. The trick with wrinkles is that they add so much character to the face and again, all I'm doing here is just pressing the Option key on a Mac/Alt key PC to look at how I can began to reduce those wrinkles. Now that looks pretty nice, again I'm going to lower the Opacity and I'm just interested in backing that wrinkle off.
I still want the character of the face, but I'm just going to take those down. It's a pretty subtle improvement, but we will look at our overall before and after. I like it. One more layer, Shift+Command+N. I'll call this layer wrinkle2, my second wrinkle layer there and I'm just going to look to paint over that big wrinkle around the edge of the mouth and then lower the opacity on that. I just want to take the strength of that down just a bit. All right, now that we have done all of our wrinkle work, we want to group these layers, clicking the top layer. Hold down the Shift key, click in the bottom layer and press Command G on a Mac, Ctrl+G on a PC. Let's name this wrinkle. Here is our before and then after very subtle. I'll zoom in even a little bit further, so you can see the detail of that before and then after and then I'll zoom backup.
So a quick comment on this, why is the retouching subtle? Well, when you are retouching an image, you don't want anyone ever to notice the retouching. You want to do it in a way that they still think about the Photograph, the mood the emotion, the idea behind the photograph, then that's my hope here and even more. I hope that this technique that you just learned can help you achieve that in your own photographs.
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