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In this course, photographer, author, and teacher Chris Orwig details the tools every photographer needs to retouch portraits to make them look their best while remaining authentic. The course includes an overview of the retouching process and how to develop a plan for a retouching project.
After exploring techniques to improve the overall photo, Chris shares his techniques for reducing wrinkles, enhancing eyes and other facial features, improving hair, and retouching makeup. The course concludes with a look at retouching skin and reshaping portions of a portrait using transformations, the Warp tool, and the Liquify filter.
This is a portrait of my cousin John with his daughter Kelsey, and my cousin John has a really big sense of humor and here you can see his is wearing this funny T-shirt. Yet this is not going to really work for what I want to do with this portrait; maybe I want to print it out so that someone can hang it on their wall. So let's say that we need to remove the distracting element on his shirt, those graphics on the T-shirt. Well to do that we're going to copy our background layer and then we're going to use the Patch tool with the few different settings, and then also make a couple more adjustments to finish it off. Let's first copy that background layer by pressing Command+J on a Mac or Ctrl+J on Windows and let's name this new layer retouch.
Next I'll zoom in a little bit on the image, then I'll select the Patch tool by clicking on one of my Healing tools and then choosing Patch. Typically, when you use the Patch you work with Normal and also Source, so I'll use that option. And I'm going to go ahead and select a small element of the image and it's nice to be able to select a smaller area like this area here, so that we can then remove that kind of one piece at a time. By doing that I can then move to the next area of the photograph and I'll go ahead and select this. I want to have my selection pretty close to the edges here, but not too close so that I can select all of that.
And if I use normal here and click and drag down, what will happen is it'll create this little kind of bleed, because I don't have a big enough area to work with. So press Command+Z or Ctrl+Z to undo that. Here is where Content- Aware comes to save the day. With Content-Aware, we can choose different adaptation options. We can choose between Very Strict, Strict, Medium, Loose, and Very Loose. What do these actually mean? Well, if you have an object that you need to maintain its actual shape, you want to choose Strict or Very Strict.
If you don't really care like with the T-shirt, you can choose Very Loose. This allows the tool to be a little bit more creative to select from different areas in order to rebuild the texture that we have here. All right. Well next, we can go ahead and make a few more selections. I'll go back to that normal blending here. I'm just going to select this shadow and reduce that a little bit, and then also reduce this part of the image, and I'll try to make some decent selections here to try to sample out those areas. Looks like I got a little too close to the edge, so there was some kind of bleeding along those edges, but I'm hoping I can fix that with a few adjustments.
All right. Next go to Select and choose Deselect. Well, now that we've done all that we can see our before and after, we've removed or reduced this distracting element. The only other thing that you might want to do after you've done this is to work with the Patch tool to say maybe extend the shadow. To do that you can change your option to Destination in the options bar, and then you can select something that you want to extend like the shadow here. If I click and drag this up, you can see that that allows me to extend this, so that it goes a little bit further along here.
In doing that, it just helps to add a bit of contour or shape to that part, so it doesn't kind of look vacant or without any dimension to it. All right. Let's zoom out a little bit just to make sure we did a nice job with this one. Here it is, our before and after. We have removed that distracting element and by removing that well it really changes this overall image. Now we're not drawn to the graphic, rather this photograph is more about these two people and their wonderful glowing smiles and their relationship, the relationship of a father and his daughter.
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