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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.
The focus of this chapter has been to look at how he can go beyond the basics of image cleanup. How we could use our image cleanup tools in order to come up with some creative effects and that's what we're going to do with this portrait here. We'll look at how we can reduce and simplify, but how we can do this not to fix problems, but to enhance this portrait, and this is a recent portrait that I captured of Bruce. Bruce is one of the cofounders of lynda.com. He's the chief creative officer; he is incredibly creative and inspiring.
And it was fun to try to capture a portrait which caught a bit of his essence, how he is fun, and how he comes up with these fascinating and brilliant ideas. All right! Well, here I want to further that vision for this picture. So the first thing I want to do is make a simple adjustment. I want to remove the sleeve that we see here on this arm, which is holding up this giant lightbulb above his head. To do that I'm going to copy the Background layer. Press Command+J on a Mac or Ctrl+J on Windows to duplicate or copy that background layer, and then let's go ahead and name this new layer clean up.
Next, we will choose one of our Selection tools. How about if we select the Lasso tool? Press the L key to select that tool. Next position the cursor near the area that you want to select and then just click and drag to lasso that up, and once you have done that, we're going to then remove that sleeve with Content-Aware Fill. To access Content-Aware Fill, press Shift+F5. This will open up our Fill dialog as we've seen previously; and here we're just going to use Content-Aware.
This initial step is pretty straightforward. Basically, we're just looking to get rid of the sleeve and Content- Aware Fill does a great job with this. Next, let's deselect. Here we will choose Select and then choose Deselect. All right! Well, now after having removed the sleeve and after having reduced and simplified this photograph a bit, what I want to do now is get even more creative. I want to create a few different iterations or versions of this photograph. And in the next version I want to remove the arm and the hand altogether, so that we can then have this lightbulb floating above his head.
Well, in order to do this, let's copy our clean up layer. So click and clean up and then press Command+J on a Mac or Ctrl+J on Windows, and let's go ahead and name this one arm. The next thing that we need to do is we need to select the arm and then we're going to remove it. Now we will have to rebuild some of the lightbulb, but this will just be kind of fun. Let's explore how we can do this. Here, we will choose our Selection tool; the tool I'm going to use is the Quick Select tool. We can click and drag across the arm; we need to make sure we go here to the fingers.
So we will go ahead and make a selection here to all of the fingers. We want to get all of those out of this part of our picture. Now that we have this nice selection, the next step will be to go to the Select pulldown menu and here we're going to choose Modify and then Expand. This allows us to expand the selection. Let's try 5 pixels and then click OK. By expanding that selection a little bit, it will help us remove this a bit more efficiently. Perhaps we should try to expand it a little bit more.
So here I will go to Modify and Expand. I'm going to go to 5 more pixels, so I have even more of that removed. All right! Well, now that more is selected here in regards to the arm and the hand, let's press Shift+F5 to reopen Content-Aware Fill and then to click OK in order to apply that. Now again, here we're going into some creative territory. We're trying to do something, which we probably haven't done before, but you can see that Content-Aware Fill can give us kind of a jumpstart into this overall creative process of changing this photograph.
Well, let's deselect so we can see how our edges look. Here we will choose Select and then Deselect. Photoshop did a really good job at removing this part of our photograph and here you can see there is our before and now here's our after. After having removed that part of the image, the next thing that I need to do is to rebuild the top of the lightbulb. Sure, the lightbulb is floating there by itself, but we don't have a top here. So we need to somehow use part of the light- bulb and rebuild that or reconstruct that.
Well, let's take a look at how we can do that next creative step in the next movie.
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