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Removing distractions for a creative effect

From: Photoshop for Photographers: Portrait Retouching

Video: Removing distractions for a creative effect

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.

Removing distractions for a creative effect

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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Photoshop for Photographers: Portrait Retouching

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  1. 1m 58s
    1. Welcome
      1m 4s
    2. Using the exercise files
      54s
  2. 6m 49s
    1. Initial retouching considerations
      3m 51s
    2. Using a Wacom tablet
      1m 8s
    3. Exploring resources and finding inspiration
      1m 50s
  3. 37m 21s
    1. Where to begin?
      1m 19s
    2. Reviewing the basic cleanup tools
      3m 59s
    3. Removing small distractions
      2m 41s
    4. Using selections and cloning to remove distractions
      4m 26s
    5. Simplifying the background with the Clone tool
      5m 12s
    6. Removing a garment strap
      5m 17s
    7. Removing a distracting logo
      3m 43s
    8. Removing lint from a T-shirt
      3m 40s
    9. Cleaning up a backdrop with Content-Aware Fill
      2m 58s
    10. Cleaning up a backdrop with the Patch tool
      4m 6s
  4. 22m 31s
    1. Extending a real-world scene, part 1
      4m 6s
    2. Extending a real-world scene, part 2
      4m 20s
    3. Removing distractions for a creative effect
      4m 31s
    4. Using selections and Free Transform to rebuild image elements
      3m 44s
    5. Moving a person with Content-Aware Move
      5m 50s
  5. 28m 48s
    1. Removing small details from the face
      4m 50s
    2. Retouching skin
      4m 35s
    3. Reducing hotspots, part 1
      4m 32s
    4. Reducing hotspots, part 2
      4m 36s
    5. Reducing brightness with selections and curves
      3m 26s
    6. Using Hue/Saturation to minimize variations in skin color
      3m 45s
    7. Removing tan lines
      1m 53s
    8. Leaving imperfections in portraits
      1m 11s
  6. 37m 15s
    1. Correcting tone with curves and masking
      5m 39s
    2. Fixing exposure and color with curves
      4m 14s
    3. Correcting tone with blending modes and masking
      5m 22s
    4. Using Shadows/Highlights to improve exposure
      5m 28s
    5. Using Soft Light layer blending to burn and dodge
      4m 37s
    6. Exploring the burning-and-dodging workflow
      6m 35s
    7. Using multiple techniques to improve shadows and highlights
      5m 20s
  7. 22m 42s
    1. Reducing wrinkles with the Healing Brush
      7m 21s
    2. Working on wrinkles and details
      6m 51s
    3. Fine-tuning and making final adjustments on wrinkles
      3m 44s
    4. Quick wrinkle reduction with the Patch tool
      4m 46s
  8. 43m 27s
    1. Enhancing eyes with adjustment layers and blending
      4m 7s
    2. Adding sparkle to the eyes
      4m 38s
    3. Increasing color with Colorize and blending modes
      5m 37s
    4. Rebuilding the edge of the eye
      6m 34s
    5. Whitening eyes, part 1
      3m 54s
    6. Whitening eyes, part 2
      5m 42s
    7. Removing eye veins and sharpening eyes behind glasses
      7m 8s
    8. Correcting color and tone behind glasses
      5m 47s
  9. 11m 26s
    1. Trimming eyebrows
      5m 25s
    2. Darkening eyebrows
      2m 48s
    3. Adding mascara to darken eyelashes
      3m 13s
  10. 16m 47s
    1. Enhancing lip color and tone with curves and masking
      4m 23s
    2. Using Color Balance and blending modes to improve the look of lips
      7m 41s
    3. Improving the look of lips with the Burn and Dodge tools
      4m 43s
  11. 13m 49s
    1. Teeth whitening made easy
      2m 33s
    2. Exploring advanced teeth whitening
      5m 0s
    3. Automating teeth whitening with actions
      5m 9s
    4. A note on retouching facial features
      1m 7s
  12. 35m 22s
    1. Covering and correcting hair discoloration
      5m 48s
    2. Fixing the color of hair roots
      3m 3s
    3. Making creative color adjustments to hair
      2m 44s
    4. Patching a gap in hair
      4m 27s
    5. Removing flyaway hairs
      6m 18s
    6. Fixing flyaway hairs with a complicated background
      5m 57s
    7. Adding accents and creative color to a fashion photograph
      7m 5s
  13. 27m 22s
    1. Brightening shadow areas on the face
      4m 22s
    2. Adding color to the cheeks and eyelids
      4m 30s
    3. Modifying eye makeup color
      3m 52s
    4. Increasing color saturation and variety
      4m 17s
    5. Enhancing color with the Lab Color space
      5m 44s
    6. Using Selective Color to create vibrant color
      3m 29s
    7. Additional makeup resources
      1m 8s
  14. 23m 15s
    1. High-pass skin softening
      6m 48s
    2. Creating a mask for the skin
      4m 23s
    3. Softening and adding even texture to the skin
      5m 36s
    4. Adding a soft glow to the skin and details
      6m 28s
  15. 34m 36s
    1. Adding dimension using curves and masking
      3m 50s
    2. Reshaping a jawline with Liquify
      4m 30s
    3. Reshaping a shirt with Liquify
      3m 13s
    4. Reshaping a shoulder with Liquify
      3m 22s
    5. Reshaping the body with Liquify
      2m 35s
    6. Using the Warp tool to reshape a jawline
      3m 33s
    7. Modifying the body with the Warp tool
      3m 35s
    8. Changing shape with selections and masking
      8m 32s
    9. Tips for thoughtful portrait retouching
      1m 26s
  16. 36s
    1. Goodbye
      36s

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