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Removing a garment strap

From: Photoshop for Photographers: Portrait Retouching

Video: Removing a garment strap

When it comes to cleaning up distractions, sometimes we need to remove distractions that we didn't notice when we captured a frame. In other situations like with this photograph here, it may be something that we noticed that we just decided that we're going to work on after the fact in Photoshop, and here what I want to do is I want to remove this garment strap, in order to strengthen this photograph. So let's zoom in a little bit on this picture. Next, let's create a new layer. This time let's create a new layer by simply clicking on the New Layer icon and we'll name this top layer, clean up.

Removing a garment strap

When it comes to cleaning up distractions, sometimes we need to remove distractions that we didn't notice when we captured a frame. In other situations like with this photograph here, it may be something that we noticed that we just decided that we're going to work on after the fact in Photoshop, and here what I want to do is I want to remove this garment strap, in order to strengthen this photograph. So let's zoom in a little bit on this picture. Next, let's create a new layer. This time let's create a new layer by simply clicking on the New Layer icon and we'll name this top layer, clean up.

In order to remove the strap, we're going to use the Spot Healing Brush. You can click on the Spot Healing Brush or you can press the J key. Now in one of the previous movies I mentioned that you typically want to use Content-Aware because that provides better blending when it comes to healing areas of your photograph. I want to illustrate that here. I'm going to select Proximity Match. This won't work very well, but let's see how this can then compare to Content-Aware. You position your cursor over the area that you want to correct.

You can change your brush size by pressing the left or right bracket key and then go ahead and click and paint over the item that you want to remove. In doing this I'm painting over this entire area and then I let go. Well, the problem with this is that depending on how I've use this tool; you can see it's bringing in other elements. It brought in a corner of the mouth, the texture. It doesn't match up that all. This shadow line here, well, it just looks kind of fake. So rather than using Proximity Match, what you want to do, is you want to use Content-Aware.

With the same brush and relatively the same brush stroke, I'll go ahead and paint over this item, and then I'll let go. In doing that we'll then see that Photoshop does just a much better job. Because it analyzes the surrounding areas and it builds up a better selection, and then also removes that a bit more efficiently. If you notice there any little areas that it didn't quite get out perfectly, you can always just click over those or click and drag over those in order to clean up those little areas, and here I'll just do that in a few places in order to clean that up.

Well now that we've done that; now that we've cleaned up a few of these little areas, the next thing I need to do is I need to work on my shadow up here in the top of the photograph. So let's zoom in a little bit, and then let's use the Clone Stamp tool in order to continue the shadow a bit more. Here we'll click on our New Layer icon, and I'll name this new layer shadow. Next, select the Clone Stamp tool and with the Clone Stamp tool we have some options. Here we're going to decrease our opacity to about 50%, turn on Aligned, Sample All Layers, and then finally choose a nice small brush, without any hardness.

After having it dialed in all of those options, we're going to Option+Click or Alt+Click on the shadow. You can do that to sample that and then reposition the cursor near the top and then click and paint. In doing that you can see that I can start to bring in the shadows, so that it can then extend to the top of the image. As I do that, what I'm noticing is it's bringing in a nice shadow here, except the shadow line. Well, it's a little bit too straight. It needs to kind of bend a little there. To bend something, we can use what's called Free Transform and Warp.

Let me show you how that works. To access Free Transform, press Command+T if you're on a Mac or Ctrl+T if you're on Windows. Next in the options bar, you'll notice a new icon appears for Free Transform. This is the Warp icon. We'll be using this in different places in this course as well. Yet here, let's take a look at how we can start to use it by changing the shape of this layer. You can see that as I drag this corner point in really extreme ways, I can change the overall arc there, and all that I want to do is just bend this a little bit.

So I'm going to grab these corner points in order to just change that, so it's not quite such a straight line. We can control the endpoints or any of these different little handles to kind of control the overall shape of this area of the image. Next, press Enter or Return. Well, now that that's bending a little bit more up to the top, what I need to do is move this. We'll select the Move tool, and then rather than clicking and dragging, when you have a little delicate area like this, just use your arrow keys. And you can use your arrow keys, as you can see here I'm just kind of moving those around to get this in exactly the right spot.

All right. Well finally let's zoom out a little bit so that we can evaluate our overall before and after. If we click on our Eye icons in our Layers panel, you can see here's the before and then now here's the after, and perhaps most importantly we've learned a really valuable technique here, and this is the technique of how we can work with the Spot Healing Brush of course. But then also how we can clone content inside of our image in order to rebuild an area of our photograph and you know all of the best retouchers in the world, they do this.

Rather than trying to paint it in with the Brush tool, they ask themselves is there anything in the photograph that I can use, that I could then kind of paint to extend or to modify my picture? And here by using the shadow that was already there, well, it helped us make this correction look that much better.

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Photoshop for Photographers: Portrait Retouching

85 video lessons · 25310 viewers

Chris Orwig
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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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