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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.
Here I want to share with you a technique that I think you're really going to enjoy, because this technique is easy to apply, the results are great, and you can use this technique in a number of different scenarios. And you know sometimes what we'll do here will just really save the day. Well with this photograph from a distance, it looks great. Yet if we grab the Zoom tool and then click a few times to zoom in what we'll notice is there is all of this lint on the sweater here. Now we could try using the Spot Healing brush and removing all of those little blemishes there, but that would just take way too much time.
So, if you have a large area, where you have a consistent problem, you can use this technique to quickly remove it. Here's how it works. What we'll want to do is we want to duplicate this background layer, so go ahead and press Command+J on a Mac or Ctrl+J on Windows. Next let's name this new layer clean up. Then the next thing that we might want to do is make a selection. To make a selection, we could use our Quick Select tool. Press the W key or click on the tool in the Tools panel. Then we're going to go ahead and click and drag over the area that we want to work on, in this case this part of the sweater.
If there are areas you want to remove from your selection press and hold Option on the Mac, Alt on Windows and then click and paint. In that way you can have a better selection so that's just the area that we want to work on. So I'm obviously painting away the jacket over there and also a bit of the neck and then I'll add a bit more of the sweater there. Well, now that I have the area selected where we see this problem, we'll go ahead and click on our Add Layer Mask icon. In doing this essentially we have this rough selection just of the sweater.
The next step will be to target the layer. Rather than targeting the mask, go ahead and click in the icon for the image. You'll see the little brackets showing you that you've targeted that. Then you want to go your Filter menu. Here we're going to choose Noise and then Dust & Scratches. You know, this Dust & Scratches filter was actually designed for working with scans of film, yet it works really well in situations like this. What we want to do is decrease the Threshold to 0 then increase the Radius until we see all of the little blemishes disappear; you want to bring this up until those are completely gone.
Next you're going to increase the Threshold. By increasing the Threshold you can bring back some of the original texture there. If we click and drag this too high, what we're going to bring back are a lot of those little blemishes or problems. So again, you want to keep this pretty low, so that you have nice texture. Click on this little Preview window and you can see that before and after. Next click OK and you're done. That's it. Now why did we need to create this mask? Well, you can temporarily disable a mask by Shift+Clicking it.
If I Shift+Click the mask you can see that when this effect is applied to all of the photograph, we lose so much detail in the rest of the image, so this won't work unless we mask this in. Now we can either mask this in by making a selection or by simply hand painting this adjustment into the areas where we want this to be applied. All right. Well here I'll Shift+Click that mask again and then I'm going to zoom in on to our little problem area there. I'll get really nice and close so that we can evaluate how we've done with this. Here it is our before and now our after. That is a much easier way to deal with all of those little problems.
Can you imagine using the Spot Healing Brush and trying to get rid of every little piece of lint there? Well that would just take forever. , here with this technique, it's obviously much more efficient it does a great job, we have now successfully cleaned up that part of our photograph.
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