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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 technique that we learned in the previous movie where we worked with Curves to change the brightness value of a certain part of our image, can also work when we need to reduce or remove tan lines. Like with this nice mother/daughter portrait. If we zoom on it, we'll notice that there is a tan line here. In order to remove that what we can do is go ahead and click on our Curves adjustment layer icon. Next, I'll go ahead and darken the image; I'll also darken my white point as well. Next thing I want to do is add a little bit of a color so I'll go to the Red channel and I'll just bring up my reds a little bit.
And then also going to the other channels, the green magenta, add a little bit of a magenta there, and then perhaps add a touch of yellow. And again, here, this is all just guesswork, trying to guess how we might able to modify this area. Well after having made a few small adjustments, we'll go ahead and navigate to the Masks and here we'll click Invert that will conceal the mask in its entirety. Then we want to choose our Brush tool. Zoom in a little bit more. I want to use a nice low opacity, and we will paint with white, in order to paint this effect in.
And here we're just going to start to bring in this effect to try to take down the tan line. And after you've paid a little bit of this in, what you'll need to do is go back in and modify that Curves adjustment even more. So here I'll go to the Curves icon and then I'll just start to darken this up even more, and I'm looking to try to bring that out completely. There is our before and here is our after. As we do this, we've the kind of experiment a little bit with these values here. You also may need to paint with black or white, so that your mask looks just right.
You can of course go to the mask itself and then you can increase the feather; that will then just soften those edges. And by doing that it can really help us to reduce or to remove that overall tan line.
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