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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.
Last, but not least, we're going to look at another mini project, and here we're going to explore how we can reshape the body. You know, whenever I get to this point in the college classroom of talking about how he can work with Photoshop, and use the Liquify tool, there's always a really colorful conversation about the ethics of Photoshop; about what we should and shouldn't do. And now, while I can't tell you what kind of adjustments you should or shouldn't make, at least we can raise that question, and start to think about, well, how can we use this tool? Just because it's there doesn't necessarily mean we need to use it everywhere.
Like with this photograph, let's say that the model or the subject here has asked us just to push in this side a little bit. Well, in order to do that, we'll go ahead and copy the Background layer. Press Command+J on a Mac, or Control+J on Windows; we'll name this top layer of reshape. We want to make this adjustment, especially with the body, in a way that looks natural and real; not awkward, or strange, or overly thin. Next we'll go to the Filter pulldown menu, and here we'll select Liquify. In regards to our Tool Options, we want to start off with a decent Brush Size, and then a pretty low Brush Pressure, and here, we're going to go ahead and just start to work with this part of the image.
We're going to tuck this in, and this area really was a result of this posture here, so as we click and drag this in, as we make that adjustment, we also have to ask ourself, now do we need to make any other adjustments? Because you need to create balance. Well now I think I need to also tuck in this leg just a bit as well. Again, just a kind of clean up this overall line that we have on this side of the image, in order to make that consistent. Let's zoom in a little bit more closely, so that we can focus in on the details here. In order to make this a little bit better, what I'm going to do is make my brush smaller by pressing the Left Bracket, then I'll go ahead and push from the inside out this time.
You know, it's not always just going one direction; a lot of times it's going in both directions to try kind of clean up your lines, or clean up the edges, or whatever it is that you need to do. All right, well as you can see you can obviously use this Forward Warp Tool to make some really dramatic changes. In this case, though, we're trying to go for something which is realistic, that doesn't even necessarily look modified. So if we click on the Show Backdrop, there you can see the before, click again, there is the after. You always want to zoom out as well, just to make sure that the image isn't imbalanced, and I think that that's nice. It's nice and subtle, and it looks really good.
The last step, of course, is to click OK in order to apply that, and then here in our Layers, we can click this on and off to look at our before, and then now our after.
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