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A portrait can be a cherished possession for a lifetime, and now making perfect portraits is just one Photoshop course away. Professional photographer and instructor Chris Orwig uses his vast knowledge of Photoshop to focus on the specific tools every photographer needs to adjust images and keep them looking genuine. Photoshop CS4 Portrait Retouching Essential Training explores this program's deep resources and inspires photographers to do their creative best with everything from blemishes to backdrops. Exercise files accompany the course.
In this movie, we're going to take a detailed look into how we can improve eyebrows. So let's go ahead and zoom in on this image. When we zoom in on the image, one of the things that we notice is that this eyebrow could use a little bit of reshaping. Now we have actually talked about this briefly before but we are going to go into this in a little bit more detail here. Now, one of the things that I want to do is I want to improve the shape. So I'm just going to go ahead and draw in the image for a second. I want to have the shape so that it goes up to that point and then comes down here as well. So I want to begin to trim off a portion of that top part of the eyebrow. All right, well I don't want those brush strokes here but that was simply to illustrate what I'm going to try to do.
Well, let's go ahead and create a new layer and let's create a new layer by way of a shortcut because those shortcuts can really help us out. The shortcut to create a new layer so that you can name it is Shift+Command+N on a Mac, Shift+Ctrl+N on a PC. We're going to name this layer Clone. Next we're going to press a shortcut key to select the Clone Stamp tool. That's the S key or you can always select it by clicking on it in the Tools panel. We're going to take our blend mode to Lighten and we're going to increase the Opacity here because mine was low or maybe you are going to decrease it. Either way, we will take the Opacity about 70%. Now we're going to zoom in even further and we're just going to start to sample areas that are nice and clean and begin to remove a lot of these little hairs. And so we're just going to go ahead and move our way across this image.
We're going to try to sample areas where the tone is pretty similar to what we're working on. We're just going to work these out. Whenever you do retouching like this, you are always thinking that you're going to do this in stages. We're going to clone first and then after we clone, we're going to do some healing techniques in order to remove some of this. And we're also going to change the overall texture here. But this particular technique really helps me to be able to kind of trim this down. And I'm able to trim these edges down a little bit. Change the overall shape of this. I'm just going to go ahead and make my way through here and in this case, I'll make my way up to the top portion of this eyebrow and we'll take a look at how we are doing in a second. This Lighten blend mode is really nice because it gives us the ability to lighten these darker areas of our photograph. Of course, we're going to need to do a little bit more with this, right, because this in no way is perfect and it's a pretty good start. So we'll go ahead and start to remove those guys. So here we go, here's our before and then after. So far so good. Little bit of a problem there. Let's take our blend mode to Normal and lower the Opacity down a bit to about 50% and I'll go ahead and Option-click here and make sure I'm on that blend mode of Normal.
I wasn't there. That's why that didn't look very good and I'll decrease that for a moment. Make my brush size a little bit bigger here. And just look to try to bring back some of this detail here. I'm just going to look to actually even out the tone just a touch because sometimes when you do things like this, it becomes a little bit too bright. I'm going to try to do that here as much as I can, even that out just a bit there and go ahead and soften it as well. Okay, well let's take a look at our before and after. Here's before and then after. Well so far so god for our first pass. The tone doesn't look very strong in certain places but we can fix that up now that we have reshaped the eyebrow. We're going to do that by merging these two underlying layers together. We'll press Shift+Option+Command+E on a Mac, Shift+Alt+Ctrl+E on a PC and then let's name this new layer by double clicking the name there, Merge. Now that we've merged the underlying layers to the topmost layer by way of shortcut, we are ready to continue to work on this image and we'll do that in the next movie.
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