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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.
In the next couple of movies, we'll be looking at a few different mini projects which will explore how we can use the Liquify tool. You know, this tool is incredibly powerful, yet its very frequently misunderstood. That's because sometimes the adjustments that are made with it are little bit trite, or overdone, or silly. Yet, you can make some powerful, subtle, yet significant improvements to your photographs by using this filter. Well, let's explore how we can do that. The first thing that we need to do is we need to copy our Background layer, so press Command+J on a Mac, or Control+J on Windows, and we'll name this new layer liquify.
Next step is to navigate to the Filter pulldown menu, and then here we're going to choose Liquify. This will open up our Liquify dialog, and what's great about this is, many of the shortcuts that we use in Photoshop we can also use here. Here I'll press Command+Plus on a Mac, or Control+Plus on Windows to zoom in. And by default, the Forward Warp tool is selected. And here you can see I have some Brush Size and Brush Pressure options. I don't have many options in this default view. I want more, so I'm going to turn on Advanced Mode.
I also want to talk a little bit about our Tool Options here. With this Brush Size, Pressure, and Density, if I click and move, you can see I can make really dramatic, or kind of crazy adjustments to the picture. I'm obviously kind of wrecking the photograph, but I'm doing this to illustrate a point. If we take our Brush Density down, a little bit less than 50, and the Pressure way down, let's say 10 or 20, approximately, and then make a similar movement, you can see that now it's a real subtle, slight movement. That's how we want to work with this.
All right, well if ever you make a mistake, how can you then reset what you've done? Well one way that you can reset your image is to hold down the Option or Alt key. When you press Option on a Mac, or Alt on Windows, that'll turn the Cancel button into Reset. You can click that to reset or undo all that you've done. Or if you've made an adjustment, and you want to undo it, you can use your undo shortcuts. On a Mac, press Command+Option, and then tap the Z key. On Windows, press and hold Control+Alt, then tap the Z key, and you can see here how we can go back in time.
You can also obviously reset everything by holding down Option or Alt, and just clicking on Reset. All right. Well let's go back to Advanced Mode, and let's explore how we can correct or enhance this photograph. One of things that I've noticed here is that his jaw on the left is sticking out a little bit, because of the perspective; because of the way that I captured this photograph, so I want to correct that. So here, with a pretty big Brush Size, and a little bit of a lower Brush Density, and a much, much lower Brush Pressure, we're going to go ahead and make some corrections.
Next we'll hover over this area, and just start to click to push this in. Notice that I'm clicking, and I moving down the line. I am making small adjustments, and I'm trying to make small adjustments, so that I don't create any divots. In other words, I don't want one big area to all of a sudden have kind of an indentation. Sometimes it's helpful to increase your Brush Size, and to have a really big brush, so that you can move a big area at once. In this way, you can prevent those divots from appearing. Other times, though, you need to decrease your Brush Size, so here I'll press the Left Bracket key to work on small little detail areas.
All right. Well the jaw is looking a bit better. I'm also going to tuck in the jaw line on this side just a little bit here as well. So we'll bring that in, again, just clicking and pushing that over a bit. I'm also going to work on that ear here to kind of straighten out that line, and also this line over here. So I'll decrease my Brush Size, and this time I'm pulling out, and then I'll push this area in, just trying to create a little bit of a straighter line there in that part of the picture. Well, now that we've made these adjustments, we want to see if we're going in a good direction; if these adjustments are indeed improving our photograph.
A great way to be able to evaluate what you've done is to go down to this option, which is called Show Backdrop. If you turn that on, and if you turn your Opacity up all the way to 100, you can then see that before and after. So here is the before; the original image, and if you look at the jaw over here, you can really see the difference. Click again; now we can see the after. That's a subtle, yet really important improvement in this portrait. Next step; we'll go ahead and click OK in order to apply that filter. Then here in our Layers panel, we have this on a separate layer, so once again, we can click this on and off to see that before, and then now again, the after.
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