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Photoshop for Photographers: Portrait Retouching

Reshaping a jawline with Liquify


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Photoshop for Photographers: Portrait Retouching

with Chris Orwig

Video: Reshaping a jawline with Liquify

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.
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  1. 1m 58s
    1. Welcome
      1m 4s
    2. Using the exercise files
      54s
  2. 6m 49s
    1. Initial retouching considerations
      3m 51s
    2. Using a Wacom tablet
      1m 8s
    3. Exploring resources and finding inspiration
      1m 50s
  3. 37m 21s
    1. Where to begin?
      1m 19s
    2. Reviewing the basic cleanup tools
      3m 59s
    3. Removing small distractions
      2m 41s
    4. Using selections and cloning to remove distractions
      4m 26s
    5. Simplifying the background with the Clone tool
      5m 12s
    6. Removing a garment strap
      5m 17s
    7. Removing a distracting logo
      3m 43s
    8. Removing lint from a T-shirt
      3m 40s
    9. Cleaning up a backdrop with Content-Aware Fill
      2m 58s
    10. Cleaning up a backdrop with the Patch tool
      4m 6s
  4. 22m 31s
    1. Extending a real-world scene, part 1
      4m 6s
    2. Extending a real-world scene, part 2
      4m 20s
    3. Removing distractions for a creative effect
      4m 31s
    4. Using selections and Free Transform to rebuild image elements
      3m 44s
    5. Moving a person with Content-Aware Move
      5m 50s
  5. 28m 48s
    1. Removing small details from the face
      4m 50s
    2. Retouching skin
      4m 35s
    3. Reducing hotspots, part 1
      4m 32s
    4. Reducing hotspots, part 2
      4m 36s
    5. Reducing brightness with selections and curves
      3m 26s
    6. Using Hue/Saturation to minimize variations in skin color
      3m 45s
    7. Removing tan lines
      1m 53s
    8. Leaving imperfections in portraits
      1m 11s
  6. 37m 15s
    1. Correcting tone with curves and masking
      5m 39s
    2. Fixing exposure and color with curves
      4m 14s
    3. Correcting tone with blending modes and masking
      5m 22s
    4. Using Shadows/Highlights to improve exposure
      5m 28s
    5. Using Soft Light layer blending to burn and dodge
      4m 37s
    6. Exploring the burning-and-dodging workflow
      6m 35s
    7. Using multiple techniques to improve shadows and highlights
      5m 20s
  7. 22m 42s
    1. Reducing wrinkles with the Healing Brush
      7m 21s
    2. Working on wrinkles and details
      6m 51s
    3. Fine-tuning and making final adjustments on wrinkles
      3m 44s
    4. Quick wrinkle reduction with the Patch tool
      4m 46s
  8. 43m 27s
    1. Enhancing eyes with adjustment layers and blending
      4m 7s
    2. Adding sparkle to the eyes
      4m 38s
    3. Increasing color with Colorize and blending modes
      5m 37s
    4. Rebuilding the edge of the eye
      6m 34s
    5. Whitening eyes, part 1
      3m 54s
    6. Whitening eyes, part 2
      5m 42s
    7. Removing eye veins and sharpening eyes behind glasses
      7m 8s
    8. Correcting color and tone behind glasses
      5m 47s
  9. 11m 26s
    1. Trimming eyebrows
      5m 25s
    2. Darkening eyebrows
      2m 48s
    3. Adding mascara to darken eyelashes
      3m 13s
  10. 16m 47s
    1. Enhancing lip color and tone with curves and masking
      4m 23s
    2. Using Color Balance and blending modes to improve the look of lips
      7m 41s
    3. Improving the look of lips with the Burn and Dodge tools
      4m 43s
  11. 13m 49s
    1. Teeth whitening made easy
      2m 33s
    2. Exploring advanced teeth whitening
      5m 0s
    3. Automating teeth whitening with actions
      5m 9s
    4. A note on retouching facial features
      1m 7s
  12. 35m 22s
    1. Covering and correcting hair discoloration
      5m 48s
    2. Fixing the color of hair roots
      3m 3s
    3. Making creative color adjustments to hair
      2m 44s
    4. Patching a gap in hair
      4m 27s
    5. Removing flyaway hairs
      6m 18s
    6. Fixing flyaway hairs with a complicated background
      5m 57s
    7. Adding accents and creative color to a fashion photograph
      7m 5s
  13. 27m 22s
    1. Brightening shadow areas on the face
      4m 22s
    2. Adding color to the cheeks and eyelids
      4m 30s
    3. Modifying eye makeup color
      3m 52s
    4. Increasing color saturation and variety
      4m 17s
    5. Enhancing color with the Lab Color space
      5m 44s
    6. Using Selective Color to create vibrant color
      3m 29s
    7. Additional makeup resources
      1m 8s
  14. 23m 15s
    1. High-pass skin softening
      6m 48s
    2. Creating a mask for the skin
      4m 23s
    3. Softening and adding even texture to the skin
      5m 36s
    4. Adding a soft glow to the skin and details
      6m 28s
  15. 34m 36s
    1. Adding dimension using curves and masking
      3m 50s
    2. Reshaping a jawline with Liquify
      4m 30s
    3. Reshaping a shirt with Liquify
      3m 13s
    4. Reshaping a shoulder with Liquify
      3m 22s
    5. Reshaping the body with Liquify
      2m 35s
    6. Using the Warp tool to reshape a jawline
      3m 33s
    7. Modifying the body with the Warp tool
      3m 35s
    8. Changing shape with selections and masking
      8m 32s
    9. Tips for thoughtful portrait retouching
      1m 26s
  16. 36s
    1. Goodbye
      36s

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Photoshop for Photographers: Portrait Retouching
6h 4m Intermediate May 25, 2012

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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.

Topics include:
  • Using selections and cloning to remove small distractions
  • Removing lint
  • Improving skin
  • Removing tan lines
  • Correcting tone with Curves and masking
  • Burning and dodging
  • Reducing wrinkles
  • Enhancing eyes
  • Whitening teeth
  • Fixing flyaway hairs
  • Adding and changing makeup
  • Softening and adding a glow to skin
  • Reshaping the body subtly
Subjects:
Photography Portraits Retouching
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Chris Orwig

Reshaping a jawline with Liquify

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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