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In Photoshop CS6 for Photographers, author, photographer, and teacher Chris Orwig explores Photoshop from the perspective of the photographer.
The course details the features and techniques behind enhancing and retouching photos, preparing them for print and online publishing, and much more. Chris demonstrates how to make basic edits in Camera Raw, develop and save color profiles, work with layers and selections, tone and sharpen, and retouch images while retaining their natural character.
Chris also shares some creative tips and project ideas, such as converting a photo to black-and-white and enhancing a portrait with hand-painted masks. The course also covers workflow details, such as organizing images in Bridge and Mini Bridge, optimizing Photoshop preferences, and calibrating your monitor.
Here we're going to build upon some of the techniques which we've already learned. What we've already learned is how we can retouch or clean up our images in a free form way, simply by painting away the blemish. Well here I want to take a look at how we can integrate selections into this type of a cleanup workflow. In particular, with this picture of this professional cyclist, Ivan Basso that I captured in this wind tunnel, I want to get rid of the windows that you see above and also over here, and I also want to remove some of the text in the background.
Let's create a new layer by pressing Shift+Command+N on the Mac; Shift+Ctrl+N on Windows. Let's name this new layer clean up. Next, target the Background layer and then press the W key. This allows you to choose the Quick Select tool. With the Quick Select tool active, let's go ahead and click-and-drag over that window area and I'll zoom in on this image a little bit as well. Now that I have this nice selection of the window, I want to start to clean this up. So we'll target our clean up layer.
The way that we're going to delete or remove this window is by using the Clone Stamp tool. Here we can select the Clone Stamp tool, make sure Aligned in All layers are turned on. This is actually really easy. Just Option+Click or Alt+Click on the white there and then start to paint. By using a selection, what it allows us to do is to work more quickly because we don't have to worry as much about those edges. It's kind of like if you've ever painted a room in your house and you tape the edges along the area that you are painting.
By taping the edges, it allowed you to work more quickly so that you didn't have to worry as much about the edge detail, and that's exactly what the selection is doing for us here. Again, it's allowing us to work really quickly. Next, we'll go to Select and choose Deselect. And if we see any problems with the edges, well we can just go back over those. You may want to remove the edge altogether or perhaps just diminish it. You can do so by lowering your opacity and then painting over those areas so it's not quite so strong. So in other words, after you make that selection, you can always go back and work on some of the other details or edges of that selection after the fact.
And here if we zoom out a little bit, you can see we have really easily and quickly deleted that window. Let's apply that same logic to these windows above. Target the Background layer, choose Quick Select, go ahead and paint a selection in of these areas, target your cleanup area, and then with the Clone Stamp tool we'll go ahead and Option+Click or Alt+Click and just paint that in, except I need to increase the opacity there. I need to get rid of these windows altogether. And you'll need to Option+Click or Alt+Click different sample areas because you'll notice that sometimes you'll bring in other elements that you may not like into these areas. That's fine; just go ahead and sample a new area and then of course deselect and evaluate those edges.
And if there are any problems with the edges, well just go back and fix them up after the fact. It's really easy to do that once you've created a nice clean area, and once you've built that selection, you can then really just sweeten it up or fix it up pretty easily. Well now that we've done all that, there's one more thing that I want to do here. This is a little bit more complicated. I want to get rid of some of the text on the wall. Well we could do that over on this side pretty easily by simply clicking and painting and getting rid of this text here, and by doing that, we're just using normal cloning.
Yet what about the text right underneath the rider? How can we do that? How can we get rid of those areas? Well this area is going to require a selection, so go back to the Background layer. Next, you could choose a number of your different selection tools. One you might want to try is the Magnetic Lasso tool. Here we can go ahead and click to set a point and then just move our cursor. And by doing so, we can click as we move this along and it will build up a nice little selection for us. We can try to make a nice selection over this area just by clicking and again kind of helping Photoshop out as it finds these different points and then making our way down here in order to make a selection like that.
Another way that you might want to create a selection is just what Quick Select. And again, with this one, we just click and paint over this area. As we do that, we'll need to hold down the Option key to subtract a few areas from the selection. You'll need to go back and forth subtracting or adding to your selection in order to make sure you have just the right area selected. And this selection works really important because this will help us paint quite quickly in this improvement. Well once you have that selection and you feel like it's pretty good, go to your clean up layer, grab your Clone Stamp tool.
Here we can Option+Click or Alt+Click a nice source area and then just start to paint away and what we want to do is get rid of this. I notice that the area I selected wasn't quite bright enough, so I decided to move in here to make sure that that tone was a little bit brighter and just Option+Click or Alt+Click different areas. And then eventually, as you've seen before, we deselect and then evaluate how we've done kind of our before and after here. And if we zoom out while this image isn't complete, there's a lot more that we'd like to retouch, you can see that by using selections, it helped us to dramatically improve a few areas, in particular, the windows and also the area under the rider.
And I hope that by seeing this process a few different times, well, I hope that that can help you integrate this technique into your own workflow.
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