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Reviewing the basic cleanup tools

From: Photoshop for Photographers: Portrait Retouching

Video: Reviewing the basic cleanup tools

In order to make sure that we're all on the same page, here in this movie I want to review a few of the essential cleanup and retouching tools that we have here in Photoshop. We'll look at how we can work with the Healing Brushes, the Patch tool, and also how we can use Content-Aware Fill. Now if you're already familiar with how all of these work, feel free to skip ahead to the next movie where we will start to dig deeper into how we can use these different tools and techniques in order to improve our pictures of people. Yet if you're interested in getting a little bit of a review, you may find this movie helpful.

Reviewing the basic cleanup tools

In order to make sure that we're all on the same page, here in this movie I want to review a few of the essential cleanup and retouching tools that we have here in Photoshop. We'll look at how we can work with the Healing Brushes, the Patch tool, and also how we can use Content-Aware Fill. Now if you're already familiar with how all of these work, feel free to skip ahead to the next movie where we will start to dig deeper into how we can use these different tools and techniques in order to improve our pictures of people. Yet if you're interested in getting a little bit of a review, you may find this movie helpful.

All right. Well for starters, let's go ahead and duplicate our Background layer. We can do that by pressing Command+J on a Mac or Ctrl+J on Windows. let's name this new layer clean up. Typically when we are doing cleanup or retouching work we want to do it on a separate layer; in that way we'll have extra flexibility. And let's say that with this portrait we want to remove this tile on the wall. One easy way to do that is to go to the Tools panel and here in the Tools panel we'll go down to the Patch tool.

Now with the Patch tool if we select Source, this then allows us to make a selection around the item that we want to remove and then we can position the cursor over that and click and drag this selection to a good sample area. In doing that it will then blend or replace that item. Here you can see this is only applied to our topmost layer. The Patch tool works great when you're working with larger areas in your photograph. What about these smaller areas? Well to work with smaller areas we need to go to select and choose Deselect, and here let's use the Spot Healing Brush; this is an incredibly powerful tool.

Typically you want to turn on Content- Aware. Here we want to sample all layers so that we could either do this retouching to a blank layer or to the layer that we're targeting here. And the way that you use this tool is you simply click and drag or you just click over small blemishes. It will then blend and remove those on this top layer that we're targeting here. So again all of this cleanup work is just happening here on this top layer. Now if you want to have more precision in regards to the area that you're sampling, in other words, the way that this tool works is you click and it just automatically selects an area in order to heal out the problem.

If you want to select or sample that area yourself, you can always use the Healing Brush. With the Healing Brush you typically want to turn on Aligned and you want to Sample All Layers. In doing that you can press the Option key on a Mac or Alt key on Windows, and then you can click. Where you click is the good content. Then position the cursor over the content you want to get rid of and paint it away. And by doing this you can paint away content and you can control what you're healing or what you're sampling in order to then clean up those areas of your picture.

Well, so far so good. We've covered some of these essential tools. There are just a couple more that I want to highlight here. Another important tool is the Clone Stamp tool. You can find it here in the Tools panel. With a Clone Stamp tool you have options, you can control your opacity. If you want to reduce a blemish, use a low opacity. If you want to completely remove something, crank this all the way up to 100. Next for starters you want to turn on Aligned and you want to Sample All Layers. Here, like what the Healing Brush we can Option+Click or Alt+Click to choose our sample area and then position that over other content and paint away.

By doing that what we're doing is we're duplicating that content into a new area. We're cloning it on top of another part of our photograph. All right. Now that we have briefly reviewed these essential cleanup and retouching tools in Photoshop, let's go ahead and explore how we can work with these tools and also other techniques in order to clean up and improve our photographs.

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Photoshop for Photographers: Portrait Retouching

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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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