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Smoothing away whiskers

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Video: Smoothing away whiskers

I have saved my changes as Homogeneous flesh.psd found inside the 09_retouch_heal folder. And there is just a couple of more things I'd like to do to this self-portrait. One is I would like to downplay the whiskers a little bit. Now as I was saying earlier, you are not going to cleanly shave somebody inside of Photoshop unless you want to get in there with the smudge tool and smear all the colors around or something like that and do a bunch of handwork and then you'll make them into sort of a painting anyway if you do that. And you may also find it useful for skin stuff in general.

Smoothing away whiskers

I have saved my changes as Homogeneous flesh.psd found inside the 09_retouch_heal folder. And there is just a couple of more things I'd like to do to this self-portrait. One is I would like to downplay the whiskers a little bit. Now as I was saying earlier, you are not going to cleanly shave somebody inside of Photoshop unless you want to get in there with the smudge tool and smear all the colors around or something like that and do a bunch of handwork and then you'll make them into sort of a painting anyway if you do that. And you may also find it useful for skin stuff in general.

Doesn't have to be whiskers. It could be all kinds of details that you find inside of an image. So here's what I'm going to do. Switch to the Lasso tool and then press the Alt key or the Option key on the Mac and click. So keep that Alt key down so that you get access to that Polygonal Lasso function. And then click around the whiskered area of my face, which goes pretty high by the way as I know well from having shaved it a half million times. So go ahead and bring this down. Now you want to watch out for the good whiskers, which is what I'm calling the goatee, whatever your opinion of it maybe.

But we don't want -- because we are not going to do an effective job of shaving that kind of hair. So I have gone ahead and selected this region like so including those lovely age spots right there, and now I'm going to press the Shift key and drag up on this side a little bit, release this Shift key, press and hold Alt and then release my mouse button and go my happy way up the side of the face. That would be Option, of course, on the Mac. And if you can't make this technique work, then you would just get the Polygonal Lasso tool out, and Shift+Click around with it.

But the basic idea once again is that you begin Shift+Dragging, release the Shift key while keeping the mouse button down, press and hold the Alt or Option key and then release the mouse button and start clicking around the left-hand side of the face. All right. So there we are. I've gotten both whiskery region selected. I need to smooth out my selection by going up to the Select menu and choosing Modify and choosing Smooth. And the idea here is that I want to get rid of any corners. So I am going to set this Sample Radius to 2 pixels and click OK.

And that will do some corner rounding for me and you are going to see it. Actually, the marching ants even show this one-off. This is before, and this is after. So this one is the most obvious, before you can see that it's a sharp corner right there, after it just slightly rounded off a 2 pixel rounding. So it's not doing a ton of rounding, but we don't want to ton of rounding either. Just a little bit. All right, let's match that with the Feather command. So I am going to press Ctrl+Alt+D, Command+Option+D on the Mac since that's my dekeKeys keyboard shortcut, and now I'm going to go ahead and feather this selection to the same degree I just smoothed it.

And I'll show you a different way, yet another way to get to the Feather command. You can right click inside of your selection and then choose Feather, and my Feather Radius value of 2 that I've been using will work just fine. Click OK. All right, now I need to copy basically everything that I've created on all of these layers. The composite version of these layers inside of this selection and paste that onto a new layer. And I'll do that by making sure the top layer in the stack is selected. That'll be useful when I paste. And then, I'll go up to the Edit menu and I'll choose Copy Merged.

Now what Copy Merged does is it copies the product of all of the layers inside of the selected region. And that's Ctrl+Shift+C, Command+Shift+C on the Mac. And then I'll go right back up to the Edit menu and choose the Paste command. You could also, if you wanted to, you could choose this new Paste In Place command, but you don't need to because you already have a selection outline. And Photoshop is going to automatically register the contents of the clipboard with that selection. So either way, I'm just going to choose the Paste command, and there it is. We now have these new whiskers on layer 1 here. Let's call that whiskers and press the Enter key or Return on the Mac.

Now, we haven't done anything with the whiskers. So let's go up to the Filter menu, choose Noise and choose this command right there Dust & Scratches. That brings up the Dust & Scratches dialog box. I will click in some region of whiskers in order to show it here inside the in dialog box preview. Now by default, the Radius value is set to 1 and the Threshold is 0, which just goes ahead and averages each pixel with its immediate neighbors. Now, the thing to bear in mind where Dust & Scratches is concerned is it gets rid of neither dust nor scratches.

It's possibly the most misleadingly named filter in all of Photoshop. Instead, what it does is it averages neighboring pixels, and then tries to restore the noise that is the random pixel variations. So it's terribly getting rid of dust and scratches because those are noise level artifacts. But it's pretty good for this kind of stuff. Here is what I recommend you do. Take that Radius value up as high as it needs to be to get rid of whatever defects you are trying to eliminate, which in my case is 2. That's going to smooth things over quite nicely as you can see.

And then, raise this Threshold value to reveal the original noise, and that way it looks like a good edit instead of looking like a sudden smoothness inside of the image. Now, the Threshold value is measured in luminance levels. For example, I'll take this up to 10, and bear in mind 0 is black, 255 white, 256 per channel an 8 bit/channel image. If neighboring pixels of more than 10 luminance levels differ from each other, then they get averaged by the Radius value. If not, they don't get averaged.

So the little variations which is the noise doesn't get averaged and the big variations do. And as a result, we restore some of the stubble, quite frankly, which is why it's no good for Dust & Scratches because you end up restoring the dust and scratches with this filter. But anyway, it looks pretty good. Now, you could take this Radius value higher if you want to do more smoothing. But then you're also going to notice the results. And it's not going to look natural. So we're just trying to downplay things a little bit not completely smooth me over, because that's not possible at this point.

So go ahead and take the Radius value down to 2 pixels, Threshold of 10, click OK. And then, what you do as you reduce the Opacity value. You could also go ahead and change the blend mode if you wanted to. For example, the main problem with my whiskers is they are catching the highlights. So if I turn off this layer, we're seeing a bunch of bright whiskers, and then I turn the layer back on and the brightness especially over here in the left-hand side, check that out, turn it back on and that brightness disappears. Not only are my whiskers catching the light from directly above, but also I happen to be completely gray in this area.

So it's basically white hair. So I could just decide that I want to with Darken and that's going to reveal some shadows back in this region but it's also going to make for a more credible edit. Watch this region of the face as I choose Darken, I'm only using this layer to darken everything below it. So now here's the contribution its making. This is without the layer. I should probably zoom in, so we can see this more closely. This is without the layer, and this is with the layer. So it's doing a lot as you can see, a little bit too much in my opinion.

So I am going to take the Opacity value down to 60% like so, and that's going to make for a smoother transition. Again it is going to bring back some of the battled whiskers. But again I would rather look a little craggy and a little unshaven as opposed to having a badly modified image. All right. I am going to go ahead and zoom out, and scroll the image back to where it was before. So this is how things looked at the outset of this exercise. This is how they look now. Not a radical adjustment by any means. But you'll see in the end we have come a long way.

In the next exercise, I am going to show you how to compensate for the shadow noise inside this image.

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  1. 39m 52s
    1. Welcome to Photoshop CS5 One-on-One
      1m 49s
    2. Making Photoshop your default image editor
      7m 43s
    3. Installing the DekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      8m 10s
    4. Remapping Mac OS shortcuts
      7m 37s
    5. Installing the Best Workflow color settings
      4m 31s
    6. The color settings explained
      6m 54s
    7. Loading the CS5 color settings in Bridge
      3m 8s
  2. 53m 36s
    1. There is nothing you can't do
      2m 1s
    2. The power of Photoshop
      4m 43s
    3. Duplicating a layer
      4m 49s
    4. Liquifying an image
      4m 43s
    5. Adding a layer mask
      5m 54s
    6. Loading an alpha channel
      7m 42s
    7. Selecting with Color Range
      4m 10s
    8. Making a Hue/Saturation layer
      2m 53s
    9. Luminance blending
      7m 21s
    10. Mask density
      5m 9s
    11. Making a knockout layer
      4m 11s
  3. 51m 23s
    1. The best way to work
      41s
    2. Setting General preferences
      5m 33s
    3. Changing the pasteboard color
      5m 41s
    4. File handling, performance, and units
      7m 25s
    5. Touring the Photoshop interface
      11m 5s
    6. Creating and saving a workspace
      7m 21s
    7. Changing settings and updating the workspace
      6m 4s
    8. Resetting the preferences
      7m 33s
  4. 2h 46m
    1. The amazing Adobe Bridge
      1m 17s
    2. Making a new image
      5m 11s
    3. Opening an image
      7m 7s
    4. Opening and closing multiple images
      5m 24s
    5. Opening a problem image
      4m 23s
    6. Adding file information
      8m 37s
    7. Introducing Adobe Bridge
      7m 37s
    8. A whirlwind tour of Bridge
      7m 21s
    9. Adjusting the interface and thumbnails
      8m 18s
    10. Using the full-screen preview
      8m 5s
    11. Rotating images on their sides
      5m 38s
    12. Assigning star ratings and labels
      8m 40s
    13. Filtering thumbnails in the Contents panel
      9m 13s
    14. Moving, copying, and deleting files
      6m 34s
    15. Creating and assigning keywords
      6m 38s
    16. Searches and collections
      7m 3s
    17. Batch-exporting JPEG files
      8m 57s
    18. Batch-renaming
      7m 15s
    19. String substitution and regular expressions
      8m 50s
    20. Grouping images into stacks
      7m 21s
    21. Comparing images in Review mode
      5m 58s
    22. Playing images in a slideshow
      4m 49s
    23. Customizing and saving the workspace
      7m 17s
    24. Using Mini Bridge in Photoshop CS5
      8m 36s
  5. 1h 1m
    1. Learning to swim inside an image
      37s
    2. The tabbed-window interface
      5m 19s
    3. Arranging image windows
      4m 26s
    4. Common ways to zoom
      5m 31s
    5. New zoom tricks in Photoshop CS5
      4m 24s
    6. Hidden old-school zoom tricks
      4m 34s
    7. Scrolling and panning images
      4m 8s
    8. Viewing the image at print size
      6m 42s
    9. The Navigator and "bird's-eye" scrolling
      2m 56s
    10. Nudging the screen from the keyboard
      2m 39s
    11. Scroll wheel tricks
      3m 41s
    12. The Rotate View tool
      3m 36s
    13. Cycling between screen modes
      6m 17s
    14. Using the numerical zoom value
      6m 14s
  6. 1h 6m
    1. Imaging fundamentals
      58s
    2. What is image size?
      7m 45s
    3. The Image Size command
      6m 0s
    4. Selecting an interpolation option
      4m 56s
    5. Upsampling versus "real" pixels
      5m 22s
    6. The penalty of pixels
      5m 35s
    7. Print size and resolution
      7m 26s
    8. Downsampling for print
      6m 39s
    9. Downsampling for email
      7m 28s
    10. Options for upsampling
      8m 13s
    11. Better ways to make a big image
      6m 1s
  7. 44m 43s
    1. Frame wide, crop tight
      1m 2s
    2. Using the Crop tool
      8m 8s
    3. Fixing out-of-canvas wedges
      5m 31s
    4. Crop tool presets
      6m 53s
    5. Previewing the crop angle
      4m 24s
    6. The Crop command
      4m 47s
    7. Straightening with the Ruler tool
      4m 18s
    8. Cropping without clipping
      5m 1s
    9. Perspective cropping
      4m 39s
  8. 1h 41m
    1. Making drab colors look better
      1m 20s
    2. Brightness and contrast
      4m 10s
    3. Adjusting numerical values
      4m 26s
    4. Introducing adjustment layers
      5m 17s
    5. Editing adjustment layers
      2m 51s
    6. Saving adjustment layers
      4m 35s
    7. Adding a quick layer mask
      4m 23s
    8. Introducing the Histogram
      4m 34s
    9. Working with the Histogram panel
      6m 27s
    10. Using Color Balance
      7m 18s
    11. Introducing the Variations command
      4m 51s
    12. Luminance and saturation controls
      3m 54s
    13. Fading a static adjustment
      3m 21s
    14. How hue and saturation work
      4m 28s
    15. Rotating hues and adjusting saturation
      6m 4s
    16. Creating a quick and dirty sepia tone
      4m 42s
    17. Adjusting hues selectively
      5m 32s
    18. The Target Adjustment tool
      4m 24s
    19. Photoshop CS5 Target Adjustment enhancements
      53s
    20. Adjusting the color of clothing
      8m 44s
    21. Enhancing a low-saturation image
      4m 23s
    22. Refining saturation with Vibrance
      5m 1s
  9. 1h 57m
    1. Photoshop versus the real world
      1m 21s
    2. Meet the selection tools
      10m 26s
    3. Marking the center of an image
      4m 9s
    4. Drawing a geometric selection outline
      4m 45s
    5. Blurring a selection outline with Feather
      6m 8s
    6. Copy and paste versus drag and drop
      5m 31s
    7. Creating a graduated selection
      4m 29s
    8. Aligning one image with another
      4m 45s
    9. Accessing the Move tool on the fly
      3m 34s
    10. Invert and Match Colors
      5m 4s
    11. Matching colors selectively
      3m 52s
    12. Feathering and filling a selection
      5m 14s
    13. Dressing up a composition with effects
      5m 34s
    14. The incredible image rotation trick
      2m 18s
    15. The Magic Wand tool
      4m 12s
    16. Tolerance and other options
      7m 7s
    17. Grow, Similar, and Inverse
      5m 39s
    18. Quick selection and the Magnetic Lasso
      7m 27s
    19. Evaluating a selection in Quick Mask
      8m 52s
    20. Saving and loading selections
      6m 14s
    21. Placing an image with a layer mask
      3m 23s
    22. Eliminating edge fringing
      7m 43s
  10. 1h 58m
    1. Brushing to correct
      56s
    2. How brushing works
      4m 52s
    3. Working with spacing
      7m 32s
    4. Changing size and hardness
      7m 45s
    5. The heads-up Color Picker
      7m 17s
    6. Flipping a mirror image
      3m 33s
    7. Setting the source for the History brush
      3m 42s
    8. Brightening details with the Dodge tool
      7m 49s
    9. Darkening details with the Burn tool
      3m 5s
    10. The Sponge tool
      4m 29s
    11. Backing off edits
      8m 4s
    12. Patching eye bags
      8m 57s
    13. Evening out flesh tones
      7m 23s
    14. Smoothing away whiskers
      7m 41s
    15. Reducing shadow noise
      7m 0s
    16. How healing works
      4m 40s
    17. The enhanced Spot Healing brush
      4m 52s
    18. Using the better Healing brush
      4m 23s
    19. Introducing the Clone Source panel
      3m 49s
    20. Cloning from one layer to another
      5m 30s
    21. Working with multiple sources
      4m 44s
  11. 1h 23m
    1. The layered composition
      1m 0s
    2. Making a new background layer
      6m 58s
    3. Working with "big layers"
      6m 24s
    4. Move, Duplicate, and Scale
      4m 11s
    5. Transforming a copy and repeat
      5m 15s
    6. Stacking order and eyedropping a layer
      5m 15s
    7. Adjusting multiple layers at once
      4m 22s
    8. Switching between layers
      4m 56s
    9. Making a digital star field
      5m 9s
    10. Blend mode and clipping mask
      4m 50s
    11. Dragging and dropping from your desktop
      4m 38s
    12. Black + Lens Flare = glow
      6m 16s
    13. Locking transparency
      5m 42s
    14. Adding gradient layers
      8m 12s
    15. Stacking an adjustment layer
      4m 12s
    16. Adding shadow and stroke
      6m 9s
  12. 1h 17m
    1. Outputting from Photoshop and Bridge
      1m 32s
    2. Printing an RGB composite
      5m 31s
    3. Customizing the subjective print file
      3m 15s
    4. Gauging print size
      5m 35s
    5. Scale, position, and page orientation
      5m 6s
    6. Three important printing curiosities
      4m 41s
    7. Introducing the Output options
      5m 34s
    8. Establishing a bleed
      5m 52s
    9. Using the Color Management options
      7m 21s
    10. Generating a PDF contact sheet
      6m 18s
    11. Creating a contact sheet template
      6m 8s
    12. Saving and opening a PDF contact sheet
      4m 18s
    13. Introducing the Web Gallery
      7m 53s
    14. Exporting and editing an HTML site
      3m 58s
    15. The Airtight Photocard site
      4m 56s
  13. 1h 9m
    1. Rules of the web
      1m 1s
    2. Introducing web graphics
      6m 59s
    3. A first look at Save for Web
      5m 47s
    4. Scaling a layered image versus a flat one
      7m 30s
    5. Incremental downsampling
      3m 1s
    6. Adding text, bar, and stroke
      4m 24s
    7. Assigning copyright and metadata
      6m 21s
    8. Comparing GIF, JPEG, and PNG
      4m 59s
    9. Determining the perfect JPEG settings
      6m 31s
    10. Saving metadata
      3m 52s
    11. Working with an unprofiled RGB image
      4m 35s
    12. Downsampling graphic art
      4m 49s
    13. Saving a GIF graphic
      6m 1s
    14. Antiquated GIF versus the better PNG
      4m 6s
  14. 1m 37s
    1. Until next time
      1m 37s

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