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Photoshop for Photographers: Portrait Retouching
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Softening and adding even texture to the skin


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Photoshop for Photographers: Portrait Retouching

with Chris Orwig

Video: Softening and adding even texture to the skin

Now that we have created this mask, we're ready to start to apply our skin softening, or skin smoothing technique. Yet first what we need to do is we need to click in the icon for our actual image. Then let's close the Properties panel. Next, let's zoom in on the photograph, so we can actually see the texture of the skin. To do that, we'll double-click the Zoom tool, which will take us to 100% view. Then press the Spacebar key, and click and drag, so that you can pan around, so that you can then reposition what you're seeing here, so you can focus in on some of the good details.
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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

Softening and adding even texture to the skin

Now that we have created this mask, we're ready to start to apply our skin softening, or skin smoothing technique. Yet first what we need to do is we need to click in the icon for our actual image. Then let's close the Properties panel. Next, let's zoom in on the photograph, so we can actually see the texture of the skin. To do that, we'll double-click the Zoom tool, which will take us to 100% view. Then press the Spacebar key, and click and drag, so that you can pan around, so that you can then reposition what you're seeing here, so you can focus in on some of the good details.

Then what we need to do is to apply a filter. There are a number of different filters that we can use. One that we'll start off with is a blur filter. We'll go to Blur, and then we're going to select Gaussian Blur. Gaussian Blur really smoothes things out, and as we increase the Radius, you can see how the skin is becoming more and more smooth. Yet also, as we increase that, we can notice that it's protecting the eye, but it's not quite smoothing out all of the skin. Here, if we zoom out a little bit, you can see that my mask didn't select this side of the face.

I am going to need to fix that. So again, you may want to increase the Radius to a way that's exaggerated, to help you identify areas you might need to fix up in a few minutes. Well, that's obviously too high of a Radius, so let's go back to this view here, and decrease our Radius all the way, then slowly just bring this up. It will probably be good at about 1.2, or maybe 1.3; we're looking for a pretty subtle adjustment here. Next click OK. Then click back into the mask, grab your Brush tool, and here I'm going to use white, and I'll use a nice low Opacity, and I'll decrease my brush size here a little bit by pressing the Left Bracket key. Then I am just going to start to paint in the smoothness over here into this area, because my original mask didn't include this area.

You also might need to mask away certain areas as well. Here I am just going to around the edges; clean that up. You can see here on the eyelashes, it's smoothing those out; that isn't going to work. So I'll paint with black, and in this case, I'll increase my Opacity a little bit, make my brush a bit smaller, and I am just going to mask this out here, so that the skin smoothing won't be applied to these areas. You can see how I'm basically just painting over these eyelashes here. In doing that, that will make sure that the edges of those eyelashes are nice and sharp.

We don't want to kind of smudge or blur those out in a way which looks kind of weird or unnatural. So again, with your mask, clean it up however you need to. In my case, I needed to clean mine up, really in particular to the eyes, and the eyelashes, and then also I needed to add a few more areas into this effect over there on that one side of the face. All right, well I think that looks pretty good for the most part. The next step is going to be to reuse this mask, and then to add in a little bit of texture.

I know that this may sound counterintuitive, but just stick with me, and you'll see how this works. To reuse a mask on another layer, you hold down a modifier key; it's the Option or the Alt key. That's a key that says, hey, I want to do something different; I want to do this my own way. So if you press Option on a Mac, or Alt on Windows, and click and drag your layer mask to a new layer, it will copy and paste that layer mask to that new layer. In this way, we now have the same exact mask on our texture layer.

Well, on the texture layer, what we need to do then is to click into the image. And here, we're going to apply another filter. Go to your Filter pulldown menu, then choose Noise, then we're going to add noise. Now, this seems counterintuitive. Why would we want to add noise to an area that we want to smooth? Well, we're going to add noise, because what it will do is, rather than have our skin look kind of smudgy and strange, it will kind of rebuild the structure there. And by adding an even amount of noise, or texture, what that can do is, in a sense, smooth things out by having a nice evenly spread amount of noise on top of that same area.

Here you want to use Gaussian, and Monochromatic, and for our Amount, we're going to take that way down. We want this to be pretty low. It looks like, in this case, probably about 2.5 works well. What that will do is it will apply this even texture to all of those areas, really kind of evening things out. Next, we want to click on our eye icons to look at that before and after, and then finally, what we'll need to do is zoom way in, so we can kind of see some of this texture here. And if we look at that overall before and after, what you're going to see is it's going to start to apply this affect.

The texture here is too high, so I need to decrease that. So I will go ahead and decrease this by lowering my Opacity. I just want to have a little bit of that texture in there. You can see how it's bringing in some nice details. The smoothing as well; I may need to lower this a bit, in order to decrease that just a touch there. And then of course, we want to look at our before and after to dial this in just right. Here, I am going to bring this up a little bit more. And in doing this, what we're looking for is an effect which is really subtle.

It's going to be tricky, I imagine, to see once this movie is compressed. But yet, here, if I look at my before and after on my monitor, it's looking really nice, and it's looking nice, because the look is natural; it's not overdone. And by applying this technique after we've applied or worked with all of these other layers, well, we've not only cleaned up the photograph, and cleaned up the skin, but also effectively softened and smoothed it.

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