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A portrait can be a cherished possession for a lifetime, and now making perfect portraits is just one Photoshop course away. Professional photographer and instructor Chris Orwig uses his vast knowledge of Photoshop to focus on the specific tools every photographer needs to adjust images and keep them looking genuine. Photoshop CS4 Portrait Retouching Essential Training explores this program's deep resources and inspires photographers to do their creative best with everything from blemishes to backdrops. Exercise files accompany the course.
In this movie, we are going to take a look at how we can retouch this photograph that was capture by one of my good friends, Michael and Michael is a wedding photographer and he captured this high end image with this exquisite dress in Paris and he was going to use this image in a real high-end ad in a magazine. So let's just say that we need to do some good retouching here, right, so let's zoom in. And there is some notation of a couple of areas that we need to retouch. Well, let's first work on the dress. So we will go ahead and zoom in, we will work on this top corner of the dress, grab the Lasso tool, we are going to make a selection of the top portion of the dress here and a good selection of the background as well. Now that we have that selected, let's copy it to a new layer. We will do that by pressing Command+J on the Mac, Ctrl+J on the PC and we will name this new layer, dress.
Next, we are going to Free Transform this. Press Command+T on the Mac, Ctrl+T on the PC. When we do that, we can just begin to rotate this around a little bit I'm just going to rotate that top part down, a touch and then move this registration point over, so I can bring that down even further and that's looking pretty good there, press Enter or Return, let's take a look at how we are doing here is our before and after really nice. Isn't it? Now I'll go ahead and use the arrow keys to nudge these around a bit. We can take that edge down with what we have already. We already have a piece of the dress. Press Command+T and I'm just going to rotate that just a touch more and then reposition it just to the right spot. Here is my before and then after.
Really nice. Now this image was capture on film and now sometimes retouching film photographs is more difficult than retouching digital photographs because of all the film grain that we have to match. Here it's working out pretty well for us, we will click on the add layer mask icon, grab our Brush tool, make it nice and small, we can just brush back in some of the texture here and then press the X key, and I'll mask out that little corner, just so I'm using only the part of the background that I need, before and after, zoom out to see if we are going in a good direction. Again, here is our before and then after.
Well, so far so good, we are almost good to go. The last thing I want to do here is grab my Clone Stamp tool, I'm going to go ahead and just take this to a Normal blend mode, decrease the brush size, take my Opacity up and I'll Option-click somewhere over here. I'm just going to look to try to interrupt this pattern, just a little bit. Now I just want to be extra careful because this is an image that was captured on film and I don't want any repeating patterns there and so I think that looks pretty nice. Well stage one is complete, we are ready to now work on the other areas in the photograph, the face and this portion of the dress here, and we will do that in the next few movies.
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