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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 chapter we are going to take a few movies where we talk through how we can begin to clean up beauty and fashion photographs. Now in this case one of the first things that you want to do is being to evaluate the image and begin to evaluate where you actually need to do your cleanup work. So here you can see that I have created a new layer for you. It's called a notes layer. So let's go ahead and zoom-in on this image and I want to zoom-in on this image by way of shortcut. It's a great shortcut, it will help you zoom into 100% and as you begin to retouch more and more, this shortcut will become even more important.
So go ahead and press Command+Option+0 on a Mac, Ctrl+Alt+0 on a PC. And again in this initial phase I just want to begin to write some notes on the image. So, I'll press the B key to select the Brush tool. Next I'm going to go over to my Color Picker and I'll pick a color that's very bright so I can really see what is happening here and then I'm going to lower the Opacity just a touch, because I'd like to be able to see through what I'm drawing there. Great! Make the brush a little bit smaller here and we will start to add some notes here. One of the things that I want to clean up is this little highlight right here that we are seeing on the corner of the eye there. I also have a few little divots that I want to clean up there, a little piece of makeup, clean up under the nose just a touch there, edge of lips; clean that up and again just going through this quickly, few little wrinkles we may want to hit there.
We want to reshape this eyebrow and then also work on some of these areas up here on the forehead, little bit of flyaway right, be sure to catch that one. And then I want to soften some of these wrinkles on the neck here. Now although these are out of focus because of the shallow depth of field, which is kind of nice, I still want to diminish some of the shadow detail there. So just have few notes in those areas and then underneath that lip here I'm noticing that there's a shadow that's a little bit too strong here, so I want to work on that. All right well for starters I think that's a pretty good approach to cleaning things up. Now there is of course is more that we could do with this image.
Like, it will be really nice to restructure this little catch light in this eye over here, but that's not really a clean up right. That's enhancing. So first I want to focus on the clean up work. I want to do that well and then get to all the enhancing later. Well, now that we have a road map for what we need to do, let's actually begin to clean up this image and we will do that in the next movie.
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