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Learning how to use Adobe Photoshop efficiently and effectively is the best way to get the most out of your pixels and create stunning imagery. Master the fundamentals of this program with Julieanne Kost, and discover how to achieve the results you want with Photoshop and its companion programs, Bridge and Camera Raw. This comprehensive course covers nondestructive editing techniques using layers, masking, adjustment layers, blend modes, and Smart Objects. Find out how to perform common editing tasks, including lens correction, cropping and straightening, color and tonal adjustments, noise reduction, shadow and highlight detail recovery, sharpening, and retouching. Julieanne also shows how to achieve more creative effects with filters, layer effects, illustrative type, and the Photomerge command for creating panoramas and composites.
With a portrait like this, I'm not as concerned with any fly away hairs that are outside of her main hair here. What I'm really concerned about are the ones that are covering her face. So in order to fix these, I just need to look at my Layers panel, and make sure that I'm working on the correct layer. In this case, I want to be working on the background layer. So I will select that in my Layers panel. And again, we could do this in a more non-destructive manner if we wanted to. We could duplicate that layer. Or when I select the healing brush by tapping the J key, we could set the healing brush to sample all layers. But in this case, I'm just going to work on the background, and I'm going to click and drag up.
Now, that was a pretty large brush I used, so let me undo that. And then, I will use a little bit smaller brush, and I'm just using the Left Bracket key to get a smaller brush. And I'm just going to paint over these stray hairs. And I might need to paint once or twice. I might also need to go in and just make a few different paint strokes, so that Photoshop grabs information from different areas. But then I can just remove any of these little stray hairs, maybe this one, maybe that one right there. And then down here we scoot down, there might be a few here, but I can just paint over and remove them, so that they're not distracting.
That's really all I'm looking for, is anything that is distracting, and anything that would cause me not look at her face, but instead you're distracted by a little hair. In fact there's even a little hair here on her eyebrow that I can get rid of, and maybe one right over here, and that one as well. Maybe the little teeny tip of this eyelash here, I might want to just get rid of that. Now sometimes I might get a little bit awkward blending. So, I'm not sure if I did that or if it was already like that.
So, I'm just going to switch to my Lasso tool for a minute. I'll select this area and then I'm going to choose Edit and Fill, and I'm going to fill this with history, and sure enough, did you see I was getting some odd blending there. Let me deselect this, then we'll go back to my healing brush. I'm just going to click at the tip of this hair, just because that eyelash is kind of going in a weird direction. And then let me zoom in once more using Cmd+ on mac or Ctrl+ on windows, and I'll just get a smaller brush. I don't need such a big brush. And just paint over that stray hair, that one and then maybe right up there as well.
Alright. Let me just zoom back. One other thing that I just noticed when I zoomed in, is that there's a little bit of a slight discoloration like right here. I can see some of her foundation, and it's a little bit different color than the rest of her skin tone. So another great technique that you can use to smooth out different colors in skin, is you can paint on a blank layer. So here I actually need to look at my Layers panel, because if I paint on the background. I'm not going to see the effects where the soften skin layer is on top of it.
So I'll click on soften skin, and then I'll add a new blank layer, but I need to change the blend mode of that layer, so I'm going to change it to color. Otherwise, when I paint with a color I'm going to get a solid color, I just want to add a color wash. I'll double click where it says layer one, and we'll add color wash for the name. And then I'll use the Eye Dropper tool, I can either tap the I key or sample the eye dropper tool. I want to sample kind of an average of a few colors, so instead of point sample I'm going to use a five by five average.
And when I click in the skin tone, I want to pick kind of a good representational skin tone. You don't want to click the foundation area where it's a little bit off. So I'll click, maybe, right up in here, and then I'll switch to my paint brush by tapping the B key. We'll get a smaller brush, here. And then I'm just going to paint right over any areas that are really different, as far as the color goes. So let's zoom back in there for a moment, and I'll just paint right in here. Remember I've got a decreased opacity so I'm not just putting solid paint down.
And in fact if we want to see what this looks like, I can hold down the Option or the Alt key, and click on the eye icon to just toggle on this color wash. So I'm just adding this solid peach color for skin tone. Over some of the areas that were discolored. So in order to toggle back on all of the other layers, right click on the eye icon and choose to show/hide all of the other layers. So we can see again just toggling that on and off, do you see how this area right in here now where the foundation is a little bit of a different color? We've just hid that by painting the same color right on top of it.
So we'll zoom out using Cmd+0 on the Mac, or Ctrl+0 on Windows in order to fit in view. And scrolling down to the background we can toggle the eye icon on and off by holding down the Option key, click once to toggle it off and again to toggle it on.
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