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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.
With this beauty photograph we're going to take a look at a technique which will allow us to reshape the eyebrows. We'll start off by creating a new layer, and then we'll define the shape that we want for the new eyebrows, and we'll retouch, or clean up that area. Initially, the shape will be too harsh, but then eventually we'll soften that, so that it will look more realistic. Well, let's start off by clicking on the New layer icon. Let's name this new layer eye brow. Next we'll go ahead and select our Polygonal Lasso tool.
This tool allows us to create a selection which is made up of straight lines. Once you've selected that tool, go ahead and click, and then reposition your cursor, and click again, and in doing that, you can see how we can create these really nice straight lines. And then go ahead and click all the way around in order finish off this selection, because it's this area here that I want to clean up. Now, if ever your selection isn't perfect, you can just go to Select, and choose Deselect, and then try again. The reason why I mention that is because this tool, it's a little bit interesting to kind of get familiar with, or try to figure out.
And so here, we can just make a new selection by going around, and trying to select the area that we want to change. And essentially what I want to do here is reshape the eyebrow into this new shape here. Well next, I'm going to reach for a tool which is called the Healing Brush tool. Typically, we wouldn't use this tool in an area of high contrast. In other words, the skin in the forehead, and the dark color of the eyebrow; that wouldn't work, because it would bleed or blend together. But because we have this selection, we can make our brush bigger, and we can just clean up the inside of the selection.
So go ahead and press Option or Alt, sample on a nice area of skin, and then click, and paint over the part of the eyebrow that you want to clean up. You can then let go off that in order to remove that part of the image. Next let's choose Select, and then Deselect. Well, now here we have this really harsh line. That's obviously too harsh, but we can soften that; we can work with this. How can we start to make this look a little bit better? Well I obviously need to work on the outer edge here; the outer edge is a bit too strong.
So we'll click on the New layer icon, and I am just going to name this new layer eye brow-2. Next, with the same tool as before, the Healing Brush, this time without a selection, we'll make the brush smaller by pressing the Left Bracket key, then Option+Click or Alt+Click on a good area of skin and just go ahead and paint over those edges. I should also point out that with this tool, we need to have our sampling option turned on to All Layers. That's always the case whenever you're retouching to a new layer.
And here I'll just go ahead and make my way around all of these edges, looking to try to clean those up a little bit. All right. Well so far, so good, except that the eyebrow just looks really kind of weird. Well, we can fix that now by going to this eye brow layer, and then by clicking on our Add layer mask. With the Add layer mask turned on, what we'll then do is select our Brush tool, and here we're going to paint with black. We want to use the soft edge brush, so no Hardness here; a pretty small brush. We also want to decrease the Opacity.
By bringing the Opacity down below 50%, what we can do is we can start to bring back some of the normal shape of the eyebrow here, so it's not quite so harsh. Here I'm going to add a little bit of imperfection to this line. In doing that, I am just going kind of go back and forth over this line, trying to kind of make this a little bit more believable, so that the shape isn't quite so harsh there. Here I'll go ahead and just paint over a couple of little areas of this, and it's this mask which really is going to help us have a nice look to this. We also might want to just paint out a little bit further away from the line.
And in doing that, you can start to see how this is taking on a nice characteristic. If you Shift+Click the mask, you can see your before and after. So here is before, and then click again, and you can see, there is after. This view I think works a little bit better. Next, after having done that, we may need to go to our top layer, and then just do a little bit more clean up work. So here we can Option+Click or Alt+ Click to make our brush smaller, and it's Option+Click on a Mac, Alt+Click on Windows, and then just clean up any of these little areas that we're noticing around here.
The reason why we might need to do this after the fact is because it might be that we brought back in, I don't know, maybe a little variation, and we just want to kind of clean up those surrounding areas. Well, after having done that, we can evaluate the progress. Here's the before, and then now here's the after. Let me zoom in a little bit more closely, so you can see that better. Again, here's the before, and then here's the after. And really this technique was a combination of a few steps. First what we did was we made a selection, and we just retouched out this in really harsh ways.
Then we softened the top edge by doing some healing on top of that. And then finally, we worked on our mask to kind of bring back a little bit of imperfection. Next it looks like I need to do a little bit more of this over here. So I'll grab my Brush tool, and I'll just paint away this lower edge down here a little bit as well. I hadn't notice that when I was zoomed out. It really is important to change your zoom rate, right? To be able to see that overall effect. So again, here you can see that before, and then now our after. A really valuable technique that you can use, which will help you to reshape eyebrows.
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