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Trimming eyebrows

From: Photoshop for Photographers: Portrait Retouching

Video: Trimming eyebrows

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.

Trimming eyebrows

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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Photoshop for Photographers: Portrait Retouching

85 video lessons · 25352 viewers

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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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