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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.
The next step that I want to take with this photograph is I want to make some of the colors in this picture even more vivid, and I am going to do that using Selective Color. Selective Color is really fascinating and powerful. If we click on the icon for adjustment layers, here we can choose Selective Color down at the bottom of the mix here, or we can always click on that as well here in the Adjustments panel. Next, with the Selective Color open, you notice that you have these different channels, or these different colors that you can target. For example, let's say that we want to change the overall color characteristics of the garment. Rather than having this be cyan, we could make this a little bit more blue by working with these sliders.
You can see how, as I change these amounts, I can change the overall color, and I can also change the Brightness value of the color as well. We can target more global colors, say, like the Reds, which will allow us to work with the color that we have here in the background. We could make that really vibrant and pink, and again, you can see how we can control that by using these various sliders. Also, it would be nice to change the Yellows. I want to make those more yellow, and also a bit more bright. So I'm going to go ahead and modify the amounts of these sliders here, and just bring up some of those values by trying to bring out a little bit more of the yellow that we have there.
In this case, I'm going for this really almost surreal color palette, which fits this type of a fashion photograph. Not only can we see the changes in the makeup, but we're also seen those changes in other areas of our photograph as well. As you make your way through these different channels, you can target different aspects of your photographs. Whether you want to change kind of your neutral midtones, you can select those, and then you change the overall color characteristics of the image. You could perhaps remove a little bit of the yellow, or add some more, and by doing that, you can see how I'm affecting the skin tone. Or you can get into specific channels, as we saw here, and as we looked at how we can modify just one color, and focus in on that.
All right. Well now that we've made these selective adjustments, we can see our overall before and after here. If we turn off the visibility of all that we've done, the original image, which we thought was so vibrant and alive, now seems a little bit lackluster and dull. But after having used that adjustment, where we worked with that Lab Color space, we brought in more vibrant color. If we click in the mask, and if we decrease the Density, we'll see even more vibrance and color variety there.
Here's before, and then after. And then, in addition to that, if we use this Selective Color technique, well, it can help us take these colors to a whole new place. Now, in this case, we've looked at how we can apply this color to the entire image; how we can really increase the overall color palette everywhere. If ever we wanted to apply these adjustments just to the makeup, we could, of course, create a mask, and then mask those in. Yet, with the picture like this, I think it works kind of well to have these colors everywhere.
Last, but not the least, before I wrap this up, I need to go back to the Reds here, and I just want to decrease those just a little bit here. I feel like those were a little bit too over the top. All right. Well here we have it: before, and then after. A valuable technique that we can use in order to enhance and really draw out the color in our photographs, whether we're working on the makeup, or the entire photograph.
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