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Photoshop for Photographers: Portrait Retouching
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Using Soft Light layer blending to burn and dodge


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Photoshop for Photographers: Portrait Retouching

with Chris Orwig

Video: Using Soft Light layer blending to burn and dodge

Throughout the history of photography, burning and dodging or darkening or brightening different parts of our photographs is incredibly important. It's kind of an art in the craft. It's especially important when it comes to working on people photographs. So here in this movie I want to share with you a valuable technique that you can use in order to effectively burn and dodge. Let's zoom in on this picture. This one was captured by Kevin Thomas. Kevin thanks a ton for the use of this file. What we are going to do here is we are going to create a new layer. We are going to then change that layer's blending mode to Soft Light.
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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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Photoshop for Photographers: Portrait Retouching
6h 4m Intermediate May 25, 2012

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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.

Topics include:
  • Using selections and cloning to remove small distractions
  • Removing lint
  • Improving skin
  • Removing tan lines
  • Correcting tone with Curves and masking
  • Burning and dodging
  • Reducing wrinkles
  • Enhancing eyes
  • Whitening teeth
  • Fixing flyaway hairs
  • Adding and changing makeup
  • Softening and adding a glow to skin
  • Reshaping the body subtly
Subjects:
Photography Portraits Retouching
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Chris Orwig

Using Soft Light layer blending to burn and dodge

Throughout the history of photography, burning and dodging or darkening or brightening different parts of our photographs is incredibly important. It's kind of an art in the craft. It's especially important when it comes to working on people photographs. So here in this movie I want to share with you a valuable technique that you can use in order to effectively burn and dodge. Let's zoom in on this picture. This one was captured by Kevin Thomas. Kevin thanks a ton for the use of this file. What we are going to do here is we are going to create a new layer. We are going to then change that layer's blending mode to Soft Light.

So, first with this initial image, let's just click on the New Layer icon. Let's then change the blending mode to Soft Light here. Here we'll double-click the layer name. What I am going to do is I am going to name this layer dodge because that's what I'm primarily going to be doing here. The way that this works is if you select your Brush tool, you can then paint with different opacity amounts with black or white or a color to darken or brighten. Let me make some exaggerated adjustments just to highlight how this works. If I click now, you can see with black, it's darkening that area.

If I paint with white in that same area, it's brightening. Now the only downside to using black and white is you can see that it changes the hue. Yet, you can also select a color, here I'll use my color picker, and I am going to sample a color say from the lips and then click OK. And now I am going to do a similar edit. Now as I do that you can see that there is a color inside of this. It's brightening and it's changing the overall color. The reason why that's important is because when working with people, especially say the face area, you want to have a burn or a dodge effect that matches the color palette of the image.

So let's take a look at how we could do that here with this image. There are these shadows underneath the lips. I want to decrease or diminish those. So I'll go ahead and press Command+A on a Mac or Ctrl+A on Windows, then Delete or Backspace to delete those kind of demo brushstrokes that I just did. Next I'll deselect by going to Select and choosing Deselect. All right! Well, here what we want to do is select our Brush tool. Then if you have the Brush tool, you can press Option or Alt. That will temporarily change your Brush tool to a color sampler.

Here I want to sample a nice bright tone, this bright white up here in the face. Sometimes you will then need to go to the color chip and just brighten this up even a little bit more. Next, we need to change your brush characteristics. We can do that by increasing our brush size and removing all the hardness, and you want to decrease the opacity something less than 50%. I am going to try 30% and see how this works. Then what we are going to do is we are going to paint over these shadows. Go ahead and paint back and forth because we have this lower opacity. This will allow us to do this progressively.

So we can build this effect up. You also may want to paint over other shadows that you notice in your image in similar areas. Then decrease your brush size by pressing the left bracket key and you can work on the smaller part of the shadow. As we're doing this, it doesn't really look like much is happening, but that's okay. You really want to be patient with this process. Let's evaluate how we are doing so far. We're not finished, but we're getting closer. Here is before and now here's after.

We really reduced this in some pretty significant ways. This has smoothed out the overall area underneath the chin and it's looking a lot better. Yet, there's a problem. One of the problems is that my brush strokes, well they are a little bit too kind of like streaks. You can see them there. To soften that, we go to Filter, here we choose Blur and then next, Gaussian Blur. In doing this, it's kind of like increasing the feather amount that we did when we were, say, working with a mask. All right! Well, here you can see as I increase that it's going to then decrease the intensity of those edges.

You want to do that until it looks really nice and soft and then click OK. Here we have that before and then after. If you haven't removed the shadows all together, what you can do is just create another layer or sometimes it's helpful to duplicate this layer. In duplicating it, you are going to get double the intensity of that effect. Here, it's obviously too bright and too strong, but we can decrease our opacity and then just subtly bring this in so that we can then have just the right amount. All right! Well, if we look at this, there it is, our before and then now our after.

We've definitely improved this photograph by decreasing or diminishing the shadows underneath the lips there; once again before and after. All right! Well, now that we have seen this technique once, let's go ahead and take a look at it with another photograph and let's do that in the next movie.

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