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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.
Portrait retouching really is an art and a craft, and because of that you want to be able to make really precise adjustments on your photographs. And many times we start off using a mouse. And a mouse can work really well, yet what I found in my own workflow is that at a certain point it's just limiting. If you want to get really good at portrait retouching, you may want to consider picking up a pressure- sensitive tablet like this. Because what it allows you to do, is to subtly and progressively paint in adjustments on your photographs.
And being able to have this precise control, sometimes it makes all the difference in the world. Because you know, good portrait retouching, it's about hiding your tracks, and what I mean by that is you don't want someone to look at one of your portraits and say, wow, that's been retouched really well. Rather, you want them to be focused in on the person, on the subject. And what I found in my own workflow is that by using a pressure-sensitive tablet, it helps me to create adjustments, which are more subtle, yet ultimately which improve the overall portrait in some pretty profound ways.
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