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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.
Another way that you can effectively make changes to the shape in your photographs is by using the Warp tool. A lot of times when you use this tool, what you'll want to do is make a selection of the area that you want to work on, and then access this tool by way of Free Transform. Let's take a look at how we can do this. Here we'll go ahead and select our Rectangular Marquee tool; we will increase the Feather a little bit, just to soften our edges. And then we're going to click and drag over the jaw here on the right side, because what I want to do is just push that in. Because of the way that the image was captured, that jaw looks a little bit too big; there is this imbalance here.
So to correct that, we'll make this selection, then we'll press Command+J on a Mac, or Control+J on Windows, and that will copy that selection to a new layer. We'll name that new layer jaw. Well now that we have that on a separate layer, we can then access Free Transform. You can press Command+T to do that, or you can go to the Edit menu, and choose Free Transform. Once you've activated a Free Transform, you can either click on the Warp icon here, or you can right-click, or Control+ Click, and then choose Warp from this dialog.
I have had a chance to sit down with some of the best retouchers in the world, and a lot of them work with this Warp tool, and they make almost all of their movements with this tool. By doing this, you can see how we can really start to move this jaw line around, we can either click and drag in the grid, or we can work with these different points here to change these overall characteristics, in this case, of this line of the jaw. Well, the next step is to make sure that everything kind of lines up nicely, and then to press Enter, or Return. Here what we'll see is, we've made this movement on a separate layer; here is before, now here's after.
Well the next step is going to be to mask that in, so hold down the Option key on a Mac, Alt key on Windows, and then click on the Add layer mask icon. That will create a mask which is filled with black; a technique that we've done a number of times. We want this filled with black, so that we can then selectively paint in where this movement, or where this Warp is going to then be applied. So here we'll select our Brush tool. We'll choose white as our color, I want to paint with a high Opacity; I'll tap the Right Bracket key to make my brush a little bit bigger.
I'm just going to paint this in, and the reason why we want to be able to paint this in is so we can kind of create the transition edge of where these two parts come together. Here I'll press the X key, and I'm just kind of paint away a little bit of that shadow that was there. You can see how we can kind of bring that out, and then we can press the X key, and bring in a little bit more of the jaw. In doing that, we can control, like I said, where we're going to bring in this adjustment. We also need to work a little bit on the hair, so here I'm just going to work back and forth, pressing the X key, to try to hide this little connection point.
Another thing that's happened with this adjustment is that, while the jaw line looks pretty good -- I don't know if you can see it; let me zoom in a little bit -- but there's repeated hairs right here. We can see this little pattern in the hair repeated twice. So, again, because we have this mask, we can go in and we can either paint with black or white to reveal or conceal that, to try to hide that little repetition there, and I think that looks little bit nicer. So, again, let's evaluate how we've done on this one. We'll click on that eye icon; here it is before, and after. And the trick with using this technique is to make a selection, copy that selection to a new layer, and then to perform the Warp on that new layer, so that you can effectively mask that in, so that this looks clean, and natural, and seamless.
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