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Using selections and Free Transform to rebuild image elements


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Photoshop for Photographers: Portrait Retouching

with Chris Orwig

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All right, well here we're going to continue our creative project. You know, part of the reason why we're doing this creative project is because while we're having fun, we're picking up some pretty valuable skills about how we can clean up our pictures. Well, in this case we're doing this to create an interesting effect. You can also use the same techniques in a bit more of a functional way as well and that's especially true with what we're about to do with the lightbulb. Well, on our top layer, the layer which we've named arm, we can make a selection of the lightbulb.
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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 selections and Free Transform to rebuild image elements

All right, well here we're going to continue our creative project. You know, part of the reason why we're doing this creative project is because while we're having fun, we're picking up some pretty valuable skills about how we can clean up our pictures. Well, in this case we're doing this to create an interesting effect. You can also use the same techniques in a bit more of a functional way as well and that's especially true with what we're about to do with the lightbulb. Well, on our top layer, the layer which we've named arm, we can make a selection of the lightbulb.

Let's once again use the Lasso tool. With the Lasso tool I want to add a little bit of a feather amount to that. By adding feather it will then just soften the edges. Next we're going to go ahead and make a selection of part of the lightbulb and I'm going to select this part of the lightbulb over here on the right-hand side. In doing that I can then copy this to a new layer. To copy this to a new layer, press Command+J on a Mac or Ctrl+J on Windows. This then reinforces this whole idea of retouching, how you can take something that you have in your frame and use it in a new location.

To use this in a new spot, we'll select the Move tool and here we can then click and move this around. Well, obviously we need to rotate this, right? To do that we'll use free transform. Press Command+T on a Mac or Ctrl+T on Windows and then you can click and rotate this. And by clicking and rotating this and then by positioning this in the right area, we can start to kind of rebuild this part of the lightbulb. We could also warp this to change its overall shape if we needed to do that, and here I'm just going to look to try to modify this a little bit, so I can get that in just the right spot.

Well, all right, now that we've done that, now that we brought in this part of the lightbulb, I also will need to duplicate this once more. So here we'll press Enter or Return. And in this case my lightbulb, I think it's going to little bit to high there, so I'm going to press Command+T and I'm going to click on this registration point and put that near the bottom corner. In this way it rotates around that access point or registration point. All right, that's much better. Next, I'll go ahead and just nudge this around using my arrow keys on the keyboard and then we'll duplicate this again.

Press Command+J on a Mac Ctrl+J on Windows and then here we'll move this to a new spot. Press Command+T to free transform it, and once again, we'll rotate this around just looking to try to rebuild the top of this lightbulb here. After we have this in a nice spot, the last we'll need to do is, we'll need to do some masking to get those edges looking good. Here, we can click on our Add Layer Mask icon and then grab our Brush tool, and with the Brush tool we want to paint with black. We want to use a really soft edge brush.

That's typically true whenever you're masking edges, you want softness there. and for the brush size, we'll make it a little bit bigger. Next, we can go ahead and paint away these areas where we have this extra information or those extra edges there. We can also do this with the underlying layer. Add a mask, and then just work on those little edges to try to make this a little bit better. In doing that we have this top of the lightbulb here, we could move these layers around if we needed to, kind of nudging them around with our arrow keys, or just click in the layers and then you can nudge those around, and then of course, you can always click in the mask and just kind of clean up those edges.

Well, by doing this we rebuilt the top of the lightbulb. It's kind of amazing. So here you have it. There is that before; now here's the after. All right, well there are just a couple more steps I want to take with this creative project, so go ahead and leave this document open, as we'll be working on it in the next movie.

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