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Whitening eyes, part 2

From: Photoshop for Photographers: Portrait Retouching

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All right, well now that I have done that eye, I need to work on the other eye. Here, I will go ahead and sample an area from this eye here, and then again, I am just going to click through this. And by clicking through this, doing lots of little clicks, what you'll see, we'll be able to start to remove this from this part of the eye as well. It's going to take a lot of little teeny brushstrokes, but when you're working with a small area like this, like little veins in the eye, you'll want to just go about doing this in a little delicate way. Next, I will Option+click or Alt+ click over here in this part of the eye. And you know, cloning is just such a great way to clean up little problems.

Whitening eyes, part 2

All right, well now that I have done that eye, I need to work on the other eye. Here, I will go ahead and sample an area from this eye here, and then again, I am just going to click through this. And by clicking through this, doing lots of little clicks, what you'll see, we'll be able to start to remove this from this part of the eye as well. It's going to take a lot of little teeny brushstrokes, but when you're working with a small area like this, like little veins in the eye, you'll want to just go about doing this in a little delicate way. Next, I will Option+click or Alt+ click over here in this part of the eye. And you know, cloning is just such a great way to clean up little problems.

In this case, I think it's going to work really well for us in regards to our overall texture, and also in regards to getting out those little problems. All right! Well now that we've done all this, the other thing I need to do is work on this side of the eye, do that a little bit more, and then also up top. Now, if we zoom out a bit, what we will be able to see is our before, and then our after, or if I zoom in, we can do that same thing. The problem of course, right, is that the pattern, what we've created there, is just a little bit flat; it's lacking in a couple of different ways. Well, one of the ways that it's lacking is in brightness, and also color; it's a little bit too yellow.

So in order to correct that, we are going to click on our adjustment layer icon for Hue/Saturation. Here, what we want to do is go into the Yellows, and we are going to desaturate. We are also going to brighten with the Lightness slider. Next, we are going go to the Master channel. Here, we are going to the same thing: desaturate, and then also brighten with the Lightness. And in doing that, we can then mask that into those areas. Here's our before and after everywhere; we need to invert the mask, press Command+I in a Mac, Control+I in Windows, or in the Properties panel, just click on Invert.

Once you've done that, you can then use your same brush. Here we will paint with white, with a relatively low Opacity, and we can just start to paint this in. We'll select the Brush tool, not the Clone Stamp tool, and decrease the Opacity there, and then I'll go ahead and paint in this desaturation, and also this brightening effect here in this part of the eyes. So we'll just go back and forth over these areas, looking to try to correct that in those two parts of the eye. These adjustments are nice, because once we have created a mask, we can go back and modify the settings on it.

So here, we will just make a few more little adjustments; all this detail work, right? So we can kind of see our before and after starting to take shape there a little bit. And I just want to paint a bit more in that area. And then let's double click our property adjustment there, and if we increase the Lightness even more, you can kind of see how I am able to control that area. One of things that you may notice, say, when we do this in exaggerated ways is that there are some edges we might want to clean up with our mask. Go ahead and do that if you notice those as you start to bring up those values.

And with this one, really, we are just looking to try to add that little extra snap to those areas of the eyes, and here you can kind of see how it's starting to bring in a bit more. We will want to make sure this is nice and consistent. So let's feather those brushstrokes out a little bit, and then we'll zoom out, so you can see how we are doing. Right now it's way too strong, but you can see, here is before, and then here's after. All right! Well now that we've done all of that, these two layers here, they've changed these characteristics of the whites of the eyes. The next and last step is to group these together, and then to soften this effect by decreasing our opacity.

So click in the top layer, hold down the Shift key, click in the bottom layer, at least for our eye-whitening, then press Command+G on a Mac, Control+G on Windows, and we will name this eye - whites. Next, we will decrease the Opacity of this effect. And you need to decrease the Opacity, one, to bring back a little bit of the shape of the eye. You also may want to go into specific layers, say, like the Hue/Saturation layer, and then just decrease that as well in order to dial that in. By doing that, it can help us create a look which is more believable and interesting. All right! Well now that we've done all of this, we can click on our eye icons; here is our before, then here is our after.

We can now see this work that we've done in regards to cleaning up the eyes. Last, but not least, you want to zoom out a little bit, and evaluate how this fits into the overall picture. Again, our before, and our after. In doing that, one of the things that I'm seeing is that, while this is fitting in really well in the inner part of the eye, this outer edge here, I felt like I did too much work on. Again, to fix that, just click on your Add layer mask icon, and then with your Brush tool, in this case, paint with black, with a low Opacity.

By doing that, what you can do is just kind of soften up what you did over there; that will bring back a little bit of that on this side, and also a couple other places. Sometimes you need to correct something, then almost bring back a little bit of the imperfection, so that the retouching looks believable, or interesting. If something is too perfect, well, we just don't trust it, so you need to make sure to make little adjustments and kind of corrections as you do that, and here I am just doing this in a couple of places; especially for a portrait like this, because this is a character portrait. It's not about beauty, or perfection; rather, it's about strength, and depth of character.

So after having made those adjustments, I also want to work on the edges of the eyes as well, and here I am just going to decrease that. That will bring back a little bit more of the shape there of the eyes, and also a little bit of the imperfection around those edges. Well, now that we've created this effect, softened it, I think this is looking great. Here it is; there is our before, and after. Let me zoom in a little bit more, so you can see it. Once again, here it is before, and then now after.

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Photoshop for Photographers: Portrait Retouching

85 video lessons · 23913 viewers

Chris Orwig
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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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