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Photoshop CS4 for Photographers is an essential course for any digital photographer who wants to master the software's vast array of image enhancement techniques. Professional photographer and instructor Chris Orwig uses his own compelling images to demonstrate how the power of Photoshop can make photographers more passionate about their work. He covers many aspects of the application, such as working with RAW images, using curves and levels, making images snap, and enhancing bland photographs by converting them to black and white. Exercise files accompany this course.
Here we are going to continue to work with the same technique we used previously. I just want to show you a couple of other ways that you can apply this, also throw in a few other things about selections. Let's go ahead and select this file corwig_sarah_brian and then double-click to open it up. Press F to go to Full Screen View mode and then double-click the Zoom tool. This will take it to 100% and here we have this nice engagement portrait. I like the expression. I like the overall tones except again I think the teeth could use a little bit of work. So what am I going to do here is press the Q key that enter in the Quick Mask mode. I'll zoom way in. I'll grab my Brush tool. Now that I'm in Quick Mask mode what am I going to be able to do is to paint with black. When I paint with black, I see that I have this red ruby that overlay. Well that's helpful, because it will help me see what kind of a selection I have.
Now this tooth over here, I don't want that at quite 100% opacity, so I'm going to go down to up to about 50. So press 5 on the keyboard that change my opacity there and I'll make a little selection over that tooth, as well as up here up top on those. Okay, well then down below I want to go back to 100 and press 0 to go 100 and again I'm just going to make a selection over these teeth. Now if this selection is imperfect, it's no big deal because this will just be a mask. We'll be able to modify it later. I'm just going to go ahead and work my through here, press 7 on the keyboard to go to 70% for that last tooth there because it's not quite as yellow right.
Well that looks pretty good. Press the Q key to exit Quick Mask mode. Next I'll click on the Hue Saturation Adjustment icon and what am I going to do here is just modify this drastically which is going to then show me that I have made an incorrect selection. So it's zoom out or an incorrect mask per see. I say okay they look kind of crazy, no big deal. We just need to invert the mask. We will go ahead and click Invert, so now we are just looking at the teeth. One of the reasons is I like to do this, is again, it helps me identify my edges, how well am I doing here, how good is the selection. We have a little bit of selection of the lip there so I need to fix that. So I'll grab the brush tool I'll paint with black, so I want to paint away that color shift and I'm using this to heighten my awareness of my selection, and a lot of times you will find that its' really helpful in Photoshop, especially when you are starting to retouch because the details really matter and here you can find your edges by exaggerating the color.
We will double-click the icon to go back to the Hue Saturation Adjustment. Take your Hue back to zero and now that we have that back to zero, you know where I'm going right. I go to my yellows, grab the Target Adjustment tool and now I'm just going to go ahead and bring those yellows out. I want to make sure that's looking good. I go back to the Master channel and here I'm going to brighten this teeth up just a bit and I'll zoom out so I could see how I'm doing; before and after, good direction. Command+J on a Mac/Ctrl+J on a PC. Now take to this to the blend mode of Soft Light and do that by way of shortcut. On a Mac or a PC here's what you need to do press the V key to go to the Move tool. Next on a Mac Shift+ Option+F, on a PC that's Shift+Alt+F, and then we have that final layer that adding of contrast. So here is our before and then after. One of the things that I like to do quite often is to group these two adjustments.
So I'll click on the top, hold down the Shift key, click in the bottom one, and press Command+G on a Mac/Ctrl+G on a PC so I have my teeth whitening or brightening. I'll called this teeth here. I can then lower the opacity. I like to take this all the way down so that I can find the spark where it looks really good. Now I don't want to go too far, but I like to go far when I'm working on the teeth so that I can identify my edges. This particular image I'm guessing it's somewhere in the 60s perhaps. These are our before and after, zoom out a little bit so we can see how that looks. Before and after. That looks pretty nice. We need to take it down, just a touch. There is a little bit too bright for me before and after, and once again a subtle yet significant improvement to this photograph.
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