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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.
Here we are going to continue our workflow and conversation about how we can reduce and remove wrinkles. Let's go ahead and create a new layer by pressing Shift+Command+N or Shift+Ctrl+N, and let's name this new layer r1 for retouch one. Sometimes I like to abbreviate my layer names just so I can work really quickly. Next let's work on the wrinkles on the side of the face. Once again, we'll reach for the Healing Brush. The Healing Brush does a great job when working with wrinkles. There are other techniques as well and we'll cover those in different movies. Yet here let's use the Healing Brush.
Option+Click or Alt+Click on a nice sample area and then go ahead and paint over the wrinkle in order to start to remove it. Again, you want to make sure that you can kind of hide your tracks there, so Option+Click or Alt+Click in different areas as well. We'll work on the other side of the face too. And you know as we are working on this project we're constantly asking ourselves, well, how far should we go with this? This portrait that I captured is of an author and this picture was going to be used for his book and also for some other media pieces. Therefore, I need to create some retouching, I need to reduce or remove these wrinkles in a way that it doesn't kind of diminishes character or personality.
That's why in this case I'm looking to see if I can't reduce them, rather than remove them altogether. All right, well now that we have those wrinkles out, we can see our before and after. Once again, here I am going to just simply click and drag my opacity down a little bit, so we still have a bit of that shape there in that part of the face, so that we've reduced those. All right. Create a new layer Shift+ Command+N on a Mac, Shift+Ctrl+N on Windows. Call this one r2. Let's work on these bigger wrinkles in this area. Option+Click or Alt+Click.
The reason why I needed to do a different adjustment layer for these is because I need to have a different opacity level. These wrinkles, they are a little bit more important. I don't want to remove them; I just want to soften them. If we remove them as you can see here, the face kind of loses a little bit of its shape. So in this case we'll decrease the opacity and we'll do this so that we're just going to subtly reduce those rather than remove them as dramatically as the other wrinkles. Next let's zoom in. As we zoom in, I notice that I have these dark areas here.
You know, healing just isn't going to work for that situation. How could we deal then with these areas? Well, what we might want to do is burn and dodge. We've talked about how to do this before. Press Shift+Command+N on a Mac or Shift+Ctrl+N on Windows; create a new layer with a blending mode of soft light. Here we are going to dodge or brighten, so we'll click OK to create that layer. Next, select your Brush tool. Then with the Brush tool selected you want to hover over your image and Option+Click or Alt+Click a nice bright tone; in this case this skin tone here.
I am going to go ahead and try to select something that's a little bit more yellow, so I'll click up a little bit higher there. Once we have that we'll decrease our opacity; we're going to bring this down to about 20% or so. Then we are just going to start to paint over these shadows. And in this area, we're really just looking to kind of reduce some of these shadows so they are not quite so bright or intense, and we can paint over a couple of other little shadow areas as well. As we do this, we're making our way back up to another area that we've already worked on. Very rarely as I seem to be mentioning a lot in this course is it just one tool; rather it's kind of combining these tools or these techniques together, in order to help us come up with better results.
All right, well here I'm going for the subtle adjustments. Here we can see that before and then now our after. If ever we notice that the color or the brightness of these adjustments aren't right, just press Command+U on a Mac or Ctrl+U on Windows and then we can shift the overall color. We can change the color of that area. Sometimes it's helpful just to desaturate it a little bit or to change it by shifting the hue slider. Well either way, make the adjustment that you'll need there, and then we have that before and then now our after.
Well the face is looking good, we haven't worked on the neck yet. We'll need to do that. We also need to work on some small details. So let's go ahead and continue to make a few more adjustments here. We'll click on our New Layer icon. This one we'll go ahead and call r3. Next, I'll zoom in so I can work on the neck. Press J to select my good old Healing Brush and I'll go ahead and click and paint over that area. That wasn't very good, so here I'm going to press Command+Z to undo that, that'll be Ctrl+Z on Windows, and I'll just paint over that wrinkle again.
All right. That's much better. Looks like I was going a little bit too fast. I got too excited about trying to get close to finishing this project off. With all this kind of retouching it really does take a lot of patience. Patience to kind of see it through, because you can always make quick big bold adjustments, yet those typically don't work well in the long run. They look good initially. Rather it's the subtle adjustments or those patient ones that you kind of painstakingly make as we're doing here that build up to make a nice effect.
Here with this on the neck, I am going to leave those pretty far up with my opacity. I'll just bring this down just a little bit there so I get a sense kind of a little bit of the shadows. Well last but not least here at least in this movie we'll create one more layer. We are going to call this new layer r4. Next, rather than using the Healing Brush I am going to go for some spot healing. And what you'll want to do is you want to do any spot healing that you need to do now, because after having reduced or removed a lot of these wrinkles, well these other spots are all of a sudden going to become much more noticeable.
Spots or blemishes that we didn't notice previously stand out, because relative to the surrounding area they're now much more different. Before the wrinkles stood out, but since those are gone, we need to kind of go back and do some of our little cleanup work here in order to clean up these small little blemishes. All right, a couple of more little blemishes there that I want to try to get out and that one I am going to need to use a different tool for, so let's just go ahead and make our way around this area, reducing a couple of these little areas. Moving up to the top part of the face here, I notice an area of our picture that I'm going to need to create a new layer for these wrinkles right next to the eye, forgot to work on those, so I'll click on the New Layer icon, call this one r5, and then I'll just click and paint across this with my Spot Healing Brush, this should do a pretty good job on these wrinkles.
And again what's interesting about this is, you're seeing how we progressed through this and how this changes what we're really looking for in our photograph. Well now we have all of these adjustments. I mean we have a ton of adjustments. So what we need to do is we need to organize these. We also need to apply a few finishing touches. Because here the image. I think it looks a little bit over-retouched. So let's go ahead and finish off this project and let's do that in the next movie.
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