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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.
So you have it through the chapter on retouching and now you may be thinking, what else can I do, how else can I learn about this retouching stuff? It's kind of interesting. Well, one website you may want to check out is chrisorwig.com/retouching. This is just a simple little micro site that I have put together and here you can click on retouching books and find some books that will help you learn how to retouch even better. You can also click on this link here, Retouching Links. I have included a wide range of sites that you can go to for retouching inspiration. Again, there are many different types of retouching links. So you definitely want to check that out. The other thing that you can do is dig in to some of the other retouching titles that I have created.
What I want to do now is just highlight a few before and afters from some of those titles in order to give you a little bit of an idea of what we do in those training titles. Here is one image. Now what I'm going to do is show you a before and then after, and I want to go through a handful of different images and just show you before and afters, before and after. Another one, before and after. Here we can see we are working with color and tone and wrinkles and I'm trying to keep our retouching really subtle, yet made it pretty significant and enhance the image. Other time. This is a bit more creative like this before and then after. Then there's times when we are trying to do other things like color and tone and shape and other times we are trying to make an enhancement to a photograph, but keep it unnoticeable and simple.
Again here is our before and then after. Then we have some other images that we will be working on where we want to go for that real high end look and again here is our before and after. There are images that have a lot to do with color and tone, before and after. I'll zoom in on that one, so you can see a little bit better, before and after. And here is another image. One of those high-end fashion photos. How do to accomplish that? Then we also have some studio photos where we are looking at how do we clean up backgrounds, how do we work with clothes and eyes and lips and legs and arms and skin and color and tone. Again, we will zoom in a little bit on this one, so you can see the before and after a little bit better.
Here is the before and then after. Now also you have some other fashion photos, like this one our before and after and zoom in on that a tad bit as well, before and after. Here is one fashion photograph where color and tone is really important. Before and after. Then we also have another photograph we will be looking that was featured on the cover of a wedding magazine, and how can we then create that before and after? How do we get it to that place where it's cover worthy? Then here is another wedding photograph where we are just trying to create a little bit of an emotion. And yeah, there is some retouching, but it's a little bit more about creating a mood or overall motion. That brings us back around to the first image that I showed. Here is our before. Take a look at the symmetry in the face. We can see the lines on the face, and one of the things we are doing here is trying to increase this symmetry. So we are making some pretty significant changes yet we are trying to think about light and we are thinking about form and shape and texture and color.
Now keep that in mind that the images I'm showing here in no way showcase all of the files that we are working on. Rather it's a little bit of a random sampling of some of those photos and I wanted to show you those in order to spark your interest a little bit and I also want to show you those because I think it will help you determine if that something you are actually interested in. Well, if that is something that interests you, free to check those training titles out on lynda.com. All right, well that wraps up this movie and this chapter.
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