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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.
Over the last few chapters, we've been taking a look at how we can retouch the face; how we can work on the eyes, and eyebrows, and lips, and teeth. The face in a portrait is so important, and we've all seen those photographs where the face is over-retouched; where the eyes almost look like they're glowing, and the teeth, well, they are just too white. What happens is, if we over-retouch the face, well, we are drawing attention to our retouching, rather than to the person; to the portrait. And, you know, as you seek to get good at retouching, say, on the face, you want to keep that in mind.
You want to look for certain types of feedback. Ideally, what someone says is, wow, that's an amazing portrait. And if they say, wow, that's an amazing portrait; you must be really good at Photoshop, you know that you've missed the mark. You've gone too far. In other words, as you start to retouch the face, and work on the eyes, and the lips, and teeth, think about how you can do this in subtle ways, so that it's not taking away from the character, or the personality of the portrait, but rather, drawing it out, and enhancing it, and making it even stronger.
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