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Enhancing Digital Photography with Photoshop CS with Chris Orwig will greatly increase the digital imaging skills and creativity of professional photographers, imaging professionals and enthusiasts. After first discussing color management skills, the tutorial advances to cover the features of Photoshop that are most essential to photographers such as the camera raw plug-in, the file browser, dust and scratches, the lens blur, shadows and highlights, advanced saturation, retouching, burning and dodging, curves for color and tone, black and white conversion, cross processing, creating panoramas, advanced sharpening, and much more. Exercise files (JPGs, PSDs and raw files) accompany the training, allowing you to follow along and learn at your own pace.
Welcome back, we're ready to soften the skin. You'll notice that I have a layer included in the file which is called blur 30. This is the original layer for the full res file. The full res file is gonna need to have a much more blur than a low res file like the one we're working on. It will still work for us as a guide so that we know how much blur we want to apply. We're going to ignore the layer for now, but know that it's there as a reference for you that you can go back to, to refer to, to see how you should do this step. Okay, what we need to do is merge everything to a new layer. We've done this before, so let's do it again.
On a Mac, shift, option, command N and then E. On a PC, shift, control, alt, N, E. Great work. Name the layer blur 5 because it's low res, we'll have a blur setting of about 5. Navigate to the filter blur menu. Filter, blur, goshen blur, radius of about 5 pixels. Click okay. Next step, take the blend mode to soft light. Lower opacity to 60%.
Let's look at the before and after. Great softening of the image. Looks very nice. The next thing we need to do is create a mask, so click on the mask icon, select the brush tool, the color black, and if you're using a mouse you want to lower the opacity. If you're using a wacom tablet, you can lower the opacity just with the pressure. And so what we're doing here is we're painting away the blur in specific parts of our image.
In particular, the hair, the eyes, the mouth, the teeth. And so what we're doing here is we're painting away the blur and specific parts of our image. Let's look at our before and after. And we're doing this so the blur is not affecting the eyes, the mouth, and the hair. Now that we've made it through this first step of softening the skin, we have one more step to do, and we'll do that in the next movie.
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