Join Derrick Story for an in-depth discussion in this video Retouching portraits with adjustment brushes, part of Aperture 3 Essential Training (2012).
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One of the times that I often had to leave the comfy confines of Aperture and go to Photoshop was when I had to do a little bit of portrait retouching, especially on the skin. Well, no more. We have the tools now in Aperture 3 to actually do portrait retouching right here in the application, and I want to show you how easy that is. We'll go ahead and work with this image right here. I'm going to go ahead and hit the F key to go to Full Screen mode, and then I'm going to hit the V key, and we're zoomed in right now.
So, that's terrific, because I want to be zoomed in. However, I do want to reposition her a little bit. So, I'm holding down the Spacebar, and that allows me to reposition. Now I want to bring up the Heads-Up display because we're going to do a little editing. So, I'm going to hit the H key to do that. It's locked by using the Lock Switcher, which I want because I just want it right here. We'll reposition Bonnie just a little bit more, and now I'm going to do a two-step retouch. The first thing that I'm going to do is actually work on some of these blemishes just real quick. They're small.
But I usually recommend that before we do the skin smoothing. So, I'll go to Adjustments, and I'll bring up my Retouch tool right here. We're going to automatically choose source. We're just going to let Aperture do that because we're working in this nice skin area. I want a small Radius because I'm just working on little blemishes like this by clicking on them. I could make my Brush bigger by using. in this case. the Scroll Wheel, or I could move the Radius, like this. If I want more Softness, and that's around the actual area that's being corrected, I can increase Softness, but we're fine right now.
And we'll go at full Opacity. We don't really need Detect Edges on for this, so I'm going to turn that off, and we'll just make this little smaller. And I'm just going to go through and just work on a couple of these little blemishes, so you go through, clean up the blemishes firs. That's step one. And once you get them the way that you want, then we can go to skin smoothing. So, I'm not going to clean up all the blemishes now. I think you have the idea. So, I'll go ahead and close this tool. Now I'm going to use one of the new quick brushes for actually smoothing up the skin.
So, I'll go back to Adjustments. I'll go to Quick Brush. We'll bring up Skin Smoothing. We can control the Brush Size right here, Softness and Strength. We're going to go full Strength on this because I want you to be able to see the changes. We also get a Brick when we do this. That allows us to adjust the Intensity and the Detail and of course, the Radius is how much the adjustment affects outside of the pixel. How far does it radiate? So, let's just do a little smoothing right now.
I'm going to make my Brush Size a little bit bigger. We'll just start on the cheeks. I'll just go ahead and smooth a little bit of the skin right here on the cheeks. Now, you want to stay away from the eyes and you want to stay away from the lips. We want those to be nice and sharp, same thing with the hair. We'll do a little bit right here on the nose and right here, just bring that in a little bit. Now, I'm going to make my Brush Size a little bit smaller. I'm using the Scroll Wheel, and we will just work underneath the eyes.
Now we don't want to get rid of everything. I mean this is still Bonnie. We want it to be Bonnie. We just want it to be Bonnie on a really good day. That's what we are after here, just Bonnie when everything is just right, lighting wise, and so forth. So, now we've cleaned that all up. We can do a little bit more right here too. Stay away from the lips. The chin is fine, and we can do just real quickie, little right there if we want and maybe just a little bit more right here. I think we are in pretty good shape.
Now if I want to I can play with the Intensity of my adjustment by going down to this Brick and just moving the slider. As you see, you can go way too far very fast with this. We definitely don't want to do that, and if we move the Intensity all the way back, it's like we didn't do the adjustment at all. We can see the pores, so it's usually somewhere in the middle. And all we want to do is just a little bit of enhancement. We don't want to get rid of everything. I think that's a pretty nice adjustment right there. I'll go ahead and close this, and we can turn it off and on by clicking right here.
So, there is our before adjustment, and there is afterwards. We can always go back and do more brushing if we want by clicking on the Brush tool, and that will bring that back up, and we can continue working. Now I'm going to go ahead and zoom out. I'm going to hit the Z key again to pull this back out. And there is our adjustment. So, we did a nice, subtle portrait adjustment. But if we made a print or if you looked at this in a large view, you would be able to tell the difference and when the client sees it, it looks natural.
So, she is not going to go "Wow! What did you do to me?" other than, "You got a very nice photo that day, didn't you?" And I'll say, "Yes, we did."
This course was updated on 10/03/12. Updated movies cover the features added through version 3.3, including Retina display support, iCloud photo sharing, streamlined integration with iPhoto, and much more.
- Importing images from a digital camera or hard drive
- Adding metadata to photos including captions and copyright
- Organizing photos using face recognition
- Running Aperture Library First Aid
- Retouching with Quick Brushes
- Importing live images from an iPad or iPhone
- Round-tripping between Aperture and Photoshop
- Adding geo tags to mark photo locations
- Managing movies
- Creating a custom photo book
- Publishing a web gallery
- Uploading images to Flickr and Facebook
- Archiving and restoring photo libraries
- Controlling Photo Stream in Aperture