Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding color, part of Photoshop CS3 Portrait Retouching Techniques.
Hey, welcome back. At this point, what I want to do is add a little bit of color back to the image. So I am going to go ahead and click on the Adjustment Layer icon and choose Solid Color and then, I am going to choose a nice deep dark red down here and click OK. Next, I will invert my mask on a Mac Command+I, on a PC Ctrl+I. Let's take that blend mode to color. Lower the opacity way down at 50% or less. Select the Brush tool. And with a nice big brush on a low opacity as well, here I am at 20% just looking to bring in some color here at the cheeks a little bit.
Look at our before and after, very subtle, we may not even be able to take that one up but it's kind of nice, adds a little bit of here they are in the cheeks, I will lower the opacity even more, just want that to be subtle. It's nice when things are so cool if you can cool and warm going at the same time, visually very interesting. I am going to work on the lips now and I am going to work on the lips by first making a selection of lips, press the Q key to enter Quick Mask mode and then select the Brush tool by pressing the B key. And what I am going to do here is make a selection of these lips.
So I am going to go ahead and just paint over the lips. I have zoomed way in, zooming in on a Mac with Command+, on a PC with Ctrl+, and make a nice selection of the lips. That way, once I have this selection, I can use it for a couple of different purposes if I need to, a couple of different ways to add color. Alright, zoom out and I think that will work. Hit the Q key to exit quick mask and then go to Select Inverse or use a shortcut and click on the Adjustment Layer icon and choose Curves.
If you are going to go to our red channel, we are going to add some red, alright. So we are going to go to the blue channel, add some yellow, warm these up. Back to the magenta channel, green magenta, add a little magenta there. And I think right about there, it looks good, maybe a little bit more red. Let's go for it, - well alright. I am going to take it up even further, click OK and take my blend mode to Colors, so it's just the color blending in there and now the ability to back that off.
And as I look at that, I realize you know what, I wish I had less red in that, little less there, I don't need quite that much and a little bit more yellow, the blue yellow channel, and click OK and zoom out a little bit. So let's look at our before and after; these two color layers, before that color and then after. You know, a lot of these add a taupe when you think hey. I have enough color in there. You know, as you know it would be nice to just make that come out a little bit more and then keep it subtle. So I am lowering my opacity and I want to add a little bit of visual intrigue this way.
Next thing I want to do, work on the lips as we worked on before. It creates a new layer and we will do that by way of shortcut rather than clicking on the New Layer icon. The shortcut is Shift+Command+N on a Mac, Shift+Ctrl+N on a PC. We are going to name this layer Burn. We are going to go to the blend mode of Soft Light, filled with Soft Light neutral gray. Click OK. We are going to choose the good old Burn tool, midtones exposure 20%. It's good to have less than that. Alright, then we are going to add a little bit of volume, a little bit of shape to lip.
Take that up to 20%. Then, press the Option key on a Mac, Alt key on a PC, bring in the highlight. Let's zoom out and see how we are doing with that, before and after, just add in a little bit more density to those lips a little bit more, three dimensional there and more roundness. Alright, I take that. Let's look at our before and after for this movie. Here is before and here is after, so far so good. We have almost finished this image. In the next movie, I want to sharpen it and add a final color and tone adjustment.
- Removing distracting background elements
- Cleaning up small skin blemishes
- Reducing and removing wrinkles
- Softening and smoothing skin
- Adding and enhancing makeup
- Enhancing and enlivening eyes
- Brightening and whitening teeth
- Improving contrast and contour
- Adding body shape and dimension
- Cropping and composing a wedding portrait
- Improving portrait lighting
Skill Level Intermediate
Photoshop CS3 Portrait Retouching Essentialswith Chris Orwig10h 18m Intermediate
Beyond Skin: Going Deeper with Photoshop CS3with Lee Varis3h 56m Intermediate
1. Creative Portrait Retouch
2. Headshot Portrait Retouch
3. Three-Quarter Portrait Retouch
4. Full Body Portrait Retouch
5. Wedding Retouch: The Bride
6. Wedding Retouch: The Cover Shot
7. Reversing the Aging Process
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