Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding local contrast, part of Photoshop CS3 Portrait Retouching Techniques.
In this movie you're going to learn a really valuable technique for adding dimension to your images. We need to merge everything to the top layer…Shift+Option+Command+E on a Mac, Shift+Alt+Ctrl+E on a PC, name the layer merged. Next navigate to your Filter dropdown menu…and choose Sharpen, Unsharp Mask. Now typically what you do is you use Unsharp Mask to sharpen an image…and here we can see that as I increase the Amount and increase the radius I have more sharpening.…Well what happens if I take my Amount down to something very low and I bring my Radius up?…Take a look at what's happening here.…
It's hard to even identify. Zoom out. See if you can see it.…It's adding local contrast. So cool. Alright we are going to crank our Radius way up. We are going to leave our Amount way down …and that looks really good right there. Click OK. Now let's look at our before and after. Before and after. Zoom in…a little bit. Before and after. Now the nice thing about this is…it adds this interesting dimension: local contrast. If we want to apply more of this effect, let's say I want more, which I do.…
- 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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