Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Basic cleanup, part of Photoshop CS3 Portrait Retouching Techniques.
Welcome to project #1, Beauty portrait. In this particular project, we will be working on this file, clean and creative retouch. You can find that file inside of the Chapter 1 folder, Beauty portrait. Go ahead and select that file and then double-click it to open it up inside a Photoshop and press F to go to Full Screen View mode and then double-click the Zoom tool to take us to 100%. Here we are at 100%. And I am going to zoom in even further. I have some notes. I am going to turn off my notes layer. And I am going to begin to clean up this image.
Now, there is a quite a bit of cleanup work that we need to do. So we want to attack this a little bit of time. So I am going to start up here the upper part of the face, create a new layer, Shift+Command+N on a Mac, Shift+Ctrl+N on a PC. And I will call this one Basic Retouch. And on this Basic Retouch layer, I am going to select the good old Spot Healing Brush, I am going to zoom way in. And with the Spot Healing Brush, I am going to go through and work on the small spots in this image.
So we are going to do some Spot Healing here, as well as use our Healing Brush as well as well as some burning and dodging. You know, the amount of time you put into retouching is really contingent upon how large the face is in comparison to the frame. What I mean by that? Is it as if you are close to the face as we are here? I am going to spend quite a bit of time retouching the image. But if the face is really small, well, we can get away with using some different techniques, we don't necessarily need to go into all the little spots as we are doing here.
We can use some of our skin smoothing techniques and we can be a little bit more rough with our approach because face is further way and you want to actually see the details. Well, in this case, we are going to see these details so we need to work on them, alright. Let's keep going, keep going, keep going. A little bit more wide open area here, so we can be a little bit more generous with our retouching. We are looking to minimize any kind of variation.
We will do with that strap later, we are just getting the small skin variations. Now, one of things that's really important to do in regards to retouching is to clean up first. We have to clean up all the small skin variations. Now, what variations do you want on the skin as they actually make the skin seen less smooth? So we want to remove all these little davits, all these little areas that catch light either as a highlight or a shadow. So let's go through and let's do all of this little detail work. And you know, this detail work is really worth it.
The more detail work we do in the beginning, the more basic retouching we do in the beginning, the better the image will be in the long run. I want to zoom in and zoom out, let's zoom out, Command+N on a Mac, Ctrl- on a PC. And let's see how things were going here, bigger brush for that blemish. We are going to take this to a really high key place. So I am not super concerned about the detail of the retouching.
That's strange to say that. I am concerned but I don't need to make this perfect because I know I am going to bright the image quite a bit. Okay, let's look at before and after, here is before, here is after, great, so far so good. We are going in a good direction. Let's zoom in a little bit more and grab the Clone Stamp tool. We are in Clone Stamp on lighting, take this way down. What we are going to do here, just to look to even out any areas where we are noticing tone as dark, currently, doing this on 17%, using this as my burning and dodging right here.
Lots of different ways to burn and dodge in Photoshop, one of them is with the Clone Stamp tool. Let's look in to even out the skin, take down some of our shadows. Now, this particular technique is a technique that I use on almost every image that I retouch. So it's a really core technique. And what we are looking to do is just brighten up the shadows a little bit. And the nice thing about using the Clone Stamp tool is what you are doing is you are cloning a little bit of the texture and you are just taking away the darker areas.
And so, what I find this does is subtly, just subtly brings up the shadows and it makes the skin look much more even. Alright, let's zoom out. We are making great progress before and after. And that wraps up our initial basic retouch.
- 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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