Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Brightening dark tones, part of Photoshop CS3 Portrait Retouching Essentials.
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In this movie, we will be working on the file bailey.tif. Go ahead and select that and double click it to open it in Photoshop. After go to Full Screen View mode, what I want to do in this movie is even out the tone a little bit. Although, I like the shadow on this side of the face, I want to brighten that up a little bit. Before I do any retouching, we need to get the two halves of the face to equal so that the tone looks really nice. I will press Command++ here on the Mac, Ctrl++ on a PC to zoom in and I press the spacebar to reposition the image and I'm zoom down the face. I will go down to the Adjustment Layer icon.
I will click on that and choose good old friendly neighborhood, Curves and then click in the middle of this Curves dialogue window and drag up and what I'm looking to do is just brighten up that side of the face. Now I've realized that I'm brightening the rest of the image and I'm brightening it too far, that's OK. we are going to use masking to correct that later. I'm going to brighten this up quite a bit, click OK. Now that I've done that I want to invert my mask and I'm going to invert this mask by pressing Command+I or Ctrl+I on a PC.
that's a great shortcut by the way because what it does, it allows you to invert the mask, what was revealed in the curves adjustment layer is now black. it is now concealing that adjustment layer. Next step, select the Brush tool. Press the B on your keyboard and change your brush size. Number of different ways to do this, my favorite way to do this is with the bracket keys, I will press left bracket here to make the brush size smaller. Another one of my favorite ways to do this so you can have two favorites is to right click or Ctrl+click and you can change the diameter of the brush or choose a new brush.
I also want a really soft brush, so I take the hardness down then click Off to remove that dialogue window. What I'm going to do here is simply brighten up the face and yes, I know it is too strong but I want to do this at this intensity level to kind of see what I've to work with and then in my Layers palette, I will lower the Opacity. To dial that in, heres my before and after. Now that I see Id say that looks pretty good, except Id like to create a little bit more transition in this face area. So I'm going to paint with black.
So I'm going to choose Black in my color pick and I can do that by pressing the x key. That will flip the white and the black. Now that I've black, I will lower my opacity a little bit for the brush and I'm just going to paint that seem down a little bit and paint in there just a tad bit and let's look at our before and after. That looks very nice, make sure we've just cleaned up our edges there and that looks really good. Double click the Zoom tool to take the image to 100% and look at our before and after.
It looks like the opacity of that layer needs to come down just a little bit more. I don't need it to be exactly even; I just want to diminish the intensity of that shadow in order to begin to retouch it. So, although, we are working on a very specific image, this concept, this technique is incredibly important. I will use this all the time and that is using curves to modify the tone in a specific area and then mask off the rest of the image so that I can get good color and tone before I begin my retouching.
Those wishing to see these skills applied in greater detail may also enjoy Photoshop CS3 Portrait Retouching Techniques.
- Strategizing a retouching workflow
- Correcting color and tone
- Cleaning up images in Camera Raw
- Removing distractions
- Enhancing structure and symmetry
- Reducing and removing wrinkles
- Sculpting facial features and body parts
- Whitening and brightening teeth
- Changing eyes
- Smoothing skin
Skill Level Intermediate
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1. Retouching Roadmap
2. Correcting Color and Tone
3. Cleaning Up Images in Camera Raw
4. Cleaning Up Images in Photoshop
5. Structural Image Enhancements
6. Reducing and Removing Wrinkles
7. Enhancing Eyes
8. Enhancing Eyelashes and Eyebrows
9. Improving Hair
10. Improving Faces and Bodies
11. Fixing Teeth
12. Improving Makeup
13. Enhancing Skin
14. Softening Skin
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