Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Cleaning up the background and small details, part of Photoshop CS5: Fashion Retouching Projects.
In order to dig deeper in the topic of cleanup work, we are going to take a look at another project where we'll be working on this image from start to finish, at least in regards to some cleanup work. For starters you can see that I have a notes layer. That notes layer acts as a little bit of a guide for us just saying hey, these are some of the areas we want to work on. Let's go ahead and start off by turning off that layer, zooming out a little bit, let's click in our background, and let's work on the background itself. An easy way to do that would be to select the Marquee tool, make one selection, hold down the Shift key, make another selection, then simply press Delete.
This will open up our Content-Aware Fill dialog. Click OK. That will then remove those areas from the image. Press Command+D or Ctrl+D to deselect. All right, let's turn on our notes, so we can see that we have some areas in the face, then we can make our way down. So let's start up here. We'll turn off the visibility of notes. We'll zoom in on the face, and let's zoom away in on the face here. Take a look at what we want to do. If we turn on our notes layer, we notice that we just want to work on the little highlight on the nose, a couple of wrinkles on the neck.
Let's create a new layer. Shift+Command+N on a Mac, Shift+Ctrl+N on Windows. We'll name this as c1, and what we want to do with this area here is first start off with Clone Stamp. We're going to start with Clone Stamp on a relatively low opacity. Aligned and Sample All layers is turned on. I am going to make this nice and small and then we'll hold down the Option or Alt key, sample a good area, we are just going to look to start to build up or bring into this area a little bit of a darker skin tone. And once we get a little bit more of the skin tone in there, versus that bright shadow, we can then go back and heal this just a little bit in order to add a bit of texture.
So again, just really small brushwork here and that small brushwork though will pay off, as long as we've patient. And that's the trick with all this little finetuned retouching. All right, great, I think that's looking a little bit better. Here we have our before and then after. Next, grab the Healing Brush and we'll make the Healing Brush nice and small here. Make sure it's Sampled. Aligned All Layers is turned on, all the usual stuff. We'll just bring in a touch of texture there. That's going to help blend this together, add some nice texture and not be so smudgy, which happens when we use the Clone Stamp tool.
Great, there we have it. Before and after. Let's work on a few other little areas. Some wrinkles on the face. Option+Click or Alt+Click in order to set your sample area and then go ahead and just start to paint away. I'm beginning to remove some of these little tiny blemishes that we're seen here or skin variations. As far as the neck goes, same kind of thing, just working to bring out anything that's going to really draw our eye to it. A lot of times wrinkles catch our eye or brightness value catches our eye. I think that looks pretty nice.
All right, a couple of more little blemishes on the skin there. We'll zoom out a bit. Make sure that's looking good. Here we have it, our before and then after, doing some of our initial cleanup work. What else we can do here? If we turn on our notes layer, we did a pretty good job there, let's make our way down where we have a couple little wrinkles to deal with here. Let's work with those on the same layer. Again, Option+Click or Alt+Click, This time Healing is going to save the day, because we can match tone and we can get a really nice wrinkle removal there.
Just looking to remove all the tone or textures as well. Before and after, so far, so good. Looking good. All right, what about this little zipper here? How could we remove that? Again, press the S key to start with Clone Stamp tool. Make Clone Stamp just a little bit bigger and we want to sample just some good source material. Let's take our opacity all the way up, so that we can do this a little bit more quickly. I'll just slowly kind of edge this out and you can see that I'm just edging my way towards that and I'll just edge this out, little bit at a time here.
That's looking good. Next, press the J key to go to the good old Healing Brush. If you want change your brush size, you can always Ctrl+Click, choose a different size as needed, in this case my brush size is fine. I'll just hold down the Option key and just going to click and paint along those edges there, just looking to align those. There we have it, before and after, really nice detail work. And again, the whole trick with all of this detail work is to zoom way in. What else do we want to do? Well a couple of other little skin variations.
Let's do those, same layer here, Option+ Click or Alt+Click to set a source area, and again, I'm working quickly here, but I'm more just trying to illustrate the concept and the concept is using these two tools together. And that when we use these two tools together, we can come up with some really stunning and just super clean results. Again, here's our before and here's our after. With a just a couple of minutes of work, this image is already looking a ton better. Let's continue to work on this image and we'll pick up where we're leaving off here in the next movie.
- Changing clothing drape or shape
- Modifying the background
- Working with shadows and highlights
- Improving color
- Adding blur
- Cleaning up flyaway hairs
- High pass sharpening
- Adjusting eyes and eyebrows
- Reducing shadows around the eyes
- Making creative adjustments with color
- Removing wrinkles and smoothing skin texture