Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Filling in the windows, part of Photoshop CS5: Athletic Retouching Projects.
Now that we've cleaned up the photograph, what you typically want to do is look away and then look back, or close your eyes and then re-evaluate the frame. Now, one of the things that I'm noticing is we have really interesting lines, and we have the symmetry going on. Yet, it might be nice to delete or remove some of these windows or bring these a little bit closer together. So what we could do is use one of our Selection tools, say the Quick Select tool, simply click and drag over a couple of these windows. I'm going to go ahead and do that up here, and also down here on these windows as well.
Next I'll click on the Adjustment Layer icon and then choose Solid Color. Now by using solid color, this will give me flexibility. I could choose a brighter tone, a brighter white, or something a little bit more gray, like this here, and I could go ahead and choose something darker as well. And I can try to find just the right mix, in regards the overall tone for the window. We can see those windows are now taking on a new look here by having this distinct, or different color in them. Let's click OK, to apply that, and look at the before and then after. Well, here at this juncture, it looks pretty good.
Let's click in the mask, go to the Mask panel and just feather this out. I'll create a little bit of an interesting edge around those windows, almost like a nice diffusion there, and maybe just a couple of pixel feather there will look good because this is a lower resolution file. Higher resolution files, you'd want a higher pixel radius there that we have, and this case too works fine. Well, here I really like this look. Let's say I want to add some more to it. We'll click back in your layer merged and then go ahead and make a selection, say, of a few more windows. Next, what we need to do is fill these areas on our mask.
So go to your mask, and one of the easiest ways to fill is to press Shift+Delete. Then from the Fill dialog, you can select color, in this case white. We'll click OK there. And you can see it filled in those windows. Let's choose Select > Deselect to see how we've done. Well again, that's pretty nice. Here we have our before and then after. Now if we want to take this even further, again, we could go to few other windows. We'll select this one and this one, simply by clicking and dragging. Next back up to the mask and here, let's look at another technique for filling with a particular color.
Now if you have white as your foreground color, what you can do on a Mac is press Option+Delete; on Windows that's going to be Alt+Backspace. That will fill with whatever you have in this foreground color. Next let's go to Select and choose Deselect there, so we can see how we've done. Once again, that's kind of nice. It just kind of muted out all the variation in those windows, bringing that much more uniform and almost surreal type of look to the photograph, and here we have a pretty interesting project. We created this simply by reducing and simplifying, and you'd be amazed at how many things you can create simply by using these techniques and simply by exploring, hey! How can I start to minimize variables, how can I start to reduce and simplify? In this case, with just a few steps, we went from this starting image all the way to something completely different, perhaps a bit more conceptual, and even visually interesting.
All right, well that wraps up our work here. I hope you picked up a few valuable tips. I'll catch you in the next one.
- Creating and combining multiple exposures
- Repositioning subjects
- Enhancing color and tone
- Removing unwanted background elements
- Simplifying with selections
- Improving composition with cropping
- Toning with the High Dynamic Range (HDR) Pro toolset
- Enhancing eyes
- Changing shape and sculpting muscles with Liquify
- Increasing height
- Sharpening and creating final layer comps
Skill Level Intermediate
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9. Enhancing Strength
10. Surfer Portrait
11. Underwater Portrait
13. Father and Son Portrait
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