Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Final image cleanup and organization, part of Photoshop CS5: Fashion Retouching Projects.
All right, well in the previous movie we worked on some structural improvements. Let's continue to work on this area of the image. We'll turn off our notes layer, zoom in a little bit, and let's go ahead and create a new layer. Shift+Command+N, Shift+ Ctrl+N, we'll Name this c3. I'll press the J key to grab our Healing Brush. And we'll just go ahead and Option+ Click or Alt+Click and look to bring out some of these small little blemishes. And again, this is all little stuff, but all this little stuff really helps out. Let's review this little tag here. Option+Click or Alt+Click in order to follow the line of that shadow or wrinkle there.
That looks good. What about this little guy back here? Press the S key to grab your Clone Stamp tool. Nice and small little brush. We'll just bring that guy out and just watch the edge there. That's fine. Here we have our before and after. Okay great, we've worked on all these little details. I think there is one more over here. And we could continue to do work like this with Clone or Heal, just looking to reduce and simplify all of our little blemishes. Let's take a look at our notes. What else do we need to do here? One of the things that the notes highlight is this particular area of the garment.
Let's say that we want to make another structural change. But how can we do that? Well, one of things that we could do is we could merge all of our underlying layers to the top. Let's do that. Press Shift+Option+ Command+E on a Mac, Shift+Alt+Ctrl+E on Windows. Let's name this merged. Now, this cleanup works going to be a little bit more involved. Here's what we're going to do. We're going to select our Marquee tool. You can do so by clicking on it or by pressing the M key. Then we're going to go ahead and click- and-drag over an area that we want to work on. Perhaps we want to make a change in this area of the image.
Next, we'll press Command+J or Ctrl+J to copy that to a new layer. Here we can press Command+T or Ctrl+T to free transform it. We're going to click on the Warp icon. Now, once we do that what we can do is start to change the overall direction of this line. And you can see that I can pull this out or bring it in. I'm just trying to bring it down so it's a little bit more straight, and we're just changing this just a touch. Making some subtle changes here, so that this line falls a little bit more straight, not quite so up and down.
And it's going to be some delicate work. Let's click Enter or Return to apply and see how we've done. Well, here's our before and then there is our after. So far so good. Next step is we really want to mask this in, so we're just using the good area of this content. So hold down Option or Alt and then click on the Add Layer Mask icon. That creates a mask filled with black. From here we'll press the B key to grab our Brush tool, then we're just going to paint with white. Into this area we're going to paint with white so we can bring in this new edge here.
And just bring that over both sides, looking to try to bring in the best of this adjustment. Make sure it blends in really nicely there. I think that's pretty good and now we have our before and after, making a real significant structural shift. Okay, well, let's zoom out. We could of course, make other adjustments like that, but I think you get the jest of how we can start to change shape. The only other thing that I want to highlight here on this image is according to our notes there's a little bit of problem up here in regards to the brightness value in the hair.
So if we zoom back in on that area, what we notice is that this is just a little bit too darken here. No big deal. Let's turn off our notes layer, click on the Adjustments Layer icon and choose Curves, and here what we're going to do is simply brighten up this area of the image. We'll do so by clicking and dragging this point to the left. Next, invert the mask. Command+I on a Mac, Ctrl+I on Windows. And then we're going to paint with white over this area and after we painted with white, we're going to go back and soften this or diffuse this a little bit by increasing the Feather amount.
We'll go to the Mask panel. Crank up Feather. That will lower the intensity of that and also diffuse it in a little bit. Here we have before and then after, just making a little bit better adjustment on the edge of the hair there. We can paint that into a few other areas as needed, just to have that looking nice. All right, well, at this juncture my layers are a little bit unorganized, I've made some different adjustments, but it doesn't really matter because I've kind of build this up in a way that make sense. Let's double-click the tab for Masks and see what we have.
Again, lots of different adjustments. We want to go ahead and Option+Click or Alt+Click that Background layer and then zoom out a little bit so we can see what we did. We did our cleanup work and then some other cleanup work, which was structural. We worked on some other details. This merged layer just simply allowed us to copy something to a new layer, so we don't even need this anymore. Let's click in that layer. Press the Delete key. Next, this was one of the structural changes where we straightened out to the hemline of this garment. So let's rename this straighten.
Next, we have this Curves adjustment and this Curves adjustment was applied to the hair so let's rename this hair brighten. All right, well now that we have done all of these adjustments, it will be a good idea to organize them. Click in the top layer, hold down the Shift key, click in the bottom most layer, then press Command+G or Ctrl+G to group all those together. Here now we can see before and after, all of our really nice and simple cleanup work. This image is now looking really good and you can think of this as a bit of a foundation from which we can then make further adjustments or enhancements to the photograph.
- 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