Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Fixing a backdrop with the Patch tool, part of Learning Photoshop Portrait Retouching.
- [Narrator] Portrait photographers often use backdrops…to minimize distractions behind the subject.…And that's what I was doing here when I was photographing…my daughter Elsie.…She was just goofing around, and,…you can see I have a backdrop here.…It's a piece of plywood and it's covering up…all of the stuff in our garage except…there's some gaps on the edges.…And sometimes with the edges we'll have issues…with our backdrops or there may be an issue…on the backdrop itself.…How can we improve those areas?…Well one way is to work with the Patch tool.…Let me show you how that works.…Here I'll click and drag the background layer down…to the new layer icon to duplicate that layer,…then double click the layer name…and I'll call this one patch.…
Next step is to make a selection of a problem area.…And you can make the selection…with your Patch tool right here.…With the Patch tool you have a few options.…We'll work with normal here,…so go ahead and select Normal from this pull-down menu,…and then just click and drag around the outer edge…
- Cleaning up the background
- Removing distractions with the Spot Healing Brush
- Removing logos, jewelry, and lint
- Sculpting with Liquify
- Smoothing skin
- Removing unflattering distortion
- Changing the face with Face-Aware Liquify
- Removing shadows and wrinkles
- Improving eyes
- Whitening teeth
- Changing makeup
- Using multiple frames
Skill Level Beginner
Photoshop Retouching: Beauty Portraitswith Timothy Sexton1h 12m Intermediate
1. Clean Up the Background
2. Remove and Improve
3. Shape, Sculpt, and Modify
4. Improve Skin
5. Remove Shadows and Wrinkles
6. Improve Eyes
7. Whiten Teeth and Change Makeup
9. Using Multiple Frames
10. Bonus Tips and Advanced Challenges
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