Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Fixing details and wrinkles, part of Photoshop CS5: Fashion Retouching Projects.
All right. Now that we have cleaned up the background, let's work a little bit on the model. Let's zoom in, press Command+Plus on the Mac, Ctrl+Plus on windows, and also let's create a new layer. You can create a new layer by simply clicking on the New Layer icon. we'll double click the layer name. Name this one c2 for cleanup two. Here we're going to go ahead and select Clone Stamp tool. use a blend mode of Lighten, and that will lower the opacity. What we can do with this nice little opacity is make our brush smaller by pressing Left Bracket.
We can Option+Click on a bright area of skin and just start to brighten up the shadows underneath the eyes here a little bit. That's looking pretty nice, just a subtle little brightening effect, reducing those shadows a little bit. Next, go and grab your Healing Brush, make that brush nice and small, Option+Click or Alt+Click a nice sample area, and again, we've seen this work before but what it will do for us is just help us really blend this together, and we'll remove some of the little blemishes just so this looks really nice. All right, so far so good. And I'll press the S key to grab my Clone Stamp tool, kind of see I'm going back and forth here between these two tools, trying to get the best of both worlds.
I think that looks okay. Here we have before and then our after. As always we can lower our opacity if we need to, to get this to just the right spot. There we have it, before and after. All right, well, let's zoom out a little bit. What else can we do here? One of the other problem areas are the wrinkles on the dress. Wrinkles are really problematic, because wrinkles are created via light. There's a light side and a dark side, and so let's go and take a look at how we can clean those little wrinkles up. We'll do so by creating a new layer. Press Shift+Command+N on the Mac, Shift+Ctrl+N on Windows.
We'll name this layer c3. Next, what we can do is use some of our Healing tools or Cloning tools. Let's try the Healing Brush, and we'll go ahead and just Option+Click or Alt+Click on a good area, and just look to start to bring out some of these variations in the garment, and again, this is going to be a little bit tricky. I am just going to take a couple of different layers to get this good. You can see that a lot of wrinkle work is really just going to be getting in close, working on the little tiny details there, and then slowly blending this together in order to get it to look its best.
And we'll make our way through here just working on little tiny wrinkles in the garment. One of the things you want to do when you're doing wrinkle work is also always think about the way the light is traveling. Make the brush a little bit bigger here and try to make that line consistent. So I'm going to hold on the Option or the Alt key to get that line to just extend out over that edge there, and that looks pretty good. Option+Click or Alt+Click here again, just to extend that out over that way. That's looking pretty good. Option+Click or Alt+Click. I want to just line things up really nicely and for the most part we're making some good progress here.
Make the brush a little bit bigger and just work out little tiny wrinkles and make our way back and forth across this. And a lot of times the wrinkle stuff will make you realize, gosh, I wish I'd paid attention in the shoot, these small wrinkles, I wish we had a stylist that paid attention to some of these areas so that we could have good clean garments, so that we wouldn't have to do this in postproduction, but nonetheless, sometimes postproduction saves the day. All right, well, here we have our before and then our after, really nice and simple wrinkle removal, and of course, we could keep working this in order to get this looking even better.
There are a few other little problematic areas. One of the nice things about this though is that we have it on a separate layer, so we can always just simply reduce the opacity, if we want to bring back some of the original kind of texture, and maybe a little bit of the fabric in there. I think that looks pretty good. All right, here we have before and after, overall before. Let's look at that background where we had that, and then after. One of the other things we might want to do here just for the fun of it would be to work on the color of this image. Now, this isn't really cleanup work, but it would just be kind of fun to do.
Let's say that what we want to do is make the dress color really come out a little bit more. We could do so by clicking on our Adjustment Layer icon, choosing Hue/Saturation, we'll grab the Target Adjustment tool, and we'll click on the dress. Next, what we want to do is take a look at how we can modify the color of the dress. I'll make a really significant change. We can see it's affecting the entirety of the image. Let's say I want that to just effect the dress and not the skin or the background. We'll go on to your Masks icon, choose Color Range here, and with Color Range you can click on the dress, then add plus icon to this and we can slowly build this up and you can see that we're getting more and more color here through in this area of our photograph.
I'm just going to click and drag across the dress until I have nice detail in that area. Trying to not have detail in other areas. Now if I have more, I can change it with my Fuzziness slider. We can limit the detail to other areas. In this case I'll just go ahead and bring that in. Click OK. Now we have this adjustment that is before and after, allowing us just to target a particular area of our photograph in order to get this image looking even better. Well finally, let's take a look at our overall before and after.
Here we have it, before and then after. With a little bit of cleanup work on the background, and also some work on the model, and then finally just a little bit of a fun adjustment there by changing the dress color, just to kind of sweeten up the overall look and feel of this 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