Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Improving color and tone, part of Photoshop CS3 Portrait Retouching Techniques.
Alright welcome back. We are making great progress on this image. Let's go ahead and rename this group here to strap because those are the layers that we grouped together in the previous movie to remove that strap and then let's continue to work on the color and tone. We are going click on the Adjustment Layer icon and choose Hue Saturation just pull out a bunch of the color here. I am going to pull about 30 points out in this particular image, click My Preview, before and after. What I am looking to do here is to bring it to a little bit more of a neutral place. Next thing that I am going to do is click on the Adjustment Layer icon and choose Curves.
In Curves I want to brighten the image up overall. I want to go for this really neat X key, look here. I don't want to have too many shadows there so I am just going to dial in the appropriate amount of shadow detail here. I think that looks pretty nice. Click OK, now as I did that I realized that I blew out all the detail in the skin which looks really nice. I like the way the skin is looking yet I don't like the way the hat is looking that's a kind of before and after. Well so far so good yet the hat like I said is a little bit of a problem area so let's grab our Brush tool.
What we are going to do is paint with black to bring in some of the detail of this hat here and we want to bring all in. It's nice detail. We paint with 50% brightness try to follow the way this hat works. So what I am doing here is I am actually painting with different amounts of brush pressure and I am slowly building up the density of the hat and I want to do that because I want to add a little bit of variation here so I am going to paint on this.
If you look at my Layer Mask you can see that I am slowly building this up brush stroke by brush stroke. So that the hat has a little bit more density, I still want to have some nice highlights. So I am going to invert this in a moment, bring back some of those highlights the X key allows me to bring that back. I want it to be bright just not that bright.
Just looking to paint this in the X key and back some detail over here X key, get rid of the background detail there. X key and the X key back and forth my mask looks something like this, lots of little brush strokes. Well in the Shift key without that see that brings that down quite a bit. Because I am going to take this up here take my percentage up a little bit.
Painting with white on those areas, alright there we have some nice detail. There in the hats we have successfully modified the color and tone there. We are getting closer and that's all I want to do on this movie is work on the initial color and tone. We will do some more magic in the next movie.
- Removing distracting background elements
- Cleaning up small skin blemishes
- Reducing and removing wrinkles
- Softening and smoothing skin
- Adding and enhancing makeup
- Enhancing and enlivening eyes
- Brightening and whitening teeth
- Improving contrast and contour
- Adding body shape and dimension
- Cropping and composing a wedding portrait
- Improving portrait lighting
Skill Level Intermediate
Photoshop CS3 Portrait Retouching Essentialswith Chris Orwig10h 18m Intermediate
Beyond Skin: Going Deeper with Photoshop CS3with Lee Varis3h 56m Intermediate
1. Creative Portrait Retouch
2. Headshot Portrait Retouch
3. Three-Quarter Portrait Retouch
4. Full Body Portrait Retouch
5. Wedding Retouch: The Bride
6. Wedding Retouch: The Cover Shot
7. Reversing the Aging Process
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