Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Improving the details, part of Enhancing an Environmental Portrait with Photoshop.
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Well now that we have roughly removed that dark line in the background, let's take a …look at how we can clean up some of our details and we are going to do this by merging all …of the underlying layers to the top, and then by using two different parts of what we're …going to merge to the top. …Let me show what I mean. …Let's press that shortcut key combination which we've learned previously to merge to …top; it's Shift+Option+Command+E on a Mac or Shift+Alt+Ctrl+E on Windows. …On this new Merge layer what we want to do is choose one of our Selection tools, say …like the Lasso tool.…
Here we'll add a little bit of a Feather, perhaps about two or three pixels, and then …we are going to make a selection of the edge of the head where we have a really nice defined …line, and then we are going to copy that to the topmost layer. …To copy it up press Command+J or Ctrl+J, that's Command+J on a Mac or Ctrl+J on Windows. …And essentially what we've done here is if we grab the Move tool we can see that we've …
In this course, photographer, teacher, and author Chris Orwig explores a variety of Adobe Photoshop postproduction techniques that enhance the authenticity and mood of an environmental portrait. Working with a photograph of world-champion surfer Kelly Slater, Chris steps through each technique, from black-and-white conversion and toning to retouching and more, explaining his creative process along the way.
- Cleaning up small details with the healing tools
- Using Liquify to make minor adjustments
- Burning and dodging to add emphasis
- Experimenting with creative color
- Creating a black-and-white, sepia-toned effect
- Adding realistic film grain
- Blending in texture from another photograph
- Retouching the background