Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Organizing the layered file, part of Portrait Project: Retouching a Studio Portrait.
One of the things that can happen when you're working on retouching a portrait, is that you can create a lot of different layers in Photoshop and these layers can become kind of confusing. So one of the things that I like to do, especially when I'm teaching how to retouch, is to create different groups. And sometimes by grouping your layers together, it can help you organize those layers. And it can also give you a sense of the overall flow, or give you a feel for the road map for how you're going to improve the photograph. With this image we're going to create six different groups.
So let's go ahead and navigate over to the layers panel, and then just click on the group icon right here six times, until you see that you have six groups there. And let's go ahead and collapse all these. We can click on the little icon to close those for now. And go down to group number one. What is the first thing that you want to do when you're retouching a portrait? Well the first thing you want to do is work on the small details, you want to reduce and get rid of any blemishes or distractions. I think of this as traditional retouching, so let's go ahead and double-click the name of this group, and let's name this one retouching.
The next thing that we want to do is get into maybe a specific issue or problem in the image, which is a little bit bigger. It's bigger than those small little things. And with this image, it's brightness. It's the shine. So, I'm going to name this next group shine, or whatever it is that you need to tackle next. And by having different groups, in a way you're sort of saying I'm going to do this thing first, and then that next thing later. Alright, well after that I want to work with light and change some of the lighting that we have here in this photograph. Then after we've changed light, it's time to do some pro level skin smoothing.
So we'll name this next group skin. And then we're going to work on color and creative color. Double-click group five there and change that one to color. Another thing I want to do, is not only have a good and interesting color version of this photograph, but also a black and white version as well. So let's double-click this group name and name this one bw for black and white. Now you won't always need to do this on all of your photographs, but again, when I'm teaching, I like to create these groups because this creates for us a sense of flow, and also a road map for what we're going to be doing with this photograph.
And the next thing that we need to do with this photograph now that we've set up this foundation, is to begin to work on those small details, and we'll do that in the next movie.
- Fixing the foundation in Camera Raw
- Removing blemishes
- Diminishing wrinkles
- Reducing shine
- Improving lighting
- Enhancing color