Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Organizing the layers of the image and cleaning up, part of Photoshop CS4 Retouching: Fashion Photography Projects.
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Now that we've made our way through this photograph, there are only a handful more things that we want to do at this particular image. So far the image is looking really good. One thing that I want to do is zoom in a little bit and look at my overall before and after. I can do that by holding down the Option key on a Mac, Alt key on a PC, and clicking on the eye icon in the background layer. So here is my before and then my after. Well, so far so good. We've improved the image. We'll zoom out a little bit more, so you can see that pulled back. Here is our before and after. We want to do that in a sense to try to see what we've done so far, and I'm noticing a few things. One of the things that I'm noticing is I want to work on the overall color and tone, I want to work on the tone and color of the lips a little bit more. In addition, I missed something. There are a couple of wrinkles down here on the neck. I originally left those in because I don't want the image to be too perfect, but now at this stage, now that the skin looks so good and the color and tone look so good, I realize I need to clean that up.
So I'm going to create one more layer. I'll press Shift+Command+N on a Mac, Shift+Ctrl+N on a PC. I'm going to call this layer wrinkles. Next, I'll grab my Healing Brush tool. I'll press the J key to select that tool. Make sure I have Aligned turned on, Sample All Layers. I'll zoom in a bit. Then what I'm going to do is make my brush about the size of the wrinkles or so, and I'm just going to make my way through here. Now, the nice thing about working on this area is that it's all out of focus, so it's pretty easy. I just don't want the skin to look too blotchy. Let me go ahead and make my brush nice and big, sample a nice clean area up here and slowly bring some of that clean area down, just to try to get rid of some of the darkness in there and just clean that up a bit.
Well, that's pretty simple and we've seen stuff like that before, but just something that I had to do with this image. Then I'll zoom out. Here is my before and after, just taking those wrinkles out. Then I'll lower my Opacity, so I have a little bit of that shape there on the neck, but they're pulled back. Well, that looks nice. Well, the next thing that I want to do is start to evaluate my layers. So I'll go ahead and turn off the eye icons of all of these layers, and then I want to organize things a bit too. So we have some of our cleanup work. Our cleanup work looks really nice and we've done some shadows and overall lips, and that's looking pretty good.
I will actually stop probably right about there. I'm going to then group these layers together. This I'm going to call my initial clean up, where I work on the overall tone and some of the cleanup work. So I'll click on my topmost layer, hold down the Shift key, click on that bottom clean up layer, then press Command+G on a Mac, Ctrl+G on a PC. We'll name this group clean up. Next, I have a bunch of layers for my lips. So there is one lips layer, then there is lips color, lips tone, and then we have a little bit more on the lips there, adding a little bit of hue into that adjustment. I'll go ahead and close that there.
Okay. Well, great. Well, let's click in that topmost layer. Hold down the Shift key, click in the bottommost layer. Then on a Mac Command+G, on a PC Ctrl+G. We'll name this lips. This way it will be much more easy to work on our layers. Then we have some of these dimension layers, adding a little bit to the cheeks there and then a little bit of dimension there. Well, great. We'll click in this topmost layer and then the bottom one. Hold down the Shift key when we make that click. So Shift-click both of those layers and then press Command+G on a Mac, Ctrl+G on a PC. We'll call this dimension. Again, the nice thing about this is that as we click this on and off, let's say that, you know what, I just don't like the darkening that happened up here on the forehead. I'm going to bring this up so we can see it a little bit more.
When I turn this on and off, it's too dark up there for me. Well, no big deal, I'll add a mask to this entire group. I'll click on the Add Layer Mask icon. I'll paint with black. Then what I can do is mask away that particular adjustment --let's go all the way up to 100%-- that I made where it affected the forehead. It's just a nice quick way to modify a bunch of layers underneath. So now here we have our before and after, just affecting the lower portion of the face. Again, if it's a little bit too strong right there, I can take it out. Here is my before and after. So it just gives me so much flexibility with these layers that I have already made.
Okay. Well, great. Let's do a little bit more organizational work. Here we have some curves for the eyebrows. That's a little bit too strong, isn't it? Let's lower the Opacity there a bit. Here is our before and after. Keep that nice and simple. Then we have a little bit more adjustments to eyes and then a little bit brightness in those eyes. Then finally, some wrinkle work down below. So let's call this group here. We'll go ahead and click in the bottom layer, hold down the Shift key, click on the top layer, and press Command+G and call this group eyes, because it's basically her eyes and her eyebrows. We can turn this on and off. Then I'm just going to leave this wrinkles layer as is because it doesn't really belong anywhere and I may need to access that at some point.
All right. Well, now that I've evaluated my photograph, cleaned it up a little bit, and I have also started to cleanup my layer so that I can handle what I've done and look at what I've done, really evaluate it with a critical eye with my before and after and say, okay, yeah, I'm going in a pretty good progression. The next thing that we need to do is come up with some different color treatments or work on the overall color and tone. We'll start to do that in the next movie.
- Reducing shadows around the eyes and face
- Enhancing and smoothing skin
- Adding makeup to eyes, lips, and cheeks
- Improving details by adding light and shadow
- Modifying face and body shapes
- Brightening and straightening teeth for a perfect smile
- Creating dynamic images with creative color techniques
- Blending images of live subjects and products