Join Nigel French for an in-depth discussion in this video Portrait retouching using the Camera Raw filter, part of Photoshop for Designers: Filters.
- The Camera Raw filter can be used for portrait retouching. I'm not talking about high-end fashion and beauty retouching but rather just a few quick, simple moves to achieve a more flattering portrait. Let's begin by converting the background layer to a smart object. I'll right or Control-click on that. And then come to the Filter menu and choose Camera Raw Filter. I'll start out with some spot removal. Let's increase my view size.
And then hold down the Space bar to move around the image. It might help to turn on Visualize Spots, and I can use this slider to dial in where the spots are, and I'm talking, in this case, about the freckles. And let me just add the disclaimer here, I have nothing against freckles. I'm doing this as an exercise. I only want to remove the largest of them. So, with Visualize Spots still left on, if I press my right bracket, I go bigger, left bracket, smaller, so I'm just adjusting my brush size as necessary, moving over these freckles and brushing them away, and you can see where the clone sample is being taken from.
It won't always work out the way you want it to. In some cases, you may need to just adjust where the source is coming from. So, you can work either with Visualize Spots turned on or off and it's sometimes useful to go back and forth between the two. I could also use this technique to try and soften the neckline here. And in all of these instances, I'm healing as opposed to cloning.
Let's just turn off the overlay, and how about we preview our before and after by pressing the P key. There's the before, there's the after. I'll turn my overlay back on, and now I'm gonna move to my adjustment brush, to do some skin softening. Here, I'm going to start with the Clarity turned all the way down, and the Sharpness, let's go up to 35, so Clarity and Sharpness, there's a tension between the two, we need to find the right combination of the two.
Noise reduction, let's take that down to zero, and everything else is the way I want it. Right bracket to make my brush bigger, and then I'll start painting over the skin area. Now, first of all, I just want to lay down a mask, and it's gonna be easier if I see this. So, I'll check the Mask checkbox. If I scroll down in my list of options, also I'm gonna turn on Auto Mask.
So, I'm making the mask of the skin areas, avoiding the eyebrows, the eyes, and the mouth. Auto Mask is useful in that it's preventing me from painting outside the lines, but at the same time, it's also preventing me from filling in the mask, as in this area around the eye.
So, we're gonna come back and add that in, just as soon as I've got the basic mask built up. Okay, so now I'll turn off Auto Mask, and that's just gonna make it easier to fill those areas in.
If you need to erase any of the mask, hold down the Option or Alt key, and that will switch you to the Subtract brush. Okay, so now that we've established the mask, now I actually need to see it as a mask, so I'm gonna turn that off, and there's the effect of the minus 100 Clarity and the plus 35 Sharpness. Let's see the before and after on that.
There's the before, the before and after also includes the removal of the freckles. The before. And the after. Now, if you think that's a little too extreme, which I do, we can then, just making sure that we have this pen selected, we can just dial down those amounts. So, I'm gonna come down to minus 50 and I'm gonna take the sharpening to plus 25.
Let's do a before and after on that. There's the before. There's the after. We'll commit to that. And there we see the changes in Photoshop attached to the Smart Filter layer. Before and after.
- Understanding the importance of Smart Filters
- Sharpening with filters
- Creative use of filter blend modes
- Painting in the effect of a filter using filter masks
- Combining filters
Skill Level Intermediate
2. Sharpening: What Every Designer Needs to Know
3. Blurring for Effect
4. Artistic Filters
5. Brush Strokes Filters
6. Working with the Distort Filters
7. Effective Use of the Pixelate Filters
8. Using the Render Filters
9. Creative Use of the Sketch Filters
10. Working with the Stylize Filters
11. Using the Texture Filters
13. Applying Camera Raw as a Filter
12. Creative Use of the "Big" Filters
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