Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Reducing wrinkles with Burn and Dodge, part of Photoshop CS3 Portrait Retouching Techniques.
Welcome back. We are now ready to begin some more cleanup on this image and we are going to do that with some Burning and Dodging, Shift+Command+N on a Mac, Shift+Ctrl+N on a PC to create a new layer, name this layer Burn and Dodge. We will take our blend mode to good old Soft Light filled with Soft Light neutral color 50% gray. We are going to do that in case we want to use these Burn and Dodge tools. In my case, I am not going to use these tools but I am going to have that there in case I want to use them later. I am going to select my Brush tool, zoom in. And I am going to paint with white at about 10% opacity so I am pressing 10 on the keyboard to paint with 10% opacity.
What I am looking to do is to minimize some of the shadows zoom out a little bit, a little bit bigger brush, different areas, want to soften the shadows. In a photography, a lot of times what we'd like to do is to fill in light. So we'll use a fill card or reflector to fill in light to areas like this underneath that. In this particular instance, we are going to brighten up the shadow under the neck a little bit and we are going to do that because we are thinking about retouching this image from a photographic perspective.
So let's go ahead and brighten up the shadow. Let's keep doing that in order to diminish that shadow just a little bit. We're in after so far so good, before and after. We are making progress. You know, one of the things I like to do as I am making these big broad retouching attempts is to blur out my brush strokes. I am not quite ready to do that just yet but I will be in a second. What we will do is we will just soften things, blend it together a little bit.
Then, I have a nice blended layer that I can do some of my detail work on top of. Okay, so a little bit rough here, that's okay because I am about to blend this. Once I get this fixed up almost there, I will navigate to my Filter menu, Filter, Blur, Gaussian Blur, that's going to bring all of these together, anything that looked a little smudgy which a few area did, we'll look at now before and after.
That looks nice so far so good. And then I am going to lower the opacity a little bit here, click before and after, just wanting to brighten up some of those dark areas. Let's look at our before and after evaluate for going in a good direction for the most part. And it looks like right here, I didn't do that nice of a job. So I am going to take my opacity up here and click on my Color Picker and choose 50% brightness. And I am painting with 50% brightness at 100%, so I press 0 on the keyboard to go in 100%.
It will take away or remove that effect in that area. before and after, the rest of the image is looking pretty good. A couple other areas I want to just back it off on. So I am going to locally bring that back, and before now and after, that looks much nicer. Okay, we need to do another Burn and Dodge layer, Shift+Command+N on the Mac, Shift+Ctrl+N on the PC. We'll name this layer Burn and Dodge Details. Next, we are going to zoom in on the image.
We are going to get into these wrinkles here, nice small brush, blend mode of Overlay. And we are going to go and paint with white, paint white at 10%. What we are going to do is remove these wrinkles that we see here, before and after, reducing those guys, so far so good, before and after. Let's go over this other side of the face, remove any brightness there we want to get rid of, same thing, some of the wrinkles under the eye.
Let's go down to the nose and the corner of the mouth. Go to 50% brightness there. I made a mistake so I need to fix that up, take the opacity up a little bit and brighten that up a little bit too much. And that looks a little bit better. Okay, let's go down to the neck, deal with these wrinkles. We are going to zoom way in on these guys, nice small brush.
We are going to go to 10% opacity and paint with white. So what I am looking to do is to just brighten up these wrinkles a little bit. I am trying to follow the direction of the wrinkle. I am going to press the Spacebar key down quite often to reposition the image. So I will press the Spacebar key and now move the image and then keep painting these wrinkles away. And I am working pretty quickly and I am also really paying attention to follow the direction of the wrinkle moving around the image, retouching this little by little. Now, one of the things that I need to keep in mind is as I do this is it may not look good.
So I am going to zoom out a little bit and evaluate this, okay, it's looking pretty good. I will try a larger brush size just by way of comparison. As I do that, that's not going to look very good at all, it's going to be much too strong. I also try retouching with a large brush size and then paint in a different direction in the wrinkles. So when I paint in a different direction, so in this case I am going to paint in a direction, it's not going to look good, things look really crossed up, they don't look very strong. So I need to undo that and I will press Command+Z on a Mac, Ctrl+Z on a PC, or I will click on the Color Picker icon and choose 50% my brightness and then I will paint with 50% brightness which essentially acts to erase anything that I have done.
Let's look at before and after, so far so good, we are going in a nice direction. This is a little bit too strong in here, I've got a little over ambitious moving too quickly there and now let's look at our before and after, that looks nice, that's a little bit more realistic on that one. I am just painting with 50% greater back of the effect. Overall, let's see how we are doing here. We'll lower this one down just a tad bit. And here's our before and after, before and after working to even out tone as much as we can.
Come back to this major Burn and Dodge layer, and I am going to paint with white to brighten up some of the larger areas now that I have worked on some of the smaller areas. Bring some brightness back to the image a few places. Alright, well, we have just about wrapped up our work here. We want to make this nice and bright and white, remove, remove, remove, clean this up as much as we can.
Alright, overall, before and after, before and after, we have made the skin much more smooth. We are going in an excellent direction, so far so good. Last thing that I want to do here is just blur these layers just a tad bit, blend things together. I'll prevent any smudge in the skin especially because I am going quick today, right, filter, blur, and Gaussian blur, just like how that just will make those, it seems to have a little bit more feather into them, click OK. And overall, before and after, and that wraps up our basic cleanup.
- 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
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