Join Timothy Sexton for an in-depth discussion in this video Refining the lips with Liquify, part of Photoshop Retouching Techniques: Beauty Portraits.
Now we are going to take a look at these lips and we are just going to clean them up a touch, and just make the shape a little bit nicer than it already is. So let's zoom on in here, and let's see what we have to do. Okay, the first thing I am going to want to do is I am just going to want to clean up this Vermilion border along here, and just make it a little bit tighter than it is right now. So I am just going to take my Clone Stamp and I am just going to lightly and very lightly because I don't want to make the lips look like they are cut out. I just want to a clean up these little bit of smudges that are falling on to the skin, falling outside that Vermillion border.
Okay, just really, really lightly. And let's clean up this inside here the lip, because it looks like a little bit of spittle. So let's just go in there and clean that up. Okay, there we go. And now we are just going to give it a touch of shape right here, just to kind of like define this cupids bow here. So let's just get a marquee, just take this whole big area right here and Shift+Command+X, and we're going to just push down really slightly. Got a nice brush here. It's a little too big.
Okay, I am just going to push down slightly and just lift this up just a little bit. Now her head is kind of tilted, so it makes sense that this part of the lip is going in that direction, but we just kind of want to enhance it just a little bit, just to sort of bring out the fullness and the niceness of her lips. Just push up a little bit over here. Push up a little bit here. Let's zoom out a bit and just push up a little bit more right here.
And let's take a look at that. Commit to it, so Command+H to hide, and now let's zoom out and let's Command+Z that a couple of times. It's just very, very subtle and it just really kind of brings out her lips in a nice way. Deselect that and let's zoom back in, and while I was doing that, I noticed this little bit of saliva in her mouth here. That's what we are going to want to clean up a bit. And we are going to leave her teeth as it is because we don't really want to make those pop out. They are in shadow, and let's leave them there, but we're going to kind of even out that bottom tooth right there.
Teeth can be very similar to eyes in that sense, that you could make your model look really, really crazy by making them too wide or to pronounced, so we are definitely going to stay away from that, especially on this one. Just pick up that piece right there. Okay, so it's a really, really slight little move. It wasn't that much to do it all, and it definitely just sort of helps bring out her lips a little bit better. So just go back in time and see what we did. So we are right about up here, and let's just Command+Z that a couple of times. It's just such a small little move and it makes such a big difference in the overall quality, which is what we're doing right now with the refinement.
It's just these little, little details that's just really going to bring our image to life. Now that we are in a good spot with our brows, eyes and lips, we are going to do an overall pass just to check any more refinement that we need to do.
Next, Timothy delves into several core aspects of retouching—skin, hair, clothing, and body shaping—providing real-world insights and Adobe Photoshop techniques. The course describes ways to enhance eyes and lips, selectively sharpen portions of a photo to draw attention to them, use masks to change the color of clothing, and more. The course concludes with details on how to evaluate your work.
- Working on color, contrast, and tone
- Managing layers
- Removing imperfections with the Clone Stamp and Quick Mask tools
- Using soft and hard brushes to clean up hair
- Refining the eyes and brows
- Plumping lips with Liquify
- Finalizing the color
- Finishing with Dodge and Burn