Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Retouching roadmap: Making notes, part of Photoshop CS3 Portrait Retouching Essentials.
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Before you actually begin to retouch your images, it's a good idea to create a strategy, to create some notes on the image that will guide your retouching. Now there's two reasons why you'd want to do this. One is it's nice to have some notes that guide what you actually do and two, it helps you to evaluate the image before you actually begin to work on the image and I found this to be a critical step. What I want to do in this movie is go through a few images and show you how I would draw on these images in order to make notes for myself so that I can complete the retouching. I'll show a couple of different techniques here. I also want to do this so it can help you begin to think about evaluating images and you can see how I may evaluate images; what I'm going to focus on an order to retouch.
Alright well, in order to create some notes on this particular image, I'll create a new layer by clicking on the New Layer icon and then naming this layer road map. Next, I'll select the Brush tool by pressing the good old B key. Now I'll choose a color from my color picker and I'll choose a nice bright color and click OK. Then I'm going to draw on this image here and one of things that I want to do is thin out in this area over here. So I'll draw some lines there. I'd like to flatten out the stomach just a little bit. Next I think it would be nice to make the legs, the lower portion of the body a little bit longer. So I'll draw some sketch notes here to say that I want to lengthen that and then finally I'll go up to the face here. I notice I have some nice back side lighting there. I'd like to accentuate that, bring a little bit more light into that area and work with that that I already have. Now I've already retouched this image and we'll actually be doing this later. So let's take a look at the final image. So here's the final image. Now you can see how those things came into play. With those notes I made those adjustments. Here's the before and then here's the after.
Alright. Let's take a look at yet another image. This next image is a fashion shot. In this case, rather than drawing on the image, I've added some sticky notes. I'll show those sticky notes by pressing Command+H on a Mac, Control+H on a PC. Now we can see those little sticky notes. I can also choose from the toolbox over here the Sticky Note icon. Now when I go to the sticky notes I can double click them and it says "smooth." I want to smooth the skin out there. Double-click this one. Remove the hair that we're seeing over there in the bottom corner. Fill in color on the makeup.
Work on the color. Saturate the color of those pearls up there. Double click that to be able to view that. To add another sticky note, I would simply click and type away and then to close it, click on the top left icon. Now sticky notes I've found are nice when you're working with multiple people and they need a little bit more description perhaps, above and beyond the doodles on top of the image. Sometimes I'll do both, sometimes I'll just do sticky notes. In other cases I'll just draw on the image. Let's take a look at the after of this image. We can see some of those sticky notes, removing some of the hair, smoothing some of the skin out a little bit, saturating color, filling in color in other places. Again we're seeing how those sticky notes directed the retouching.
Alright let's look at one more image. In this next image we have a nice fashion shot, and there's quite a bit that I want to do in regards to cleaning up this image. There isn't a ton in regards to enhancements, it's mostly clean up. So I'm going to create a new layer, this time by pressing Shift+Command+N on the Mac, Shift+Control+N on the PC, and then with the Brush tool, press B on the keyboard, I'm going to circle some areas that I want a work on. So I need to remove those areas. The background color is problematic. So I'll just put some dashes on the background to draw my attention to those areas. Next I'm going to double click the Zoom tool. What that will do is take this image to 100% and then with the spacebar I'll move around the image. Now that I'm zoomed in this far I can see that I have a number of other problem areas that I need to work on. There's piece of dust on this particular slide I need to work on. Some background problems there.
Change my brush size by pressing the left bracket key. I need to work on a bunch of areas in the skin. Remove that zipper there. Remove this tag. Down on the hand there's so little bit of texture I'd like to work on. And some problems in the background. And now I continue going through the image, making notes. Command + minus to zoom out a little that so we can see what we have here so far. OK so far, so good. Again, this is on a separate layer, so I can turn it on and off to see the before and after. Now let's see what the retouching looks like.
When we turn on the retouching layer and zoom into 100%, we can see that those were the targeted areas. Let me turn off my circles here and look at our before and after, and you can see how the circled areas helped direct or guide that particular retouching. Again I'll turn them on and we can see our before and after. There's even a little bit more that I didn't circle, which is important in regards to retouching. Yet my intent here is to help you to begin to think about how you want to focus in on problem areas. Write some notes on your images before you begin so that that will guide your retouching.
Those wishing to see these skills applied in greater detail may also enjoy Photoshop CS3 Portrait Retouching Techniques.
- Strategizing a retouching workflow
- Correcting color and tone
- Cleaning up images in Camera Raw
- Removing distractions
- Enhancing structure and symmetry
- Reducing and removing wrinkles
- Sculpting facial features and body parts
- Whitening and brightening teeth
- Changing eyes
- Smoothing skin
Skill Level Intermediate
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1. Retouching Roadmap
2. Correcting Color and Tone
3. Cleaning Up Images in Camera Raw
4. Cleaning Up Images in Photoshop
5. Structural Image Enhancements
6. Reducing and Removing Wrinkles
7. Enhancing Eyes
8. Enhancing Eyelashes and Eyebrows
9. Improving Hair
10. Improving Faces and Bodies
11. Fixing Teeth
12. Improving Makeup
13. Enhancing Skin
14. Softening Skin
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