Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Retouching workflow strategies, part of Photoshop CS3 Portrait Retouching Essentials.
You know just yesterday I was talking with the colleague of mine who is an amazing fashion photographer and an amazing retoucher and I was talking with him about retouching because I was getting excited about this training title. We were talking about retouching and one of the things that he said really stuck with me. He said, "You know Chris, in my own retouching workflow I try to keep things very simple." Now that being said, his retouching is intense, I can't believe what he does in regards to retouching. Yet that really stuck with me.
And I think there's some wisdom to this idea that you need to keep your retouching workflow relatively simple and here's why. Retouching is complex. So what I want to do in this movie is break up our retouching workflow into four segments to give you some overview ideas that will ultimately help you create better images. Alright. Well the first thing that we need to do when we're working on an image is get the color and tone correct. In this particular image on the left we see that there's a color shift. We need to correct that. So here's our before and then our after. Now once our color and tone is correct we can get to cleaning up the image.
We need to clean up second. Clean up before enhance. You know a lot my photography states love the jump to the enhancement becauase that's worth the really visual, impactful stuff happens. That's where the fun actually takes place. The cleanup works a little bit more detail oriented, yet we need to do the cleanup first, before the enhancements. So we need to come up with a roadmap. OK, what do I actually need to clean up? Here are the things I need to clean up and then we need to remove those items. Again here's our before and then here's our after. Simple things that will help make the image much stronger now. Now in regards to the enhancements, there is quite a bit that we can do.
Here's an image that's been completed. Let's take a look at the before. Here's the before and the after quite a bit on this image has been enhanced. Let's deconstruct those. Here a number of things have been corrected on this image and let's go ahead and dig into those particular items. In this case, the original image, you can see that the cheek on the right-hand side needs some work. Here is the after. Again here's the before and the after. A little bit of work with the eyes, a little bit a work with the shadows. That's enhancement. That's not cleaning something up. That's changing something structurally.
Next we're getting to skin and smoothing the skin. You know if I hadn't cleaned up the skin first, my skin smoothing wouldn't have worked very well. So once the image is clean, and I can go on to the enhancement of make it nice and smooth. In this particular before and after, we're working on the eyelashes and the eyebrows. As you can see see here's our before, and here's our after. And then finally we need to do some final, light color and tone and sharpening on the image. And in this case, we can see that and that meant working on the hair a little bit over there on the left and then finally, working on the contouring of the face and the overall tone out of the image. Here's our are before and then our after.
So as you work on your own images keep this in mind, that it's helpful to have a very simple workflow. First you get the light color and tone correct. Next you cleanup the image. Then you get to the enhancements and that's where a lot of the fun happens and then finally on top of all of your retouching, you'd to do some final light, color and tone adjustments in order to kind of connect all of the retouching that you've done. Here are a few more retouching tips for you. In regards to skin, we want a work on texture, on wrinkles and blemishes, and one thing that's important in regards the skin is to reduce and simplify. We want to reduce the texture and wrinkles and blemishes. We don't necessarily want to smooth everything out so it looks fake, but we want to reduce things a little bit so looks a lot better. In regards to hair we want to look for fly aways, for gaps in the hair, work on hair color. Eyes. We want to the work on the whites in the eyes, the brightness of the eye, the color of the eye, the sharpness the eyes. You know eyes are incredibly important. That's one of the first things that people look at in a photograph. So we want our eyes to look really good. Our lips. We want to think about the shape of the lips, makeup lines, teeth. We want to go for subtle lightening. There's nothing worse than someone looking at your image and saying, "Wow, that person has white teeth." That kind of defeats the whole purpose.
So we want to keep our our teeth whitening subtle and simple, but we want to brighten and whiten those teeth. Our eyelashes. We want to burn down some of the detail. Increase a little bit of the density of our of our eyelashes. Eyebrows. We'll probably need to reshape them a little bit, work with fly aways on there and my hope is that this overview of a retouching workflow and that these tips will guide your retouching process and ultimately lead you to creating better photographs.
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
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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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