Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Simplifying backgrounds, part of Photoshop CS3 Portrait Retouching Essentials.
In this movie we will be looking at another situation where you need to reduce…and simplify background elements that are distracting.…We are going to be working on the photograph titled jmaisel.…Go and double click that to open it inside of Photoshop.…I've to go to full screen view mode.…Now, this is a portrait that I took of J. Maisel.…We were walking and we were talking, and I noticed that there were these big windows, and I thought oh, window light,…J. Maisel, natural light, I got to snap a shot of him.…I said Jay, can I take a quick photo?…He said sure.…He is wearing his backpack, which is a little bit awkward, and so I just said hey, stand in front of this pole,…and just a quick snapshot, it took two seconds.…
But it was important for me, because this guy has influenced me photographically.…Yet when I got the image I said, great, it captures a great expression,…but there are some background elements that are distracting.…The backpack he is wearing is a little bit awkward as well, but I'm just going to live with that,…
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
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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