Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Softening the background, part of Photoshop CS3 Portrait Retouching Techniques.
What I want to do in the next couple of movies is look at how we can soften some of the elements of our image.…In this particular movie, I want to look at how we can soften some of the details of the background.…Let's zoom in on the background for a moment.…One of the things you will notice there is you see quite a bit of the grain structure or the pixel structure,…and I want to soften that out, yet I don't want to soften the image itself.…So check out what we're going to do here.…We're going to merge all of our underlying layers to New Layer.…Shift option Command+E to do that, and let's name this layer bg for background.…Next, navigate to the Select menu and choose Color Range.…
What I'm going to do here is click on a background color of the image, in this case blue.…I'm going to grab the Eye Dropper which has the + icon next to it, and I'm just going to click around the image.…This will give me a relatively good selection of the background.…Now, it's not perfect, yet that's OK, I don't need a perfect selection.…
- 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
Photoshop CS3 Portrait Retouching Essentialswith Chris Orwig10h 18m Intermediate
Beyond Skin: Going Deeper with Photoshop CS3with Lee Varis3h 56m Intermediate
1. Creative Portrait Retouch
2. Headshot Portrait Retouch
3. Three-Quarter Portrait Retouch
4. Full Body Portrait Retouch
5. Wedding Retouch: The Bride
6. Wedding Retouch: The Cover Shot
7. Reversing the Aging Process
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