Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Softening the image, part of Photoshop CS3 Portrait Retouching Techniques.
What we are going to do is we are going to add a little bit of a softness to this image so it has an ethereal effect as well as apply really cool color and tone effect. Alright let's merge everything to a new layer shift option command E and name this layersoft. Next we are going to navigate to our Filter drop down and you blur and choose Gaussian Blur. Yes believe it or not we are going to apply Gaussian Blur to the image Click OK. Now we are going to hold down the Option key on a Mac Alt key on the PC and click on the Add Layer Mask icon.
Next with our Brush tool we are going to paint with white and I am going to paint 50% opacity to add some really tense smoothing to the skin. And I want to add it just to some specific areas, zoom in a little bit here. And I want the hare to have too much this softness. 20% there for the eyebrows, nose a little bit. Let's take our brush opacity to 50% by pressing 5 on the keyboard and then make the brush a little bit bigger by pressing the right bracket key and then paint on the background.
And what I am looking to do here is to soften up some of the details of the background and I am using a bigger brush because these larger areas of skin on background I can get away with it. I will actually increase my brush size even more and I am going to increase it by pressing the right bracket key and then paint around the image because I am looking to try to create this ethereal effect and I have a soft edge brush that's going to soften up all of these edges and make this image look really nice. Alright let's look at before and after very nice make sure we are not softening the lips so I will paint with black it 100% make sure we don't have any softening on the eyes but there is nice and sharp.
Alright the image is now soft and smooth and ethereal before and after make sure that's looking good over the opacity a little bit here we don't want to go quite that far with it, before and after, nice okay. Next thing I want to do is I want to apply unique color and tone look to this image so I am going to create a new layer and I am going to create a hue saturation adjustment layer desaturate this all the way. Now you have seen this effect before having here.
What we are going to do next is take this to our blend mode of soft right now that's kind of interesting, right that's where we get that really punchy look there, nice muted tones. I am going to click in this layer I am going to lower this because I don't want to be quite so intense and then I want to modify even further. Couple of different ways I can modify this. One is double click this layer in advanced blending I can bring back some of the detail my blacks you can kind of see the effect as pulled off in those blacks. I want to bring those up just a little bit also in my whites it's more dominant there with this image right and then split those sliders that way I have this transition that can dial in how much the effect I actually want and click OK.
Now here is our before and after with that interesting muted color and tone effect. Another way we could do that is click on our adjustment layer icon and choose black and white and dial in a black and white mix that we want here, make mine a little bit darker this time, click OK. Next take this a blend mode of Soft Lights. Again we have that really interesting color and look. I like this one a little bit better. I like that high contrast look.
Now if I want to bring back some of my blacks one way to do that would be to click on the Adjustment Layer icon choose Levels bring up our output levels there click OK and then hold down the Option key on the Mac, Alt key on a PC and apply that adjustment to the layer immediately below it. Look it up, before and after just bring it back some of the detail in the blacks zoom it on the eyes so you can see what I am referring to, before and after so that will print a little bit better, won't it, now that we have that effect. Alright well that wraps up our work on softening the skin and adding this unique color and tone.
Let's take a look at how we are doing so far overall. Here is our before and after very good let's keep going I will see you in the next movie.
- 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
Photoshop CS3 Creative Photographic Techniqueswith Chris Orwig10h 58m 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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