Join Jan Kabili for an in-depth discussion in this video Softening skin, part of Photoshop CS4 Essential Training.
Softening a subject skin smoothes out any remaining imperfections and makes the…subject look more pleasing overall.…I've done a lot of retouching on this image which is now face_7.psd, and that…means I have a lot of different layers here in the Layers panel.…I'm going to soften this model's skin by applying a filter.…I want to be sure to impact all of the different changes that I've made to the image so far.…So I'm going to make a composite layer of all of the layers below and apply…the softening filter to that composite, because a filter can only affect one layer at a time.…
So I hold down the Option key on the Mac or the Alt key on the PC and I'll…click and I'll choose Merge Visible, and that adds a layer above the top layer,…which I had selected.…The new layer I'm going to rename soften by double-clicking the layer name,…typing in a new name, and pressing Return.…I'm going to go to the Filter menu, and from there I'm going to convert the…soften layer for Smart Filters.…I like to use Smart Filters because when I do that, I can always come back in…
- Learning and customizing the interface and workspace
- Utilizing various manual and guided selection techniques
- Working with Adobe Camera Raw
- Adding special effects with layer styles and Smart Filters
- Creating Photomerge panoramas
- Optimizing photos for the web and creating web galleries
Skill Level Beginner
Q: How can artwork be transferred from Photoshop CS4 to Illustrator CS4 without the background?
A: Save the image in Photoshop’s native PSD format. The background in Photoshop must be transparent, meaning there should be no background layer. (To remove a background layer, move your artwork to a separate layer by selecting and copying the content, minus the background, to a new layer, and then delete the background layer. A checkboard pattern behind your image indicates transparent pixels.)
Q: How do I retouch an image I have of an old photograph I scanned?
A: There are a few courses that address image restoration. Check out the Photoshop CS4 Portrait Retouching Essential Training course, and for problems dealing specifically with old photographs, watch the Restoration movies in chapter 15 of the Enhancing Digital Photography with Photoshop CS2. Additionally, learn how to research and date photos with our Growing and Sharing Your Family Tree course.
Q: A client has asked for artwork to be delivered as JPEGs or BMP files in 16-bit format. In Photoshop CS4, there does not appear to be an option to save an image as a 16-bit JPEG. Is there a way to save JPEG files as 16-bit in Photoshop?
A: Unfortunately, JPEGs cannot be saved in 16 bit. JPEGs, by nature, are 8-bit. So if you open a high-bit image into Photoshop CS4, you will see no option in any of the save dialog boxes to save the file as a JPEG. You would first have to convert the image to 8 bit (by choosing Image > Mode > 8 bits/channel) and then save it as an 8-bit JPEG. If you open a high-bit image into Photoshop CS5, you will see the option to save it as a JPEG in the Save, Save As, and Save for Web dialog boxes. But the JPEG will not be saved as 16-bit. Instead, Photoshop will downsample it to 8-bit for you before saving it as JPEG.
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Photoshop CS4: Image Adjustments in Depthwith Jan Kabili3h 46m Intermediate
Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Advancedwith Deke McClelland20h 57m Intermediate
Photoshop CS4 Portrait Retouching Essential Trainingwith Chris Orwig12h 23m Intermediate
1. The Interface
6. Photo Manipulation
7. Photo Adjustments
8. Photo Retouching
9. Raw Processing in Adobe Camera Raw
12. Special Effects
13. Combining Images
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