Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding the basics, part of Photoshop CS3 Portrait Retouching Techniques.
One of the things it as absolutely essential to retouching is shortcuts. It's essential that you know how to use shortcuts so that you can do your retouching quickly. Because of you can't do your retouching quickly, you're probably not going to get very far. So in this particular movie, what I want to do is just highlight a couple of shortcuts here that I think will be valuable for you to know. Maybe you want to write these down because I'll be using them throughout the training. Well the first one has to do with the brush size. When you have the Brush tool you can press the right and left bracket keys to change the actual brush size.
In the same way if you press Shift plus left bracket, the brush becomes softer. Shift plus right bracket makes a brush harder. Next, you can change the brush opacity by simply pressing a number on the keypad. Now I'm going to do this throughout the training. I'll be painting away or working on a mask and all of the sudden, I'll hit the 3 key that will take my brush opacity to 30%. Or I'll hit the 8 key. That will then take my brush opacity to 80%. Now this is only true when you have the brush selected. Now on the other hand, let's say you have the Move tool selected and you clicked in a layer, and then if you press a number on the keyboard that would actually change the opacity on that layer. All right. Another important shortcut for you has to do with the color picker, the good old toolbox. Now let's say you have a couple colors in your color picker and you need to take it to the default black and white, press the D key. Now let's say you're working on a mask and you know that black conceals and white reveals.
Well you need to flip between black and white quite often, and that's really common in masking. The X key will actually switch black-and-white so it will switch your foreground and your background color. So when you're working on a mask a lot of times, the first thing you do is press the D key and then you're hitting the X, painting, painting, the X key, painting, hitting the X key. You get the gist. Another thing that's really important is when working on a mask is to Option-click or Alt-click the mask. Option-click for a Mac. Alt-click for PC. That'll actually show your mask in black-and-white form right in the document window. A lot of times it's helpful to see the mask so you can see if you have any problem areas. A couple more shortcuts for you in regards to zooming.
On a Mac if you press Command+plus, on a PC Control+plus, you can zoom in, and then Command or Control+minus to zoom out. And then here's another shortcut for you. If you hold down the Option on a Mac, Alt key on the PC, and use your scroll wheel, that is if you have one, you can actually zoom in. and that will really help you out as are working on your images. Yet another shortcut for you. This is a navigation shortcut. Once you've zoomed in, a lot of times you need to reposition the image. Well you do that by pressing the spacebar. That gives you access to the Hand tool. You can then push on the image and reposition it.
Another shortcut for you has to do with Full Screen View mode. Press F multiple times to toggle through the different Full Screen View modes. It's critical that you're at Full Screen View mode so you can really focus in on the image. Now the last shortcut is the longest shortcut. Yet probably one of the most important shortcuts. As you're working on a particular image, you'll have a number of different layers. Now a lot of times what you'll want to do is merge those layers together because you just have too many layers and the best way to merge I've found is to merge to the top of your layers. So here's what you do.
You click in your topmost layer, and then on a Mac, you press Shift+Option+Command+E. On a PC press Shift+Alt+Control+E. Now this shortcut may not make much sense just yet. Yet write this one down, because it's an incredibly important shortcut when you're retouching your images, and I'm going to be using this quite often. Well, I hope that this brief overview of these few shortcuts has been helpful.
- 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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