Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Using selections and Free Transform to rebuild image elements, part of Photoshop for Photographers: Portrait Retouching.
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All right, well here we're going to continue our creative project. You know, part of the reason why we're doing this creative project is because while we're having fun, we're picking up some pretty valuable skills about how we can clean up our pictures. Well, in this case we're doing this to create an interesting effect. You can also use the same techniques in a bit more of a functional way as well and that's especially true with what we're about to do with the lightbulb. Well, on our top layer, the layer which we've named arm, we can make a selection of the lightbulb.
Let's once again use the Lasso tool. With the Lasso tool I want to add a little bit of a feather amount to that. By adding feather it will then just soften the edges. Next we're going to go ahead and make a selection of part of the lightbulb and I'm going to select this part of the lightbulb over here on the right-hand side. In doing that I can then copy this to a new layer. To copy this to a new layer, press Command+J on a Mac or Ctrl+J on Windows. This then reinforces this whole idea of retouching, how you can take something that you have in your frame and use it in a new location.
To use this in a new spot, we'll select the Move tool and here we can then click and move this around. Well, obviously we need to rotate this, right? To do that we'll use free transform. Press Command+T on a Mac or Ctrl+T on Windows and then you can click and rotate this. And by clicking and rotating this and then by positioning this in the right area, we can start to kind of rebuild this part of the lightbulb. We could also warp this to change its overall shape if we needed to do that, and here I'm just going to look to try to modify this a little bit, so I can get that in just the right spot.
Well, all right, now that we've done that, now that we brought in this part of the lightbulb, I also will need to duplicate this once more. So here we'll press Enter or Return. And in this case my lightbulb, I think it's going to little bit to high there, so I'm going to press Command+T and I'm going to click on this registration point and put that near the bottom corner. In this way it rotates around that access point or registration point. All right, that's much better. Next, I'll go ahead and just nudge this around using my arrow keys on the keyboard and then we'll duplicate this again.
Press Command+J on a Mac Ctrl+J on Windows and then here we'll move this to a new spot. Press Command+T to free transform it, and once again, we'll rotate this around just looking to try to rebuild the top of this lightbulb here. After we have this in a nice spot, the last we'll need to do is, we'll need to do some masking to get those edges looking good. Here, we can click on our Add Layer Mask icon and then grab our Brush tool, and with the Brush tool we want to paint with black. We want to use a really soft edge brush.
That's typically true whenever you're masking edges, you want softness there. and for the brush size, we'll make it a little bit bigger. Next, we can go ahead and paint away these areas where we have this extra information or those extra edges there. We can also do this with the underlying layer. Add a mask, and then just work on those little edges to try to make this a little bit better. In doing that we have this top of the lightbulb here, we could move these layers around if we needed to, kind of nudging them around with our arrow keys, or just click in the layers and then you can nudge those around, and then of course, you can always click in the mask and just kind of clean up those edges.
Well, by doing this we rebuilt the top of the lightbulb. It's kind of amazing. So here you have it. There is that before; now here's the after. All right, well there are just a couple more steps I want to take with this creative project, so go ahead and leave this document open, as we'll be working on it in the next movie.
After exploring techniques to improve the overall photo, Chris shares his techniques for reducing wrinkles, enhancing eyes and other facial features, improving hair, and retouching makeup. The course concludes with a look at retouching skin and reshaping portions of a portrait using transformations, the Warp tool, and the Liquify filter.
- Using selections and cloning to remove small distractions
- Removing lint
- Improving skin
- Removing tan lines
- Correcting tone with Curves and masking
- Burning and dodging
- Reducing wrinkles
- Enhancing eyes
- Whitening teeth
- Fixing flyaway hairs
- Adding and changing makeup
- Softening and adding a glow to skin
- Reshaping the body subtly