Join Timothy Sexton for an in-depth discussion in this video Working on color, contrast, and tone, part of Photoshop Retouching: Beauty Portraits.
Now that we are at the proper depth and size, we'll begin to get to know our image by understanding …where its light source is coming from. …Using the adjustment curve, I'm going to click on the quarter tone and crank it up slowly …making the whole image lighter. …I am going to be looking for where the light is coming in its strongest, its source. …I want to see how the light affects the image as I move it up lighter and lighter, and then …I'll do the same thing with the three-quarter tone, but this time crank it down to see where …the shadow falls and how it creeps into the mid tones. …So just by hitting Option+Command+N I'll be getting myself an adjustment curve, and right …up here in the quarter tone, I'm going to be just lifting it up just slowly and just …feeling where that light is coming in, and okay and now I'll do the same thing with a …three-quarter tone by pulling it down, and I'm looking for problem areas as I'm doing …this as well. I'm looking where the highlights are getting too blown out and where the shadows …
Next, Timothy delves into several core aspects of retouching—skin, hair, clothing, and body shaping—providing real-world insights and Adobe Photoshop techniques. The course describes ways to enhance eyes and lips, selectively sharpen portions of a photo to draw attention to them, use masks to change the color of clothing, and more. The course concludes with details on how to evaluate your work.
- Working on color, contrast, and tone
- Managing layers
- Removing imperfections with the Clone Stamp and Quick Mask tools
- Using soft and hard brushes to clean up hair
- Refining the eyes and brows
- Plumping lips with Liquify
- Finalizing the color
- Finishing with Dodge and Burn