Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video The art of retouching, part of Photoshop CS3 Portrait Retouching Essentials.
Portrait retouching really is an art and a craft. It's something incredibly special. Now why is that? Well stop to think about this for a moment. Some of the most impactful photographs of all time have been photographs of people. There's something about people photography that draws us in, it resonates with us, it connects with us and in this training title we're going to look how we can make our people photography even better. We're going to approach portrait retouching from a photographic perspective. So I have a couple of photographic thoughts for you.
The first one by Minor White. Minor White once said, "Creativity with portraits involves the invocation of a state of rapport when only a camera stands between two people. It involves mutual vulnerability and mutual trust." And you know, the greatest artists that I know, that come up with the best photographs of people, have this incredible respect for their subject, for their models, for these people that they photograph. Not only while they're photographing but also while they're retouching them, while they're working on them and I hope that we can bring that same thought to our own retouching, because ultimately it will help us create more compelling photographs.
Another thought for you. Henri Cartier Bresson once said, "As time passes by and you look at portraits, people come back to you like a silent echo." Stop and think about that quote for a moment. You know one of the things that this quote has helped me remember is that the portrait photographs that I've taken only become more valuable as more time passes and as more time passes, those photographs become even more valuable. There's something incredibly special about people and about portrait photography.
Another photographic thought for you. John Sexton once said, "An amateur is someone who does something because of passion and in that sense, I will always be an amateur." And what we're going to do in this training title is bring little bit of passion to portrait retouching, because ultimately by bringing this passion, we'll be able to create more compelling images and also get more out of life, because for me photography is about savoring life at 1/100th of a second, just as the famous French photographer Mark Riboud once said.
The goal of this training title is to provide you with some inspiration, some creativity and to give you some conceptual and technical skills that you can apply to your own people photography. My task is to teach you the tools and also give you inspiration for the final outcome. What we're to do is dig into the chock, dig into the tools, dig into Photoshop to really learn how these tools work, but this isn't simply a tool based training tile. It's even more, so we're going to use these tools in order to create compelling art and we're going to bring a little bit of that artistic passion to retouching in order to create more compelling photographs Now what do those photographs actually look like? We'll take a look at some in the next movie.
See you then.
Those wishing to see these skills applied in greater detail may also enjoy Photoshop CS3 Portrait Retouching Techniques.
- Strategizing a retouching workflow
- Correcting color and tone
- Cleaning up images in Camera Raw
- Removing distractions
- Enhancing structure and symmetry
- Reducing and removing wrinkles
- Sculpting facial features and body parts
- Whitening and brightening teeth
- Changing eyes
- Smoothing skin
Skill Level Intermediate
Photoshop CS3 Portrait Retouching Techniqueswith Chris Orwig8h 35m Intermediate
Beyond Skin: Going Deeper with Photoshop CS3with Lee Varis3h 56m Intermediate
1. Retouching Roadmap
2. Correcting Color and Tone
3. Cleaning Up Images in Camera Raw
4. Cleaning Up Images in Photoshop
5. Structural Image Enhancements
6. Reducing and Removing Wrinkles
7. Enhancing Eyes
8. Enhancing Eyelashes and Eyebrows
9. Improving Hair
10. Improving Faces and Bodies
11. Fixing Teeth
12. Improving Makeup
13. Enhancing Skin
14. Softening Skin
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