Portrait Retouching


10 Things Lightroom Users Need in Photoshop


Lesson Info

Portrait Retouching

Portrait retouching so this is this is a fairly common one, too, and that's why I included it right up front is light room has some some good portrait retouching tools and there's a lot of things you can do. And so what I hope to show you here is where that would stop and were we'd want to move on. So I think part of that is also to show you what you can do in light room just so that you know it. So when it comes to retouching let's, go let's, jump to this photo here, go to the developed module and the adjustment brush. Well, let us do a lot of our basic portrait retouching, and I'll preface all this by saying, if you're making if you're doing beauty and fashion retouching for high end, forget everything I'm about to show you. Okay, you're going to go to photo shop, in fact, it's a badge of honor you're getting paid by the hour. It's actually a badge of honor to say this one took me thirteen hours to retouch you want the time? So if you're part of that crew, stop watching. Forget about...

all this stuff, this is for the people that are taking portrait's who don't get paid for the retouching. It's considered part of it you'd never be able to say oh yeah you know the session for years to fifty and if you like your photos retouch that's another two fifty you can't do it so this is for those who don't get paid for um so let's go in and we'll zoom in here to the eyes and if you go to your adjustment brush this is this is a pretty powerful little basic retouching tool inside a light room I think about think about the most common things we'd want to do to a portrait all right, right in the eyes bright and slash white in the teeth and maybe soften the skin you can do all those at its basic level here inside of light room so for the eyes I could increase the exposure and take that brush tool just paint just like that and then you can control that's the nice part about it and go to exposure slider and change it creepy she's the girl that calls you all day um but you can change it after the fact ok, you could stack expose you could stack adjustments so I could click knew and I could maybe increased the saturation and maybe even the sharpness a little bit and just paints right inside there. If you want to work with the color, you can go to your white balance greenish I could go a little bit more blue where they need to but you can stack those on top of each other so there's a lot of stuff that you can do if you think about teeth so let's click new again what what would we normally want to do? The teeth some bright ning but usually not brightening it's usually whitening and whitening is very different from brightening so don't crank up the exposure slider you reduce the saturation a little bit okay don't reduce the saturation toe minus one hundred because then you just get great teeth so just reduce it twenty thirty percent and you can add a tiny bit of exposure and it's instant crest whitening strips she uses the mouthwash to she's got the whole kit and then she left it on for a week but you can adjust these things based on the photo nice part about this is if you go appear to the effect menu number one you'll see that there's some pre sets up their teeth whitening softened skin iris enhance but you can also save percent things so if you come up with their whitening settings that work for you just save him as a preset all right? So that's that's some of the basic stuff that we can do inside of light room let's talk about where where light room is going to start to fall apart a little bit um it'll do well at a simple level for some, some basic skins moving all right, you've got our our retouching tool here, it's, the spot removal tool and that's a little bit weird because if you hover over it's called the spot removal tool it's actually not just for spots it's a brush it's, a cloning and healing brush and the way it works is you've got a clone option or hell um, so you could go over here and just click on that and then the nice part about it is it has opacity. You'll want to leave things like this at one hundred percent capacity because obviously she knows she's got some type of a beauty mark there you don't wanna remove it totally, but you could just reduce the capacity a little bit, uh another tiny little blemish right there, eh? So you could do things like that? Another one is just under the eyes. What I'll do here is just paint and this one's important if you do it at one hundred percent capacity obviously looks like there's a patch under there, but if you reduce it, you're able to kind of just tone that down just a little bit here's where it starts to to fall apart a little bit is light room needs a source within the photo and that's different from photo shop you know we've heard of the content aware stuff in photo shop where content aware we'll look at what you're fixing and photo shop and it looks at the photo looks all this stuff around and it comes up with a patch or light room like room needs something in the photo all right can it won't come up with its own thing so you could see what it's sourced from over here which is actually good because I've done I've done demos where for some reason I paint under the eyes and it like sources from the eye over here which is actually a really interesting gag to play on someone is there we go put another eye in the middle of the forehead but but that's the difference is is light room's gonna have to source from something in the photo and if there's nothing really good to pull from that's where it's not gonna work so good and then one other one is the adjustment russian side of light room um clarity if I paint clarity on to someone skin and crank it up to one hundred it's obviously going to make it look bad it enhances the shadows and everything right but if you take clarity the opposite way it'll soften so it's not a bad quick skin softening in fact a lot of people use that that's one that I would say you don't even really have to go into photo shop for so we talked about the eyes as being one to go to photo shop for wrinkles, things like that. If you need a little bit more control that's one that you'd want to do so let's do just that let's, go let's actually take this photo photo ended in a shop and I will show your quick trick. So there's a few different retouching tools that we got here. We got cloning and we got healing right? Cloning is exact. Cloning is saying I want this pixel and I just want to cloning here healing says let's look at this let's look at this and let's come up with something in the middle. So that's the difference between the two? For something like this, I would go grab the clone stamp tool. Zoom into the eyes here and I'm going to make I do all my re touching on a separate layer again, we're going backto layers, but at a blank layer here and when you choose the clone stamp tool. If you look up at the top here, see it's a sample. The default is going to say current layer they haven't done this before. Make sure you change it's all layers, because with cloning, you have to sample from something, so you put your cursor somewhere, you hold down the option key and you click to sample well if you click on a blank layer, it samples nothing so that's why you have to tell it the sample from all heirs so I click sample and then here's the trick change the blend moto lighten and drop the capacity to twenty percent. This is these air tools we don't have in light room. We don't have blend modes. We don't have a pass ity in a brush like this, so change your capacity to twenty percent change blend moto light and what we can do here is as I paint it's a really easy way to build up the effect. It's not just blasting it out one hundred percent. I don't want to make it look totally think I don't want to remove every bit of texture anything from this can I just want to reduce it a little bit and when you look at that layer that's before that's after and they could reduce the capacity if you need to so again, files safe takes us back to like, and then here's another one. Where where light room just would not work at all is if we want to just reduce a few of those lines on their there'd be no place to source from. We have nothing in like room wouldn't be able to pick it up and not not not not just we just it's outside there's a lot of shadows and makes things look worse than they are sometimes and there's just no good place that we pick from remember photoshopped? Well, let us actually not only source from something, but it will come with it come up with its own fix, so we'll go photoshopped ended in our photo edit in, and I'll use a combination of two of the tools so let's make our blank layer here and we can try the healing brush tool. So the healing brush told works a lot like the clone stem told we're hold down the option or arcade and you click and then you paint up see it says currently that's why I didn't do anything make sure you change it all so option all click and then you pain so it'll heal obviously and it does a great job means coming up with its own thing it's it's just fake right? So we just reduce the opacity I was bring it down to zero and then pull it up. I was watching ah that's watching we guys in aaron maces class yesterday morning so some of you were I was watching his class and he said one of the things that he does is well added something and then he'll walk away like overnight or for a few hours because it's like you're working on it, you think it looks good and then you come back to it like, oh my god! So when you're retouching that helps step away, step away and come back to it look at it again because sometimes you see it with in a different way but that's one example and then the other one is a lot of times I just go right back to the clone stamp option the light in at twenty percent and just a couple swipes and whenever you see that little cross there that's just me re sampling with the option key you see let us build up we sample it's a little bit interesting on the forehead, but it can get away with it and then so you don't really see it happening, but as I go over here oh that's the layers that that's why I'm like men instead I'm doing a lot and I'm not seeing it, so I obviously I went way too far but that's again bring it down to zero percent and just bump it up again we're just kind of reducing the effect of some of that stuff, okay? All right russ question roller extraordinary halos and one other person want to know what's the main difference between opacity and flow why would you use one of the other? We've been talking a little bit about that in keeping its subtle and in keeping it realistic. Yes, so the difference capacity and flow opacity is opacity he's just whether the stroke is on or off or some level in between flow gets more into brush mechanics of of how much of an effect is going on, especially when you use in a pennant tablet when you're holding down and how you know that flow that can come in so really comes in mostly with, uh a tablet and pen here, but flow is going to be more of the effect that gets built up onto something rapacity just more of a non off that type of thing. Andi I could tell you honestly I four photographers I wouldn't even touch flow so as a photographer as a graphic designer and you're trying to make graphics and trying to get realistic brush strokes and things like that flow becomes more important and then a really quick one from elements and focus. How do you change the source in photo shop with the club stamp? How do you change the source and photoshopped with the kohnstamm? Your options are all click on an area, so when you optional click on an area and you paint if you want to change to a different source option, all click someplace else chooses a new source okay, so we got retouching. One thing. I didn't show you inside of light room spot removal. If you were my landscape class yesterday, you saw this, but this is a great tool. Do you go to your spot removal tool, which has cloning in healing? There is also a visualized spots option down at the bottom, and so you could see it finds every little spot in the sky. They're great from portrait ce on black and gray backdrops, because you won't see some of those little sensor dust spots that you have in there. But they'll show up so, but that one could be done right inside of late.

Class Description

Lightroom is powerful, but it can't do everything – that's where Photoshop comes in.

In 10 Things Lightroom Users Need in Photoshop, you’ll learn ten essential Photoshop functions that will put the finishing touches on your Lightroom images and take your edits to the next level.

Software Used: Adobe Lightroom 5