First thing's first, here. We're gonna go ahead and just open up our image into Adobe CameraRoll. Now, I had my lovely assistant, my wife, helping me with this, so you have to kind of see this, 'cause it's just a little bit funny. When you're trying to tell someone how to focus on the eyes, and you take 150 some odd pictures to try and do that, you start to look like that. We don't want to process this one. We just want to process this one. So, before I even start the whole retouching process, because I am shooting with the raw file, I'm gonna start by just making a nice little baseline photograph for me to work off of, right here in Adobe CameraRoll. And here, I might fix things like my white balance, the exposure, and just getting the image right before I hop into Photoshop. Now, I'm not gonna do a whole lot of the hard or heavy lifting, I should say here, of the actual retouching. I'm gonna leave that to Photoshop, because it's got an abundance of layers and tools that are gonna hel...
p me make these modifications. So, what I'm working on is, I'm typically right here, I'm just trying to get maybe the exposure a little bit brighter, bring out some of the shadows in the background there, maybe boost up those shadows just a little bit. And then drop those highlights, because they're pretty hot on my face right there. Some of these things, I could do in Photoshop, but it's just so much easier to do them right here, so that the original raw file has these saved in the XPM sidecar file. I can look at the white balance. If I use the white balance tool, press I, I can press and hold shift... I can just press hold shift. Why is it doing that, I don't want that. There we go. I'll just go ahead and press and hold shift and make a selection for the area on my face, to see if it fixes the white balance. If it doesn't, if my white balance is already pretty good, all I gotta do is press control Z, command or control Z, to back up and reverse that. It's just basically a check. If I need to add more temperature there manually, because the automated process of the white balance isn't quite working out for me, I can maybe make this a little bit more on the yellow side and add a little bit more magenta to that, to add some life and color to the image. So, here we are before, and our after. Little bit of color, little bit of exposure, not a whole lot working there. So let's go ahead and open this up and start working on this in Photoshop. The whole time we're working on any of these portrait retouches, what we want to do is we always want to consider making things that are non-destructive. So I'm never gonna do anything to this background layer that is going to destroy the effects of this background layer, or destroy the integrity, I should say, of the background layer. If it's going to, if you know for a fact that you might need some of the data from this to what, what I would do is I'd press command or control J right now to duplicate this before I even start, and then what I might even do, just so I know, take the lock off of this, press control G on this to put it in its own group. That way I know, that's the original stuff. I can even double-click on here and say original. If I can spell. Or-i-gi-nal. I can even turn that layer off, now. That's just, if I ever need to go back to it, I have it. That's really being kind of nitpicky on this whole non-destructive thing. Some people don't do that, it's just one of those steps that I might take, especially when I'm working on a portrait like this. The first thing I'm gonna do, because it's probably the easiest, I'm gonna work on using the hue/saturation adjustment layer to whiten the teeth. And when whitening the teeth, we can also whiten the eyes at the same time, so we have to get uncomfortably close to ourself, especially if we're doing our own portrait retouch, and zoom in pretty close to these things. I know you and I are gonna get sick of looking at I, here. (laughing) So I'm gonna go ahead, add the HSL adjustment here. And with the hue/saturation adjustment layer, I'm gonna go ahead and modify the yellows in the image. This is most likely what I'm gonna modify. But if I take the targeted adjustment tool and I click on that color, it might actually be something else. Like, right now, it's actually telling me that there's a little bit of red, a little bit of yellow in those teeth. So those are two colors that I'm gonna want to pay attention to when editing those teeth. You see that? Like, this side is red, this side is yellow. Right, there is yellow, don't prove me wrong, okay. So what I'll do here is I'll just drop the saturation a little bit in that. And what you can also do, because if yellow is yellow, yellow is yellow for a reason, it's yellow because it doesn't have a lot of blue present within that pixel. So, you can either drop the saturation of the color yellow, or you could start moving the hue of the color yellow closer to the color blue to allow more blue to be incorporated into that color yellow, because if we look at the complimentary colors, complimentary colors, when added together, will even each-other out. So if I move the hue over, you're gonna start to see that as I move the hue closer to the blues, the teeth do get a little bit whiter as well. And then drop saturation a little bit. Increase the lightness. And I start to get whiter teeth. Now, you'll notice what happens here. That's selecting all the yellow in the whole image, and we'll take care of that in a second. What I'm concerned about right now is just getting those teeth whiter. You don't want to drop the saturation all the way down to something like negative 100, 'cause what that's doing is it's making them look unnatural. So, here's a story for you. When I was getting, I have a bunch of teeth in my face that are not real. Just a gee-whiz thing about Blake. Happens to all of us as we get older. Our teeth start to break and I'll do all kind of crazy things. So as I'm at my dentist's office, and he's looking at my teeth and what colors he wants to use to put in my mouth, he's not saying, well, I'm gonna use white. He actually has a palette that has multiple different colors of yellow on it, and he'll take that palette and put it up to the other teeth in my face and say, okay, well, these teeth are this shade of yellow, so I'm gonna go ahead and use this shade of yellow to make your new teeth. So, even when a dentist makes our new teeth, he's not using or she's not using pure white in order to put that in there, 'cause it would look really funny if these two teeth that are fake right here end up being, bling, bright white next to all these yellow teeth. So, don't be ashamed to let some of that yellow shine through a little bit there, okay? Again, some people will say, just make 'em white. Well, it doesn't look natural, it doesn't look normal. So what I need to do is I need to actually separate this mask and make it black, so that the effect is not gonna be taking effect, because now I'm gonna use, basically, like a paintbrush, or a toothbrush, and brush in my teeth. So, press command or control I, and now we'll see that you can definitely see the difference there, how much more vibrant those teeth are without being pure white. They don't need to be pure white. Press command or control I on that, and if I press B, for my brush tool, and use the color white on that mask, I can start bringing back some of that color, white color on my teeth, though I guess I should say absence of color. That's what we're going for. And then... That's what we painted in. Before, after. Before, after. Now, if we go up to the eyes, the eyes might have some yellow in them to, so we could just come up here and just paint in some of those areas in the eyes, just really delicately and really lightly. Having a WACOM tablet when you're doing retouching is amazing, 'cause you can get really light, really pressure-sensitive, and you're basically painting on a face. Again, very subtle changes to the teeth. Notice how, when I wanted to whiten the teeth, I didn't just add a white layer and put white on those teeth. We're using hue/saturation. You can also use something like selective color. If you went into each one of those individual colors in the selective color, you could remove some of the blue, or you could add some blue to the color yellow to brighten those teeth up as well with selective color, if you wanted to do it that way. Again, there's many many different ways that you're gonna see to do this. If we were to go ahead and go into the reds, 'cause we did see some reds in there as well, see, there's a lot of presence of red, there we go. That looks natural, let's keep that. So I might drop that saturation a little bit, bump that up. Especially because what I'm doing here to the eyes and to the teeth at the same is actually really helpful. We don't want the eyes to be unnaturally white and the teeth to be unnaturally white separately. And also, what it's doing there as well is, because I'm moving the reds there, it's taking some of the edge off of the veins in my eye by dropping those, a little bit of the saturation out of those reds and making them a little bit whiter. I don't want to go that white, because it looks unnatural. Just something right about there. Before, after. Before, after. Now, if we zoom out, that'll be the true test. If it's like, bling, you can definitely tell. When you're zoomed in that close, it's kind of like, it's very difficult to tell just how white those things are, but as soon as you zoom out, you can definitely see it. So, on, off. Looks pretty good. If I don't want to go back and tinker with those effects, I could just lightly blend that in using something like opacity. Just come down here to opacity, drop the opacity to about 90%, and let a little bit of that color shine through underneath. If it's looking a little overly white in those yellow areas, just drop the opacity a little bit. And that looks good, but I'm gonna drop it a little bit more. That looks good.
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