A lot of times I think people wonder, "What is retouching really and what does that mean?" And the reality is, I think retouching means different things to different people. To me, retouching means just helping someone look like themselves but their best selves. In the fashion world, of course, retouching is taken to a pretty extreme place and people are made to look completely flawless and they may or may not look much like themselves at the end. So that's a different type of retouching. Sometimes you can use retouching to, of course, retouch people and everything, but you can also use retouching to heal problems with images or to restore images that have damage. So if you come across a box of old photos in your grandparent's attic, they may need some TLC to restore them. Some of them might be faded, there may be creases, they may even have parts missing that have torn off the page or something. So that's a whole specialty within retouching itself is restoration. So the process is the...
same whether you are restoring photos or retouching someone's face or maybe you're removing an object from the background. I end up doing that a lot in wedding photos. I shot weddings for a number of years and one of the things that always bugs me is if I was taking a picture and there'd be an outlet in the wall in the corner or an exit sign someplace or one of those sprinkler heads in the ceiling or a duct or something. So I always tried, of course, to photograph in such a way that I could block those things just based on the angle that I was shooting from, but sometimes that was just not going to be an option. So then if the client were to order a print or if I were to put that image in their album, I would definitely retouch all those little things out of the frame. So there's a lot of different ways you can apply what I'm gonna show you. And I'll try to mention that as much as I can as we go, but just keep that in mind that the techniques that I'm gonna show you and the tools that we're gonna be using are applicable in so many ways beyond the just actual literal use that I will be doing. So you can do a lot with that. We are going to start today with some really simple images. So I'm here in the organizer right now, and if you have bought the course, you get the bonus materials which includes this collection of images that in my case it's called Practice Files. So if I'm scrolling through here, the ones that I'm looking for are going to be this bird image right here, this image right here, this black and white portrait. So black and white portrait and this bird picture. I'm going to pop those over into the Editor. And let me go to my Photo Bin and close all these other ones (laughs) that I have left. They were that much fun, didn't wanna get rid of them. Alright, so here is a beautiful image, there's totally nothing wrong with this, but I'm just gonna show you some of the tools that you can use. And that's the one thing too that I wanna point out that we use a lot of words like, "This is wrong, I need to fix it." We're sort of implying that it's broken. And it's not broken, we just maybe are choosing to create something different. So I think we should just be mindful of the language that we're using when we talk about this stuff because I think it matters, I think it makes a difference.
We all have hundreds of images on our smartphones and cameras that we never do anything with. Adobe Photoshop Elements is the perfect tool for beginners to use for organizing and editing those images. Khara Plicanic will show you the practical ways to use this software by using step-by-step projects you can follow along with at home. You’ll get hands-on practice at making selections and working with layers, doing simple retouching, and adding text to your images.
You’ll also learn:
• Basic adjustments to color and adding contrast to photos
• Understanding resolution and image resizing and how to use the crop tool
• Simple retouching and image compositing
No Photoshop Elements class would be complete without shedding light on file saving and organizing your images for a complete workflow! By the time you’re finished with this class, you’ll be creating beautiful images to share with your family and friends.
Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 2015