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Enhance the Eyebrows

Lesson 12 from: Advanced Portrait Retouching

Lisa Carney

Enhance the Eyebrows

Lesson 12 from: Advanced Portrait Retouching

Lisa Carney

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12. Enhance the Eyebrows

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Enhance the Eyebrows

Not to be missed, are the eyebrows. The eyebrows are little trickier and as I discussed before, and I admit it, there was no tweezing. There was no threading. There was no eyebrow bar visiting before this photo shoot. You can see that there was some mess. The same company that makes the eyelashes, makes eyebrows. They're not quite as good as the eyelashes, in the sense that they're not quite as useful as the-- The Eyelashes pretty much plug and play. The eyebrows need a little bit of work, 'cause they look a little flat. What I'm gonna do is I'm gonna put this eyebrow brush. I just selected one of the brushes, and for giggles and fun, I'm just gonna put blank layer, so you can see. It's nice, but do you see how it's a little fuzzy? They're just not quite at the resolution that they eyelashes are. If someone was industrious, you might wanna shoot some and make your own and sell them on the internet for $3.00, I'll buy. I'm just gonna suggest that. Now, there's another problem going on h...

ere with this image. What that is, is my nasty eyebrow that's underneath. Nasty's a little harsh, but let's just talk about it. What I have done, is I've gone through the frequency process and do you know how I just talk-- Frequency separation, excuse me. Do you know how I just talked about that action? Running an action? I hit a button and I can do this or after this course, any other course, you guys can do a frequency separation like that. Just run a new one. It's gonna just be for the eyebrow. There's the blur. There's the texture layer. I'm gonna turn it off and on real quick and let you see it. You see no change? That's right, because it looks exactly like the image, as it should. I just painted flesh color. Flesh color. To cover the eyebrow, and then I had to clone out on the texture layer, the top, to be retouched upon gray. Just clone at the eyebrow, and then mask it in where you need to. Here's the key. Do you remember me saying that eyebrow wasn't quite so perfect as it is? Chances are, what I'm gonna wanna do, is I'm not gonna wanna erase all of my original eyebrow. I'm gonna suggest that maybe we just take out part of it and leave some of the original, so there's a little more depth underneath. Where you're gonna have to be careful, is your color tone up here, 'cause I painted that. You just have to be a little careful, but I mean, that's like minutes. That takes minutes to do this. With frequency separation it's crazy, crazy, chicken fast. Already, that's a little better. It's a little dark. Maybe I should lighten up my eyebrow. Do you see how flexible that can be? On the eyebrows, again, kinda like the eyelashes, you can use warp, and do what you need to do to get a different look, like questioning, whatever. (audience laughing) (makes questioning sounds) Yeah, you guys good with this? Okay, so eyelashes, eyebrows, overlay detail on the inside.

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Portrait Retouching Workbook
Lisa Carney PSD Practice Image
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If you were like me and had no idea on where to start and feared that the editing process would be too destructive and would have to start all over again if the client didn't like your completed work - then this is the class for you. I watch this class often for review and to make sure that I maintain these good habits Lisa suggests to do. If you follow all of her helpful commentary on her how's and why's you will end up in a far better place when that time comes that you have to re-edit your edit. I cannot say enough great things about her work flow and how it not only enhanced my images to the result I was looking for but also decreased my editing time(bonus!!!!). I also on a whim sent her a email through her personal site and she replied with a massive helpful technique for enhancing freckles on a job I was working on. She is amazing! She is a true teacher who is there to show you how to use photoshop for you to find and gain your own editing style. Far too often i find myself in retouching classes that only demonstrate how to make your images look like who is teaching the class... Workflow and Style are very different, you can have the same workflow but your style is determined by your taste. Her workflow is solid and delivers time and time again. This class should be in everyone's dashboard hands down.

Kristine Pye

Thank you for taking the time to answer my question and take us through your "delivery" process, I found that extremely helpful. I have purchased two of Lisa's classes immediately after the live stream during Photoshop Week 2017 and was very excited to stream another set of lectures from Seattle. I will be purchasing the last two courses of Lisa's within the next 24 hours as I did just over a month ago. I find her classes to be absolutely brimming over with useful information--everything from the technique, her process, what other professionals in her work are doing, and **why** she chooses the methods she does in retouching. She is relatable and genuine, and her knowledge of the program and how to maximize efficiency while "skipping the actions" really reinforces the educational part of her courses. There are "easy way outs", but she emphasizes that you should understand the ways in which any adjustment effect the entire photo. These courses have helped me to move forward in my education, helping me to realize that with enough practice and good habit formation--such as naming every single layer every time-- that it is not irrational for me to make an effort in building a portfolio and a Master's degree with little-to-no- previous experience with the software. I am very appreciate. I hope to see more from Lisa in the future, but I have plenty to practice with for now! Thanks again, Kristine Pye

Jeff Robinson

Lisa Carney is amazing! She has a depth of knowledge of Photoshop, retouching techniques, and compositing that she shares in a fast, but straightforward, easy to follow, step by step manner. No matter what your level of expertise, you'll find gems, shortcuts, and methods in her teaching that you can practice and put to use to make your work stronger, faster, and cleaner. And with the bonus materials she graciously provides, including workbooks with her detailed steps, practice files of the images she uses in class, and before and after comparisons, you'll be on your way to improving your skills immediately. She's an accomplished retoucher and gifted teacher. If you have the opportunity to take one of her classes, take advantage of it!

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