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Monte Zucker shows how to retouch a male portrait using Photoshop.
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For our fourth and final file, let’s do this picture of Ben. I just thought it’d be a fun picture to work with because it’s sort of like dramatic enough and there are a little few more challenges that I want to do right here. I want to darken the top of the bandana here. I want to get rid of this lettering here and here and tone down this hand that sort of cut off. Maybe soften some of the lines under his eyes and brighten his eyes, to catch lights in the size. The eyes are a little bit deep set. So, I want to have an idea of the finished picture before I even begin. So, we’re going to do the same steps. We’re going to go duplicate that layer and we’re going to call that layer auto levels.
And it looks like real. We’re going it onto a 100% first. Image, adjust, auto levels. I kind of like the way I did it. I'm not even going to change it. I'm going to keep it that way, but now; we’re going to make another layer. I’m going to make this new layer without I duplicating it, what it is doing is just taking all these, totalling it all up together, and putting it together on top rather than repeating the things that we’ve done before.
And in this layer, we’re going to call shadow highlights. So now, let’s go up here to image, adjust, shadow highlights. And I'm going to do something else. I've got to set at 13 for the shadows. but I think I might like to pull a little bit more detail down into some of these highlights, they only wash out, but I just want to show you if I want to darken some of those highlights, I can pull this in just a little bit and I'm going to say okay. So let’s look at this is before and after. I picked up a lot and I may even, may want to make that a little bit more dramatic than it is, but I'm going to do that when I switch this over to black and white.
So let’s do some retouching on here. We’ll put a new layer in here and we’ll call this retouching. I don’t want to over do it, but I may as well spell it correctly. And we’re going to do always do the retouching layer, I always do that at about 50%, so that somebody originally comes through and I’ll better get up really close to do this. I see some pimples I’m going get rid off but I can probably do it twice of 50% and make it a 100%. So let’s get rid of that with the, what I guess is better to call them blemishes right. It’s so nice that picks up the colors of the surrounding those little blemishes and that works very good with me.
Now, we’re going to still at 50% and I want to work under his eyes. We’re going to go into the healing brush. Starting at the center of the eye here, all right looks pretty good. We’re going to narrow it down here a little bit more. You can do this in steps, I try to do it all at one time. Everybody’s got their own techniques for doing these things. Let’s see what we did under the eyes. We got to go into the layers after retouching, before and after. Now, I’ll accept that.
Now, we want to certainly brighten up the eyes. So we’re going to go into the what, dodge tool. The highlights and I always work with at 12%, so I'm going to brighten this up quite a bit, I'm actually pressing down pretty hard on the Wacom tablet to create these highlights. I don’t mind that second highlight in there, if you don’t like it, you can get rid of it, but I do want to go into the in between tones, in the mid tones and lighten those up a little bit, so I’ll just get a little bit more color in his eye. A little bit more detail because I have in mind that I'm going to change this picture to black and white.
Now, I know that– let’s see if there’s anything else that we need to do in lab mode. Well as a matter of fact, I think what we’re going to do is we’re going to do a whole thing in lab mode. But I know that everybody has their own way of getting color to black and white, but I do love going into image, mode, lab, I don’t want to flatten, but you know what I do want to do, I want to make that on a separate layer so we can see step by step.