Tutorials - Week 9 (part 1) (part 2)


Portrait Tutorials - Part 1

Tutorial Files (zip)

Hair Selection:

  1. Open through Bridge
    Optional: Tonal Setting Adjustments
  2. Importing into Photoshop (Smart Object or Raster)
  3. In Photoshop
    Layer should be Raster
    Quick Select > Select Subject
    Add to selection as needed
  4. Select & Mask
    Refine Edge Brush (toolbox on the left)
    Brush - Size larger, only paint along areas where the grey background can be seen
  5. Decontaminate Colors - 100%
  6. Output As: New layer with layer mask
  7. Place a Solid Fill Color (any color) behind the new selected layer
    When satisfied with results, right-click on layer mask, apply layer mask


Working in Lightroom:

  1. Create a Catalog (Save to the Root Folder - or main folder)
    Import images:
    locate the DNG files - click on the Top Left location finder, choose the desired folder
    Check All (to select all images in the desired folder)
    click the Import button - Lower Right
  2. Working with color cards:
    Sample the Neurtral Color with the Eyedropper Tool
    Copy the Develop Setting > White Balance (right click)
    Paste the Develop Setting to the three images (not the other color card images)
  3. Open the Frontal Portrait image
    Only adjust the settings under "Tone"
  4. Click on the Profile Portrait image
    Find the icons in the lower-left that say "R A" (Reference / Active)
    Drag the Frontal image to the "Reference" side
    Only Tone adjustments - attempt to match the Active to the Reference
  5. Repeat for the Hands (as the Active image and Frontal as the Reference)
  6. Select the 3 images (Frontal, Profile, Hands)
    Right-Click > Edit In > Photoshop
    (if you get color profile warnings, choose Use Embedded)
    The images should come in as ProPhoto 16bit


Portrait Retouch:

  1. On only the Frontal Image
  2. Copy the Background Layer - rename "Touch Up"
  3. Use a combination of Spot Healing and Healing Brush (only on specific areas | do not over-use)
  4. If satisfied with results, Command E (or Merge Down)


Frequency Separation:

  1. Copy Existing Layer
  2. Rename the top: High Frequency
    and the bottom: Low Frequency
  3. The top will turned off
    on the bottom: use Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur > (use a radius that is high enough to smooth but not so high it obliterates all of the features
  4. On the Top layer or High Freq
    Image > Apply Image
    Layer: Low Frequency layer
    Blending: Subtract
    Opacity: 100%
    Scale: 2
    Offset: 128
    Click: OK
  5. Set the top layer "High Frequency" blend mode: Linear Light
  6. To Remove Texture Blemishes:
    on the High Freq layer, use the Clone Tool (set to current layer) and Option/Click to sample from, then paint or rather Clone over a desire area
  7. To Remove Highlight or Shiny Patches on Skin (or to smooth Color):
    on the Low Frequency layer (you can also turn visibility OFF on Top High Freq)
    Find the Color Replacement tool (usually under the Paint Brush)
    Set to "Color" in the Option Bar
    Sample by Option/Click, then paint over the area
    *You can also use the Clone Tool (set to current layer, and low opacity) to clone over the area to match color

  8. (we won't be doing this on our tutorial image)
    IF you want to smooth skin textures:
    Select with the Regular Lasso, set the Option Bar Feather to something high like: 12px
    Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur (not enough to create damage)


If Time Permits:

For the Remaining 2 images:

  1. Use your Touch Up skills, tools, and methods
  2. Save As a PSD format, into a "PSD" folder that lives in the same Root Folder
  3. Back this Folder UP to your own workspace
    We will use them Next Class for Exercise #5

Portrait Photos: © Marianne Tec