– Combining multiple exposures in one Photoshop file
– Selecting and removing the subject from the background
– Using masking to combine images together
– Improving color, details, and tone
Portrait Project: Changing a Sky Background:
What do you do with a sky that’s dark and stormy, blown out, or just plain ordinary? You can spend hours trying to enhance it, or you can replace it in just a few simple steps. Chris Orwig shows you how in this Portrait Project. He’ll show you how to make and refine a selection, mask out the sky, and insert a new, more dramatic sky-all in Adobe Photoshop. In order to make your replacement look natural, Chris spends the second half of the course showing how to improve the detail, color, and tone of your new composite.
Portrait Project: Changing a Studio Background:
Studio portraits can sometimes benefit from the visual interest a new backdrop can provide. In this installment of Portrait Project, Chris Orwig shows how to remove a subject from a studio environment and place her against a different background. First, Chris shows how to crop the portrait and improve details in Camera Raw. Then, in Photoshop, he shows how to make a selection, refine its edges, and convert it to a mask, and combine it with another image. In the second half of the course, he covers how to make the subject look at home in her new environment using a hand-painted darkening effect, blur, and color and tone adjustments.
Portrait Project: Enhancing an Environmental Portrait of a Model:
From optimizing tonality to removing distractions, this course offers a variety of techniques for enhancing environmental portraits. Teacher and photographer Chris Orwig begins this Portrait Project with a few fixes in Camera Raw, before jumping into Photoshop to clean, crop, and retouch the model and the environment around her. Then learn how to enhance the color and tone of the overall image, to achieve a bright, glowing look that picks up on the light and stone in the background. This project-based course will help you practice your retouching skills and give you ideas for pushing your environmental portraits further.
Portrait Project: Fixing a Distracting Background:
Capturing your subjects at their best is vital to getting great portraits. But it’s just as important to make sure that distracting foreground or background elements do not upstage your subject. This Portrait Project course takes you through three solutions for dealing with distracting backgrounds and foregrounds in Photoshop. Educator and photographer Chris Orwig shows how to blur out distractions from a background, use the Patch and Clone Stamp tools to clean up a foreground, and replace an ill-fitting background with a new, more pleasing one. Learn techniques for bringing focus and clarity to your portrait subjects in this course and then check out other ways to enhance your portraits, in the Portrait Project series.
Portrait Project: Fixing a Group Photo:
Group shots are fun but complicated assignments to shoot; you need to make sure that you have the entire group’s attention and that everyone looks great. Luckily, what you can not get right in-camera, you can fix in post, with the power of Photoshop and Lightroom. In this short Portrait Project, Chris Orwig takes you through the process of fixing and enhancing three group portraits: a casual beach snapshot, a studio portrait, and a wedding-party photo. Using these tips, you’ll be able to get the best expression out of each member of the group.
Portrait Project: Lighting a Portrait with Lightroom:
Improve your lighting in post with Adobe Lightroom. Chris Orwig shows how to employ Lightroom’s Develop module to enhance the lighting of portraits in two different ways. In the first project, he uses the Adjustment Brush to selectively paint light into a portrait. In the second, he uses the Radial Filter to brighten different areas of an image. Start watching to learn how to make your portraits pop.
Portrait Project: Retouching a Studio Portrait:
Studio portraits are usually shot under optimal conditions. Controlled lighting, seamless backdrops, maybe even professional hair and makeup. But there’s still work you can do to make your subjects look their best in post. In this Portrait Project, Chris Orwig takes a raw file, makes foundational adjustments in Camera Raw, and then takes the image into Photoshop for retouching. There you’ll learn how to retouch small blemishes, smooth and de-shine skin, and enhance color. Before and after comparisons along the way allow you to check your progress. Dive in now and start improving your portrait prowess.
– Fixing the foundation in Camera Raw
– Removing blemishes
– Diminishing wrinkles
– Reducing shine
– Improving lighting
– Enhancing color