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Darkening or Lightening Facial Features: Recipe 3 - The Photoshop CS4 Companion for Photographers

by Derrick Story

This excerpt is from The Photoshop CS4 Companion for Photographers . Many photographers, including the pros, feel overwhelmed by all the editing options Photoshop provides. The Photoshop CS4 Companion for Photographers not only shows you which tools you'll need most often and how to use them, the book walks you though an enjoyable and efficient workflow that makes it easy to process your images using new user-friendly features that come with Photoshop CS4.

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Although the Dodge and Burn tools have dramatically improved Photoshop CS4, I still think these are difficult tools for creating subtle results when lightening and darkening areas of the face. Instead, I prefer to create a neutral fill layer by using the Soft Light blending mode and paint with the standard brush tool. Not only do I get more natural results, and better control than I would with Dodge and Burn but the process is nondestructive, letting me go back and rework the adjustments at any time.

  1. From the main menu choose Layer➝New Layer.
  2. Select Soft Light for the mode.

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Create a New Layer and choose Soft Light for the mode.

  1. Turn on the "Fill with Soft-Light-neutral color (50% gray)" checkbox.

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Turn on the "Fill with Soft-Light-neutral color (50% gray)" box.

  1. Click the Brush tool in the Tools panel and select a soft-tipped brush from the Control panel. Set the brush opacity to 15 percent or 20 percent.
  2. Press the D key to make black your foreground color.
  3. Brush over the areas you want to darken.
  4. Press the X key to toggle your foreground color to white.
  5. Brush over the areas you want to lighten.

Check your work often by toggling the eyeball icon off and on for this adjustment layer. Also, if you overlighten or overdarken, press the X key again to paint back in the opposite tone. Remember to save your work as a Photoshop layered file. And keep in mind that the best tonal adjustments, especially those you make to the face, are subtle. So, don't overdo it!

Tip: High Performance Zooming

Zooming in Photoshop CS4 has improved dramatically. Simply press the Z key and click and hold on the area you want to zoom in on. Watch as you smoothly zone in on the area you want to magnify. To zoom back out, press the Alt key while you click-hold your mouse.

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