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4.3 Bottle Shadows and Highlights

Hello and welcome back to the advanced retouching techniques course. This morning, we are now lesson 16. In this lesson we will be adding in more shadows to the front of our scene, the foreground elements such as the leaves and the tree trunk and also the fence. We're also gonna be starting on our main bottle and retouching that to get it finished, ready for our final retouch and our final color correction. Okay, so let's get straight into it. So we've got our front leaves here, so before we do anything, make sure that the right groups, this front bit here, front group. I've got left leaves and right leaves, I'm gonna group these together, and to call this front leaves, all of them. So we've got this all on separate layers, so that it can effect this separately. So before I actually add, I'm gonna add a 50% grade there, but before I do that, I'm gonna add in a curves or levels. Either one, it's up to you. So it's good to use different tools. So the curves, I'm gonna bring down the shadow, so down here, this point, I'm gonna bring up the highlights. Make it a bit more bright, it's looking a lot better to me. You can even change the channels here, so the blue, green and blue, add a bit more yellow. But I'm gonna leave it as it is. So, RGB. Okay, that's looking good. Zoom out, make sure it looks good. Yeah, looks good. Okay, so I'm gonna add in the 50% grey there now, so new layer. Got it filled 10% gray. Change the layer style to soft light. Okay and then with the burn and the dodge, gonna add in some shadows. So leave it down here where the leaf is over the top. So on these edges in the center brightest area. So hold Alt on your keyboard to do the highlights. So maybe this area should be highlights. So it's on the edge of the leaves. Maybe the shadow, highlight, highlight. And then I need to highlight, highlight, highlight, and then shadow. So there need to be shadows here on the edges. So you could be really precise and go right into detail. Just do each leaf like this. And highlight, shadow, shadow, highlight, shadow, highlight. That'd take a lot of time, but it would look pretty good. We haven't got enough time for that, so I'm gonna do this quite roughly, but also making sure it looks good. This is the front of our scene, you don't want to ruin this section. Okay, take it off and on. That looks really good. Maybe bit more highlight here. Maybe put too much there. Okay, looking good, it's the exact same as the other side. So shadow on the sides here. And highlight, highlight, shadow, highlight, shadow, highlight, okay. Looking good. Much bigger. I'm gonna add a bit of highlight to that one. Not looking great. So shadow the corners here, a bit more shadow there, a bit too much going on. Holding Ctrl+O and Z to go backwards if you get anything wrong. Okay, so it's kind of rough retouching here but it looks good like that. Okay, I'm happy with that. So now you could do the same to the actual trunk. So I'm gonna add in a 50% gray area just above the moss trunk here. Okay, fill with 50% gray and then soft light. You didn't have to do this. You can do it directly with color. So you could use same like I did on the bottle. So it's soft light. You just use black and white to add in highlights. But I'm gonna use the 50% grey layer technique, add a bit more shadow under our leaves, and then here it's center. Also it needs, I think, maybe a bit of shadow here, where these two join. Maybe a bit more highlight on the front. But we don't wanna work too much on this front part. Looks fine as it is. Okay, so on the actual fence as well, if you wanna do one there. Okay, so let's find the fence. We've got dead branches. You don't need to be doing much to that, to the fence. I'm actually gonna add a new layer, touch the fence. The black layer, cuz it's 50% gray layer that you do here. Just add a bit more shadow out at the front of our scene. Okay, I'm gonna do the same to the dead branches. New layer, attach it using Alt on the keyboard. Just add a bit more shadow to the dead branches here. And that's looking really good. One less step to do on the front. I think the leaves are a bit too green. They're far too green, they're oversaturated. It's on the front leaves. Add a hue and saturation, and just bring this down to the left slightly, just to take away some of that green like that. That looks a lot better, it's a lot more into our scene. Looking good. Okay, so now we can start on actually adding in some shadows to our bottle. Okay, so zoom in a bit. Make sure we can bring out this, get rid of this icon here. Go on that, there. So on the actual bottle, make sure we're on the right layer. So let's go down here to our bottle. So I'm actually gonna group all these together, so that's basically everything else. Sounds [INAUDIBLE] front again, cuz that's a bit too untidy at the moment. Okay, and I'm gonna go into our bottle here, bottle scene here, and then start to add in some shadows. So, above the bottle, I'm gonna add in a levels adjustment, change it to multiply. I'm gonna invert the mask, things that we did before, Ctrl+I. Zoom in, and then start to add in some shadows. So, where is the shadows gonna be? Delete that. Get your brush, make sure it's white, the soft brush, capacity 50%, flow 30% is fine. And then start adding some shadows. So, first of all I'm gonna add in some shadow here. I'm gonna zoom out for this because I need to see what I'm doing. So I'm gonna side underneath, okay that's looking good on the side of the bottle. Probably all the shadows you need to add on there, just darken it a bit more. So I'm gonna add another levels adjustment, change it to screen. Okay, so the same technique. Now this is probably the most important part of the actual retouching process, because the highlight on the ball is what makes it pop so much more. Okay, so a little technique I use to get this straight line, we need a straight line because the highlight is gonna be quite straight. Okay, so what I mean by that is, just draw it here. That is gonna be a straight highlight. You can do it like that way, but I will show another way to do that. So on the highlight layer, on the dew bring the opacity up a little bit more, 70%. I'm gonna click once at the top of the bottle here. So once click, and then go down to where you want that highlight to end so around here, hold Shift in your keyboard and then click again. As you can see that's added that highlight and it's completely straight. So that's how you make a straight line on Photoshop so let's go over it again. Click, hold Shift, click again down here. And we've got a nice highlight there. Okay, so again add it again. And that's looking good. So we've got a highlight at the top of the bottle there. Okay, if it's too much we can always take it back a notch later on. So now we're gonna add it to this part here. So again a bit bigger. So click once, and then click down again, Alt+Shift. Do it again and make it a bit bigger now. Click, hold Shift, down, down, down. Let's zoom out, see what we're looking at. So you can see, that's got a nice shadow there. So there would also be quite a lot of highlights in the side and so do this in by hand. Bit there, the top of our lid here as well. On this edge of our bottle, to add in a bit of a highlight here, okay. On the shadow layer, I've got also got shadow on this side here just to make sure that edge goes away, I don't like that edge looking too much. Okay, and then add in the highlight again to this front part of our bottle here. So at the moment, our bottle's way too opaque. So we need to add a bit more transparency so the cloud comes through, and the back of the trunk. So I'm gonna go back to the bottle, we've done this before. We obviously didn't do it as much as we should have. So on that layer mask, get a black brush, lower opacity. I'm just gonna literally just rub away at this section here to bring back some of the cloud behind. A bit of the blue. So we got a bit of that leaf coming through there. It'll make all the difference to how it looks. Pass it down a bit more. Okay, there's something like this. Okay, let's see if we've done too much there. Yeah, slightly too much. We see it too much so, back to white. Bring that back in, but there would be some see through on this bottle. You would not be able to see all of it. Okay, so start to see those leaves are a lot better there. Okay, I'm looking a lot more dynamic as well. Okay, looking really good. Okay, cool. Okay, so to make this pop a little bit more and a bit more of sort of bubbles but it's like a little splashes of white. So let's make it pop a lot more. So I've been making the bubbles looking a bit flat. So I'm getting a new layer above all of the layers here of the bottle, the adjustments. Attach it to our bottle, same as we did before. Now I'm gonna get a hard brush here, hardness about 50%, let's get 75%. Get our brush settings, add in our Shift Dynamics and Scatter it, bring the Scatter all the way up. Same with both axises. Let's hit the all the way up as well to 100%. And the jitter, change that to 50%, although it shouldn't add much of a difference. Take off transfer. Get a brush tip shape, and then we'll bring the size right down, sort of like this, something like that. Spacing, bring that up as well, like that. So scattering, again let's go out to count and let's bring that up a bit. Looking good. Okay, so now on our bottle just draw in some slight, increase the size of that. Not that big. So maybe six, just draw in some specks of white. So, like that. Again below, exactly the same thing. Okay, looking good. Okay, so now, on this layer and then hit Ctrl+L. Make sure it's pure white. So bring up the highlights, okay, so it is pure white. Just making sure. So, I'm gonna just actually release this from the group. So, I think this will have an affect on it. So, let me release this. There we go. It's popped out a lot more, it's a lot more white now. That's a lot better. So, on that layer we go to blended options and add a outer glow. So increase the size, turn the layers down to colored dodge. Make a pass to write that, not too much though. Okay, so something like that will be fine. So let's try a few Layer this one. So I'm gonna scroll in with my mouse here. So Normal looks too much white. Okay, let's go down, go down, go down. I think Color Dodge would be best. Maybe not. Overlay, Soft light, okay, let's try Overlay. Looks good. Let's zoom out and see what we're looking at. Okay that's looking really good there. Okay so you could use maybe a bit more bubbles in here. Use as many as you like. I'm [INAUDIBLE] I'm liking what it looks like. I am gonna mask out some though, I didn't like it all there. So I'm gonna mask with a black brush. I'm gonna get rid of some, I don't it want more there. I want it just a bit more refined so, so I'll take that away. Looks fine like that. Scroll down here, get rid of some of these, there's too many here. The core of the bottle, not everywhere. Zoom out, see if that looks good. Okay, maybe add some back in. Okay, that looks good, I'm happy with that. Okay, so the last stuff I'm gonna do is just add a bit more shadow to where the bottle meets the leaves. Just noticed that we need a bit more shadow here. So where, this section here, add that. And so get the bottle on the front section here. We've got front. Let's go to our trunks and we're gonna add a new layer above. Get a black brush. I'm just gonna add in a bit of shadow, opacity low, low low. It's a bit more shadow here, not too much, just enough to make a difference. There we go. It's looking a lot better already. Same again over here. And then maybe over here as well, so it'd be on a different layer. Looking good, okay. Okay, so that's on this layer. That's these sections here. So I'll just go to the bottle, find where the trunks are, trunk behind. There we go. And if you layer and then just add in that shadow there. And that is looking a lot better already. Okay, great. Okay, so, the last thing I'm going to do on this lesson is just change the shadows, or the color, and the brightness of these leaves behind our bottle. So I got the bottle here. So this leaves, leaves, not these ones. Leaves behind the tree. Okay, so add a new levels adjustment. Attach it to it, and I'm just gonna basically bring down the white points and increase the mid-tones, and the highlights, and bring in the shadows. Make it a bit darker, like that. I'm also gonna add in a hue and saturation layer and just lower it down left. Make it a bit more yellow, and also lower the saturation and the brightness down just a tad. Something like that. Let's zoom out. That's looking a bit better. Think we should bring up the lightness, actually bring that to zero. Looks fine, and that's looking a lot better like that. Okay, brilliant. So I'm just gonna add one more thing to this so we can finish off this lesson. So, first of all, above all your layers, make a new layer, a new group as well, so Ctrl+G. Call this CC, cuz it's gonna be our general CC group. Okay, so color correction that means. So on this new layer, edit, fill, 50% gray, tint of soft light. And so generalized and make this all dark at the front here so, bigger brush. I'm just gonna make sure that this doesn't really show much detail here, the floor. It's looking far too light at the moment. Something like that. Let's see what it looks like. Bit too much, so lower down the opacity to zero and bring up to see a nice value. Something like that, looks good. Okay, so that's the end of this lesson. So please join me in the next lesson, we're basically gonna be finishing off our retouching process.

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