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2.11 Finishing Touches

Now let's start adding freckles and skin flaws to create more realism in our work. We will also be cleaning up the noise from our previous lesson, by adding highlights. And we’ll use the Liquify Tool to add style and character to finish off our project.

2.11 Finishing Touches

In this video, we're gonna go ahead and do our final touch ups. We're also gonna add freckles and then we're gonna move to our final stage which is liquefying and creating the shape of our painting. Let's go ahead and get started. So what we have to do now is just go over the highlights again which is good. It's just a build up, you can see that the noise that we put down last time is taking over some of the highlights that we put down. So it's not a big deal. It actually helps bring everything to together to make it more of a cohesive painting. So I'm just gonna go ahead and highlight some of the edges again. And go in here in some of the folds just switch to my flat brush and just touch those areas here and there. So I still have it set to about 23%. But the key is I'm just using the minimum pressure when I use my pen. And that's something I can't show you. I just merged a couple of layers that I had on top. And now I'm using my smudge brush. And I'll use the Blur brush just to blur the edge a little bit. And there we go. Make sure that it's a nice and soft. This comes around the corner. And I don't wanna lose the details, the noise that we put down earlier so I'm just going back and reinforcing some more highlights and textures in the skin. And I think it's showing pretty well what we already had there but I just wanna make sure. I'd rather be safe. I don't wanna lose too much because of the noise. And that's the problem you have if you use noise in that way, which isn't a big problem. I'm certainly prepared for it. I'm thinking ahead and I've already made the decisions on how I'm gonna deal with it. Another thing we could do is turn the noise layer down even more but you still kind of have the same problem and you don't get the texture that you're trying to build on top of the skin. So I'd rather just go and touch up the highlights again towards the end. And just make sure that the things I want to shine through are shining through. Let's go back here and push those folds a little bit more. There we go. A wrinkle here and right here on the lips. And just looking for those areas that already have those highlights and just reinforcing them. Bring a little more white into this pink here. Just hop around. See these areas where I wanna just touch it up some. And while I'm hopping around I'm looking at areas that I wanna make sure, a little darker. So I want to make sure that I don't leave any holes or anything that I forgot to do. So I'm visually taking an account to say, okay what looks good, what doesn't, what areas can I push? So let's go ahead and add a little more texture here and again. Now I know that she has freckles, so I wanna start to lay down the groundwork for the freckles. So I use a nice scatter brush. Opacity's at 23, I'm still using about 7 to 10%. And I'm just starting to spread out that undertone of red freckles, making sure that the skin looks really good as well. And I like the way that the scatter is working. It's really, really working well. So I don't have to make very many adjustments to it. I can leave it as is and just keep working. So just very lightly going to those areas and spreading that pigment around right underneath here also in this area and any area where I get that transition I want to add a little bit of the red. And it's not enough that people can visually see it automatically. So I'm not too worried about it. Now I wanna go a little bit darker and bring in more. And right over here just hopping over left to right, left to right. And so now. Here we go. Bring in just figuring out how I want to start to bring in those freckles. So I could do it individually or I can do it a spacing change. And now as I lay them down, so I'll pick my pen up and put it down again. I'll get those unique patterns. Now I kind of left scattering on but in this case I like using the spacing. So I can make those quick adjustments by pressing harder or picking the pen up moving it around. And I think this is gonna give me the results that I want. Now I could use scattering and spacing that's also an option. But I think this is working out for us. Let's turn the scattering on, let's see. Here we go, and the pen pressure. And so I'm able to bring that throughout the painting here and right in this area here. And if you know how freckles work, oftentimes you're able to rotate and change direction. You're able to see those freckles even though they're not as prominent throughout the skin. So that's the trick I wanna bring down with me. Let's go and do it on the side also, make it a little darker. Here we go. Now I could make a new layer and just make a multiply. But I think what we have will work just fine. So let's go through here and there we go, really get a nice spread here. Cuz I adjusted my brush so they all look different. I still have my spacing on. I have my scattering on, so just making sure that I'm getting a unique pattern. And nothing looks like the exact same because you wouldn't see that on actual skin. I'm just taking it underneath. Now I don't have the opacity up to 62%, but with the spacing and the scattering working this way. I don't have to worry about too much of it showing up. So now, I just wanna go in and put those individual freckles down. The complement, the other ones that we laid down. There we go. Just finding those areas and making sure that everything stays random so it doesn't look like it's a clone or I'm copying on both sides. I wanna look as if it's a natural transition. And I'm really happy with the way this is going. I think this is good. And one or two things I could do is I can go in and get a darker red even. But as of right now, this is fine. This is looking fine. All right, so we're ready to move on to another part of this. I'm happy with the freckles that we just put in. So let's just keep going. So now we wanna add some color to the hair. So I'll get closer and just make it a little lighter. Using the same brush I wanna do this really quickly. Because all I'm doing is adding a little bit of brown to the hair to show depth, to show light bouncing off of it. And I can really go crazy with this but I don't think it brings more to it if I spend a lot of time trying to duplicate or mimic actual hair. I think the shape, the form of it and generic highlights will work just fine because I didn't put a lot into the ear either. So I don't want to spend a lot in the hair. So put enough just to get by so we get what's happening. And it doesn't become a focal point, but it supports the actual painting that we have. So let's go ahead here, let's check out the other side. And notice I'm still bouncing from side to side, trying not to do too much on one side so that I end up being empty. There we go, back over here. Yeah, I don't wanna be empty on one side and full on the other. I wanna make sure that I try to keep some type of balance. And it's hard to be perfect with this because you kind of get carried away automatically, but I wanna try to train myself or train yourself to bounce back and forth. Left, right, left, right, bottom, top, bottom, top. Look at it from the center. Step back and you'll see that I keep zooming in and zooming out. I don't wanna get lost in the details before. There we go, add a couple down here. I don't wanna get lost in the details before I get the macro taken care of. Here we go, and a little bit of that highlights here to the hair. And for the most part, I think we're okay. I think this will do for the hair. Don't wanna spend too much time on that. Let's go to the side and do bring a few of those highlights in too. Here we go, just really quickly. And now I think we're ready to go to the next stage which is to liquefy, just change the shape and exaggerate a little bit. So yep, we can do that now. All right, and just taking a look. Turn off some of the background pieces now and get ready to combine and make one piece that I can control. And I can control the shape. So turn off everything that I don't need first and these layers. I'm gonna leave off, not that I have one merge layer of the same thing. Let's go into a liquefy, so I just went to filter and now I'm in liquefy. I can see that there's a hole in my painting, and remember we talked about that earlier. That's where something in the background was there but I don't have it any more so I'm gonna go ahead and merge that. Just checking to make sure everything is working fine. Here we go. And I wanna duplicate that layer and duplicate that layer. And I'm gonna go ahead and merge all three of those layers. And any layer that I think is going to be usable. So I just Ctrl+E and now, I have a merged layer. Now we'll go back to our liquefy and smooth this painting up a little bit. And let's zoom in, here we go, here we go, here we go. So I can see some areas I need to erase and clean up but that's fine, that's not an issue at all. We can always go back and do that. Let's go ahead and push and pull the cheek area here. There we go. A little bit of an exaggeration, and you can really push this when you get into the liquefy tool and really stylize your painting or you can just keep it very life like. And just push and pull the areas that you want to accentuate. There we go, with the eyes. Let's make some adjustments there. And let's go ahead and use the Bubble tool, the Inflate tool. So it's not the Bubble tool, it's the Inflate tool. And I just wanna ahead and. See what that looks like. So Ctrl+Z, Ctrl+Z, back and forth, back and forth. And I like the changes. And it's up to you whether you keep it or not or where you go with it. But I'm pretty happy with this, I'll leave it as is. And so that's really it. We can continue to add more details if we like and push and adjust with the freckles and go back in and play with a liquefy, but I think we're okay. So in the next video, let's go ahead and wrap up the lesson and I'll give you a few pointers and things that maybe I didn't cover or talk about as much as I'd like to, and we'll move from there. See you in the next lesson.

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