Retouch Your Simple Mistakes | Makiko Orser | Skillshare

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5 Lessons (19m)
    • 1. Trailer

    • 2. 2. Smear

    • 3. 1. Spill

    • 4. 3. Extract

    • 5. Thank you

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About This Class

This class is for anyone who wants to learn how to fix and clean their simple mistakes out of their artwork. 

You will learn basic retouching techniques in Photoshop which you can use not only for your artwork, but also for your pictures. Class also covers how to extract background from your drawing/painting. With this techniques, you can make your artwork in higher quality finish, and work without hesitation and fear of simple mistakes. 

Credit: Music by Eino Toivanen,

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Makiko Orser

Illustrator/Graphic Artist/Portrait Photographer


Hi I'm Makiko Orser. I've been working as a freelance illustrator, graphic artist on the side of having a successful portrait photography studio in Michigan. I have a degree in graphic design from California College of the Arts, have experienced in character designs and novelty items and children's magazine publishing from Tokyo, Japan, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York, USA. 2019 is very special, my first book-mindfulness art journal, Fill This Page will be published (December 31, 2021). Still, I love learning new tips and techniques, creating and exploring, and be inspired. Hope to see you in my class!

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1. Trailer: way you may think of where all permissions are taken out. Have perfect glass of this type of retouching seems to be complicated with layers thick grass. Skip all the complicated steps and I will show you how easy course of the day. But with these simple steps, you can make your professional you work without hesitation and fear. When I was talking to my friend, she was traded over simple mistakes and rearranging tree because she didn't know how to use for a shop. Simple mistakes can be fixed very easily and you don't have to be an expert on for you don't have a photo shop. You can download trial Virgin from Adobe website E also covered how to extract background from your artwork for the class project please post before and after pictures. So one we got our work and one e really appreciate it. If you take a second to leave a review so that your help other people to decide to throw this graph, let's get started 2. 2. Smear: they're in this segment. I won't show you how to get rid off smears like this. So first I'm gonna copy for their and then go to filter and under filter. There's a liquefied. Now go closer. Okay? There's a bleed here using this Ford walk to you pushed the area. And And at this time, don't worry about those distortion. I will retouch out later. One thing you want to do for now is Teoh minimised this area. Push Teoh the shape that you want. You okay? Okay. This is good enough for now and say OK, now you minimize the smear Here, this is before this is after liquefied. And now, of course, this is not good enough. So I'll copy this layer and retouch this distorted area with patch tool. Go closer and when it's go closer, you can use stump. Teoh, I don't wanna use stump to for everything because you kind of see that where you stumped you leave that healing brush and stump toe often. Leave the mark of your brush so I will minimize and then also you below the area. Then you lose the texture. So don't do this. And the ankle back to parched toe to recover the fixture there. And I see it well, but And if you go closer, you see the original edge and there's a Blore area here. You don't want to leave the Blore because it looked like retouched. So I'm gonna use Patch Teoh and little by little, recover this fixture here and has it edge like you paint it. Also, I'm gonna be touch out the distortion here, you most texture here mixed with much too. And stand to this helps now. Okay, this is after before, after go close to show you before after. Great. Good. You can get no closer to do more details if you like. But from farther away, this is good enough. And there's another way you can get rid of this, um, the Samir, for example, If that you have edge that you can leave, not continuous, like this one you can't cut off. Then you know that where you cut off. But this one has a nice edge and then smear. So in this case, you can just simply select area. You want to get it up and wait. King quick This but the lead area doesn't have a texture. This area doesn't have a picture of the paper. So what I'm gonna dio is to copy fixture of the paper from someplace else. And then but underneath may not see it. But when you have a different color and they see that, um then flattened after flatten, you can read Dutch the Little Edge way Shall Samir here. So that those are the two ways that easy way to be touched sneer. 3. 1. Spill: Hi there. In this segment, I will show you how to take out any splashes and want this splash spills and dust from skins from your artwork. Using this patch to patch stool is little gated here. Um, this is open, useful, taken out the blemishes. What you do is select the area you want to take out and then patch from other area that you want to copy from and patch to and heating brush. The difference between those two is that punch tool. You can still have texture. So you're actually copying the texture from here into their uh on the other hand, the heating brush. If you use, let's go closer. You smoothing out, But losing the fixture, you're blurring out this area. See? So you you kind of see it where you use the hearing brush that works for retouching skins. But in your case, like in the case for artwork, you don't want to lose texture. So I use touch to, and always I make extra layers to walk on so that I can see what you re touched and an original look like until you're happy because, um, history sometimes dozen leave all the histories. You know, you I don't know about us setting, but, um, that's the safe way that you have original here. And then at the end of you flattened one thing about the patch to when the part that you want to take out is over up to your artwork. This is tricky. Sometimes it's really difficult to take out, but this one can be done. I'm going to move a little by little and lining up this line here. This can't be touched by a little. This could be here. See, it's kind of see where you're copping from, so it's That's almost good. Just but it has. This has an edge, but this doesn't see that's a blower here. So you want Teoh copy touch into here, Here, here. And for now, I'm not worried about the color because I can read Dutch out or paint it in. Um, the important thing is that you want to separate the mistakes and the area that you have artwork. Then it's easy to retouch. I see because then the color I used stump tool Do you copy the color from the area that you want it same color. This is just the white paper, so it's really easy. If your image is very complex, you have to have ah area you can copy from. And if you don't have much to copy from, they'll be a little bit more difficult and gonna do. You gave him copy patch from different area. The one thing about the patch to is it doesn't copy the color. It's just a texture. So I'm even now the texture here and then you stumped ill to copy the color from the other area. Kind of pain it in Revie. This is closer color here. Gave Grocer. Has it still has a little yellow. It's almost doesn't matter every you know. Sometimes the water color has mixture of color anyway. So now this feel it's gone, and you can use this technique to, of course, take out the dust. God must feel like that, and also you can if you don't want uneven um, area and new water color or any pain you can know serie touch, and when you re touch from the same area, kind of you see same pattern. That's a Coke. A copy copy copy go over multiple times so that you don't see it there. This area used that mixed up stand Teoh. Then recover the texture using the patch to Okay, so this is how you can take out your spills. Flash dust. I'm wanted any markings from your outward using a patch to 4. 3. Extract: Okay, The last thing I'm going to show you is to extract background first. Yeah, another the years and put the white background. This one is original. I'll keep the original and then work on it. If you your paper like the skin, is like this, and I simply click the white pod with Magic one, and that's gonna select most of your background. But sometimes if you go closer and your object is to close to the background shade, it's gonna pick up. This one seems to be great. Good. So it's just one click will do it, Um, but let's say this one is not oh selected like this. So sometimes if the shade is too close, the one magic 1-click may leave the area of your object. Then you have to go decide to and told down option and droll around your object so those area won't be so selected to delete this. And if it's so good, just delete. And there you have a transparent background, and now it's easier to move things around again. Rearrange. You can use this as a motive to make pattern design. You can change around. You can use in a lot of different designs, so you can use the separate on TV. Uh, this way. So this is how you extract the background. If you have a colored background, you may have Teoh go closer. Look to your objective de select area that my picked up by Magic one. So if you have a skin clean skin with white background, that's easiest way to make this extract. 5. Thank you: I think this clip is full. Just example of how you can retouch and rearrange your work to make it clean and finish as you want. I started out this wreath picture with brown stems, but later I didn't like it and changed my mind. So I retouched out this brown part and also I switched around some of the leaves that I do like once extract background and use your drawing as Latif. This process could be done very easily. E did not change the color of my artwork. However, if you would like to change color, I command you. It's cute and situation and you can manipulate the color of your artwork. Good to have you back pocket. Even if you don't make that also, same techniques could be used. Teoh, your everyday pictures. Please post your class project before and after picture of your If you have any questions, please. Thank you so much