Adobe Photoshop Basic 2 Class
The smallest details will make or break a portrait. We see so many faces every day; it becomes easy to pick out a poorly retouched image. In Portrait Retouching, we will look at the three most important areas: Eyes, Teeth, and the Neck-Chin-Jowl area. We’ll be discussing images to spot what’s wrong. Sometimes, it takes soft and subtle touches to create the perfect portrait. Do it right, and you can make the person look great. Here, we are going to discuss these problem areas, what to look for, and what you can do about it. Sometimes all it takes is a soft and subtle correction to fix the worst shot, and create the Perfect Portrait.
Bringing the Life Back
Join us as we discuss the various steps I use to retouch: Skin, Eyes, Teeth, Jowls and even fix lighting. We will go over studio shots, as well as indoor/outdoor candid. As usual, whatever I can think of will be in here. This class is not about “how” to use Photoshop, but rather the key areas to fix that bring the most life back into the image. As this is the final class of the Photoshop Basic 2 Course, it’s about the skills and techniques, not the tools.
Some topics include:
- Skin Color and Tone
- 3rd Party Software
- Compare Healing Tools
- Focus on the eyes
- Fixing Teeth
- Fixing Shine on Skin
- Stray Hairs
Retouching Basics and Beyond
Are you familiar with Photoshop, but still think that your images could be better? What if I told you it’s less about the tools, and more about the art training? From Fine Art to Graphic Design, there is a ton that you likely don’t know. Retouching Images is much more than know about tools and sliders. Would you like to find out how to make your clients and your portfolio look their best? If so, here’s how my course can help you succeed:
Adobe Photoshop Basic 2 Class
Class Time: 2 Hours
Portrait Retouching Class Notes – PDF
This PDF outlines all the topics covered in the class in a very detailed way. Anything that was not clear to you at the time, can easily be referenced. I suggest printing these PDF’s out before watching any videos. This way, if anything seems unclear, you can read about it as you follow along. I also suggest printing double sided, and put them into a three ring binder. This way, when you finish all the classes, you will have a 100+ page book that you can reference as needed.
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Portrait Retouching Homework – PDF
Is there is no homework yet. I will think of something.
Portrait Retouching Class – Video
This is an introduction to general portrait retouching. It won’t matter if you are interested in doing Wedding, Studio, Beauty, or Glamour. At it’s core, all of the same fundamental changes need to be done. Cleaning of the skin, flyaway hairs, removing shine, and other discolorizations. There is a planned Advanced Course (someday) that will get into much more complex and genre specific alterations. But for now, this will get you started.
Introduction – Standard welcome to the class.
Skin Color – I am often asked about what color mixtures make up skin colors. Here I give some general help on making proper decisions.
Flesh Tones – A complimentary topic on what color the skin should be, is also a topic of how light or dark the tones should be.
Quick Skin Cleanup – For people who need to clean skin quick and easy, or for those who want a quick starting point to take the edge off of various skin problems.
Time Consuming Skin Cleanup – When I teach this section, students can never believe how much work actually needs to go into cleaning up the skin. But, when you want to do it right, this is simply the correct method. While there are more complex ways of doing this, I like to keep things simple and managable, even though it is time consuming.
Healing and Cloning Tool Comparisons – With the improvements to the Spot Healing Brush, and the 2014-2015 Healing Brush nightmare, I thought this would be a good place to discuss which tools you should actually be using for blemish removal on the skin.
Removing Shine – From studio lighting to outdoor sun, knowing several different techniques to reduce or remove shine from the skin is important to know. This is because sometimes one way will work better than another.
Eye Whites – This tutorial will go over how to remove red vains and balance any discolorations. I also cover the importance of tonal balance in relation to the irises.
Irises – Different styles will require different amounts of retouching. However, this video will show you a few simple ways to open up and enhance the details.
Eyelashes – Often, eyelashes are sparce and devoid of any attractive details. Here, I will explain how to add more eyelashes in for thicker fullness.
Teeth Discoloration – Whether from the lighting or from coffee stains, nearly everyone can use removal of yellow in the teeth. This video will show multiple situations, and how I would approach correcting them.
Tooth Rotation – Sometimes random teeth are crooked. This shows a quick and easy fix for this.
Liquify – Not just for flab removal, I use this Filter to thin down fabric buldges and correct camera angle distortion.
Stray Hair Removal – Hair is never perfect, but when most of them go to the right and you have that one rebel going in the opposite direction… well, that’s just distracting.
Flyaway Hair Removal – Here I reveal my super secret (and quite easy) way of removing frizzy hair from the background. Your images will look so much better if you take a few minutes to clean up flyway hairs.
Supplemental Tutorials – Videos
These are simply suggestions of added videos that you could benefit from, that were partly covered in the full class. The videos below will give a full, and detailed information about each of the topics. They go beyond what is covered in the class.
Female Retouching – Digital Photographer Magazine had commissioned me to create a video on Female Portrait Retouching. While I can not post this on the regular website, I am sure I can hide it in here. Shhh, don’t tell anyone.
Male Retouching – Digital Photographer Magazine had commissioned me to create a video on Male Portrait Retouching. While I can not post this on the regular website, I am sure I can hide it in here. Shhh, don’t tell anyone.
Group Retouching – Digital Photographer Magazine had commissioned me to create a video on Group Portrait Retouching. While I can not post this on the regular website, I am sure I can hide it in here. Shhh, don’t tell anyone.