Advanced Beauty Retouching

A discovery of various professional techniques for a variety of applications and great results.
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  • Lectures 30
  • Length 3 hours
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English
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Published 10/2012 English

Course Description

In this Photo Retouching in Photoshop course you will be exposed to an enormous amount of the challenges faced when retouching people. The goal is how to overcome these issues, attain professional and realistic results with Beauty Retouching Techniques in Photoshop, and satisfy your clients.  Key to this course is learning the 3 rules of Photoshop to ensure that your file remains as accessible as possible.  Subtlety is key. Whether fashion, advertising, editorial, portrait or wedding photography, the image will need some degree of retouching.

What are the requirements?

  • Knowledge of layers, masking and blending in Photoshop.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • By the end of this course, you will be able to apply the techniques and achieve high quality relults on your images.
  • 30 movies touching on all aspects of retouching for beauty.

Who is the target audience?

  • Advanced Photoshop Users, Retouchers and Photographers
  • Portrait, Wedding, Editorial and Fashion Photographers

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Section 1: This Course
This is the courses outline and will show the direction we will take in learning the techniques involved.
This overview deals with more of the details behind the theory and some of the motivation behind it all.
Section 2: Image Mapping
RAW processing will be and always is our first stop in processing an image.  We will discuss the importance of RAW processing and not over doing it.  The lecture will then move to the making of an image map, which is essentially mapping out the things you plan to address in the image.
Section 3: Blemishes
This lecture will begin the discussion of reducing and removing blemishes from the skin.
Moving deeper still into blemish removal and more assorted techniques for doing this.
This short tutorial deals with "hot spots" and some of the troubles lighting may introduce and ways to minimize the effects.
Section 4: Skin Softening
The first skill in softening skin and should be used in situations that do not require extreme control and accuracy.
Initial Masking
A much more advanced and involved method to softening skin but with much better result with more flexibility and options.
Putting texture back into the softening is key to maintain some degree of reality.
This method involves very subtle and specific results and is used in situations that require a very subtle and precise result.
Balancing all the components of whatever skin softening methods in play along with the texture is covered in this final step.
Section 5: The Teeth
Teeth yellowing and the need to brighten teeth are the common issues that will be discussed in this tutorial. 
Section 6: The Eyes
Sizing and placement are crucial and sometimes overcoming a problem with the shoot are necessary.  Although we always try our best to get bit right in camera,  all images require varying degrees of enhancement, sometimes even body parts.
Insuring that the iris matches and echoes the correct size and rotation are crucial in making this as transparent as possible.
Adding or moving catch lights are a critical part when working with someone's eyes.  In this lesson we will look art ways to enhance as well as replace catch lights.
Red eye veins can be a problem and will vary from subject to subject but this lesson will discuss ways to mediate the effect this has on the final image.
The color of someone's iris is something that may require enhancing or out right changing and we will dedicate this lesson to accomplishing just that.
After all of the subtle changes the eyes have been through they tend to flatten out.  Here we will get the shape back into the eyers.
Problem lashes without a make up artist need and can be handled in post.  Either thickening what is already there or adding more will be looked at.
After the teeth and eyes are complete we take a step back and try to balance them out so they do not seem over whelming and out of place.
Section 7: Hair
Fly away hair are something needing to addressed in almost all shoots.  It is far better to address any major hair issues on the shoot rather than inn post but we will look at ways to manage those fly aways we did not get and how to control them.
Boosting or slightly modifying hair color seems to be called for in almost all situations.  It is our job as a retoucher to bring back color and any other aspects for the best results in the final image.
Getting shape and adding volume to hair can add drama and beauty to almost all shots.
Section 8: Make Up and Shaping
Features that are captured at the wrong time or are otherwise slightly out of line with the rest of the symmetry in someones face are discussed through warp or liquify.
Other body parts may need to be pushed into alignment and are intended to be very subtle enhancements to the final shape and contour of your image.
Checking final skin tone against a CMYK series of figure as well as adding or enhancing make up will be discussed in the lesson.
Section 9: Final
Going back through the image when complete is always necessary to address those things we discover along the way or have been made a bit more obvious.
This bonus tutorial will discuss ways to use a curve t better match skin tone.
Final review and recap.

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Instructor Biography

Chris Alvanas, Lightyear Imaging

Chris Alvanas is a digital artist and an accomplished post-production

retoucher for high-end beauty and fashion. As a photographer, Chris is known commercially for his quirky kids images, while his fine art delves into the worlds of jazz music and dance by illustrating the musician’s relationship with the instrument, and the motion of the dancer. His recent Washington DC exhibit featured a body of work shot with an iPhone. Additionally, Chris is a popular speaker on post-production beauty retouching, HDR and fine art printing.

As a new filmmaker, Chris uses a multi-genre approach: the photographer’s eye and the musician’s ear. Chris believes the addition of video and music offer exciting opportunities in cinematic storytelling for the contemporary  photographer.

Chris’s work has been featured in such magazines as Shutterbug, Nikon World, Popular Photography, and the Nikon Pro website. His articles have appeared in After Capture magazine. He is a regular speaker at Photo Plus Expo, New York and PMA in Las Vegas. Chris has instructed for the Nikon Mentor Series, and is the former Director of Photography at Boston University’s Center for Digital Imaging Arts in Washington DC

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