Learn Amazing Retouching Techniques in Photoshop

Learn the photo touch up techniques the pros use to retouch a portrait in this Photoshop photo retouching tutorial.
  • Lectures 7
  • Video 2 Hours
  • Skill level all level
  • Languages English
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Course Description

Follow along with Aaron Nace as he uses Photoshop for photo touch up.  Learn the photo touch up techniques to remove blemishes and smooth skin, enhance eyes, whiting teeth, sculpt the face with highlights and shadows, and add a bit style.

This photo touch up course is spread over 7 lectures with over 95 minutes of instruction.  Download the source images so you can follow along step by step.

Lecture 1:

Learn all the basics of Photoshop in this lecture.  Gain an understanding of each of the tools that are going to be used and get a feel for navigating around the interface.  Learn some retouching terminology so you can talk like a pro with this photo retouching tutorial!

Lecture 2:

Take care of all the basics of photo touch up.  Remove blemishes, soften wrinkles and banish stray hairs.

In this section of the photo retouching tutorial, we cover the first and most important steps when retouching an image. There are a lot of things that are necessary to prep an image, and doing things out of order will often lead to an unrefined image. You will learn how to mark up an image in order to highlight the necessary changes. You will also learn how to remove minor blemishes and when you should use the clone stamp tool over the healing brush tool.

Lecture 3:

Learn how to give someone entirely new skin!  This lecture covers how using a blur layer, high pass filter, painting and some other techniques can be used to even out and smooth your model's skin.  Apply the techniques subtly to let your model's natural features show through, or take them to the extreme to create the Barbie doll look.

With the included action and special retouch brush, you will be able to make skin flawless in no time while maintaining skin texture. We teach you how to literally paint on a new face.

Lecture 4:

Gaining an understanding of how light and shadow define a face, and learn the photo touch up techniques needed to enhance and sculpt a face to make it really stand out and shine.

We teach you our easy to use method of dodging and burning to sculpt out details in a face and make your subject really stand out. Most dodging and burning techniques require advanced knowledge of how highlights and shadows interact with your subject, but we cover a method that does all of that for you!

Lecture 5:

Details are a very important part of a portrait, and spending the time to get them right can make a huge difference. In this photo retouching tutorial, we cover how to bring out detail in eyes while keeping them looking natural. We also pay close attention to the lips and show you how to make them really shine.

In the original photo the model's fingernail paint was cracking off, join us as we show you how to paint on entirely new fingernails!

Lecture 6:

Using a little bit of the Liqufy tool can go a long way in a portrait and we cover exactly what to enhance and what should stay untouched.

Using a multi-step method, we focus on different parts of the image at a time, making sure that each one passes the test before moving on. The key here is not to over-do things, often times subtle is better.

Lecture 7:

Enhance and finalize the image as a whole using vignetting, color and cropping.

You will also learn advanced sharpening techniques that will bring the details of your images to life!

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What are the requirements?

  • Adobe Photoshop

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Over 7 lectures and 2 hours of content!
  • In this course you will learn all the skills needed to masterfully and precisely retouch a portrait.

What is the target audience?

  • Photographers of all levels who are looking to refine their portraits

Curriculum

Section 1: The Basics of Photoshop
20:40
Learn all the basics of Photoshop in this lecture.  Gain an understanding of each of the tools that are going to be used and get a feel for navigating around the interface.  Learn some retouching terminology so you can talk like a pro!
Section 2: Retouching Basics
11:48
Take care of all the basics of retouching.  Remove blemishes, soften wrinkles and banish stray hairs.
In this section we cover the first and most important steps when retouching an image. There are a lot of things that are necessary to prep an image, and doing things out of order will often lead to an unrefined image. You will learn how to mark up an image in order to highlight the necessary changes. You will also learn how to remove minor blemishes and when you should use the clone stamp tool over the healing brush tool.
14:36
Learn how to give someone entirely new skin!  This lecture covers how using a blur layer, high pass filter, painting and some other techniques can be used to even out and smooth your model's skin.  Apply the techniques subtly to let your model's natural features show through, or take them to the extrem to create the Barbie doll look.

With the included action and special retouch brush, you will be able to make skin flawless in no time while maintaining skin texture. We teach you how to literally paint on a new face. 

Section 3: Advanced Retouching
17:16
Gaining an understanding of how light and shadow define a face, and learn the techniques needed to enhance and sculpt a face to make it really stand out and shine.

We teach you our easy to use method of dodging and burning to sculpt out details in a face and make your subject really stand out. Most dodging and burning techniques require advanced knowledge of how highlights and shadows interact with your subject, but we cover a method that does all of that for you!

27:06
Details are a very important part of a portrait, and spending the time to get them right can make a huge difference. In this tutorial we cover how to bring out detail in eyes while keeping them looking natural. We also pay close attention to the lips and show you how to make them really shine. 

In the original photo the model's fingernail paint was cracking off, join us as we show you how to paint on entirely new fingernails!

13:46
Using a little bit of the Liquify tool can go a long way in a portrait and we cover exactly what to enhance and what should stay untouched. 

Using a multi-step method, we focus on different parts of the image at a time, making sure that each one passes the test before moving on. The key here is not to over-do things, often times subtle is better. 

Section 4: Finishing the Image
11:14
Enhance and finalize the image as a whole using vignetting, color and cropping.

You will also learn advanced sharpening techniques that will bring the details of your images to life!

Instructor Biography

Aaron Nace , Photoshop Master

For over five years, Aaron Nace has been teaching photography and photo manipulation to millions of users across the world at every skill level. Initially a hobbyist while earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Industrial Design from North Carolina State University, Aaron’s expertise in Photoshop developed rapidly. His creative portfolio of retouching, compositing, and conceptual work grew quickly, and he soon became a globally recognized Photoshop master. His images have been published on MSNBC.com, AOL.com, and The Huffington Post. Ever since, he has been committed to sharing his methods of creative conceptual photography both online and in-person. 

In 2011, after three years of teaching online seminars to small groups of students, Aaron launched Phlearn.com, a photography and Photoshop tutorial website different from all the rest. Slated as the Internet’s photography personality, Aaron has single-handedly created hundreds of in-depth, high energy tutorial videos that have reached a community of millions of students worldwide. Aaron and the ever-growing Phlearn team make learning photography and Photoshop a dynamic, personal, and engaged experience for all of its users. Phlearn was one of CreativeBloq.com’s 10 Top Photoshop Resources in early 2013. 

In addition to managing Phlearn, Aaron works as a professional retoucher, and his client list includes some of the world’s top photographers. He is on the board of the Midwest APA and has taught seminars at B&H’s Event Space in New York City, the Apple store on Michigan Avenue in Chicago, the Lowepro booth at the PhotoPlus Expo, and on numerous industry websites such as Fstoppers, [Framed], and Practical Photoshop Magazine. 

Aaron is excited to continue making creative conceptual images, teaching and inspiring students at every level, working with amazing artists of all kinds, and becoming a resource for anyone interested in learning photography and Photoshop. To see his portfolio, check out www.aaron-nace.com, and to join the Phlearn community, visit www.Phlearn.com for new daily content.

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    • Russell Rogers

    Biased (but honest) Review

    Look, I've been following Aaron Nace on YouTube (PHLEARN) for a while now so I basically jumped at the chance to purchase this tutorial with almost no thought at all. Could you learn about the same techniques for free on his YouTube channel as you could here? Possibly, but there is something to be said about having everything in one nice neat package. Plus, he includes a free downloadable brush (that he says he uses often), a free downloadable action, and you get a certificate that you can hang on your refrigerator (or just add to your LinkedIn account, whatever). Having formal college training for Photoshop myself; these lessons were at my level and I can attest that Aaron knows what he is doing (Non-destructive editing FTW). But while Aaron is very good at explaining fairly advanced portions of Photoshop, I'd suggest that beginners may want to learn the basics before diving into these lessons. Hey look, wouldn't you know it, Aaron already did some lessons on the basics of Photoshop too... http://youtu.be/5pO8a-xQiio?t=4m8s Anyhow, Aaron is a incredible resource to have if you want to learn to edit images at a professional level and I couldn't recommend this course enough.

    • Guanlin Cheng

    nice one

    i hope could have more haha

    • Michael Nasso

    Great lecture. Lots of details

    Covers a lot of aspects of retouching of skin, eyes and finer details. Great educator, very informative.

    • David Ortega Mazzini M.

    Buen curso

    Curso practico, rapido y basico

    • Gregory

    A Simply Awesome Tutorial!

    Aaron Nace is an Awesome Photoshop Teacher!

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