Portrait & Beauty Retouching with Adobe Photoshop

Get up and running using Adobe Photoshop to edit you portrait photos using basic and intermediate retouching tools.
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  • Lectures 29
  • Length 2 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 11/2013 English

Course Description

The Portrait & Beauty Retouching course will teach you the best tools in Photoshop to edit your portrait photos. Expert instructor Ben Wise will walk you through step by step video demonstrations to teach you everything you need to know to make your portraits look great.

Along with your course, you can download all of the image files used in the demo videos so that you can practice the new skills as we go.

The course will cover:

  • Getting started with editing in Adobe Camera Raw
  • Walk through to the Photoshop interface
  • Introduction to using Layers
  • Basic touchups to fix blemishes and lighting
  • Detailed overview of the most common Adjustment Layers
  • Sharpening Eyes
  • Improving the texture and color of the skin
  • Focusing on specific elements of the face (eyes, teeth and lips)

At the end, we will conclude the course by doing a full photo edit from start to finish to show how all of the different tools come together to make your portraits look amazing.

What are the requirements?

  • Adobe Photoshop CS4 or later
  • Passion for portrait photography
  • Willingness to learn :)

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Learn the fundamental and intermediate skills and tools in Photoshop to edit your portrait photos

Who is the target audience?

  • Anyone interested in making their portrait photos look as best as possible

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

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Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction

A brief introduction to the course.

Click the link below to download all of the image files that are used throughout the course from this lesson.

Section 2: Adobe Camera Raw

An overview of Camera Raw and the main benefits of shooting and editing with Raw files.


Learn how to navigate around the Camera Raw interface with the most important tools from the toolbar.


Learn the main options and settings for cropping your photo in the Camera Raw interface.


Learn all of the tools in the basic adjustments section of Camera Raw, including how to adjust white balance, changes to exposure and brightness/contrast, and improving saturation.

Please note that some of the names of the sliders in this section may vary depending on your version of Photoshop, but the functionality will be consistent with the lesson.


Learn how to add a creative vignette to your photos and make fine tuned adjustments to the effect.


As we finish up in the Camera Raw interface, learn the different saving options and how to move into Photoshop.

Section 3: Moving Around in Photoshop

A walk through of the Photoshop user interface and how to customize your view to have the best tools for portrait editing on your default view.

Section 4: Introduction to Layers

An explanation of how to use Layers in Photoshop and how to manage your layers using the Layers Panel.


Explains how to create layer masks in Photoshop so you can control extactly how and where different adjustments will impact your photo.

Section 5: Basic Touchups

Learn how to use Photoshop's powerful Healing Brush tools to fix blemishes and spots in your photos.


Learn how to use Photoshop's Healing tools to remove stray hairs in your photo and keep the viewers eye on your focal point.


Learn different techniques to dodge and burn so you can control the lightness and darkness of your pictures.

Section 6: Adjustment Layers

A brief introduction to the Adjustments panel that we will be reviewing in detail during this section.


Learn how to use the Brightness & Contrast, and Exposure adjustment layers to improve the lighting in your portraits.


Learn how to use the Color Balance and Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layers to improve the coloring in your photos or to change the colors of individual elements in the picture.


Learn how to use the powerful Levels Adjustment Layer to improve the tone and color in your portraits.


Using the Curves Adjustment tool to make fine adjustments on the tone and color of your portrait photos.

Section 7: Sharpening

Improve your portraits by sharpening the eyes using the Photoshop Smart Sharpen filter.

Section 8: Skin

Learn two different filtering techniques to soften the skin in your portraits.


Learn to use blending modes and painting techniques to correct and improve skin color in your portraits.

Section 9: Eyes, Teeth & Lips

Learn to improve eye color with a new blending mode, and use the healing brush tool to clean up the whites of the eyes.


Learn how to use a Saturation Adjustment Layer to improve the teeth in your portrait photos.


Learn to use a series of painting layers to help improve the color and shape of the lips on your subject.

Section 10: Creative Effects

Learn how to use the Black & White Adjustment layer to convert your image to grayscale or use the layer to desaturate your image.


Learn to use and manipulate Gradient Maps and Noise Filters to add creative effects to your pohotographs.


Learn how to blend Texture files into your portrait photos for a unique creative effect.

Section 11: Full Process

We conclude the course with a full end-to-end edit of a portrait using various tools and techniques we have learned throughout the course.

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Instructor Biography

Ben Wise, Photographer and Photo Retoucher

Ben Wise has been a photographer and retoucher for over 4 years and is especially passionate about portrait photography. Ben is an expert in using Photoshop and has joined Udemy as an instructor to teach the best tools and techniques to edit your photo.

I strive to take the many complex tools from Photoshop and present them to you in an easy to understand way with step by step instructions and focusing on the tools and commands that will be most valuable in your editing workflow.

For examples of my work, check out some of the shots from my portfolio here.

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