The ability to retouch an image is as important as having the ability to take a photo! In this day of Instagram filters, and phone apps that can transform any photo into a work of art, people expect their photos to look amazing. In this class, I'll use the basic Photoshop tools to retouch a traditional studio portrait. I chose to use a studio portrait to retouch because the subject is nicely lit, and the image is free from distractions. The methods I use will work on any person in any lighting situation. I will teach you how to fix stray hairs, use adjustment layers to color the eyes, add shadows and highlights to the skin and hair, and many other tips and tricks that retouchers use to make portraits look amazing. These are skills you'll be able to perform on any image you want to enhance.
Please download the file I used to work on in this tutorial. The first file is the image in DNG format, and the second file is a frequency separation action used in Photoshop.
Rob Sigler earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from West Virginia University. Rob has won numerous awards and accolades, including awards from the Wedding Photo Journalist Association (WPJA) and Digital Wedding Forum (Wedding Image of the Year).
Rob’s work has been featured on ABC’s “Extreme Makeover – Home Edition” and has appeared in print around the world (Newsweek Magazine, First Magazine for Women, the Buffalo News, and The Guardian, U.K.)
Rob’s portrait studio photographs hundreds of high school seniors and children each year from the Western New York area.
When a camera is not in his hands, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Jamie, and three crazy kids…12-year-old Matthew, and bubbly 5-year-old twins, Sarah and Gracie.