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Course description

Welcome to "Photoshop Portrait Editing: Complete Professional Workflow!

Have you ever been curious what it takes to get flawless, striking but still natural-looking portraits?
Photography portraiture while being an extremely rewarding genre requires certain amount of skill to thrive.
The creative process begins with your unique vision, continues while working on mood, composition and exposure. Well exposed photo is a great starting point - if you produced quality RAW material during the photoshoot, you've arrived to a place where the magic begins. Now with skilful editing you can transform your images, taking them from OK-ish to impressive. "Skilful" is a master word here, since it takes knowledge and experience to enhance the RAW material by emphasising its' strong parts and correcting the flaws.

In this course I will teach you a complete set of portrait retouching techniques with a deep dive into the Dodging and Burning.


The Portrait Editing Workflow taught in this course consists of the following steps:

  • quick clean-up,
  • advanced Dodge & Burn
  • targeted luminosity adjustments
  • selective sharpening
  • color work optional finish: funky Gel Lighting Effect


You will learn how to prepare your photo for the edit, how to enhance definition and add more depth and contrast with Dodge and Burn technique - the "heart" of any efficient edit. Dodging & Burning derives from a darkroom manual photo developing techniques. Simply speaking it is based on darkening (burning) or brightening (dodging) selected areas in the image. Since photography is all about light and shadow - Dodging & Burning well performed can truly enhance definition of your work.

First we will create a set of Layers that will be used to perform the Dodging & Burning technique. After getting the Layers stack ready comes the image evaluation - here we decide on the look we want to achieve. Typically the Dodge & Burn process is divided into two stages: Corrective and Contouring. During the Corrective stage we are working with large magnification and focusing mostly on perfecting surfaces in the photo such as smoothening skin texture. This is most time consuming part of the edit, requires precision and patience. The second stage, Contouring is the fun-part, which most of the photographers truly enjoy. During Contouring we will work with global enhancement of light and shadow in the image - the effect is increased contrast, greater sense of depth and volume. Both stages need to be performed in a sensible manner since there is a fine line between an enhanced, effective image and overdone, fake-looking final effect. To finish up the basic edit we will apply targeted luminosity adjustments and selective sharpening.

Having the image perfected during the Dodging & Burning we will be ready to move on and add a style to the image. We will get the artistic look by adding dramatic coloured effect, derived from theatre and cinematography. By introducing strong, flashy colors we will create images with a twist - provoking, vibrant portraits pulsating with energy. We will be working in a non-destructive way with the most powerful Photoshop tools that allow adjust color in the image to our needs. We will perform the color grading process with the Color Filland Selective Color Adjustment Layers combined with Photoshop Masks.

In this course we will be working with 3 different images and combination of the most powerful Photoshop techniques. I believe that the most effective way of learning any artistic skills leads through practice and that’s why this course takes an intense, “hands-on” approach. You will be working along with me on each and every edit - I will walk you right from the starting point, through complete sequence of adjustments.

When you join me in the course you will get instant access to 3 high quality photos which we will use as a base during the editing process. You will get the original files and final versions with all editable Photoshop layers included. Working with the supporting materials is an extremely effective way to master Photoshop techniques. They allow you to start the course immediately with no time wasted on research and preparations.

Even if you don’t have experience with Photoshop you will be able to follow me along and starting with simple techniques you will gradually build up your skills.
At the end of the course you will be confident in evaluating your images, you will gain practical skills allowing you to work with the most effective Photoshop tools to take your images from boring to striking.

Join me and let’s together unlock hidden potential in your photographs. See you inside the course!

What will I learn?

  • Perform with confidence a classic portrait edit workflow with professional Photoshop techniques

  • Effectively use Dodge & Burn technique to enhance any image

  • Post Production Special Effects: Gel Lighting

  • Work with confidence with Masks and Adjustment Layers

  • Work in a non-destructive way with the use of most powerful Photoshop Tools

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  • Kasia Zmokla

    Instructor Bio:

    Kasia is a fine art photographer, designer and video creator with 20 years experience working in the Graphic Design industry. She worked full time for design studios in Poland, Ireland and Malta and independently as an artist, photographer and freelance designer for numerous clients around the world. Her work is displayed internationally including the Asia Contemporary Art Gallery in Singapore. Kasia is a founder of Digital Art Classes where she makes complex concepts easy to grasp. She is also an active contributor to several photo stock agencies including Alamy and Stockimo. Born in Poland. She received her formal training at the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design in Wroclaw, Poland and graduated as a Master of Fine Arts in 2003.

    Kasia Zmokla

    Photographer & Educator

Course curriculum

  • 01
    1. Introduction to the Course
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  • 02
    2. Edit 1: Olga in Yellow / Violet
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  • 03
    3: Edit 2: Carine in Pink / Blue
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    • Quick Intro to the Edit
    • Dodge & Burn Local - Corrective
    • Dodge & Burn Global - Contouring
    • Luminosity Adjustments
    • Sharpening
    • Gel Lighting Effect - 1st Light: Pink
    • Gel Lighting Effect - 2nd Light: Blue
  • 04
    4. Edit 3: Chris in Red / Blue / Cyan
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    • Quick Intro to the Edit
    • Selective Sharpening
    • Dodge & Burn Global - Contouring
    • Targeted Color Adjustments - Desaturate
    • Luminosity Adjustments
    • Sharpening
    • Gel Lighting Effect - 1st Light: Blue
    • Gel Lighting Effect - 2nd Light: Red
    • Gel Lighting Effect - Light Leak: Cyan
    • Final Touches
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    5. Resources
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