Course Description

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 you will learn a complete set of portrait retouching techniques with a deep dive into the Dodging and Burning.

You Will Learn

  • Perform 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


Skills You Will Gain

Master Advanced Dodge & Burn

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.

Master Advanced Dodge & Burn

Corrective Dodge & Burn

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.
Corrective Dodge & Burn

Contouring Dodge & Burn

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.
Contouring Dodge & Burn

Non-Destructive Workflow

Play around with your unique color grading ideas. With luminosity based, pixel-perfect selections you can try original color combinations and always achieve natural-looking results. Injecting a specific color into selected luminosity range has never been easier. Want to add to your shadows a hint of blue? With luminosity masks you can achieve this and much more just in a few seconds.
Non-Destructive Workflow

Color Work Finish: Gel Lighting Effect

Add a style to the image and 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. Learn the complete color grading process with the Color Fill and Selective Color Adjustment Layers combined with Photoshop Masks.
Color Work Finish: Gel Lighting Effect

Complete Workflow: Olga

The course takes an active, hands-on approach. Follow the complete start-to-finish edit for this portrait taken in Malta and expand your set of creative skills.
Complete Workflow: Olga

Complete Workflow: Carine

The course takes an active, hands-on approach. Follow the complete start-to-finish edit for this portrait taken in London and expand your set of creative skills.
Complete Workflow: Carine

Complete Workflow: Chris

The course takes an active, hands-on approach. Follow the complete start-to-finish edit for this portrait taken in Malta and expand your set of creative skills.
Complete Workflow: Chris

Photoshop Portrait Editing: Complete Professional Workflow

What current students are saying about the course

“Very good course, nicely explained.”

Bojatan MijatovicBojatan Mijatovic

“C'est un très bon cours très bien expliqué.”

Cédric ReinetteCédric Reinette

“Explicação clara e objetiva.”

Rodolfo Tadeu de JesusRodolfo Tadeu de Jesus

“Muy buenas tecnicas muy recomendadas, ayudan mucho para mejorar como retocador de retratos.”

Wilson Andres OquendoWilson Andres Oquendo

What's Included

  • • 4 hours of in-depth content for beginning / intermediate users

  • • High resolution TIFF source files for you to edit along with the videos

  • • Hand-crafted Luminosity Masks Photoshop Action

Curriculum

  • 1
  • 2
    2. Edit 1: Olga in Yellow / Violet
  • 3
    3: Edit 2: Carine in Pink / Blue
    • 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
  • 4
    4. Edit 3: Chris in Red / Blue / Cyan
    • 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
  • 5
    5. Resources
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Photoshop Portrait Editing: Complete Professional Workflow

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