Retouching 301 10 Videos (12:01h)
  • 01 - Introduction to Retouching 301: Tips for Editing Correct Skin Color in Photoshop
    Color Tools, Advice for Color work, Correcting Skin Tone
  • 02 - How to Retouch Portraits of Children in Photoshop
    Camera RAW, Reducing Redness, Brightening SHadows, Adding vignette, Studio image
  • 03 - How to Retouch, Straighten, and Color Clothing in Photoshop
    Camera RAW, Plan, Liquify Tool, Sleeve 1, Collar, Sleeve 2, Copying Texture, Midriff Seam, Skirt
  • 04 - How to Color Tone Portraits in Photoshop
    Camera RAW, Curves and Levels, Color Toning with Levels, Color toning with levels and Apply Image, Keyboard shortcut for Apply Image, Color toning with apply image and solid color, Color Toning with Hue/Saturation, Color toning with Gradient Map, Selective color
  • 05 - How to Apply a Full Face of Makeup in Photoshop
    Camera RAW, Plan, Lightening shadows with curves, Refining Eyebrows with Pen tool, Drawing Eyelashes, Eyeshadowm Blemish Removal and Sharpening, Lip Color, Contouring
  • 06 - How to Match Skin Tone Between Hands, Chests, and Faces in Photoshop
    Plan, Blemish Removal, Dodging and Burning, Match Color with Blend if, Matching Color with Hue/Saturation, Targeting with Selective Color, Shadows and Highlights, Adding blur to har and color toning
  • 07 - How to Use the Face Aware Liquify Tool Appropriately in Photoshop
    Face aware Liquify, Targeting one eye, Face and Hair
  • 08 - How to Retouch and Shape Hair in Photoshop
    Plan, Hair 1, Hair 2, Sample and Paint over Hair, Hair 3
  • 09 - Exercise 1: Retouch a Conceptual Portrait from Start to Finish in Photoshop
    Plan, Liquify, Blemish Removal, Dodging and Burning, Frequency Separation, Lips, Background, Sharpening and color toning
  • 10 - Exercise 2: Retouch a Portfolio Headshot from Start to Finish in Photoshop
    Plan, Liquify, Blemish Removal, Dodging and Burning, Clothing, Background, Color Toning, Sharpening
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Welcome to part three of our best-selling series Retouching 101-301. Combine all the retouching techniques you learned in 101 & 201 to become a master retoucher.

What’s Included

12 Sample Images   |   10 Video Tutorials
* This tutorial is part of the Retouching 101-301 Bundle

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How to Properly Work with Color

Retouching 301 begins with a discussion on color. What is proper skin tone and how can you make sure your images aren’t too red or too green? We teach you how to use the included Skin Tone Chart to analyze and correct skin tone. Learn workflow tips and tricks to achieve better color in your portraits!

Included Skin Tone Chart & Color Swatches

Skin tone can be tough to perfect, a little too much red or green and skin starts to look weird. The included Skin Tone Chart & Swatches provide you with a quick-reference guide on proper skin tone. Compare highlights, mid-tones, and shadows to achieve proper color.


Children don’t tend to have many of the skin blemishes that adults do—acne and wrinkles haven’t had time to leave their mark. When retouching children, it is mostly about correcting light and color. We show you how to use Lightroom and Photoshop to add style and focus to children’s portraits.

Perfect Hair Retouching

Learn how to keep hair under control by following along with the entire retouching process. Create individual strands of hair using special Photoshop Brushes and remove hair from unwanted areas.

Color-Tone Portraits

Portraits can be retouched in several ways. You can focus on realism, or you can go for style. The easiest and most effective way to add style to a portrait is through color-tone. We show you how to add color to highlights, mid-tones, and shadows separately for more impact. Learn how to use Gradient Maps to color-tone and how to load color-toning presets.

Add “Digital Makeup” in Photoshop

Having a world-class makeup artist on every shoot would be nice, but that is not always the cast. Learn to use the same principles a makeup artist uses to add and enhance makeup in Photoshop. We show you how to analyze photos of makeup and all the tools required to apply it digitally.

Face-Aware Liquify

New to Photoshop CC 2015, Face-Aware Liquify gives you the ability to transform and enhance facial features to an incredible degree. Make changes to eye height, size, width, tilt and distance using simple sliders. The tool also includes enhanced control over the nose, mouth, forehead, chin and face shape.

Retouching Clothing

A great portrait will only go so-far if the person is wearing wrinkled, stained, or misfitting clothing. Learn tips-and-tricks for transforming clothing into a thing of beauty. Re-create collars, sleeves, colors and weaves in the lesson dedicated to retouching clothes.

Two Full-Length Exercises

Combine everything you learn from sections 1-8 to retouch two portraits from start to finish. Where do I start? How do different techniques tie together? What don’t I know? Follow along the entire retouching process from Camera RAW to Exporting the Final Photos.

16-Bit RAW Files Included

With 26 straight-out-of-camera RAW images included, you’ll be able to retouch in 16-bit for the full experience. The capabilty of this collection makes nothing impossible.

Do I need a tablet to retouch?

Short answer – no, but there is nothing like having the best tool for the job. The micro-adjustments that the Wacom Tablet make possible are unparalleled. Pressure sensitivity gives you optimum control over all of your Photoshop tools; opacity, flow, and size.


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