13. Practical demonstration on wedding retouch

Wedding photography is a huge market in the photography industry, but it’s a genre of photography that requires, at the very least, certain levels of retouching.

In this photography class Karl works on a wedding photograph (which you can download here), highlighting and explaining how to remove all the small distractions to reach a more pleasing final image with a strong focus on the bride and groom.

You’ll see how minor adjustments to color, crop and symmetry can make a big difference in the end as Karl works through the image, making use of tools such as the Transform tools, Clone Stamp and Curve adjustments, all while using useful keyboard shortcuts to speed up his workflow.

In this Photoshop class we cover the following:

  • Photoshop tutorial: How to retouch wedding photographs
  • Wedding retouch tips
  • Working with layers and layer masks
  • How to use the Transform tool in Photoshop
  • Making color adjustments in Photoshop using curve adjustments
  • Resizing an image – Canvas size

For more advanced retouching techniques for wedding photography, watch our Wedding Couple Retouch classes.

If you have any questions about this course please post them in the comments section below 🙂

Comments

  1. Good patient work Karl. Taking out the tiny weed clumps on the steps right at the bottom would improve further. There is also a repeat pattern running across the step at the very bottom which is easily healed for more improvement. I might have also been tempted to change a few leaves in the wall plants and pot plants so that they are not exact mirror reflections. But I realise you are just showing us the technique as an exercise ☺

  2. Hey Karl, I had a question regarding the part in which by using the clone stamp tool to remove the window in the back of the church.
    If this picture were to be printed, wouldn’t that “dark area” come out a little odd?
    I understand it might have to do with how well of a job you have done to remove and hide it, but i’m wondering, how well can one hide that in a print?
    Like not just a tiny print but a full blown big poster size to billboard print.

    1. Hi Jacques, on that type of retouch it is very easy to hide the retouching if it is done well even on a large print. The fact is when you zoom in to 200% in photoshop you are seeing as much detail as you will see in a print (although not necessarily the same tonal range). Even very complicated retouching can be completely imperceivable, I would say that the most obvious retouching is when lots of items are comped together which is why I try to do as much in camera as it saves time and looks more natural in the long run.

  3. Many thanks for this lesson and the series on Photoshop! It has shown me a lot of tools in photoshop that i’ve never really used before.

  4. This particular lesson changed the way i “see images” completely.
    Awesome work and explanation!

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