Photoshop retouching with CS4/CS5

This course is aimed at photographers who want to improve their fashion, beauty or product photos and learn essential tools and techniques for light shaping, skin smoothing, shading and much, much more.

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Introduction

01. Introduction & tools overview

In this photography class Karl focusses on retouching, showing you different tips and techniques that you can use to create highly polished advertising and beauty images. This initial class focusses on the planning required for retouching and introduces you to…
Light Shaping overview

02. Light Shaping overview

This Photoshop class covers the concepts of Light Shaping and how this technique can be applied to enhance any image. Working on a simple example, Karl demonstrates how to modify the lighting in a photograph by using specialised burning and…
Before & after skin blemishes

03. Before & after skin blemishes

In this Photoshop class Karl shows you the before and after examples of one of his own beauty images, which allows you to clearly see the steps taken to reach the final, polished image. He discusses how he plans what…
Dealing with stray hairs 1

04. Dealing with stray hairs

Having completed the skin retouching in the previous class, Karl moves on to the next step of this beauty retouch — dealing with and removing stray hairs. Karl explains how you can easily remove stray hairs in your image with…
Lips eyes eyebrows

05. Lips, eyes & eyebrows

As Karl continues with his demonstration of how to retouch a beauty image, this class focusses on how to retouch eyes, lips and eyebrows. Using Photoshop tools such as the patch tool, eraser tool and various brushes, Karl teaches you…
Skin smoothing with dust & scratches

06. Skin smoothing with dust & scratches

When it comes to skin retouching using Photoshop, there are a number of different methods that one could use. In this Photoshop class Karl demonstrates how to use the Dust & Scratches filter to achieve smooth skin tones without losing…
Light Sculpting

07. Light sculpting

In this Photoshop class Karl explains how he softens out the fine lines under the eyes in this image before taking an in-depth look at how to do light sculpting. He uses a simple Overlay layer, which acts much like…
Liquify shape shifting

08. Liquify shape shifting

Liquify is a powerful Photoshop tool, and it’s easy to over-use or use incorrectly. As Karl continues with his beauty image retouch, there are certain elements where he needs to use this tool. In this Photoshop class you’ll learn how…
beauty retouch process

09. Beauty retouch process

In this Photoshop class Karl starts work on a second beauty retouch. He’ll be building on the tools and techniques covered in the previous classes as well as elaborating on them and covering new skills. This class shows you how…
Eyes Makeup

10. Eye makeup

Eyes are an important part of any image and in this photography class Karl focusses on enhancing and retouching the eyes and also demonstrates simple techniques to retouch skin blemishes. In this class you’ll learn how to use Photoshop tools…
Light shaping 2

11. Light shaping

With light shaping, you’re able to carefully control darker and lighter areas of an image, change the apparent shape and increase three dimensionality. In this Photoshop class Karl shows you how to improve the lighting on the model in this…
Finishing up

12. Finishing up

Karl reaches the final stages of this second beauty retouch, after adding a few finishing touches before recapping each step that was required to achieve the end result. In this class he makes further adjustments to the skin, lips and…
Fashion shot objects removal

13. Fashion shot objects removal

Photographing on location always means there will be certain elements outside of your control, whether it be surrounding objects or passing people. In this Photoshop class Karl works on an image he shot in Paris, polishing it up and removing…
Fixing discoloured hair roots

14. Fixing discoloured hair roots

In this Photoshop class Karl starts work on retouching the model’s hair, explaining Photoshop blend modes, when and how to use them and their various effects. For this class he focusses on recoloring the roots of the hair, carefully selecting…
Liquify shape shifting extra

15. Liquify shape shifting extra

With much of his object removal and hair retouching complete, Karl starts work on using the Liquify tool on select areas of his image. In this Photoshop class Karl shows you how to use the Liquify tool to reshape the…
Using masks

16. Using masks

Having completed his changes using the Liquify tool, Karl moves on to making contrast and tonal range adjustments to his fashion image. Working with multiple layers in Photoshop, he shows you how to achieve absolute control and precision using masks.…
Curves B & D

17. Curves, Burn & Dodge

In this Photoshop class Karl teaches you how to use Photoshop tools such as Curves and Burn and Dodge and how these can be used to enhance certain parts of your image and focus your attention to particular points. Using…
Bottle shot retouch

18. Bottle shot retouch

In this photography class Karl deliberately takes a bad image of a wine bottle, showing you how you can use simple Photoshop techniques to better the picture and achieve a clean white background. Although the image will never be as…
Label fixes

19. Label fixes

Following from the previous class, where Karl made easy enhancements and created a clean white background for his product image, Karl now addresses the label on the wine bottle - an important feature of any bottle shot. Here, he uses…
Sharpening

20. Sharpening

Now that the initial adjustments are complete, Karl shows you how to sharpen the label on the image, ensuring the writing is clear and easy to read. Sharpening is a useful feature of Photoshop, but it can be tricky to…
Final touches

21. Final touches

In this Photoshop class Karl adds the final touches to this product retouch. Here he focuses on removing the unwanted reflections in the bottle, using a number of useful tools and techniques to achieve a smooth and even gradient throughout.…