Photoshop retouching with CS4/CS5

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01. Introduction & tools overview

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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 the Photoshop CS4/CS5 interface and some of the tools that will be used throughout this course. Karl also touches on …

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02. Light Shaping overview

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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 dodging techniques. For those unfamiliar with these tools, this class provides the perfect introduction to this useful technique and how …

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03. Before & after skin blemishes

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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 he is going to retouch by analysing the un-retouched version of his image. He explains each step of the retouch …

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04. Dealing with stray hairs

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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 a few different techniques and tools – a key bit of knowledge for anyone shooting portraits. This is a process …

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05. Lips, eyes & eyebrows

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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 how to make subtle but effective changes, from enhancing the lip shape and removing the appearance of blood vessels and …

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06. Skin smoothing with dust & scratches

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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 any texture. He also uses tools such as his Eraser and Clone tool to make further adjustments while working with …

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07. Light sculpting

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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 the burn and doge tools, to achieve perfect looking skin. This technique is simple yet effective and is a brilliant …

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08. Liquify shape shifting

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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 edit certain aspects such as the jaw line or shape of the face whilst not effecting main areas of the …

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09. Beauty retouch process

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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 to use Hue/Saturation adjustments to change or enhance elements of an image. Using his layer masks, Karl explains how to …

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10. Eye makeup

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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 such as Burn and Dodge, the Sponge tool, Channel Mixer and Curves, to name just a few. Using various techniques …

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11. Light shaping

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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 beauty image by using Photoshop Paint Brush tools and the right blend modes. As he clearly demonstrates the process, you’ll …

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12. Finishing up

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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 hair, using techniques such as Light Shaping and Burn and Dodge. He also uses tools such as Dust & Scratches …

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13. Fashion shot objects removal

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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 a number of unwanted objects. He outlines each element that he wants to retouch, including removing an unwanted lamp post …

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14. Fixing discoloured hair roots

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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 the right blend mode to ensure a subtle but effective change that enhances the overall image to create a natural …

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15. Liquify shape shifting extra

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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 hip and waist area. But what happens if the area you want to reshape is close to another area that …

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16. Using masks

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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. Karl also demonstrates how to recolor elements of the image and how, using masks, you can recolor just the dress. …

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17. Curves, Burn & Dodge

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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 layer masks, Karl makes precise adjustments and also shows you quicker alternatives to make specific adjustments without using masks. In …

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18. Bottle shot retouch

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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 good as it would be if it was shot correctly, you’ll see how minor changes can make a big difference …

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19. Label fixes

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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 tools such as Warp and Liquify to ensure the label is perfectly even and level throughout, making sure not to …

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20. Sharpening

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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 apply to specific areas of an image without ruining areas you want to leave untouched. This Photoshop class shows you …

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21. Final touches

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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. Using tools such as Burn and Dodge, the Spot Healing Brush, Patch and Transform tools, Karl shows you how to …