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How to Retouch Portraits Using Lightroom CC

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Class Introduction to How to Retouch Portraits Using Lightroom CC

Kristina Sherk

How to Retouch Portraits Using Lightroom CC

Kristina Sherk

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1. Class Introduction to How to Retouch Portraits Using Lightroom CC

Lesson Info

Class Introduction to How to Retouch Portraits Using Lightroom CC

Today we are talking about retouching in Lightroom, and specifically faces, so it's gonna be fun. And a little bit about myself, I'm a professional retoucher based out of Washington, D.C. And my mantra is work smarter, not harder, so again, just kind of coming back to our message for the day is, you know, maybe you don't actually have to take your image all the way into Photoshop for the some of the stuff, for some of the retouching stuff, some of the facial retouching stuff that most people are very comfortable with using Photoshop for, but maybe we could be doing that kind of stuff in Lightroom. Hey, it's worth a try, let's try it out. And I'm gonna show you some really exciting stuff. I'm gonna teach you a little bit about how to retouch faces without Photoshop, like I just said. We are going to be creating a lot of custom retouching brushes. I'm going to kind of show how to dodge and burn in Lightroom and without Photoshop. And then we are going to also touch on the fact that you c...

an actually sync those changes across multiple images. So we have a lot of stuff to cover today, and I think we have about 90 minutes so it's gonna be a great show. It's going to be packed full of useful information for you guys, so I'm excited to get started.

Class Description


  • Retouch portraits using Adobe Lightroom.
  • Use frequency separation and dodge and burn to adjust images.


Let’s be honest, who has two spare hours to spend retouching a single image in Adobe® Photoshop®. Fortunately, there’s Adobe® Lightroom®, which offers so many amazing tools you can skip Photoshop altogether. In this class, Kristina Sherk will show you all the incredible portrait retouching techniques you can achieve in Lightroom in just seconds, including topics like frequency separation and dodge and burn. She will translate all the high-level retouching techniques once thought to be only feasible in Photoshop into super-fast Lightroom brushes to save you tons of time.


  • All Levels of photographers and retouchers


Photoshop CC 2019


For the past 10 years, Kristina Sherk has been a high-end photo retoucher based out of Washington, D.C. She specializes in beauty retouching and has done work for many clients such as Time Inc., Hasselblad, Merz Aesthetic, and Cotton Incorporated. She loves “translating Photoshop” for people and subsequently, she’s a contributing author for educational publications like Shutter Magazine, Photoshop User Magazine and Lightroom Magazine. She is well-known for her online teaching, and you can find out more at

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Great class, good, clear, easy-to-follow instructions. This is going to have a big impact on my workflow and save me a LOT of time - thank you!


As fast as Lightroom is growing and improving, it's a hard to keep up with everything it is capable of. Kristina did a great job of showing how to speed up workflow by retouching in ways that I though you could only do well in Photoshop. This class is super informative and well worth it!

Robin Spencer

Excellent! This program was short and sweet but packed with lots of very useful tips and tricks. I have been using Lightroom for years and still learned so much. All of her time saving tips especially "Sync" were really appreciated. Highly recommend.