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Retouching & Adobe Photoshop Techniques

Lesson 17 of 28

Audience Image Retouching

 

Retouching & Adobe Photoshop Techniques

Lesson 17 of 28

Audience Image Retouching

 

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Audience Image Retouching

00:00:02.04 --> 00:00:04. So let's take a look at a couple of photos, and this 00:00:04.22 --> 00:00:08. is a photo that I know that the question that was 00:00:08.23 --> 00:00:12. asked is a quick and simple way to change the color 00:00:12.24 --> 00:00:16. of the hat and the shirt. And one way that you could 00:00:16.24 --> 00:00:19. do this. We already learned in photo shop. If you 00:00:19.09 --> 00:00:23. go into Photoshopped, um, adjustment layers hue saturation 00:00:23.78 --> 00:00:26. and you'd select. In this instance it's magenta. However, 00:00:26.74 --> 00:00:30. it's really easy to do this if you have late room. 00:00:30.84 --> 00:00:32. If in light room you're in develop module and that's 00:00:32.74 --> 00:00:36. where I am here. If you go under basic, not basic, 00:00:36.95 --> 00:00:40. not tone curve, but under hue saturation, luminous 00:00:40.12 --> 00:00:41. color and black and white. 00:00:42.34 --> 00:00:45. If you go to Hugh, you have something. Which is this 0...

0:00:45.31 --> 00:00:48. called the Tat, the targeted adjustment tool. When 00:00:48.48 --> 00:00:52. you click on that, it gives you a little circle, and 00:00:52.22 --> 00:00:55. based on if you click and drag offer down, it'll change 00:00:55.12 --> 00:00:58. the hue of that shirt. So, for example, I'm doing 00:00:58.2 --> 00:01:00. nothing right now, but clicking and dragging my mouth 00:01:00.64 --> 00:01:01. up and or down. 00:01:04.44 --> 00:01:07. And so now I can match her identically to the chair 00:01:07.88 --> 00:01:10. if I want or drag it up because of what it's doing 00:01:10.97 --> 00:01:13. is identifying those similar colors. There's nothing 00:01:13.62 --> 00:01:16. like it in the rest of the photo and saying, Okay, 00:01:16.41 --> 00:01:19. let's make the change. So if the color change the 00:01:19.04 --> 00:01:20. way you wanted, so that's all you really need to do. 00:01:20.82 --> 00:01:22. It's really quick and easy. 00:01:23.14 --> 00:01:26. A couple other things that I see in this photo, um, 00:01:26.38 --> 00:01:29. is if I'm looking at her and we drop, you have to 00:01:29.22 --> 00:01:32. drop your tools just so you know, we wander around 00:01:32.23 --> 00:01:36. with and can't get rid of it, Uh, I see that the light 00:01:36.4 --> 00:01:41. on her face is too blue. It's it's too cold. So I 00:01:41.5 --> 00:01:44. would just white and light enough the or warm up the 00:01:44.8 --> 00:01:47. photo by hand. If you had a great card, you could 00:01:47.91 --> 00:01:50. do it that way. But sometimes I want more warm. If 00:01:50.03 --> 00:01:51. you're looking in the back and it looks like it's 00:01:51.61 --> 00:01:54. kind of end of day and probably what it is, it's the 00:01:54.72 --> 00:01:57. end of day. It's warm like everywhere else, but she's 00:01:57.76 --> 00:01:59. under the shade of a big tree or the side of a house or something. And so that's going to be really, really cool light, because all the light in that instance is coming from the end of day blue sky, kind of the that twilight. So I can just warm up the image by hand. You know, that's that's a personal preference. What's cool is that you could make a lot of changes right here in light room without going overto photo shop. So I feel like my eyes are getting lost on the edges and there's not enough bringing me to her face. So if I scroll down to the bottom here under effects, I can add up. And yet and so I can kind of dark and down the edges of it. And I'm just pulling the amount slider in, so it focus you in on her Now there's obviously you can go away too much, Um, but I just want to pull my eyes and from the edges, and then I want to increase the contrast on her face. Your ears go, your eyes go the areas of highest contrast, brightest and color. So in light room there's a tool, which is the adjustment brush. And it is much better now in lightened four than lightning three. Just you know, because what it did is it gave you all of the options that you now have in camera raw for CSX. It put it into light room four. So if you have light from three and you're looking at this brush, see how many more options you have if sharpness and noise and more and different and clarity And in all this and those that exist prior. So with this brush, anything that I adjust here so I can pump up my exposure in contrast and shadows and whatever anyplace I paint, it will only apply that effect there. I'm not in photo shop. If you're not familiar with light room, you can do a lot of these changes in light room even without photo shop, so I can paint. And what's good is if I look and say, Okay, that's probably a little too bright. Well, it's not permanent. All of light room is completely non destructive. So I could back off and say, OK, it was a little bit too light or my highlights went a little bit too far. And so if I come down here and I'm just gonna hit 00:04:01.97 --> 00:04:06. clothes and if I who, Why the shortcut is why I can 00:04:06.36 --> 00:04:08. see a boat with foreign after for the photo in light 00:04:08.89 --> 00:04:11. room and I'm gonna hit l once and l twice. You can 00:04:11.3 --> 00:04:15. see it just on black, and your face might be a little 00:04:15.42 --> 00:04:17. bright on that side. It looks correct on my screen. 00:04:17.6 --> 00:04:20. Just, you know, I can't quite tell. But even that 00:04:20.64 --> 00:04:23. makes a big difference. And if I come back and say 00:04:24.49 --> 00:04:30. no, I wanted to change the clover shirt again, you 00:04:30.04 --> 00:04:33. know, kind of no problem if I look at that color, 00:04:33.34 --> 00:04:35. I used the hue saturation, luminous all the time to 00:04:35.99 --> 00:04:38. change colors because it's an easier to make a selection 00:04:38.34 --> 00:04:41. so fine, like, Wow, that blue looks to blue. I can 00:04:41.35 --> 00:04:42. come over to saturation 00:04:43.77 --> 00:04:46. in de saturate kind of blues and awkward a little 00:04:46.01 --> 00:04:49. bit so I can make some changes. I'll also do this 00:04:49.74 --> 00:04:52. a lot of times when I do that kind of pale skin. Look, 00:04:52.7 --> 00:04:55. I don't even do it in photo shop. I'll pull out reds 00:04:55.59 --> 00:04:58. and yellows in light room right here. I go to saturation 00:04:59.06 --> 00:05:00. pull out, and it's not gonna work on her. She's already 00:05:00.84 --> 00:05:03. pale, so it doesn't really matter. But if I pull out 00:05:03.91 --> 00:05:06. reds and yellows. You know, I could make her skin 00:05:07.06 --> 00:05:10. go completely light. Um, I'm not sure if there's not 00:05:10.45 --> 00:05:12. another photo here that would better represent that. 00:05:12.44 --> 00:05:15. But even something, maybe like this. Okay, says another 00:05:15.45 --> 00:05:18. photo that one of you submitted, Um, if I first of 00:05:18.78 --> 00:05:21. all I would crop in my eyes were, like, lost all over 00:05:21.86 --> 00:05:25. the place so I would crap in. And I would also either 00:05:25.21 --> 00:05:27. get rid of the hair or photo shop a lot more hair 00:05:27.72 --> 00:05:29. in, because right now it's just there's a little bit 00:05:29.59 --> 00:05:30. here. 00:05:31.18 --> 00:05:34. Um but what I'm going to dio is I'm going to lighten 00:05:34.88 --> 00:05:37. it up. It's gonna pump up the shadows a little bit 00:05:38.58 --> 00:05:39. in the highlights. 00:05:40.74 --> 00:05:42. Right enough, This photo a bit, 00:05:43.78 --> 00:05:46. but let's check out her skin. If I wanted to make 00:05:46.26 --> 00:05:50. her skin kind of pull out the color if I pull out 00:05:50.15 --> 00:05:51. some oranges 00:05:52.93 --> 00:05:53. and yellows 00:05:55.78 --> 00:05:59. and I increased my contrast a bit, brighten it up 00:05:59.6 --> 00:06:03. just a bit even before and after. So it's getting 00:06:03.36 --> 00:06:05. more of that pale tone. It depends on how far you 00:06:05.15 --> 00:06:09. want to take it. I can go back in and pull out a lot 00:06:09.73 --> 00:06:12. of vibrance, a little bit plump up, and I'm just like 00:06:12.09 --> 00:06:15. tweaking. So I have these things that I commonly tweak. 00:06:15.34 --> 00:06:17. I'm looking and there's purple in her eyes. So maybe 00:06:17.74 --> 00:06:20. I want to go to grab purple and magenta to pop those 00:06:20.83 --> 00:06:23. tones up. And maybe I want to go into my adjustment 00:06:23.94 --> 00:06:28. brush and I want to pump of the shadows and the highlights 00:06:28.8 --> 00:06:31. in the clarity and then just kind of click on it in 00:06:31.95 --> 00:06:32. the eye. 00:06:33.66 --> 00:06:34. And so if I had done, 00:06:36.06 --> 00:06:37. you know, maybe it's overdone a little bit, but that's 00:06:37.65 --> 00:06:40. a a drastic change and just kind of tweaking a few 00:06:40.28 --> 00:06:42. things. And so I don't usually mess with color and 00:06:42.99 --> 00:06:46. light room too much, but all of those little exposure 00:06:46.7 --> 00:06:49. tweaks. I get that right. Open up in photoshopping, 00:06:49.12 --> 00:06:50. it changes the way that I retouch 00:06:52.26 --> 00:06:52. any questions. 00:06:54.25 --> 00:06:54. I'm pretty good. 00:06:56.1 --> 00:07:00. So I am going to open up a couple files in photo shop. 00:07:00.9 --> 00:07:04. So I'm gonna pick this photo, for example, until you 00:07:04.61 --> 00:07:08. a bit about how I might retouch that I would use portraiture, 00:07:08.22 --> 00:07:11. which I don't have. But I'm just gonna give you an 00:07:11.01 --> 00:07:13. idea of a couple things I would d'oh. So my problem 00:07:13.84 --> 00:07:16. with this photo since I think it's really, really 00:07:16.17 --> 00:07:19. pretty. But since everything's the same tone, I really 00:07:19.06 --> 00:07:22. need to define things with my contrast. Since everything's 00:07:22.13 --> 00:07:24. the same color. I don't have color working for me 00:07:24.41 --> 00:07:26. to tell me where I look and I don't really have bright 00:07:26.71 --> 00:07:28. highlights to tell me where to look either. 00:07:29.72 --> 00:07:31. And I think this is very pretty for whoever made this 00:07:31.89 --> 00:07:32. photo. 00:07:33.63 --> 00:07:35. So I wanted to lighten it up a little, and I'm just 00:07:35.35 --> 00:07:37. looking here at my history. Graham. 00:07:38.4 --> 00:07:41. I don't really have any blacks cutting or any highlights 00:07:41.11 --> 00:07:43. being clipped off so I can lay it up a little bit. 00:07:44.96 --> 00:07:45. Okay? 00:07:47.56 --> 00:07:51. And maybe it's a little bit warm, but I like it warm, 00:07:52.16 --> 00:07:55. Supposed to be warm photo. So I'm going to open up 00:07:55.87 --> 00:07:58. as is. And so the tweaks that I made it or just increase 00:07:58.95 --> 00:08:01. the contrast a little bit made it pop a little bit, 00:08:01.51 --> 00:08:04. added a little bit of clarity. So little things, 00:08:06.12 --> 00:08:08. someone open it up in photo shop 00:08:11.19 --> 00:08:13. and I'm gonna zoom in. I went duplicate the background, 00:08:15.23 --> 00:08:19. and I'm gonna start by saying, OK, I need to increase 00:08:19.91 --> 00:08:22. contrast in certain areas of the face and around the 00:08:22.59 --> 00:08:25. subject. I probably want to do that first because 00:08:25.22 --> 00:08:27. it's going to change what I see in my retouch. If 00:08:27.4 --> 00:08:29. I lighten things up or dark in it down, so that's 00:08:29.87 --> 00:08:33. where I want to start. I'm going to start. And instead 00:08:33.24 --> 00:08:35. of using the typical in vignette with levels, I'm 00:08:35.65 --> 00:08:38. gonna do it. Do so with our softly so when at a new 00:08:38.93 --> 00:08:39. layer 00:08:40.87 --> 00:08:42. and I'm going to paint around her 00:08:44.68 --> 00:08:46. and I know that I can change this later 00:08:49.98 --> 00:08:51. and I could do this if I wanted to, 00:08:53.08 --> 00:08:55. and let's change it too softly 00:08:56.28 --> 00:08:58. and so that makes it really, really, really dark. 00:08:59.28 --> 00:09:01. But I don't want it that dark so I can decrease my 00:09:01.51 --> 00:09:02. capacity. 00:09:03.37 --> 00:09:06. But if you look already, maybe I can blurred a little 00:09:06.04 --> 00:09:08. bit. But it focuses your eye and a bit so you're already 00:09:08.5 --> 00:09:10. saying Okay, so I need to I need to look more her. 00:09:10.91 --> 00:09:13. That's where I'm trying to look so I would do the 00:09:13.95 --> 00:09:16. same thing where I went to select her with my lasso 00:09:16.28 --> 00:09:18. tool, and I could paint with soft light, 00:09:20.16 --> 00:09:21. but I'm going to select her 00:09:23.07 --> 00:09:24. feather my brush 00:09:27.35 --> 00:09:30. and I'm gonna goto levels. And if you're looking, 00:09:30.12 --> 00:09:32. she doesn't have a white point. So they give her a 00:09:32.54 --> 00:09:34. white point, increase the contrast a little. It makes 00:09:34.45 --> 00:09:36. her the brightest area. The photos. So your eye goes 00:09:36.46 --> 00:09:39. there more. Okay, good. So I get myself a white point, 00:09:40.26 --> 00:09:42. lighten it up a little bit, give myself a black point. 00:09:43.77 --> 00:09:45. So if you're looking, if you think that mess with 00:09:45.5 --> 00:09:47. the color a little bit remember, you can change it 00:09:47.66 --> 00:09:50. to luminosity, and it helps with the color a bit. 00:09:51.28 --> 00:09:54. So I'm looking and I think your screen looks okay. 00:09:54.82 --> 00:09:58. That highlight on the knee and the sky there is close 00:09:58.67 --> 00:10:00. to being too bright, but it's not too bad. 00:10:01.77 --> 00:10:04. So so far, what we've done is just I've just controlled 00:10:04.19 --> 00:10:04. the eye 00:10:05.61 --> 00:10:07. so, so much more. You look at her before and after, 00:10:07.99 --> 00:10:09. and all I've done is darkened on the edge is lighting 00:10:09.88 --> 00:10:12. up the center and so every single photo that I do, 00:10:12.36 --> 00:10:14. that's where I start working on the edges. Lighten 00:10:14.67 --> 00:10:18. up the center on my subject. So now I'm gonna pop 00:10:18.16 --> 00:10:20. in here and take a look at what I need to do for retouching. 00:10:22.95 --> 00:10:24. And so I need to get rid of bruises 00:10:26.6 --> 00:10:29. and I need to get rid of blemishes. 00:10:31.16 --> 00:10:33. And like I said, I think this photo is really pretty. 00:10:33.13 --> 00:10:35. So I'm just kind of perfecting. 00:10:38.2 --> 00:10:42. All right, Um, she's fine, but I always get rid of, 00:10:42.18 --> 00:10:45. um, wrinkles or veins and girls hands. That's where 00:10:45.28 --> 00:10:46. we show our age first 00:10:49.05 --> 00:10:52. and in bikini shots. I always look for places where 00:10:52.5 --> 00:10:55. somebody was maybe wearing jeans or socks. You can 00:10:55.5 --> 00:10:58. see the ridges up the sign. I think this might actually 00:10:58.67 --> 00:11:00. just be a scratch, but a lot of times you'll think 00:11:00.78 --> 00:11:02. of the scratch. It was just because they were their 00:11:02.46 --> 00:11:03. socks too tight. 00:11:04.45 --> 00:11:07. And so I can really I can pretty much just get rid 00:11:07.04 --> 00:11:10. of, um, most of this with Patch to and that's all 00:11:10.16 --> 00:11:12. I'm doing is clicking and patching. That's great, 00:11:12.86 --> 00:11:16. Lindsay, because folks had asked yesterday about the 00:11:16.46 --> 00:11:19. lines and the remains on the skin. So thank you. Yeah, 00:11:19.37 --> 00:11:24. I've hatchet or all use, um a clone stamp on leyton. 00:11:25.23 --> 00:11:29. Same thing I like. This voter doesn't really has as 00:11:29.07 --> 00:11:32. armpits hidden because you guys that I filled our 00:11:32.13 --> 00:11:32. heads. 00:11:34.3 --> 00:11:37. Okay, so I would look in here and I know I need to 00:11:37.04 --> 00:11:39. clean up her skin. And I would ask myself the question 00:11:39.94 --> 00:11:43. of how big is this photo gonna bay? Because if this 00:11:43.15 --> 00:11:45. photo is going to be large and needs to be perfect, 00:11:45.1 --> 00:11:48. will, this is one of those instances where she doesn't. 00:11:48.01 --> 00:11:51. It's not really that much detail in order to do my 00:11:51.96 --> 00:11:54. frequency separation. If you're looking at it, 00:11:55.6 --> 00:11:57. it's not really detail is just more of tonalities. 00:11:58.05 --> 00:12:00. So I know that portraiture would probably be easiest 00:12:00.95 --> 00:12:05. for me. Um, also where I can kind of smooth out those 00:12:05.19 --> 00:12:07. textures as I had yesterday by creating a channel 00:12:07.95 --> 00:12:11. and painting colors. But I'm just really getting rid 00:12:11.25 --> 00:12:13. of watching us, since I know her face is kind of small 00:12:13.69 --> 00:12:18. getting rid of blotchy nous with the patch tool I 00:12:18.23 --> 00:12:20. can clean up under her eye and I have a very large 00:12:20.75 --> 00:12:22. brush. Won't clean up under her eye 00:12:23.51 --> 00:12:26. using clones, them one leyton 00:12:28.82 --> 00:12:31. Okay. And so clean that up just a little bit. 00:12:34.2 --> 00:12:37. It's under her eye speck up. 00:12:39.42 --> 00:12:42. And if I see like, I think that maybe that with a 00:12:42.2 --> 00:12:44. little strong, I could back off the A passage if I 00:12:44.55 --> 00:12:47. wanted to. Kind of depends. I could also use a history 00:12:47.89 --> 00:12:50. brush if I wanted to paint things back in the history. 00:12:50.79 --> 00:12:54. Brush is right underneath the brush tool so I can 00:12:54.08 --> 00:12:57. do a lower opacity for the history brush, and it kind 00:12:57.37 --> 00:12:58. of just steps it back a bit. 00:12:59.81 --> 00:13:03. Um, all right, so I know that I would get rid of this 00:13:03.63 --> 00:13:04. next to her mouth. 00:13:06.46 --> 00:13:08. And if I'm looking when it's all said and done, though, 00:13:09.07 --> 00:13:11. her face is still too dark, if chances are I mean, 00:13:11.67 --> 00:13:13. I know she's in a bathing suit, so obviously you're 00:13:13.16 --> 00:13:16. looking at her body, but I want to lighten up her 00:13:16.71 --> 00:13:19. face just a little bit. So a couple things that I 00:13:19.03 --> 00:13:21. do and I'm kind of just clicking around is I wanted 00:13:21.5 --> 00:13:23. to find her features a little more. I know I would 00:13:23.06 --> 00:13:27. smooth out this area. I'm going to use my, um, levels 00:13:27.73 --> 00:13:30. to brighten it up and then soft light to give her 00:13:30.1 --> 00:13:32. highlights and shadows because it's flat light here. 00:13:32.39 --> 00:13:35. So it kind of hide your features so I will select 00:13:35.49 --> 00:13:36. your face 00:13:37.22 --> 00:13:40. and I'll see if Levels does the job for me. It's kind 00:13:40.0 --> 00:13:42. of selecting your face. Select, modify feather 00:13:44.72 --> 00:13:47. and or curves. Cruz is another way to do the same 00:13:47.94 --> 00:13:50. thing. Might lighten it up, 00:13:51.82 --> 00:13:54. Maybe just give a little more contrast if I'm looking. 00:13:55.72 --> 00:13:58. You know, it brings a lot more contrast to her face 00:13:58.54 --> 00:14:01. and I'm just looking If I missed, if I went over and 00:14:01.31 --> 00:14:03. maybe had the right of a highlight on the side Not really too bad. It really just highlighted her hair, which looks good. So I'm going to paint off over here. I might add the highlight even more into her hair because I like that and this highlights in could also go in further and okay, the little darkness under her nose is getting to me and I can't help it. I think certain things I can't leave alone, just it needs to go away. Okay, So I would add a new layer paints the highlights on, and so when it paints and really soft highlights the top of her cheek, grab another one. Paint some shadows underneath her cheek, turn them both too soft light, and I can blur them or back off. But if you notice from a distance that would look like lighting that wouldn't look. Lee wouldn't think twice about it. So I come back up and see how it kind of would define more. I would do the same thing and come in with my sees. This is Shadow. I would come in with a light brush and pull out these clavicles more. Something like that. All right, so I do a couple more. I know that we're basically at a time. So the last things that I might do is it might lower her shoulder a little bit in local five. But there's not too much. Maybe pull this leg in its tiny bit, and I'd probably run a portraiture on her legs. I'm looking right here. Even though it's not bad, it's still splotchy, and you could d'oh! If you wanted to keep some detail, you could do your frequency separation and do it there. But I know that for me. I find it quicker to just do a portraiture. Very, very, very. Last thing is, if I did want her to look a little brighter, I could pull out a little bit of vibrance. So it's a vibrance and decreased vibrance a little bit for fashion shoots all the time. I decreased vibrance and increase saturation. It makes the photo pop. So if you're looking here, uh, maybe I want everything 00:16:03.037 --> 00:16:05. around her to be a little warmer, so I could leave 00:16:05.95 --> 00:16:08. it and then maybe just apply that decrease vibrance 00:16:08.18 --> 00:16:11. to our skin. So if I zoom back in and apply the decrease 00:16:11.35 --> 00:16:15. vibrance, maybe to her legs here, let's do, like, 00:16:16.67 --> 00:16:19. 40% kind of pull out a little bit of color, make her 00:16:19.92 --> 00:16:21. look a little paler. 00:16:25.58 --> 00:16:28. And I know it probably isn't too bad for you guys, 00:16:28.3 --> 00:16:31. but her leg for me mentally looks a little magenta 00:16:31.2 --> 00:16:33. ish. I might go ahead and add a little bit of yellow 00:16:33.65 --> 00:16:36. in or try toe contract. Okay? We're not even a Jensen. 00:16:36.52 --> 00:16:38. More sayin looks. It has a little bit of Sai into 00:16:38.55 --> 00:16:41. it. So real quick without really any major retouch 00:16:41.39 --> 00:16:43. is what I was focused on More is when I looked at 00:16:43.64 --> 00:16:45. the photo, she kind of got lost even though it was 00:16:45.42 --> 00:16:48. beautiful. So most of everything that I did when trying 00:16:48.84 --> 00:16:51. to move this thing down. You guys can see it better. 00:16:51.91 --> 00:16:55. Everything that I did Waas all about focus. 00:16:56.79 --> 00:16:58. And so I think you noticed her and look at her a lot 00:16:58.88 --> 00:17:02. more. And so retouching doesn't mean liquefy and skin 00:17:02.4 --> 00:17:04. softening. It can literally be how you're using Photoshopped 00:17:04.99 --> 00:17:06. to control the viewer's eye.

Class Description


Learn in-depth techniques for retouching images to perfection, helping your clients look their best, and expressing your creative vision! Whether retouching skin, whitening teeth or reshaping body features, Adobe® Photoshop® allows you to perfect reality as well as express your creative vision. In this workshop portrait and fashion photographer, Lindsay Adler will cover essential retouching techniques and teach how Adobe Photoshop allows you to make the impossible possible! Lindsay will cover countless creative Adobe Photoshop techniques: creating porcelain skin, changing colors, displacement maps, adding textures, adding makeup in Adobe Photoshop, quick retouching plugins, and dozens of other techniques you can apply to your own photography.

Let Adobe Photoshop become your next realm of creative expression through this workshop. Lindsay will also include a couple live shoots and live retouches so you can see an image start to finish and learn the nuances between a portrait, beauty or avant-garde retouch.


SOFTWARE USED: 

Adobe Photoshop CS6

Reviews

Sean
 

Fantastic Photoshop course. I knew Lindsay was great at Photography, Lighting, Posing and Public Speaking, but I am really blown away by her mad (great) skills at Photoshop. Lindsay really is a fantastic teacher. She turns what might be a more or less dry topic into a fun and entertaining topic. Thank you Lindsay and thank you CreativeLIve. You have a real superstar with Lindsay Adler.

a Creativelive Student
 

This is a great workshop for photographers wanting to learn and hone in on their retouching skills. As a photoshop user and photographer of 10 yrs I have been able to take away some further techniques to help better my skills and more or less tailor them. I would suggest you have some adv beginner knowledge of photoshop because I don't think some of the techniques you will be able to keep up with unless you buy it. There are two things that I wish she did better in her teaching and that is to teach new users to label all their layers and what they are as you are working. As you can see Lindsay ends up with 20 layers and unless your the one doing the editing you will have know idea what is what when you have to go back to it. So its best to teach this in the beginning so people get into the habit of organization early. Also I wish she used a Wacom. It really does cut your editing time in half and you have more solid movements in precisely selecting areas of a photo. From a photographer to other photographers. Use a wacom. You can start with a basic baboo for $89 and when the apple wireless mouse cost $69. Time is money, and a wacom truely save time! I used to use a mouse and my trackpad and once I switched I was like OMG what was I thinking before! So I wish she just emphasized that point more. Overall I think it was $99 well spent.

Christian G.
 

Not only is Lindsay very knowledgeable and a very good teacher but I REALLY TRULY appreciate her no-BS, straight-forward style.. No time wasted on long tangents talking about herself (or what have you), on cute remarks or on off-the-mark humor. She has showed us many great techniques, has presented to us various creative/different ideas AND she has also really been able to explain "how she thinks of a solution", how there is a bit of trial and error, "even" at her level.. All in a all, a truly excellent course and worth every penny!! Thank you Lindsay and thank you to the CreativeLive team for a great course!!