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Advanced Portrait Retouching

with Lisa Carney

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  •   01 Class Introduction

    07:26
  •   10 Add Details to The Face

    10:25

Class duration: 4h 49m

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About The Class

All the tools for retouching skin, hair, and body features!

Consistently make the people in your portraits shine by knowing exactly how and what to enhance or alter when retouching. Lisa Carney is back with the ultimate portrait retouching class. She will dive into working with a variety of skin tones, facial hair, body shaping, and clothing. No matter the person, lighting or portrait - this class will help show you how to enhance it in your post-processing. She’ll explain how to:

  • Prioritize your workflow
  • Use the clone/heal tools
  • Match skin tones
  • Work with lighting/shadows and volume

Lisa is one of the best retouchers on the Hollywood scene and will be sharing her professional insight into how she approaches workflow and technique to create amazing portraits.


Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 2017

Topics Covered


Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    07:26
  2. 02

    Getting Started on the Image

    05:12
  3. 03

    Mark Up Process

    21:14
  4. 04

    Spotting & Cloning

    28:53
  5. 05

    Gaussian Blur Smoothing Skin

    21:34
  6. 06

    Surface Blur for Smoothing Skin

    12:08
  7. 07

    Frequency Separation for Skin

    24:30
  8. 08

    Create Skin Textures

    10:24
  9. 09

    Color Correction for Skin

    21:29
  10. 10

    Add Details to The Face

    10:25
  11. 11

    Add Natural Looking Eyelashes

    11:05
  12. 12

    Enhance the Eyebrows

    03:20
  13. 13

    Brighten Whites of the Eyes

    05:54
  14. 14

    Sharpen the Eye Details

    05:08
  15. 15

    Replace Face Details with Masks

    05:30
  16. 16

    Subtract Details: Freckles

    15:27
  17. 17

    Add, Subtract & Paint Hair

    08:46
  18. 18

    Create Hair Highlights

    04:42
  19. 19

    Change the Hair Color

    08:27
  20. 20

    Body Shaping: Overview

    07:36
  21. 21

    Basic Body Shaping

    08:48
  22. 22

    Body Shaping Through Masking

    06:35
  23. 23

    Body Shaping: Liquify Tool

    06:09
  24. 24

    Body Shaping: Puppet Warp Tool

    08:14
  25. 25

    Retouch Wrinkled Skin

    20:28

Meet Your Expert

Lisa Carney

Lisa Carney is a high end retoucher who has spent over two decades working with the most dynamic players in the print, motion picture, and television industries ... read more

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Bonus Material

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Get access to exclusive bonus content when you purchase this class.

  • cr2 Brunette RAW Practice Image
  • cr2 Blonde RAW Practice Image
  • pdf Portrait Retouching Workbook
  • psd Lisa Carney PSD Practice Image
  • psd Layered Hair Color Change Example PSD File
  • zip Outline Cards

69% of students recommend this class.
See what some of them have to say.

  • Kristine Pye

    Kristine Pye

    June 2017

    Thank you for taking the time to answer my question and take us through your "delivery" process, I found that extremely helpful. I have purchased two of Lisa's classes immediately after the live stream during Photoshop Week 2017 and was very excited to stream another set of lectures from Seattle. I will be purchasing the last two courses of Lisa's within the next 24 hours as I did just over a month ago. I find her classes to be absolutely brimming over with useful information--everything from the technique, her process, what other professionals in her work are doing, and **why** she chooses the methods she does in retouching. She is relatable and genuine, and her knowledge of the program and how to maximize efficiency while "skipping the actions" really reinforces the educational part of her courses. There are "easy way outs", but she emphasizes that you should understand the ways in which any adjustment effect the entire photo. These courses have helped me to move forward in my education, helping me to realize that with enough practice and good habit formation--such as naming every single layer every time-- that it is not irrational for me to make an effort in building a portfolio and a Master's degree with little-to-no- previous experience with the software. I am very appreciate. I hope to see more from Lisa in the future, but I have plenty to practice with for now! Thanks again, Kristine Pye kristinepye@gmail.com

  • Jeff Robinson

    June 2017

    Lisa Carney is amazing! She has a depth of knowledge of Photoshop, retouching techniques, and compositing that she shares in a fast, but straightforward, easy to follow, step by step manner. No matter what your level of expertise, you'll find gems, shortcuts, and methods in her teaching that you can practice and put to use to make your work stronger, faster, and cleaner. And with the bonus materials she graciously provides, including workbooks with her detailed steps, practice files of the images she uses in class, and before and after comparisons, you'll be on your way to improving your skills immediately. She's an accomplished retoucher and gifted teacher. If you have the opportunity to take one of her classes, take advantage of it!

  • Anais Caldeorn

    Anais Caldeorn

    August 2017

    i Just want to say ..........Wow so worth it and she is so amazing at explaining ..... on top of she makes it fun to learn

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