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The Business of Professional Photo Retouching

with Lisa Carney and Simon Peter Raible

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About The Class

Define and build your retouching business

Create your own retouching business from the ground up. In this class, one of Hollywood¹s hottest retouchers reveals the secrets to designing your own business. Lisa Carney walks through the steps needed to start and run a smooth business while keeping your clients engaged and happy. Whether you’re looking to work with photographers, agencies or even bill for post production - you’re bound to find valuable insight into the world of photo retouching.

This class covers:

  • Defining the type of retoucher you want to be
  • Solutions for the problems you’ll encounter on shoots and in post production
  • Communication techniques for clients
  • Secrets for setting realistic expectations from markups through revisions
  • Pricing your services and handling billing issues
  • Emergency tips for when jobs go off the rails

Get the inside scoop from a true insider. You’ll finish this class knowing how to construct a profitable photo retouching business model AND develop the tools to sustain it.


Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    11:05
  2. 02

    Who Should Be a Retoucher?

    09:18
  3. 03

    Genres of Retouching

    15:25
  4. 04

    Comp vs Finish

    06:34
  5. 05

    Lisa's Path to Retouching

    08:51
  6. 06

    Simon's Path to Retouching

    21:01
  7. 07

    Establishing a Look

    16:54
  8. 08

    Who is The Client?

    11:41
  9. 09

    What is The Job?

    12:30
  10. 10

    How to Estimate a Job

    17:25
  11. 11

    Pricing Your Jobs

    10:34
  12. 12

    Billing

    19:02
  13. 13

    Retouchers at Photoshoots Overview

    08:14
  14. 14

    Budget Busters on Photoshoots

    05:24
  15. 15

    Photo Coverage on Set

    02:29
  16. 16

    Pre Shoot Communication

    03:40
  17. 17

    Female Model Examples

    12:28
  18. 18

    Male Model Examples

    13:00
  19. 19

    On Set Recap

    04:12
  20. 20

    Retouchers on Set Q&A

    06:40
  21. 21

    Comping on Set

    11:36
  22. 22

    Demo Images from Shoot

    15:35
  23. 23

    Tools of The Trade

    10:28
  24. 24

    Digital Bag of Tricks

    14:14
  25. 25

    Getting Hired as a Retoucher

    17:50
  26. 26

    Being a Retoucher Q&A

    08:23
  27. 27

    Production Management

    24:51
  28. 28

    Folder Naming Convention

    08:40
  29. 29

    File Naming Convention

    15:22
  30. 30

    Mark Ups

    31:39
  31. 31

    Workflow Overview

    08:44
  32. 32

    Computer Organization Workflow

    13:39
  33. 33

    Software Organization & Brushes

    11:47
  34. 34

    Libraries & Layer Management

    14:31
  35. 35

    Office Space Workflow

    07:22
  36. 36

    Build Your Network

    07:39
  37. 37

    Finishing Touches Checklist

    03:48
  38. 38

    Stacking Order

    07:16
  39. 39

    Res-Up Files

    03:42
  40. 40

    Sharpening Files

    07:28
  41. 41

    Noise on Files

    12:23
  42. 42

    File Types

    04:10
  43. 43

    Quality Control

    25:11
  44. 44

    Delivering Final Files

    16:52
  45. 45

    When Issues Arise

    03:01
  46. 46

    How to Mitigate Problems on Set

    15:21
  47. 47

    Solving Problems in Post

    08:29
  48. 48

    Casting Cards vs In Person

    03:57
  49. 49

    How to Come Back from Mistakes

    05:04
  50. 50

    Business & Promotion

    08:31
  51. 51

    Website Portfolio Samples

    12:49
  52. 52

    Promotion on Social Networks

    05:44
  53. 53

    Organizations to Join

    03:54
  54. 54

    Craftsmanship & Work Ethic

    11:52

Meet Your Experts

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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Simon Peter Raible

Simon Peter Raible is a world renowned Photoshop® Finisher based in Los Angeles. He moved from Maryland to Los Angeles in 1988 and procured a delivery boy job at an entertainment advertisement boutique near Universal Studios. ... read more

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Bonus Material

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  • pdf File Naming Convention Sample
  • pdf Estimate Worksheet Form
  • pdf Finishing Delivery Example
  • pdf File Naming Convention Explanation
  • PDF Worksheet & Billing Checklist
  • atn Solar Curves Action
  • pdf Adobe Stock Contributor
  • pdf Alien Skin Software Discount Code

95% of students recommend this class.
See what some of them have to say.

  • Bill Buckley

    March 2018

    I'm a photographer who wants to be as good at Photoshop as possible. In my field few retouchers get hired, so it's all on me. Plus my creative vision cannot be accomplished by photography alone. Not to mention that in the field, as a photographer I can't always be perfect. Photoshop to the rescue. This is possibly THE best class I've purchased on Creative Live, and they've all been good. Great insight, entertaining, well taught Lisa and Simon were awesome. Bought more LC tutorials based on this course.

  • Kari A. Youkey

    February 2018

    This course just opened my world. I started ( back in the Jurassic era) as an illustrator/drafter ( pen and ink), then CAD programmer, then GIS analyst with photoshop just coming onto the scene then...got pregnant and unplugged focusing on parenting and my inner artist. I was gifted an IPad 6 years ago in the mist of my Taxi Mom years. My favorite ‘hobby’ became manipulating images and an addiction to Adobe apps. Now, In my new empty nest status, I have been trying to figure out my next direction in life....and CreativeLive has been a wonderful resource to explore different creative opportunities, feeling somewhere between photography and graphic design, I wanted to ‘paint’ photos with my tool of choice the tablet, not the camera. ...but it wasn’t until this course that I clicked with an Aha! I don’t have to become an photographer? I could get paid to retouch? Other people’s photos?.....and, I have a work history skill set that backs it up! Thank you so much for this course! Loved the instructors and how they shared their experiences and knowledge. You two have just provided a wonderful map and whole new path to explore and inspired a much needed creative spark to get back to work❤️. Thank You!

  • Creativelive Student

    Creativelive Student

    February 2018

    Lisa knocked it out of the ball park again! Amazing work Lisa and Simon! I just can't find the many words that express how much I gain with each and every course she teaches. Once again, a wealth of information that was given in a down to earth manner. I absolutely love her teaching style! Amazing course Lisa and Simon, awesome job!

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