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Skin. The Complete Course

with Lee Varis

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  •   01 Calibrating Your System for Accurate Results

    40:07
  •   11 Retouching Basics

    46:12
  •   28 Introduction to Shooting Movement

    11:41

Class duration: 14h 34m

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About The Class

Skin. Everyone has it, everyone wants it to look good, and if you're a photographer who shoots people, you need to be able to light, shoot, and retouch skin. Hollywood photographer Lee Varis has shot celebrities, movie posters, and magazine articles where the skin has to be perfect. He is the author of the popular book Skin, and he's coming to creativeLIVE to share his knowledge with you! Lee will take you beginning to end through multiple shoots with different types of people covering how to pose and light them well, and will then cover in-depth how to post-process in Lightroom and Photoshop. You'll learn how to fix blemishes, smooth out wrinkles, and address other skin concerns so you can make your clients look their best.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Calibrating Your System for Accurate Results

    40:07
  2. 02

    Shoot Prep: Workflow & Lighting Setup

    17:07
  3. 03

    Shoot: High Key Beauty Portrait

    19:13
  4. 04

    Shoot: Hollywood Glamour

    17:54
  5. 05

    Student Shoot: Colleen

    13:48
  6. 06

    Student Shoot: Andrea

    12:27
  7. 07

    Image Review and Q&A

    15:46
  8. 08

    Skin Tone and Black & White Points

    27:01
  9. 09

    Image Selection

    25:20
  10. 10

    Global Color Correction

    21:02
  11. 11

    Retouching Basics

    Learn techniques that will make your skin retouching work look more life-like and beautiful

    46:12
  12. 12

    Advanced Skin Smoothing Technique

    46:36
  13. 13

    Luminosity vs. Color

    14:44
  14. 14

    Shoot: Low Key Dramatic

    28:43
  15. 15

    Student Shoot: Ian

    11:54
  16. 16

    Student Shoot: Michael

    11:20
  17. 17

    Student Shoot: Colleen

    03:41
  18. 18

    Shoot: Beauty Light

    12:57
  19. 19

    Luminosity Blending in Photoshop

    16:07
  20. 20

    Applying Luminosity

    12:19
  21. 21

    Color Correction in Lightroom

    23:57
  22. 22

    Detailed Retouching

    23:55
  23. 23

    Color Space Discussion

    19:16
  24. 24

    Darkening and Lightening Skin

    21:10
  25. 25

    Spot Treatment

    12:20
  26. 26

    Sharpening

    29:57
  27. 27

    Compositing

    54:51
  28. 28

    Introduction to Shooting Movement

    11:41
  29. 29

    Shoot: Dancer Leaping

    10:52
  30. 30

    Students Shooting

    44:15
  31. 31

    Shoot: Dancing

    14:59
  32. 32

    Student Shoot: Ian and Colleen

    08:57
  33. 33

    Shoot: Dancer Portrait

    15:49
  34. 34

    Dancer Session Q&A

    11:30
  35. 35

    Figure Retouching

    10:52
  36. 36

    Liquify Filter

    10:16
  37. 37

    Masking and Edges

    13:22
  38. 38

    Importing a Background

    16:47
  39. 39

    Color Change and Motion Blur

    24:45
  40. 40

    Enhancing Color

    17:59
  41. 41

    Removing Tattoos and Adding Effects

    21:30
  42. 42

    Lee's Photoshop History

    21:56
  43. 43

    Final Portrait Edit

    19:03

Meet Your Expert

Lee Varis

Lee Varis is a photo-digital illustrator working in entertainment print advertising. He has been a photographer for 40 years and intimately involved in digital imaging for 20 years. His strong traditional background has informed his approach to digital imaging and ... read more

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  • pdf Lee Varis - Skin Day 1 Keynote Slides.pdf
  • pdf Autumn.psd
  • pdf Grunge.psd
  • pdf Leap.psd
  • pdf Arms Composite.zip
  • pdf Lee Varis - Skin Day 2 Keynote Slides.pdf
  • pdf Lee Varis - Skin Day 3 Keynote Slides.pdf

100% of students recommend this class.
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  • Luis

    June 2016

    Skin tones correction and portraits editing are new to me. This course provides a set of tools for me to improve my portraiture work. Lee doesn't just show you how things are done, but also the reasons for the corrections. The delivery is a bit dry because the topic is quite technical. You can have a break between lessons, if it becomes too overbearing for you. I highly recommend to take this course, if you are planning to do portraits, head shots, or even senior pictures.

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