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Local Dodging and Burning for Beauty Retouching

with Chris Knight

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  •   01 Class Introduction

    03:41
  •   03 What is Global Dodge and Burn?

    02:59
  •   08 Live Demo: Creating an Action for Dodge and Burn

    02:35

Class duration: 1h 26m

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About The Class

the most powerful tool in a retouchers hand

Chris Knight demystifies local dodging and burning to show you one of the most effective ways to make skin look amazing in your images! He'll show you how to use one of the most powerful tools in a retoucher’s arsenal. Chris will walk through this non-destructive technique that speeds up your workflow while softening the transitions between skin tones without losing the details you want to keep. Get an in-depth look at skin retouching and take your portraits to the next level.


Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 2017.1.1

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    03:41
  2. 02

    Overview of Dodging and Burning

    05:04
  3. 03

    What is Global Dodge and Burn?

    02:59
  4. 04

    What is Local Dodge and Burn?

    06:36
  5. 05

    Transitions

    06:37
  6. 06

    Image Clean-up

    10:06
  7. 07

    Live Demo: Local Dodge and Burn

    03:36
  8. 08

    Live Demo: Creating an Action for Dodge and Burn

    02:35
  9. 09

    Live Demo: Local Dodge and Burn Continued

    23:37
  10. 10

    Live Demo: Global Dodge and Burn

    16:15
  11. 11

    Common Mistakes

    04:58

Meet Your Expert

Chris Knight

Chris Knight was born in Wiesbaden, Germany and grew up in Florida. He combines his unconditional love of art history with his love of technology, topping it off with a flare for the cinematic and an uncompromising eye for light and detail ... read more

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  • Andreas Böhrnsen

    Andreas Böhrnsen

    July 2018

    Great course on dodging and burning and beauty retouching in general. Think he went through all the steps very thoroughly. Well explained and overall a good course. Would highly recommend it to anyone into portrait and beauty photography.

  • Bjorn Carlen

    February 2018

    A highly recommended class! Chris Knight is super efficient and tremendously clear an instructor. He manages to sqeeze so much useful information and tips into this hour, that I have to go back and revisit several times before i get it all. That may say something anout me myself, but I think also about the efficiency of the instructor. Very good!

  • user-d5c913

    April 2018

    I have viewed many Creative Live classes and rank this one among the best. Chris very effectively organized his class to impart knowledge. He Starts with an overview and summary level walk thru of the process and then goes into details and does an actual retouch. He concludes with a lesson on what can go wrong and provides practice images. I highly recommend this class to anyone seeking to learn Dodge and Burn. Thank-you Chris for a great educational experience!

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