Portrait Retouching Basics
with Pratik Naik
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01 Class Introduction03:42
03 Setting up a Game Plan09:03
Class duration: 1h 22mSee all 7 lessons
About The Class
Turn image editing from daunting to enjoyable with these essentials
AFTER THIS CLASS YOU’LL BE ABLE TO:
- Edit portraits with confidence
- Create an editing workflow that works for you
- Correct skin like a professional photo editor
- Work with Photoshop layers
- Confidently use healing and cloning brushes
- Expertly dodge and burn
ABOUT PRATIK’S CLASS:
Find the thought of portrait retouching daunting? Professional photo editor Pratik Naik teaches photographers how to make the process simple -- and enjoyable -- in this 90-minute quick start class.Rather than focusing on image-specific edits, learn the editing tool essentials that you can use on any portrait. Develop the best photo editing workflow for your photography and finish those edits faster. Gain the confidence to work with the healing and clone brush editing tools. Discover how to dodge and burn non-destructively. Whether you are working with RAW files or JPGs, learn how to create a high-end portrait edit that flatters without airbrushing that plastic look. Edit photos with confidence, on a Mac or PC, inside Adobe Photoshop.
WHO THIS CLASS IS FOR:
- Beginner and Professional photographers working with portraits
- Novice to intermediate photo editors
- Photoshop beginners
- Self-taught editors ready to create better retouches
SOFTWARE USED: Adobe Photoshop CC 2017
ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR:
With more than a decade of experience, Pratik Naik is a high-end professional photo editor. Working primarily in the commercial and editorial sectors, his image retouching work has appeared in magazines like Marie Claire, Elle, Zink, and others. With a straightforward, fun teaching style, Pratik is also a mentor and instructor for photographers and photo editors.
In this brief lesson, meet your instructor and learn what to expect over the course of this 90-minute class covering the start-to-finish editing process.03:42
Tools of the Trade
Learn what you need for working in photo retouching -- and why working on a cheap monitor isn't such a good idea. The right photo editing tools will make sure you're seeing the images the way potential clients will see them, whether that's in your online photo editing portfolio or in print.10:18
Setting up a Game Plan
Don't just jump into the edit the moment the photo editing software opens. Start with a game plan and start seeing the final image in your mind and noting how you'll get there. Pratik suggests starting by recognizing the areas to fix and marking those spots with a different color. He suggests making a plan for the healing brush before moving to the clone brush (and another layer) and the dodging and burning process, quickly marking each area.09:03
Healing and Clone Brush
With a game plan in place, start working with the healing brush to fix the most noticeable skin imperfections for portrait retouching. Learn what settings to use on your brush as well as the necessary setting to heal from a new layer. Then, follow along with the healing brush process, including skin touch up and removing stray hair. Learn keyboard shortcuts for adjusting the brush and other time-saving options. Then, work with the clone brush for beauty retouching.28:31
Dodging and Burning
The traditional doge and burn process lightens and darkens specific areas of the image, either to correct skin tone or create smoother highlight-shadow transitions. Learn Pratik's professional photo editing workflow for the dodge and burn process using a curve adjustment layer. But, don't forget to save your editing work. Pratik suggests PSD or TIFF, the latter which can handle larger files.18:31
Blend Modes and Adjustment Layers
In this lesson, learn color correction techniques as well as editing essentials on using blend modes and adjustment layers. Follow along as Pratik uses brushwork and a layer in the color blend mode to correct contaminated colors and remove color casts.07:37
Liquify Tool & Unsharp Mask
The liquify tool is easy to overdo. Learn how to tastefully use the liquify tool in beauty retouching to add body to the hair or correct lens perspective distortion. Finally, sharpen that retouched image using the unsharp mask and save the image (along with JPGs for the web).04:37
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Solid class. I enjoyed this. Simple, straightforward and useful. Well done.
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