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PRO Beetle Beauty
Difficulty: Intermediate , Length: 1:10 HR
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• Perfect Backgrounds
• Add Specular Hilghlights
• Advanced Sharpening
• Master Pen Tool

FREE just for signing up for the Phlearn Newsletter. Retouch this amazing beauty image to perfection while learning how to master the pen tool, dodge and burn, create highlights, color, sharpening and more.

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Phlearn PRO Beetle Beauty

Removing a Hand

The hand in this photo is just a distraction so it makes sense to remove it. We use the Pen Tool to create an accurate selection around where the hand intersects with the face and use that to cut the hand out. We then go over several techniques to making sure the background of the image is pure white.

Often times it can be hard to tell if a background is actually 100% white or black. In this tutorial we go over a great way to check instantly!

Create Detail through Sharpening

A great way to make an image appear as though it is popping off the screen is to add a ton of detail through sharpening. We go over our exclusive 3 step process on how to bring out small details as well as large details.

So sharp it will cut ya!


Although the beetle was already an amazing color, we decided to enhance it along with the lips to bring out even more interest. You will learn how to take the natural muted colors of an image and really make them pop out in this Photoshop tutorial.

Create Specular Highlights

To make something look like it really shines, you can add a level of highlight detail that wasn’t there in the first place. Specular highlights are the highlights that show up when an object is reflecting light, so for the most part they are white. Think of a car’s paint job. On a bright day the surfaces facing upwards will almost appear white even if the car itself is black. That is because you are seeing the highlights, not the actual color of the car.

To make something look like it is shiny, these specular highlights are a must! We cover an easy way to add these to any image.

Master the Pen Tool

In this Photoshop tutorial we cover the pen tool in depth and show you how to make accurate selections from your pen paths. We use paths to define the lips of the subjects in order to make the border clean and sharp!
We also use a pen path to outline the beetle, making it much easier to remove the hand in the photo.

  • Edward Anthonydas

    Hi Aaron, Just signed up, but no code to get tutorial free..? can you please help me…

  • EyeDream

    Hi, I signed up for the news letter but there’s no code in the email?

  • Gareth Wright

    Hi Aaron. Just finished this tutorial and downloaded another. Fantastic products, very informative video, explains everything in enough detail to make it easy to follow but without hand holding. Learned some great skills over the course of completing this tutorial. Excellent

  • Anthony Dawson

    Great tutorial. Even better that you give this away when you sign up for the newsletter.

    Thank PHLearn team much appreciated.


  • Pepo

    Aaron please help me. In my Mail I’ve never found a code even more an opportunity to download a video. What is going wrong?

  • Natalia

    I just signed up for the newsletter but the code never came up :( What Should I do to get it?

  • Charley

    Great Tutorial – Love the High Pass technique with the three blending modes!!!!

  • Tom

    did not receive code please help

  • Mish

    I just signed up for the newsletter and did not receive a code to access the free tutorial, please advise.

  • Darius Sau Krapix

    yea… no code … nvm

  • Darius Sau Krapix

    i like the tutorials tho….

  • Chris Gill

    I’ve joined, but haven’t received the code. Thanks

  • Gordon Buckley

    Hi Aaron,
    Just joined but have not got a code for the free download of the beetle beauty tutorial. Is there any way you could resend it to me?



  • Leonard

    I never recieved the promotion code for the free Pro Tutorial.

  • Cristina

    where do i enter the code?

  • emjay44

    Hello, I signed up but did not receive a code for a free tutorial Thanks, Mary Jane Bohlen

  • hans

    I signed up, but no code to get the tutorial free?

  • Eddy Adlan

    Hey Aaron,

    a huge fan buddy, great tutorials and love the spirit.

    i have signed up for the newsletter and go the email but there was no code :( , can you please help?!!

  • Bryan McKinnon

    Had to try it. Thanks for your help. I’ve learned the most from you channel and to think I picked up my first camera only 4 months ago.
    Thanks again,

  • Pawel Pentlinowski

    Hey there, got the email but no code, please help!!

  • Paul jay Villaflor

    Hey guys, Here’s the solution for the “I got the email but no code” or “Where to enter code”.

    First things first is If you’ve received you’re email, it has a code already, It’s INSIDE THE BOX, you can find it below this text “2. Enter this code at checkout”. When you find the code, highlight it and copy. Then go to “Phlearn PRO Beetle Beauty” page, click the “Add cart” icon and paste you’re code inside the empty box beside the “Discount Code” text and press “Enter”. Wait for the loading. After that you can see the “CHECKOUT” icon then go click it. Fill the Buyer Information then click the “COMPLETE FREE CHECKOUT” icon and you now get the download link or something.

    I hope this helps…and I don’t care if its a wrong grammar or something but the important is that you can Download you Pro tutorials. :) ) Wish you good luck guys

  • Ballard Born

    Can I get the code please

  • Dave

    same here

  • alex

    i have not get the code in email

  • Digital Rembrandt

    Same as the others… no code

  • Gypsy Moon

    Well apparently the problem still exists. And yes, Paul, I read your entry before I added this comment. There is NO code in my confirmation email ANYWHERE! So…what’s up? I feel dupped!

  • eazyl

    its there. I had taught i got tricked. there should be a second email after you click the confirmation link in the first email. copy the code once you get it. go to add to cart, past the code in the code box, click check out then download.

  • RayVillalon

    If you are using gmail it should be on your promotion mail. but what i notice is that it gives out discount. I thought it was free?

  • Mike Wang

    i got the code in the box within the “Your FREE Phlearn PRO Tutorial” email. punched it in, and received the discount at checkout.

  • Karen Kinsella Kaiser

    Got the code but when I click ‘add to cart’ nothing happens. My cart is empty.

  • Michael Schwartz

    Also the empty cart problem. Bummer.

  • Charlie Roman

    I have the empty cart problem, too.

  • Michael Schwartz

    Still the same problem with empty cart.

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