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PRO Light My Fire
Difficulty: Intermediate , Length: 1:20 Hr
• Master LAB Mode
• 4 Free Included Textures
• Composite Images
• Dodge and Burn
• Selective Blur
• Retouch Skin

Create a stunning portrait and learn skills that you can use to enhance any of your images including working with advanced color modes. Included textures and brush will make the job easier than ever before.

Take your images to the next level and learn to master LAB mode!

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Behind the Scenes Video

Check out our behind the scenes video showing how this image was made. We cover everything from coming up with the concept, lighting, and working with models!

Drawing Attention To Your Subject

There are a ton of ways to draw attention to your subject, and we cover just about all of them in this tutorial. You can place attention to one area of a photo by taking away attention from another. You can work with color and light to make one area stand out. You can build in contrast to give the viewer something to look at. You could even put a sparkler near someone’s face.

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Amazing Color

Getting the color right using gels is only the first step in making amazing color. After the photo shoot is done, it is time to take your image into Photoshop and bring it to the next level.

In this tutorial we cover using LAB Mode to bring much more depth into the colors of the image. We show you how to handle files, as well as converting your documents to get the most out of using different color spaces!

Phlearn PRO Photoshop Tutorial Light My Fire

Dodge and Burn

Dodging and burning can make a huge difference in an image. Learning how to effectively draw attention to certain areas will make your images stand out in a crowd. We provide a Free Custom Brush that is perfect for dodging and burning along with instruction on exactly how to use it.

You can see the highlights on her shoulder have been brought out and areas on the bottom of her arm have been burned. The highlights that run through this image are mostly created in photoshop using our dodging and burning methods!

Phlearn PRO Photoshop Tutorial Light My Fire

Adding Blur

Using an artificial blur in Photoshop can help to bring more attention to your subject as well as add a bit of interest to the rest of the photo. In this tutorial we cover some great ways to add blur to your images and go over what is important to leave out of the blur.

Phlearn PRO Photoshop Tutorial Light My Fire

Colored Lighting

Using color gels to light your image can add interest and allow for real artistic expression.In this image we also use lighting to imitate the color of some of the objects in the photo. We use a beauty dish gelled orange to mimic the light from the sparkler and make it look as though it is lighting more of her face and hair. Along with that lighting we accentuate it in Photoshop, calling attention to her amazing hair style.

Phlearn PRO Photoshop Tutorial Light My Fire

Blending Your Subject

Sometimes a photo can be pushed to be more artistic and less true to life. In this Photoshop Tutorial we talk about how painters and artists don’t put as much detail in areas that are not the focal point. Because photography captures so much detail, sometimes it is better to do this in post production.

Phlearn PRO Photoshop Tutorial Light My Fire

Sparks

The main focus of this image are the sparks that are hitting the subject’s face. We wanted to call attention to the sparks, but not have them overpower the image. We show you how to combine multiple exposures together to achieve this look. Using separate images of her body, her head, and her eyes we are able to shape the image exactly how it would look best.

Using these techniques you can choose different parts of images to combine together in a way that makes you and your clients look amazing.

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Adding Textures

To add a bit more interest to the spark we go over adding textures which appear to be sparks and artifacts left by the heat.  Included in this tutorial are 4 Free Textures that you may use on any image!

Phlearn PRO Photoshop Tutorial Light My Fire

Final Image

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