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PRO The Body
Difficulty: Intermediate , Length: 2:40 HR
• 4 Photo Shoot Videos Included
• Full Body Retouching
• Learn to Light
• All Lighting Diagrams Included

Join us as we take you through the entire process of a photo shoot from lighting, posing, working with models, camera settings, creating a concept, building a shot, and post production for Four Images

These Photoshop Tutorials don't just teach you the How, but they also cover the Why. That means these concepts are universal and will apply to your images as well, even if you never shoot a nude in a studio.

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PRO Tutorial: The Body
PRO Texture: Grunge
What is Included
This is the most comprehensive PRO Tutorial we have ever created. You have been giving us great feedback and we have listened. This special edition PRO covers not one but Four Different Photo Shoots covered over one day! Each look is comprehensive by itself and includes the following:

  • Complete Photoshop Tutorial – Step-by-Step instruction
  • Photo Shoot Instruction Video – Detailed instruction for each shoot
  • Lighting Diagrams – Re-create these looks easily
  • Original Images – Follow along with the video
  • Photoshop Brushes – Making your job easy in Photoshop
  • A Virtual Hug – You know you want it
1:White Curtains
Before and After
Rollover the image below to see the before and after!
Phlearn PRO body retouch Before After
Body Shape and Details
Because this image is backlit, there is really nothing else to look at besides the shape of the subject, that is why it is very important to make it as visually appealing as possible. We go through step-by-step using tools such as Liquify to enhance the curves of the subject. It is easy to get carried away when doing this type of editing, and we go over the proper way to enhance without going overboard.

We also add more curtains to the foreground to give the image a bit more life. When shooting white on white these little details are very important. The final image you see is a composite of 3 different exposures.

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Minor Retouching and Color Selection
You may be wondering why we are talking about color in a black and white image. When converting from full color to black and white the colors in the original image will dictate what the end result will look like. We cover how to use the colors of the original image to define the light values of the black and white, making for an even exposure.
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Photo Shoot Instruction Video Included
In this 10 minute video we take you through the entire photo shoot to explain the lighting setup, posing, working with a model and bringing a concept to life. The Included Lighting Diagram will make it easy for you to follow along and repeat this look.

Time lapse video covers the entire photo shoot from start to finish and we pause the shoot several times to explain what we are doing. Included is a section on posing a model and helping them to look the best they can on camera.

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2:The Stairway
Before and After
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Phlearn PRO body retouch Before After
Shaping with Dodge and Burn
When working on a full body nude, there is nothing to hide. That is why we pay special attention to making the lighting interesting and not too revealing. This shot would look much less artistic if it was lit with an on-camera flash! Because the body is so exposed, we want to be sure it looks as good as possible. Shaping the body using Liquify is only part of the process.

In this photoshop tutorial we go over special methods for Dodging and Burning the body to further enhance the shape. It is a great way to draw attention towards a certain part of a body and take away attention from another area. You will learn how to Dodge and Burn in a controlled way that will keep people looking natural and not over-done.

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All About Color
Each of these 4 images is very different, and each requires their own color treatment. For the first image we made it Black and White, but for this image we decided to stick with something closer to the original palette. Using red, yellow and blue is a well know combination of colors that play well off each other. We show you how to take specific colors and bring them into the image in a way that will let you define your highlights and shadows.
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Clean-up, Color and Removal
Often times in a photo there are going to be a lot of elements that will distract you from your subject. There are multiple ways to take care of those elements and we go over each in detail. You can physically remove an element such as a TV See Before and After Above or you can simply call less attention to it using shadow and color.

You can also use color to your advantage by accentuating one part of an image which will make other areas less distracting. We bring out the natural color of the red shoes so they stand out from the background and keep your eye on the subject.

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Photo Shoot Instruction Video Included
For the first time ever we are including video instruction from each of the different photo shoots as well as full Lighting Diagrams. We take you step-by-step going from concept through posing the model to setting up lighting and getting the shot. All camera setings are also displayed in the videos so you can duplicate these shots easily.

In this video we show you how to use a stairway as a Cucoloris to shape the light that hits the subject. We cover shot by shot, changing lighting as the shoot progresses and showing comparisons and explaining why we made the changes.

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3:Laying on Table
Before and After
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Phlearn PRO body Before After
Exclusive Controlled Dodging and Burning
Dodging and burning is a technique used by most retouchers to draw attention to some areas of an image and take away attention from others. It is a very powerful technique and can dramatically change an image for the better. The only problem is that because it is so powerful it can also make an image much worse if not used properly.

Nothing is going to replace a lot of experience, but our exclusive technique explained in this Photoshop Tutorial will come close. We show you how to expertly dodge and burn an image even if it is your very first time.

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Have Fun with Color
This image is a bit more abstract than the others, and it opens up new possibilites when editing. When working with color in an image (my favorite thing to do), there are no hard rules, but there are guidelines that will keep everything looking good. You can see here that there are reds added to the shadow areas as well as greens to areas such as the hair. Blues have been added to the highlights for an added kick. We show you several different techniques to color your images while still keeping them somewhat realistic.

It is important to note that different images call for different editing techniques, the techniques used on this image may not look good on another that is less abstract.

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So You Want Amazing Highlights?
The highlights that run down the body of our subject really are amazing. They bring attention to form and add a level of abstraction to the image making it look less like a portrait and more like a piece of art.

The included video shows you just what you need to do in order to get great highlights from the camera, then the Photoshop instruction comes in and shows you how to enhance them in a whole new way!

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Photo Shoot Instruction Video Included
In this video (Displayed Above) we cover each aspect of the photo shoot, from setting up the camera and lighting to working with the model and posing. We take you on set to see what everything looks like before shooting and how we build up our lighting to get the final image.
4:Backlit
Before and After
Rollover the image below to see the before and after!
Phlearn PRO The Body Before After
Drawing Attention to Your Subject
When creating images that feature a nude body, obviously the subject’s form is the most important thing about the image. Everything else that does not add to that, distracts from it.

For this image we created a Lighting Diagram (Included in the PRO) that really draws attention to the female form and doesn’t distract by lighting anything else. The end result is stunning and there is no question where you should be looking. We go through a special technique to bring all the details out from the shadows in this image to be sure the background is clean. We remove things like backdrops, c-stands, power cables, bottles, and even bad reflections/highlights.

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Light and Contrast
Most of the lighting for this image was done on set (Included in the Video) and we explain every step. The end goal was to really put a spotlight on our subject. In post production we take that even further and add contrast to really make the image stand out.

These Photoshop Tutorials don’t just teach you the How, but they also cover the Why. That means these concepts are universal and will apply to your images as well, even if you never shoot a nude in a studio.

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Laser Photoshop Hair Removal
Hover over the Before and After Above to see that the original image suffered from a slight hair problem. It is really just a bit of head hair that just happened to be coming out of her armpit. “My what bushy armpits you have” is not exactly what you want people to say when looking at your image.

Getting rid of the hair means having to paint part of her arm from scratch and make it realistic. No worries, we show you how to take care of this sort of thing much easier than you would have thought. We even cover the magical Pen Tool

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Curves, Shape and Shadow
In each one of the Four included Photoshop lessons, we go over using the Liquify Tool. We cover the settings that are best to use and explain why sometimes you want to use a large brush over a soft brush. The end goal of course is to get your subject looking great.

Sometimes when shooting into a light source like we do in this photo you will get some unexpected flare/shadows. Rollover the above Before and After to see a dark shadow near her backside in the before image. This may seem extremely easy to fix, but when you take into account that it is over an area that has light gradation as well as dust speckles caught by light, it gets a bit tougher. We show you an amazing technique for fixing areas like this without destroying detail of the original.

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Photo Shoot Instruction Video Included
In the included video of the photo shoot we discuss the lighting that makes this shot amazing, as well as display the exact Lighting Diagram. We also cover posing the model to make sure that the light we chose accented her body well, and didn’t hide too much. We cover some of the “problem” ares of the shoot and what we wound up changing from the original setup.

We took something that is usually a bad thing (lens flare) and used it to our advantage to create this stylized image.

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  • Fudge

    I feel that “the stairway” could have done with further tweaking. The wall behind her, for example. Bricks don’t slope upwards.

  • http://www.facebook.com/leftboot Ryan Peterman

    What is going on with her knee on the table? (The one hanging off.) Looks like a healing brush overlap or something…is that supposed to be there? This will be on my to download list for sure!

  • http://phlearn.com Aaron Nace

    A bit of motion blur :)

  • Nathan Peppin

    LOVE the fact you finally included the lighting but the nude thing? While nakedness is nice, the wifey no likely!

  • http://www.facebook.com/shahizalmonte Sha Almont

    I hope this isnt an adult saying this….

  • http://www.facebook.com/shahizalmonte Sha Almont

    I hope this isnt an adult saying this….

  • http://www.facebook.com/shahizalmonte Sha Almont

    I hope this isnt an adult saying this….

  • http://www.facebook.com/shahizalmonte Sha Almont

    I hope this isnt an adult saying this….

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brian-Boudreau/1577145021 Brian Boudreau

    Im getting a bunch of errors while extracting the zip file. I think the directory structure maybe to long. even when extracting to root

  • Sal

    I’m getting the same here as well. Tons of errors while extracting…. re-downloaded again and unzipped…again….still same errors…and files are missing when I check what I had unzipped…what’s going on?

  • http://twitter.com/SammieSaxon Sammie Saxon Photo

    Showing support, and adding this to the collection. Full body skin editing is the hardest thing for me, and is extremely time consuming with the methods I currently use, so hopefully this tutorial will be a better route. Beautiful work as usual.

  • http://twitter.com/SammieSaxon Sammie Saxon Photo

    HAHAHAHA!

  • Sal

    Hi….Anyone figure out all the errors when unzipping The Body tutorial? Thanks

  • Sal

    Hi….Anyone figure out all the errors when unzipping The Body tutorial? Thanks

  • Sal

    Hi….Anyone figure out all the errors when unzipping The Body tutorial? Thanks

  • Sal

    Hi….Anyone figure out all the errors when unzipping The Body tutorial? Thanks

  • Sal

    Hi….Anyone figure out all the errors when unzipping The Body tutorial? Thanks

  • Sal

    Hi….Anyone figure out all the errors when unzipping The Body tutorial? Thanks

  • http://phlearn.com Aaron Nace

    Please send us an email through this contact form, we will get it fixed right away, so sorry about that! http://phlearn.com/contact

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brian-Boudreau/1577145021 Brian Boudreau

    Thanks Aaron. I got the new download link but it does the same thing. A work around I figured out is if you look at the zip file as a folder in windows explore you can copy the images out but it will not allow for extraction out of the zip.

  • Juan

    Just went through the tutorial. Very cool shoot and great information as usual. Your doing a good thing with Phlearn Aaron. Keep it coming! I do have a question for you. On the shoot 1 post video you used a layer mask and then a gradient to selectively brighten the image in several areas. How do you apply multiple gradients to the same layer mask? I have been racking my head trying the command, option and even control key to no avail. Once I do a gradient and I go to add another the previous is removed. I saw you doing it in the tutorial but not sure what command key you need use. Any info would be appreciated.

    Thanks,

    Juan Prieto

  • Dave

    1) Did you ever get the unzipping issue resolved?
    2) How long is the video? Is that 10 minutes per photo shoot or 10 minutes for all four?
    Thanks!

  • Dave

    1) Did you ever get the unzipping issue resolved?
    2) How long is the video? Is that 10 minutes per photo shoot or 10 minutes for all four?
    Thanks!

  • http://eyeonphotography.ca/ Eye On Photography

    It does it on Windows partly due to how Aaron zips it up on his Mac and how Paths work between the two Operating Systems. However, having purchased several Phlearn Pro Tutorials myself and getting errors extracting with each one of them, I can tell you that it still works and you still get everything. One folder of images is empty, but another folder is created (I’m on Windows 7) with the images and all videos and such are there. It’s annoying, but I seem to be fine at least. I haven’t tried with this tutorial as I haven’t purchased this one…but I can tell you that they all are fine.

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