Photoshop expert Aaron Nace shows you how to master the pen tool, sharpen like a master, add and control specular highlights, and perfect your background!

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Beetle Beauty

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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!

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!

Creating accurate selections can be difficult if you are not using the correct tools and techniques. In this tutorial we show you how to clean up the background which intersects with our subject. Creating a clean selection allows the subject to stand out of the background and not get in the way of the background cleanup. 

Learn how to use the Pen Tool to create paths and turn the paths into selections.

Pen Tool Selections

Creating accurate selections can be difficult if you are not using the correct tools and techniques. In this tutorial we show you how to clean up the background which intersects with our subject. Creating a clean selection allows the subject to stand out of the background and not get in the way of the background cleanup.

Learn how to use the Pen Tool to create paths and turn the paths into selections.

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.

Color

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.

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.

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.

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!

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!


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  • 4 out of 5
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    That was great. Thank you !!!

  • 4 out of 5
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    All your tutorials are outstanding

  • 5 out of 5
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    thank you Aaron

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      Terrific job!!!!

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    I love your tutorials

  • 5 out of 5
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    Nice Aaron

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    SORRY! i meant to say a tutorial with out seeing your face on that corner

  • 5 out of 5
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    REALLY nice. A tutorial with LOT to learn and without Aaron to you at. Happiness and sadness at the same time.

  • 5 out of 5
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    Another amazing tutorial, you can’t go wrong with Phlearn especially for someone like me who doesn’t know anything about photoshop. Just subsribe and see for yourself, you won’t regret it!
    Plus its a free pro, so you just have nothing to lose. =)

    Thank you Aaron and the Phlearn crew!

  • 5 out of 5
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    Learned so much from you guys, thank you very much PHLEARN family. :D

  • 4 out of 5
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    Finally able to grasp the pen tool and good practice for other techniques such as adding those glossy highlights, can’t wait to purchase another one soon ~

  • 5 out of 5
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    What a great tutotial…!! Learned so much… Thank you… Here is my rendition of my edited picture… Hope you like it… :)

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    such a great job…

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    gud <3

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    Thank you so much for sharing that knowledge for signing up :)
    My personal highlight was the introducing of the Pen-tool: “Congratulations, we have created a blob!” :D
    I love your way to explain Photoshop in that easy and funny way!

    Greetings from Germany :)

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    Thank you !!!

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    My first of many Pro Tutorials. It was easy to follow! Can’t wait to start another!

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    Cant beat it a Pro for free by signing up for the News Letter.

  • 5 out of 5
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    Such amazing awesome sauce…

    Thank you once again Phlean!

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    I love your tutorials. They are easy to follow and understand.

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    it was great & love to learn more

  • 5 out of 5
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    A really interesting tutorial. I would never do this myself, but there are many techniques explained that are really useful. Using the pen tool is really well explained. Also making the specular highlights was a real eyeopener. Thanks very much for this free tutorial.