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Editing an Image From Start to Finish- Part 1 of 3

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Mar 21

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Editing for a Certain Style

Our focus for this photo was to edit it using a high fashion, slightly desaturated look as a reference. This episode is the first in a 3 part series where I take you through every detail; from retouching to overall color effects. In this segment I’ll cover how to lighten shadows, skin retouching, and start on some color effects and brightening the eyes.

Episode Timeline

  • 0:25- One Year Anniversary
  • 2:30- Figuring out what we want to change
  • 5:10- HDR effect to lighten our shadows
  • 6:40- Explaining flow
  • 8:30- Skin retouching
  • 10:40- Using the brush tool for color toning
  • 15:15- Using hue vs. color blend mode
  • 17:55- Brightening eyes

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  • Eric Burgers

    Congratulations! I’ve been around from the beginning – never a dull moment. Keep up the good work, phlearn-team!

  • Abar Aranburu

    “Hey guys! Welcome to PHlearn! My name is Aaron Nace and you can find me on twitter @aknacer….”
    259+1 times! congrats, thank you and happy one year!

  • Alfonso Barona

    Thanks Aaron and Congratulatios for 1 yaer phlearn!! You made me Phlearnaholic! :)

  • Alfonso Barona

    signe Vilstrup…just AWESOOOMEE!!!

  • Michael Nightmare

    where are all the balloons and confetti!!! 

  • Pimp_voice

    crazy ….just better work happy one year

  • Gregory Go

    Happy Birthday Phlearn! I also particularly enjoyed this episode(s); it’s great to see a step-by-step to make people look great! Here’s to another great year :)

  • J Ginzel

    Happy 1 year!!! I’m new to your site but I just know it’s going to be a long term relationship : ) 

  • Info

    this is awesome. thank you

  • Sebastian Ortiz

    Awesome Episode!! 

  • Sarah Kate

    Thanks sooo much for this 3 part-er Aaron, it’s almost like a Phlearn pro! And congratulations on one year of Phlearn, you & the team have done some really really great work here!

    Also, the bit between the eyelid & the eyebrow is called the brow bone :-)

  • Waseef Akhtar

    Jeez! what lens is that?! I want those crazy details in my images. Please name the lens. xD

  • Kidtonz

    Great site. thanks for the tutorials. I’m looking into buying a tablet. It looks like your using a Bamboo capture. What happened to the Intuos 4 small? 

  • Jose

    Hi Aaron, this is such a stupid question, but how you can use the healing tool in an empty layer? When I do that Photoshop says me the selected area is empty.
    Thanx and congrats for the tutorials!

  • Allen Chen

    I know this is a year late, but if you look on the upper tool bar on the right hand side where it says “current layer”.. change it to “current layer & below” and your problem should be fixed!

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