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Beginners Guide to Special Effects: The Light 5 Videos (2:13h)
  • 01 - Introduction to Special Effects, Planning The Light Photo
  • 02 - How to Remove Distractions like Light Stands from a Photo in Photoshop
  • 03 - How to Change the Color of a Body for a Fantasy Photo in Photoshop
  • 04 - How to Blend a Person into Something in Photoshop
  • 05 - How to Color Tone and Adjust Exposure in Photoshop
Beginners Guide to Special Effects: Breaking the Mold 4 Videos (1:40h)
  • 01 - Introduction to Special Effects, Planning the 'Breaking the Mold' Photo
  • 02 - How to Merge a Subject onto a Background using Liquify in Photoshop
  • 03 - How to Create a Realistic Morphing Transformation in Photoshop
  • 04 - How to Dodge & Burn, Sharpen and Color a Fantasy Composite Photo in Photoshop

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The Beginners Guide to Special Effects


It’s 2 Phlearn PRO Tutorials in 1! Follow along step-by-step to create 2 incredible images from start to finish. If you are interested in learning dozens of tool and techniques to propel your working knowledge of Photoshop and photography, look no further. This is it.

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8 Sample Images   |   9 Video Tutorials

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Blend and Composite

Learn the secrets to compositing and blending multiple photos together to create seamless, stunning effects. From start to finish, you will see how each image is adjusted and combined using Photoshop.

Make Perfect Cutouts

Follow along as we explain the correct tools and techniques to cut out subjects for their image. Learn how to use the Pen Tool to create paths and turn the paths into selections. Create incredible selections and speed up your background cleanup.

Add, Subtract and Create Selections

Refine your images by removing unwanted distractions. Master multiple techniques that will allow you to remove literally anything leaving only the focal points you decide.

Bonus Pen Tool Video

Sometimes the best way to create advanced selections is on your own using the Pen Tool. This Phlearn PRO Tutorial includes a Bonus Pen Tool Video with in-depth instructions.

Perfect Color Match

Create the most believable composite image by matching the colors perfectly. Learn how to adjust the colors separately between shadows, midtones and highlights to create an accurate and realistic color match.

Dodge and Burn

Learn how to dodge and burn in new ways to help blend images together. Alter the highlights and shadows to create extra details in specific areas. Use what you learn to add style and interest to any image.

Sharpen the Details

Learn how to selectively sharpen different areas of the image to draw attention to where it’s needed. Usually, the subject of the photo should be a bit sharper than the rest of the image to catch the viewer’s eye. The most subtle details can make the greatest impact.

Retouch, Quick and Simple

Learn time-saving techniques to significantly speed up your retouching process. Follow along and learn how to easily color-match skin tones from different areas of the body to give any subject a more uniform look.

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    Awesome tutorial and I feel like I learned a lot of things from it!

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  4. Rated 3 out of 5

    this tutorial is more enough to the beginners…………but little things want more effectively

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  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    More great tutorials. The hand painting was challenging with a mouse but I wanted to try even though I have a tablet as well.


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