Photo Editing 101 13 Videos (2:04h)
  • 01 - Introduction
    Aaron covers what you will learn in Photo Editing 101, starting in Lightroom with organization and light edits and moving into Photoshop for bigger changes.
  • 02 - Importing and Organizing Photos
    Lightroom can be used to make the tedious task of organizing photos easier than ever.
  • 03 - Intro to Culling
    Aaron talks through our sunset photoshoot with Chad, and introduces culling in Lightroom to choose the best shot.
  • 04 - Culling in Lightroom
    Culling in Lightroom is the process of narrowing down which photo (or photos) you want to edit.
  • 05 - Editing Color in Lightroom
    Once the best photos are chosen, they may only need light editing in Lightroom.
  • 06 - Intro to Local Editing
    Aaron talks through the boulder photoshoot with Miki, and introduces local editing in Lightroom to adjust exposure and color.
  • 07 - Exposure, Color & Local Editing in Lightroom
    Aaron breaks down local editing, which adjusts the color and exposure of the specific areas in an image that you choose to affect.
  • 08 - Intro to Transforming
    Aaron talks through the underground mirror photoshoot with Miki, and introduces transformation and correcting distortion in Lightroom.
  • 09 - Correcting Lens Distortion, Cropping, and Black & White
    Aaron breaks down how to change composition and convert to black and white in Lightroom.
  • 10 - Intro to Background Editing
    Aaron talks through the long exposure photoshoot with Taylor, and introduces object removal in Lightroom.
  • 11 - Removing Objects in Lightroom
    Lightroom has two tools that can make removing objects from the background of a photo quick and easy.
  • 12 - Intro to Color Variations
    Aaron talks through our gelled strobe photoshoot with Alyse, and introduces virtual copies in Lightroom to create variations of the same photo.
  • 13 - Creating Virtual Copies with Color Changes
    Aaron culls and then color tones to create three bold and colorful copies of the same photo.
Photo Editing 101 - Part 2 11 Videos (1:43h)
  • 01 - Photographing Outdoors on a Sunny Day
    Aaron talks through the palm shadow photoshoot with Taylor, and introduces creative coloring in Lightroom.
  • 02 - Correcting Exposure & Creative Coloring
    Creative color toning can enhance the mood of any image, from a bright, sunny photo to a shadowy, darker image.
  • 03 - Photographing a Subject by Fire Light
    Aaron talks through the fire pit photoshoot with Alyse, and plans to correct distortion and exposure on the subject.
  • 04 - Graduated Filters & Lens Correction
    Graduated Filters in Lightroom can help realistically even out the exposure of a photo taken with changing light.
  • 05 - Photographing a Back-lit Portrait
    Aaron talks through the flower photoshoot with Shaindy, and introduces a workflow from Lightroom to Photoshop.
  • 06 - Exposure and Color Correction in Lightroom
    Editing in Lightroom is good practice for working with exposure and saturation, as is jumping into Photoshop for more complicated edits.
  • 07 - Retouching and Color Effects in Photoshop
    Photoshop can make retouching, adding overlays, and selecting specific objects for color changes a breeze.
  • 08 - Photographing a Moving Subject
    Aaron talks through the running shoot with Taylor, and introduces removing objects in Photoshop.
  • 09 - Removing Large Objects in Photoshop
    Photoshop has several tools for removing objects of any size from a photo.
  • 10 - Tutorial Overview
    Aaron reviews the lessons and challenges of each image in Photo Editing 101, and introduces exporting in Lightroom.
  • 11 - Exporting & Delivering Photos
    Exporting at proper sizes and resolutions will make sure your photos look amazing no matter where you put them.
Photo Editing 201 18 Videos (8:01h)
  • 01 - Introduction
    Aaron introduces Photo Editing 201, a dive into both Lightroom and Photoshop at the intermediate level. Building off of 101, the lessons from each image involve unique and complex challenges.
  • 02 - Importing & Organizing Photos
    An organized system of importing photos in Lightroom takes the confusion out of editing and exporting.
  • 03 - Photographing Nicole & Shooting with Gels
    Aaron talks through the neon photoshoot with Nicole and gelled strobe lights, and introduces the retouching and color enhancing in Photoshop that the photos lend themselves to.
  • 04 - Local Adjustments in Lightroom
    Culling, after lightly editing exposure and color in Lightroom, is a great way to find the image you want to take into Photoshop.
  • 05 - Retouching & Coloring in Photoshop
    Light retouching and color work can make an image appear vibrant and clean - and in this case, add a sense of magic.
  • 06 - Retouching and Dodging & Burning in Photoshop
    In a full body shot, more of the background is visible. Learn to clean up lines and distractions, and put the focus on your subject.
  • 07 - Photographing Taylor at Night
    Aaron talks through the lantern photoshoot with Taylor, and introduces ways to correct noise and unwanted color casts in a night-time photo.
  • 08 - Removing Noise & Fixing Color in Lightroom
    Night photos can often be noisy and underexposed. Learn how to reduce noise and bring back detail in an image in Lightroom.
  • 09 - Coloring, Moving Objects, & Exposure in Photoshop
    Aaron likes a point of focus in an image. Learn how Aaron cleans up the environment of a wide angle portrait in Photoshop to make the subject stand out.
  • 10 - Photographing Miki at Sunset
    Aaron talks through the three-mirror photoshoot with Miki, and introduces sky color enhancement and painting hair on a subject.
  • 11 - Culling & Color Grading in Lightroom
    Aaron begins the process by editing the sky's color and culling in Lightroom before moving into Photoshop.
  • 12 - Retouching, Object Removal & Color Correction in Photoshop
    With the goal in mind of putting focus on Miki, Aaron teaches you how to look for potential distractions and remove them in Photoshop.
  • 13 - Photographing Alyse in the Pool
    Aaron talks through the underwater photoshoot with Alyse, and introduces how to balance a photo's composition by adding more palm trees in Photoshop.
  • 14 - Culling & Color Grading in Lightroom
    Aaron begins the process by culling the photos and enhancing color in Lightroom.
  • 15 - Compositing & Color in Photoshop
    It can be tough to control what ends up in frame. Aaron teaches you how to composite palm trees into an image to balance it out.
  • 16 - Photographing Miki Twin
    Aaron talks through the "twin" photoshoot with Miki, and introduces how to complete the visual effect of there being two of the same model.
  • 17 - Exposure Correction in Lightroom
    Culling, and editing the exposure of an image in Lightroom lays a solid foundation for further editing in Photoshop.
  • 18 - Removing Objects & Retouching in Photoshop
    The spot healing brush and clone stamp tools are excellent at removing objects from photos, and Aaron gives you his tips for how to use them seamlessly.
Photo Editing 201 (Part 2) 5 Videos (1:35h)
  • 01 - Photographing Taylor by the Pool
    Aaron talks through the poolside photoshoot with Taylor, and introduces the most intensive object removal of the tutorial.
  • 02 - Culling, Highlights, Shadows & Color
    Aaron lightly adjusts the exposure of the images in Lightroom, and then culls to find the one to edit in Photoshop.
  • 03 - How to Remove Distractions & Retouch Clothes
    Aaron shares his go-to techniques for removing large objects, which can be too tough to tackle with the clone stamp and healing brush tools alone.
  • 04 - Outro
    Aaron reviews the overarching lessons of Photo Editing 201 and compares them to 101 and 301.
  • 05 - Exporting & Saving Images
    Exporting at the proper settings can ensure that your finished images will look great no matter where you put them.
Photo Editing 301 15 Videos (7:18h)
  • 01 - Introduction
    Aaron introduces Photo Editing 301, a deep dive into Photoshop at its finest. Building off of 101 and 201, Aaron tackles each conceptual image with retouching, compositing, and creative color editing.
  • 02 - Importing & Organizing Photos
    An organized system of importing photos into Lightroom can make editing and exporting images easier than ever.
  • 03 - Photographing Devon in the Studio
    Aaron talks through the natural-light portrait photoshoot with Devon, and summarizes the retouching skills you will learn and can apply to any portrait.
  • 04 - Culling in Lightroom
    Culling, after lightly editing exposure and color in Lightroom, is a great way to find the image you want to take into Photoshop.
  • 05 - Portrait Retouching in Photoshop
    Portraits often showcase blemishes and distractions that you don't notice on someone in motion. Learn to retouch clothing, skin and backgrounds to keep the viewer's eye focused on the subject.
  • 06 - Close Up Portrait Retouching in Photoshop
    Get a closer look at how Aaron retouches a person's skin with this highly detailed photo of our subject.
  • 07 - Photographing Miki in the Desert
    Aaron talks through the boulder shoot with Miki, and summarizes the skills in retouching clothing and recovering dynamic range that you will learn.
  • 08 - Culling and Posing Review in Lightroom
    Aaron begins the process by culling and deciding the best pose for the photo in Lightroom.
  • 09 - Clothing Retouch in Photoshop
    Skin tight clothing can often bunch and fail to silhouette the subject. Learn every tool in Aaron's toolbox when it comes to retouching clothes in this head-to-toe photo.
  • 10 - Photographing Lisa with Strobe and Ambient Light
    Aaron talks through the sorceress shoot with Lisa, and summarizes the intensive visual effects edit to come in Photoshop.
  • 11 - Culling and Workflow in Lightroom
    Aaron begins the process by culling in Lightroom and bringing the necessary images into Photoshop.
  • 12 - Coloring in Photoshop
    Learn to change the color of anything and add highlight definition to create a magical landscape.
  • 13 - Removing Distractions in Photoshop
    Take a look at large object removal and how Aaron makes the pixel replacement look seamless, plus a handy trick for helping our subject stand out from the background.
  • 14 - Compositing the Sky & Color Matching in Photoshop
    Aaron adds the finishing touches to the sorceress image: compositing a new sky, color matching, and retouching and sharpening the subject. Learn to apply general color toning for a cohesive effect.
  • 15 - Exporting & Organizing in Lightroom
    Exporting at the proper settings can ensure that your finished images will look great no matter where you put them.
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Photo Editing 101-301


Photo Editing is an essential skill for the modern photographer. Photo Editing 101-301 is built to guide you through the entire creative process, from shoot through edit.

What’s Included

130 Sample Images   |   62 Video Tutorials   |   PS Action

Class Instructor

Aaron Nace – PHLEARN Founder

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Remove Anything

You can’t always capture the perfect frame, sometimes an object sneaks its way in and needs to be removed in post-production. From small to large, learn to remove anything from a photograph in Photoshop.

Fix Exposure & Color

In a perfect world, every photo you take will be perfectly exposed and colored correctly. For most of us, we need a little help in post production getting things right. Learn to adjust exposure and color to give your images the impact they deserve.

From Capture to Completion

Photo editing is a combination of many individual steps including importing, organizing, general editing, object removal, retouching, coloring, exposure adjustment and exporting. Learn each step along the way to creating great images.

Photo Shoots, Explained

Go behind the scenes into each photo shoot and learn the details of how these images are captured.

Simple Cut-Outs

Cutting objects out of their backgrounds can take a long time and require tedious selection work with tools like the Pen Tool. There are other ways to cut objects out of their backgrounds that are more simple – the trick has to do with blending photos. Learn how to quickly bring multiple photos together.

What Makes a Great Photo?

Photo Editing has one purpose – to elevate your images to their highest potential. That is why we focus on teaching you what to look for, and how to fix common problems that any photographer faces.

Photoshop & Lightroom Workflow

Most images will require editing in both Photoshop & Lightroom. Learn how to import, organize and catalog images through Lightroom. Then move into Photoshop for more advanced editing.

Strobe & Natural Light

Learn the differences between continuous and natural light and how to combine them in multiple ways to create different effects in your images. Bonus: Learn special techniques like dragging the shutter.

Leave Your Mark

Photo Editing is a part of the creative process, and your editing style can be part of your signature look.
That is why we focus on why we make editing decisions and show you how to achieve the same results in your photos.

Professional Retouching

Learn how to use frequency separation and dodging & burning to create stunning portraits.

For more in-depth retouching techniques, check out our best-seller Retouching 101-301.

Photo Editing 101-301 Before After

Class Instructor

Aaron Nace


Aaron Nace is a photographer, Photoshop artist and founder of PHLEARN. He is the #1 Photoshop instructor in the world with millions of YouTube subscribers.


  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    “This layer factory ain’t gon’ make layers by itself”…..greatness.

  2. Rated 4 out of 5

    I just went through Photo Editing 101. The main issue which is not on the lesson itself which have been brilliant. I’m finding myself kind of lost on where I last started. I was trying to find one of the videos on I believe the flowers one and I had to keep going through each video trying to find what video I was on. Maybe have the background color of the link be a the salmon color for the course you are currently on. Perfect Example: On Photo Editing 101 03 Intro To Culling You basically have Chapter 2.1 and a part B. I was thinking the second video for 2.2 was in Photo Editing Part 2. Also when I have to step out of the room for a couple of hours and come back. I really can’t remember what the name of the course was. I wish the video player would tell you what course you are currently on in case you do have to come back and you won’t feel lost. Overall constructive criticism. Great job.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Wow, I have spent all day going through these tutorials and I am so pleased to have learnt so much in so little time. I am quite excited! If you want to step up your photography editing game this is the best tutorial collection.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was great, if you want to improve your photoshop skills ,this course is for you.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    I am still halfway through this tutorial and am already loving it. I was almost crying of joy when I learned how to do something I’ve been seeing in professionally edited pictures and never knew how to do on my own. Excellent content. So thankful!

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    WOW! amazing content its incredible how much you can learn with this tutorials! definetly a must see and learn for any serious photographer who wants to learn a lot!

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Incredible techniques which improve anyone’s photography

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    These tutorials are by far and away the best post production tutorials I have seen. I watch one on youtube and subscribed to the PRO version instantly. Thanks for all of your help so far.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    I have been following Aaron for many years, and learning a lot. All tutorials are very clear and easy to follow.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    I have watched the free Plearn tutorials for several years, I subscribed to the Pro-plan which is well worth it. Over several weeks I watched Photo Editing 101-301 and really learned a lot. I really like their marketing, there are many great videos that they make available for free, but if you really want to spend the time and take Photoshop to a higher level it is well worth the price to subscribe to the Pro. Including Plearn there are at least three good Photoshop tutorials that have both free and paid tutorials available, I have only subscribed to Plearn, I like there approach and they get straight to the point.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Not everyone can teach, but he’s a really good teacher. Just a heads up, he says crazy random things 🙂 Subscribe now!

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Excellent series. Not only the experiences with the tools but the insight as to why something might need to be edited a certain way. Image styling, flow, color expression all the when, how and whys. Anyone interested in editing with Photoshop should watch this.

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Photo editing is fantastic, fun, educating and I feel like a pro photographer learning from the master himself. I made a great investment being a subscriber.


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