Photo Editing 101 13 Videos (2:04h)
  • 01 - Intro
  • 02 - Importing and Organizing Photos
  • 03 - Intro to Culling
  • 04 - Culling in Lightroom
  • 05 - Editing Color in Lightroom
  • 06 - Intro to Exposure & Color
  • 07 - Exposure, Color & Local Editing in Lightroom
  • 08 - Intro to Micki Mirrored Shoot
  • 09 - Correcting Lens Distortion, Cropping, and Black & White
  • 10 - Continuous Light Vs. Strobe Light
  • 11 - Removing Objects in Lightroom
  • 12 - Photographing a Subject with Gelled Strobes
  • 13 - Creating Color Variations
Photo Editing 101 - Part 2 11 Videos (1:43h)
  • 01 - Photographing Outdoors on a Sunny Day
  • 02 - Correcting Exposure & Creative Coloring
  • 03 - Lighting with Fire
  • 04 - Graduated Filters & Lens Correction
  • 05 - Photographing a Back-lit Portrait
  • 06 - Exposure and Color Correction in Lightroom
  • 07 - Retouching and Color Effects in Photoshop
  • 08 - Photographing a Moving Subject
  • 09 - Removing Large Objects in Photoshop
  • 10 - Tutorial Overview
  • 11 - Exporting & Delivering Photos
Photo Editing 201 18 Videos (8:01h)
  • 01 - Introduction
  • 02 - Importing & Organizing Photos
  • 03 - Photographing Nicole & Shooting with Gels
  • 04 - Local Adjustments in Lightroom
  • 05 - Retouching & Coloring in Photoshop
  • 06 - Retouching and Dodging & Burning in Photoshop
  • 07 - Photographing Taylor at Night
  • 08 - Removing Noise & Fixing Color in Lightroom
  • 09 - Coloring, Moving Objects, & Exposure in Photoshop
  • 10 - Photographing Micki at Sunset
  • 11 - Culling & Color Correction in Lightroom
  • 12 - Retouching, Object Removal & Color Correction in Photoshop
  • 13 - Photographing Alyse in the Pool
  • 14 - Culling & Color Correction in Lightroom
  • 15 - Compositing & Color in Photoshop
  • 16 - Photographing Micki Twin
  • 17 - Local Editing in Lightroom
  • 18 - Removing Objects & Retouching in Photoshop
Photo Editing 201 (Part 2) 5 Videos (1:35h)
  • 01 - Photographing Taylor by the Pool
  • 02 - Culling, Highlights, Shadows & Color
  • 03 - How to Remove Distractions & Retouch
  • 04 - Outro
  • 05 - Exporting & Saving Images
Photo Editing 301 15 Videos (7:18h)
  • 01 - Intro
  • 02 - Importing & Organizing Photos
  • 03 - Photographing Devon in the Studio
  • 04 - Culling in Lightroom
  • 05 - Portrait Retouching in Photoshop
  • 06 - Portrait Retouching 2 in Photoshop
  • 07 - Photographing Micki in the Desert
  • 08 - Culling and Posing Review in Lightroom
  • 09 - Clothing Retouch in Photoshop
  • 10 - Photographing Lisa with Strobe and Ambient Light
  • 11 - Culling and Workflow in Lightroom
  • 12 - Coloring in Photoshop
  • 13 - Removing the Softbox in Photoshop
  • 14 - Compositing the Sky & Coloring in Photoshop
  • 15 - Exporting & Organizing in Lightroom
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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.


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    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.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

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

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Incredible techniques which improve anyone’s photography

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

  10. 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.

  11. 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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