After building a solid foundation in Photo Editing 101, it’s time to learn essential tools and techniques that will guide you through your passion.
* This tutorial is part of Photo Editing 101-301
THIS COURSE INCLUDES
- 46 Sample Images
Table of Contents
01 - Introduction2:15m
02 - Importing & Organizing Photos20:57m
03 - Photographing Nicole & Shooting with Gels3:19m
04 - Local Adjustments in Lightroom26:07m
05 - Retouching & Coloring in Photoshop1:14h
06 - Retouching and Dodging & Burning in Photoshop1:41h
07 - Photographing Taylor at Night5:34m
08 - Removing Noise & Fixing Color in Lightroom17:38m
09 - Coloring, Moving Objects, & Exposure in Photoshop55:58m
10 - Photographing Miki at Sunset4:25m
11 - Culling & Color Grading in Lightroom7:13m
12 - Retouching, Object Removal & Color Correction in Photoshop49:25m
13 - Photographing Alyse in the Pool3:17m
14 - Culling & Color Grading in Lightroom7:30m
15 - Compositing & Color in Photoshop57:03m
16 - Photographing Miki Twin2:24m
17 - Exposure Correction in Lightroom4:54m
18 - Removing Objects & Retouching in Photoshop37:36m
Elevate Your Images
Composting can be done in many different ways, and often times the best composite images are also the most subtle. In the example to the left, we balance an image that was a bit “left-heavy” by adding trees to the right side.
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.
Add Interesting Colors
As an artist, you are allowed to take certain “artistic liberties” with your photos, provided they achieve a positive result. Learn to play with color and push your images to the edge by adding gradients & coloring highlights and shadows.
Export & Deliver
After editing images to perfection, it is time to export them and deliver to a client or upload them to the web. Learn exporting workflow to make sure your images display properly no matter where they end up.
In Photo Editing 101, you learned the basics of photo editing, focusing mostly on workflow & Lightroom. In Photo Editing 201, learn in-depth retouching, color correction, & compositing in Photoshop.
Photo Editing 101 includes 45 RAW Photos (16-bit) so you can follow along with the instruction and learn at your own pace. RAW images provide the greatest amount of flexibility when editing in Lightroom and Photoshop.
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.
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.
Complete Editing Workflow
Photo editing can be overwhelming. Learn the entire process from capture to export as we walk you through a professional workflow that will help you organize, edit, and get creative!
If something isn’t in the right place, it can add visual tension to a photograph. In the example to the left, we move part of the wall up to clear more space and give the photo more room to breathe.
Learn how to stack multiple photos together to add more space to a photograph and change the composition at any time.
Dodge & Burn
Learn how to add beautiful highlights to skin and tone shape and contour through dodging and burning. Also learn the subtleties of color dodging to give the skin a “glow” effect.
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.
Learn Multiple Lighting Setups
Photo Editing 201 includes 45 RAW photos from 6 photo shoots, each with its own distinctive lighting setup. At the beginning of each chapter we discuss the lighting that made each one of these images possible.
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.
Camera Settings Explained
Enjoy the little details? Learn what cameras, lenses, and settings were used on each shoot via the on-screen pop-ups. No information left behind. If it has to do with photography or editing, it is covered here.
Multiple Color Variations
Quickly create many variations on your photos, give your clients more than what they expect. Use Virtual Copies to view and edit your variations at once.
This tutorial includes 45 sample images and 23 video tutorials. Download the sample images and assets at the top of the page.
Yes, every tutorial on PHLEARN is included in the PHLEARN PRO Subscription.
We suggest using the latest version of Photoshop, but our tutorials are designed to be compatible with CS4, CS5, CS6, and Photoshop CC. Get the latest version of Photoshop from Adobe.
Download the course files at the top of this page.
You’ll find answers to some of the most common questions in our Help Center. If what you need isn’t covered, you can submit a question to our all-star customer support team and they’ll get back to you right away!
I just finished watching and note taking 201. Aaron’s teaching is style suits me perfectly and the use of the various tools used has made Photoshop editing more beneficial for me. I’m a sucker for downloading every new add on and photo editing program that comes along but sill my images looked blah! (though some programs and features are pretty good) all the same I decided that PS has got the goods I need. I have gone over some of my old photos, applying the methodology i have just learnt and presto! an instant differences of a more pleasing result. Highly recommend this Pro Course. Thank you Aaron and the PHLEARN Team!
Adobe listened to you. As of the February 2020 release of Lightroom, PSB files are compatible with Lightroom. To reduce file size without affecting quality, save the file with zip compression of the file and the layers. This is an option in the Save As dialog in Photoshop. Doing this will increase the time it takes to save, so you might want to wait until your final save.
Brilliant tutorial plenty of techniques to digest and practice.
Very nice tutorial and method of teaching.Very happy.
Too darn redundant, and the instructor seemed ill prepared. Doesn’t teach much just like watching someone edit most of the time.
Thank you Aaron for making me better at Photoshop, great job!
Congratulations to the whole team, This is absolutely fabulous in every way. Have watch the entire tutorial. Loved it. Thanks in every way.