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 301


Learn advanced compositing and retouching in the final chapter of Photo Editing 101-301.

What’s Included

21 Sample Images   |   15 Video Tutorials   |   Photoshop Action
* This tutorial is part of Photo Editing 101-301

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Create Incredible Images

There is no limit to what you can create through photography and Photoshop. Learn to bring your images to their highest potential through compositing and retouching.

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.

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.

Perfect Sky Replacement

Replacing a sky in a photo can make a huge impact on the final image.

Learn how to accurately color both the sky and your photo to make the composite seamless.

In-depth Editing

In Photo Editing 101, you learned the basics of photo editing, focusing mostly on workflow & Lightroom. In Photo Editing 301, learn in-depth retouching, color correction, & compositing in Photoshop.

Follow Along

Photo Editing 301 includes 21 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.

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.

Photo Editing 101-301 Before After


  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Wow it blows my mind how Aaron does these tutorials i can’t keep up Ha ha watching over and over again I’m from Holland and i’m glad he speak’s verry clear so i can understand every word he say’s In two words Pretty Cool

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Just finished watching chapter three and I am soooo glad I got this Pro subscription. I giggle at your comments whilst editing all the time and cannot wait to apply what I am learning…..great stuff!! Cool…let’s carry on now.

  3. Rated 2 out of 5

    Do we really have to go through his culling process through 101-301? I will be canceling my membership because (sorry) the instructor drives me nuts!

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Great tutorial! Kevin T. is right! Now the challenge is to remember the techniques because there is so much to learn here. Can’t wait tot put it in practice.

    PHLEARN Staff
    Yes, this tutorial is jam packed with info. It’s designed to be more comprehensive than anything comparable on any other site. Downside, that does make it quite long and intense.
  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    All 3 Sections from 101 to 301 were just awesome!! I learned so much from these. Now if I can just remember it all when I need to!!! 🙂

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Absolutely first class, Thanks to the Master. Learnt a lot throughout the the whole series.


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