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Retouching 101 10 Videos (7:58h)
  • 01 - Introduction to Retouching 101: Advice for Preparing a Portrait Retouch
  • 02 - How to Retouch Using Tools in Lightroom
  • 03 - How to Use Every Tool Photoshop Offers for Retouching
  • 04 - How to Remove Any Skin Blemish in Photoshop
  • 05 - How to Add Definition with Dodge & Burn in Photoshop
  • 06 - How to Retouch, Color, and Sharpen Eyes in Photoshop
  • 07 - How to Retouch the Lips and Mouth in Photoshop
  • 08 - How to Shape Subjects with Liquify in Photoshop
  • 09 - Exercise 1: How to Retouch a Studio Portrait from Start to Finish in Photoshop
  • 10 - Exercise 2: How to Retouch a Subject with Tattoos From Start to Finish in Photoshop

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Retouching 101


Taking great photos is only half the battle. A professional photographer needs a professional workflow to organize and maintain their photo catalog. In this tutorial, we’ll teach you the foundations for developing a clear and efficient post-production process. Follow along with the included RAW Photos.

What’s Included

10 Sample Images   |   10 Video Tutorials   |   PS Action
* This tutorial is part of the Retouching 101-301 Bundle

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Save Time – Learn Retouching Tools

Photoshop is an expansive program, and it can be difficult figuring out where to start. With so many options for photo editing, which tools are the best? Learn the right tools for the job and save time by focusing on what works.

Learn Proper Retouching

We have all seen photos that look “too retouched,” they have lost the details that make people look real. Learn to make people look their best while maintaining texture, detail and color.

Blemish Removal

Ever been asked to remove a pimple in Photoshop? It seems that everyone wants to be blemish-free in photos these days. Learn the right way to remove blemishes while maintaining skin texture and detail.

The Phlearn Method Dodge & Burn

Dodging and Burning is perhaps the most important part of retouching. Learning to Dodge & Burn correctly will make a huge difference in the portraits you take, and your subjects will love you for it. Save time and increase accuracy by using the Phlearn Method Dodge & Burn – integrating new keyboard shortcuts and custom brushes.


Eyes are the window to the soul, learn how to make them sparkle like never before. Add color, enhance details, remove veins, enhance eyelashes, and learn the right way to sharpen eyes.

Lips & Mouth

Lips get chapped, cracked, dried out and lose color. Learn how to repair skin damage and add natural color. Also, learn to add shine and smooth skin for the best-looking lips!

Transform Shape with Liquify

Not many people like the way they look in photos, help them out a little by making them look their best. Learn to reshape hair, skin, muscles, fat, and clothing to bring out the best in a portrait.

Two Complete Retouch Exercises

Combine everything you learn from sections 1-8 to retouch two portraits from start to finish. Where do I start? How do different techniques tie together? What don’t I know? Follow along the entire retouching process from Camera RAW to Exporting the Final Photos.


For many professional photographers and retouchers, the journey begins in Lightroom. When it comes to file organization, exposure and white balance correction, there is no better tool. Learn the basic of photo retouching in Lightroom including blemish removal.

16-Bit RAW Images Included for Practice

Don’t have images of your own to practice on? No Problem! Every Phlearn PRO Tutorial includes images to perfect your technique on.

Included Photoshop Actions

Retouching 101 includes several Dodge & Burn Actions to make editing your photos easier than ever. Use these actions to smooth skin tone and enhance detail in a photo.

Retouch Multiple Skin Types

Everyone’s skin is different and requires slightly different retouching techniques. The included photos capture many different skin tones across different races and sexes.

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  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    I am very happy can learn from a master as Aron. My knowledge growing after every minute from tutorials. Even you are more then beginner in photoshop I highly recommending watch videos without a skipping it.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    This course was everything that I expected and more. It goes over the best practices of retouching in Photoshop which is really great in organizing files so that you can always come back to them later. It was definitely worth the money.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    I bought the bundle, and have just finished going through 101

    This is truly amazing stuff. My editing ‘tradition’ and practice has come from landscape and street work. I got into portraiture, because I love shooting people. My earlier retouching was very basic.

    This has really opened my eyes to the world of retouching, and has given me a good deal of respect for professional retouchers. And, I am only 33% of the way through the bundle.

    Aaron is a superb instructor. Very personable, and I like this. he does indeed make ‘unlearning’ fun, and does it in a very structured manner

    The video tutorials are laid out very well, and are easy to follow. The dodge and burn actions are a great help, though I like to use the soft light one.

    Excellent tips, especially the pen tool, which I had never really used till now. I love the constant reminders of the keyboard shortcuts.

    I did buy the Wacom Intuous Small several months back, after watching Aaron’s YouTube video on that.

    So, really marvellous stuff.

    Now, I shall be getting into the next one.

    The young lady I did in the attached file, would not have been possible without this series of videos


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