Photographers and retouchers are often asked to capture the most important moments in people’s lives. Help create lasting memories with soft and timeless portrait retouching in Photoshop!
Follow along as we create two maternity portraits from capture to completion! Learn how to retouch hair and clothing, dodge and burn in Adobe Camera RAW, and use frequency separation to preserve delicate details.
19 Video Tutorials|2 Sample RAW Images|2 Photoshop Actions
From weddings to newborns, graduations to birthdays, lifestyle photography is all about helping people capture life’s important moments. Follow along as we create two beautiful maternity photos, from capture to completion!
Create Timeless Portraits
DRAW ATTENTION TO YOUR SUBJECT
Soft Portrait Retouching
Whether you’re photographing weddings or graduations, the moments you capture are going be with your clients for a lifetime. Learn how a professional retoucher approaches working with such personal and intimate images, using Photoshop to help the most important details shine through.
We walk you through how we captured each image, breaking down everything from lighting, to wardrobe, to working with a subject. Then we go dive into the post-production, showing you how to make subtle, yet impactful, adjustments that will give each photo a soft and timeless feel.
We focus on maternity photos, but the same approach can be used for many other types of lifestyle photography. No matter what type of photographer you are, you’re sure to learn skills that will help you capture your client’s most special moments.
High-end fashion work might require bold changes and detailed adjustments. But for more personal work like this, we’re going for subtle changes and a natural look. Learn how to use retouching to simplify a scene, emphasizing the natural beauty of the subject and the importance of the moment.
Professional Frequency Separation
Smooth out harsh transitions between light and shadow. Clean up distractions while preserving all of the delicate textures. Frequency Separation is a key part of the retoucher’s workflow and we make it easier than with our included Photoshop Action! Ready for more? Give How to Master Frequency Separation Retouching a try!
Retouch Hair & Clothing
Retouching hair and wardrobe will always be a challenge, even for the pros. Learn how to remove flyaways with Spot-Healing Brush, add volume to hair with the Clone Stamp tool, and even smooth out fabric using Frequency Separation!
The Liquify Tool
The perfect tool for shaping soft materials like hair and clothing, the Liquify Tool is easy to use, but incredibly difficult to master. Learn techniques that will help you Liquify objects realistically and with subtle effect. Add volume to hair and even create the illusion of motion in a long, flowing dress!
Enhance Textures with Dodge & Burn
Dodging and burning is one of the few techniques that, on its own, can elevate an image to new heights. Add beautiful shape and dimension to any photograph, while guiding the eyes of the viewer to the areas of the image that matter most.
Aaron walks you through each photoshoot, breaking down the lighting, camera settings, and creative considerations used to capture each shot.
Frequency Separation & & Sharpening Actions!
We include our two most powerful Photoshop Actions for you to use throughout the tutorial and in your own professional work. Get all the flexibility you need from Frequency Separation and Sharpening and in only a fraction of the time!
Retouching for Lifestyle Photography
PROFESSIONAL DODGE & BURN
Color Correction & Color Toning
Learn how to color correct using the tools in Adobe Camera RAW and Adjustment Layers in Photoshop. Help match the natural variation in skin tones between different parts of the body. Then tie it all together with some subtle color grading.
Sharpening is one of the best ways to draw attention to the important areas in a photo. Apply multiple levels of sharpening, from general image sharpening to more dramatic sharpening for eyes, jewelry, hair, and clothing.
We take you through a complete retouching workflow, from import all the way to export. Master the professional techniques that will help your clients look their best during their most important moments.
USE FREQUENCY SEPARATION ON FABRIC
Background Retouching & Extension
We show you how to clean up unwanted elements like lights, bounce cards, and scuffs from photographed backgrounds. Then we show you how to extend the background, recreating the original colors and texture while nailing the perfect composition.
Adobe Camera RAW
Most professional photo edits are going to start in Adobe Camera RAW. Make local and global adjustments to fix exposure, recover details, and correct colors. Master of the power of RAW in Adobe Camera RAW and in Photoshop!
If you’re capturing lifestyle photos and important events in people’s lives, your time is incredibly valuable. Spend less time clicking through menus in Photoshop and move on to your next big shoot! Our PHLEARN Photoshop Actions are designed to save you time without sacrificing the quality that your clients expect.
LEARN SOFT PORTRAIT LIGHTING
Creating soft, natural portraits starts with soft studio lighting. Learn how to use studio lights, diffusion, and other modifiers to get beautiful, even lighting for any portrait.
Stray hairs, wrinkles in clothing, and scuffs on the background. Individually, they may not seem like much, but all those little distractions can take the focus away from the things that matter most. Learn how to reduce and remove distractions in any image!
Draw Attention to the Subject
When it comes to lifestyle portraits, the client and their special moment need to be center stage. Watch as we use both photographic techniques and Photoshop tools to simplify an image and to help guide the eyes of the viewer.
PHLEARN Founder – Class Instructor
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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