Photographer: The Project By Calvin Hollywood

1 hr 29 min
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Calvin discusses the lighting setup and backdrop characteristics needed to capture the right look.
Camera settings, positioning your model, and shooting tethered.
Workflow begins with Camera Raw improvements and opening images in Photoshop as Smart Objects.
Calvin's signature approach to agtting incredible detail in an image while avoiding hi-pass halos.
Similar in result but with fewer steps, Calvin shows the Topaz plug-in variation of Freaky Amazing Detail.
Retouching dust spect and skin irregularities.
Pulling the model off the background via Quick Selection and then adding a colored fill layer and changing the blend mode changes the background color very quickly.
Refine Mask and hand painting refines the mask completely.
Using adjustment layers Calvin shows how to add a spotlight, vignette, and then shows how to organize the layers.
Calvin explains how depth comes from application of dodging and burning.
Here the theory is applied to the actual model through both hard and soft dodging and burning. Calvin goes into detail about adding convincing dimension.
Calvin spent a little more time dodging and burning and shows the results of his work. Additionally, he shows how to get the model to blend smoothly with the new colored background that was added.
Starting with the Quickmask Mode, Calvin selects the eyes and applies a selective color adjustment.
Calvin shows his artistic workflow as he experiments with different effects.
Looking at the before and after reveals dramatic changes that have taken place throughout the class.
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Calvin Hollywood


Calvin Hollywood is a digital artist, photographer, Photoshop trainer and author from Germany. He's a photography based artist who focuses on getting the perfect shot with Photoshop. In addition, he also serves as an Adobe Promoter and writer for a number of magazines....

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  1. Profile photo of steve steve

    Great course your the master nice one

  2. Profile photo of Vivian Bedoya Vivian Bedoya

    I love this guy! Learned a lot and the dodging and burning is something I’ll be adding to my retouching workflow. Thanks, Calvin!

  3. Profile photo of gpauwen gpauwen

    Great course, full of useful tips and techniques! Thanks, Calvin! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  4. Profile photo of Peter Broadbent Peter Broadbent

    Calvin mentions in the video we can obtain the PSD file, but there is no link available?

    1. Profile photo of Melissa Melissa

      Hi Peter,

      Course downloads are available from the link in the right-hand column on both the course preview page and the player page.

  5. Profile photo of edgontijo edgontijo

    I think Calvin Hollywood is really a great master on retouching techniques. His video classes are excellent. I wish I could receive personal training from him… —- Yes, please post my feedback

  6. Profile photo of kimoz kimoz

    Thanks alot Calvin for sharing your knowldge and really I love your style. you are my hero.
    thanks again. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  7. Profile photo of Theresa Theresa

    Once again, I enjoyed Calvin Hollywoods presentation and content. I hope he makes some more as I have seen almost all of them.

    Thanks —- Yes, please post my feedback

  8. Profile photo of m.essam m.essam

    Woooow it’s great
    Thanks Calvin —- Yes, please post my feedback

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