Professional Portrait Retouching By Scott Kelby

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Learn professional techniques for making your subjects look their very best using Adobe Photoshop.

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Introduction to Professional Portrait Retouching by Scott Kelby
Learn how to make sure the eyes of your subject have sparkle by adding catchlights, including two different ways to create catchlights from scratch.
How to make any existing catchlights more prominent, and a cool trick for replicating the Octabank reflection look.
How to reduce or remove redness and veins in the eyes, and how to use the Healing Brush with the Clone Stamp Tool to remove objects that overlap (like stray eyelashes).
A seamless way to make the eyes look larger (popular for fashion portraits), or to balance the size of the eyes so that the eye farther away from the camera looks balanced with the eye closest to the camera. An alternate technique for making eyes larger i
A quick and easy technique for making both the whites of the eyes, and the eyes themselves looks more interesting, colorful, and bright.
Here is a great technique for adding contrast and depth to the eyes using an Adjustment Layer. By using this adjustment layer, you get a live preview of how your final eye contrast will look as you make your tweaks.
Two simple techniques for changing eye color. One uses a source image to sample a real eye color from, and the other uses nothing but an Adjustment Layer to complete the retouch.
Getting rid of dark circles under the eyes is often a two-step job, using two different tools to overcome a side effect of the retouch.
This simple technique is time-consuming, but at least the final results are worth it. I also cover how to darken eyebrows as well using a simple modification to the technique.
Here I show you an easy way to enhance the make-up (or add make-up) to your subject. Most important is that you retain complete control over the amount after the application of the makeup.
If you can make the eyes look really sharp without harming the rest of the photo, you will get a really nice twinkle in the eyes that captures the attention of the viewer. Here is how it is done.
How to use Adjustment Layers to change and enhance hair color, and control the overlay tone of the hair.
Almost every portrait, male or female, requires a bit of clean-up when it comes to stray hairs. In this lesson, we cover the easy fix-ups, and the one that cause problems, using two different tools.
Two techniques for enhancing the natural highlights in the hair of your subject to add more depth and dimension to your portrait.
Here is how to remove stubble (or one-day growth) from the skin of a male subject, as well as how to deal with three-day growth, and the skin tone problem this often creates.
How to remove those shiny looking areas on the face of your subject while still maintaining texture, highlights, and tone.
In this lesson, you will learn how to removing yellowing, brighten teeth, fix misshapen teeth, and remove any other distracting elements (aka food).
This is a technique that has saved many a group portrait; the ability to add a little smile to the face of your subject.
Here you will learn three different techniques for making lips look fuller and richer, and how to apply them based on the view of your subject.
In this lesson we are covering two techniques: the first how to slim the face by reducing their jowels and chin area, and how to deal with a photo where one eye is squinting or closed.
Thanks for joining in. Hope that you learned a lot. Be on the look out for Part 2 of this course.
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Scott Kelby


Scott is the President of KelbyOne, an online educational community for photographers, Photoshop and Lightroom users. He's editor and publisher of Photoshop User Magazine, Editor of "Lightroom magazine"; Conference Technical Chair for the Photoshop World Conference & Expo, and the author of a string of bestselling Photoshop, Lightroom...

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  1. Profile photo of Nick Smith Nick Smith

    Awesome course, much easier to learn than with a book!

  2. Profile photo of lucienr lucienr

    I enjoyed the course. Learned a few tricks. Thanks !

  3. Profile photo of douglasgottlieb douglasgottlieb

    Great course. Please update for CS6! I was happy to see some regular people retouching at the end and not just all perfect model faces. —- Yes, please post my feedback

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