Professional Portrait Retouching, Part 2 By Scott Kelby

2 hr 25 min

In part two of this course, Scott goes over some more retouching techniques, including how to soften skin, add skin contrast, touch up clothing and backgrounds, remove blemishes, and alter the nose of your subject.

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Professional Portrait Retouching, Part 2
In this lesson, you will learn the most popular technique for removing blemishes and another facial skin irregularities, along with our first mini-introduction to remove wrinkles under the eyes using the Patch tool.
We continue with removing blemishes, but I introduce an alternative method you can use when you need to maintain 100% texture and skin tone. We also tackle a color problem with the eyes in the image.
Here you will learn how to soften skin yet maintain believable skin texture, and we will look at different types of softening so you determine which one look best for the type of retouching you want to do.
This lesson picks up from the previous lesson, and shows how to create a simple mask to bring back, and control the amount of skin texture.
This is a skin softening technique developed by Eddie Tapp that simulates the effect of a traditional softtar filter by softening the highlights and shadows separately.
This is an effect that is very popular right now (you see it in everything from movie posters to CD covers), but before we do the effect, we have to do some quick retouching as well.
If you really need the skin to be soft, but want the appearance of skin texture at the same time, you will love this pro trick for faking skin texture. Plus, a look at a third type of softening for skin.
Here you will learn a very trendy retouching technique to make the highlights and shadows of the skin have more contrast. You will also learn how to bring back the original contrast where you need it.
This second method takes a few more steps, but has a more dramatic effect, not just on the skin, but on the overall image.
How we sharpen the skin on men and women varies greatly because we have different goals for how men and women's skin is supposed to look. Here is how to do both.
Once you see what a difference a couple of minutes of retouching on clothes will make, you will always apply this technique to take your retouch to that next level.
Here is how I retouched the background for the Clothes Retouch image we used in the previous lesson. This technique is all about faking lighting in Photoshop and how to use blend modes to create light where there is none.
You knew this had to be in this class somewhere, right? Well, here it is. I do show you one little thing you can do to help make your wrinkle removal look all that more realistic and natural.
It is the easiest and perhaps the most often used retouching technique. We will look at a method of slimming the face of your subject by dodging and burning.
Here you will learn two different techniques for reducing the size of the nose, each with their own advantages and caveats.
Here is a slightly modified technique to use when the nose it at a different angle, or when you need to reduce the curve of, or a bump on, the nose.
Here we start with the original file out of the camera and I take you step-by-step through the entire retouch, fixing problems along the way.
We pick up where we left off and look at maintaining or creating realistic skin texture, adding skin contrast, cleaning up clothes, adding hair highlights, sculpting the face, and wrapping up the entire retouch.
Professional Portrait Retouching, Part 2
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Scott is the President and CEO of KelbyOne, is also the original “Photoshop Guy”, is the Cofounder and CEO of Kelby Media Group, the editor and publisher of Photoshop User Magazine, Conference Technical Chair for the Photoshop World Conference & Expo, Training Director and instructor for KelbyOne Live Seminars, and author of a str...

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  1. Profile photo of Peter Blyth Peter Blyth

    Woohoo, Christmas has come early! I have been hoping and waiting years for Scott to make this course. Each segment is packed with useful tips, techniques and finishing touches. My type has just gone up several notches. I hope Scott will also do an advanced course. Gotta go – gotta kern!

  2. Profile photo of ken_tucker ken_tucker

    Scott, I would just like to say that the new format for K1 is phenomenal. Bringing everything together was absolutely brilliant and has course study and application, along with a closer look into the photoshop community, has become a part of my daily activities. I even find myself watching classes I might now have had interest in before. Thank you so much for providing such a great forum for creatives.

  3. Profile photo of Jens Thorsen Jens Thorsen

    Brilliant course, will there be more? Please say yes :)

  4. Profile photo of Peter Owens Peter Owens

    I have done classes and read books on this subject but this beats all. So much useful info in a short time. Thanks, Kelby one. .

  5. Profile photo of Theresa Szabo Theresa Szabo

    Although this course is described as a beginner course I found it to be a great refresher training tool in typography. Great lesson Scott!

  6. Profile photo of Jack Jack

    I have always struggled with type in Photoshop and find that this instructional has provided a wide array of useful tips. It is particularly helpful and timely now that many of us are creating photo books. Scott, as always, proves himself to be a top notch instructor.

    Thank you.

  7. Profile photo of David Woolf David Woolf

    Good quick intro to typography, but you’ve got a whopper in Lesson 14. The type character to show an unfinished thought or intentional omission is the ellipsis. An ellipse is a geometric figure, known to most of us as a squished circle or an oval and has no connection with the ellipsis.

    Thanks for the wonderful offerings at KelbyOne.

  8. Profile photo of mazit mazit

    Scott, this course is a gem!

  9. Profile photo of ElizabethL ElizabethL

    Very useful course with all the basic essentials. Easy to understand and packed full of examples.

  10. Profile photo of Bob Jenkin Bob Jenkin

    This was a great course. I have always trembled whenever I have had to use text in PS but this has been a huge help. Thanks again.

  11. Profile photo of Chip0797 Chip0797

    Thank You Scott I am a massive fan of your school and also of your photography work. Scott you are a creative genius and I have learned so much from Kelby training it really has put new perspective in to my life thank you so much to you all for sharing and the hard work you put in.

    Many Regards Chip

  12. Profile photo of SherriReed SherriReed

    when I highlight just the text layer I do not have the option to justify the last line. Any help?