Professional Portrait Retouching Techniques for Photographers, Part 1, with Scott Kelby

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Course Lessons:

Lesson 1: Introduction (Duration 02:35)

Lesson 2: Eyebrow Trimming (Duration 09:50)

How to neatly trim eyebrows in just seconds.

Lesson 3: Darkening the Eyebrows (Duration 09:03)

Two great ways to darken the eyebrows, plus a quick tutorial on how to understand the four most important blend modes for photo retouching.

Lesson 4: Fixing Deep Eyes (Duration 03:40)

A quick fix for people with deep-set eye sockets or when you want to add light to the eyes.

Lesson 5: Whitening the Eyes (Duration 05:05)

Scott's favorite technique for whitening the eyes.

Lesson 6: Upper Eyelashes (Duration 07:53)

One-click to fabulous top eyelashes.

Lesson 7: Lower Eyelashes (Duration 08:15)

Enhancing the bottom eyelashes.

Lesson 8: Removing Redness (Duration 04:37)

How to remove eye veins and other redness from the eyes.

Lesson 9: Adding a Kicker Light (Duration 05:57)

Adding a kicker light to the eyes to make them look like they sparkle.

Lesson 10: Creating Catch Lights (Duration 09:15)

How to create catch lights in the eyes when there aren't any.

Lesson 11: Enhancing Catch Lights (Duration 02:27)

How to enhance existing catch lights in the eyes.

Lesson 12: Eye Enlargements (Duration 07:09)

How to make the eyes look larger and more glamorous.

Lesson 13: Changing Eye Color (Duration 04:45)

How to change eye color.

Lesson 14: Adding Contrast (Duration 03:05)

Enhancing contrast in the eyes.

Lesson 15: Darkening the Iris (Duration 06:27)

How to darken the outer ring of the iris to make the eyes look more beautiful.

Lesson 16: Sharpening the Eyes (Duration 03:35)

How to get the best quality sharpening for eyes.

Lesson 17: Conclusion (Duration 01:01)

Meet Your Instructor: Scott Kelby

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…


  1. God! I could kiss you Kelby, lol! Great video, I think if you did just as good a job on different types of styles for pictures for wedding albums and show example albums I would name a future member of my family after you!! great work and worth every penny to subscribe.

  2. great stuff, just wish there was a wide angle lens on the camera showing the work going on so when I have it enlarged I can see all of the screen you are working on and what you are clicking on etc..

  3. I can't tell you how much your courses have upped my game and gave me the confidence and know how to go after jobs that I would have second thoughed, (If that's a word).

  4. I have learned so much in a short amount of time. You are a very good presenter, always giving pointers and things to remember. Wonderful job!

  5. Suggestion (or) maybe you already do but I don't know how to do it? Is there a way to flag the courses I have watched so that I can go back to just the ones I have marked without having to scroll through each course to find my past classes?

    • There is a "add to favorites" button on the video player. It's a heart icon. By adding the course as a favorite, it will show up in your user dashboard - -Web Editor KelbyOne web team

  6. Great lessen Scott. One of the things I'm really struggling with is after I apply a few of the retouches in this lesson, I end up with many layers and masks over the eyes and quite frankly the effects just don't seem to work correctly without the layers being in the exactly correct order, and figuring out what that order is is rather difficult. Each of the individual lessons here are present on their own; I'd love to see a lesson where multiple eye retouches are applied and have you spend more time discussing the layers and stacking order.

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