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

1 hr 34 min

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How to neatly trim eyebrows in just seconds.
Two great ways to darken the eyebrows, plus a quick tutorial on how to understand the four most important blend modes for photo retouching.
A quick fix for people with deep-set eye sockets or when you want to add light to the eyes.
Scott's favorite technique for whitening the eyes.
One-click to fabulous top eyelashes.
Enhancing the bottom eyelashes.
How to remove eye veins and other redness from the eyes.
Adding a kicker light to the eyes to make them look like they sparkle.
How to create catch lights in the eyes when there aren't any.
How to enhance existing catch lights in the eyes.
How to make the eyes look larger and more glamorous.
How to change eye color.
Enhancing contrast in the eyes.
How to darken the outer ring of the iris to make the eyes look more beautiful.
How to get the best quality sharpening for eyes.
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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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    I cannot find where I go to download the eyelash brushes!

    1. Profile photo of OwenL OwenL

      Go to the top of this page, just above the box with the video in it – and click “Course Extras” under “Download”. This will save a zip file with the brushes inside to your usual download location on your PC/Mac. Open this and drag the brush files inside it to the toolbar area (not the document/image area) in Phototshop.

  2. Profile photo of evaldocwb evaldocwb

    Where can I find the downloadable brushes?

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    Thanks so much! :D

  4. Profile photo of wdphotos wdphotos

    I have been trying to get the downloads from Professional Portrait Retouching Technique one, but when I select download Photoshop open’s and tells me it could not complete my request because it is not the right kind of document. Any thoughts on what I may be dong wrong?

    1. Profile photo of riskitfoto riskitfoto

      go to the course extras then select dl then to open the program use your cs go to brush pallet select the new brushes pallet then drag and drop the file in to cs and voila you all set

  5. Profile photo of Donna Donna

    you Rock My World, Scott Kelby – you make everything so darn easy to understand :)

  6. Profile photo of Paul Paul

    Bought the membership few months ago… far just browsing around, but this course watched it in one sitting from top to bottom, and have a new found additional respect for Scott, his method of teaching, subtle little things he highlights like how to remember Multiply over Screen….these are lifelong hints….keep up the awesome work

  7. Profile photo of Jason Clishe Jason Clishe

    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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    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?

    1. Profile photo of Aaron Westgate Aaron Westgate

      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 –

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  9. Profile photo of justtakingpics2 justtakingpics2

    This guy is incredible. I would buy anything with Scott Kelby’s name on it…as long as it could make my photos better. Seriously, I would be lost without him.

  10. Profile photo of Vivian Bedoya Vivian Bedoya

    This is one of my favorite courses from NAPP! A huge return for a small investment of time. Excellent!

  11. Profile photo of DeeM DeeM

    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!

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    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).

  13. Profile photo of Stephen Jones Stephen Jones

    Brilliant! Starting part 2 now!!!!! —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    Thank you for doing these lessons! They have helped me so much. Bravo! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  15. Profile photo of John John

    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.. —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    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. —- Yes, please post my feedback

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