John Ross

Professional Retoucher

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Starting Project for Emergency Learning of Adobe Photoshop

To get you started, study this sample image for your reference. This before-and-after shot should be similar to your final deliverable after taking this class. Take note of the following steps taken to achieve the final retouched photo:

  • At first glance, you will notice right away that the image is way off-balance. For basic color and tonal corrections, experiment with the sliders inside Photoshop’s Camera Raw. You can use the Adjustment Brush to target specific areas that require special attention. You will learn all about how to navigate your way through Camera Raw with the “Camera Raw Explained”
  • Why does the original image look dull and flat? This is because it lacks any kind of play on lights and shadows. It’s important to learn how to use Levels and Curves to fix tonal changes such as Exposure and Contrast. Refer to the “Levels” tutorial video for more.
  • When an image lacks depth, the viewer’s eye tends to wander off in different directions without any clear spot to focus on. The brightest and most important area of the photo should be the model’s face—brighten up this portion and darken the other areas surrounding the model to add depth and force the viewer’s eye up. Click on the “Lasso Tool” and the “Magic Wand and Quick Selection Tools” videos to learn how to use the Lasso or Magic Wand tools when making quick and simple selections for targeted changes.
  • You can clean up the girl’s flyaway strands of hair and other blemishes through Cloning and Healing. Learn all about the subtle art in the “Spot Healing”
  • Finally, when you are done with all your changes and are satisfied with your image, don’t forget to save the file in the proper format depending on your purpose (for archiving, for printing, or for sharing online). Watch the “Saving Images” video to learn how to use the right format for the right destination.

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Now that you have a sample starting point, it’s time to get down and dirty with your own project. Good luck with your final deliverable.

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