Digital graphic design training

Photoshop retouch master

ShinyLayers design course: course objectives


Using a set of powerful retouching workflows, we learn you new ways of retouching that are effective, non destructive and fast.

This practical and thorough Photoshop masterclass will broaden your retouching knowledge through tools and theory. We will learn in this course how non destructive retouching is done . We'll adjust hair, remove wrinkles, brighten/whiten teeth and alter makeup.

There is a lot to cover in this course and our instructor is happy to share with you all the techniques for you to become a professional retouch master.


Course Objectives

Targeted towards photographers who want to improve the impact and dynamism of their portrait, fashion, beauty or product images.

4 main objectives:

Control setting the overall color, mastering perfect skin techniques while retaining skin texture.
Creative use of light shaping and depth creating techniques.
Fine detail retouching, contrast and sharpening.
Image impact through healing and cloning, airbrush and liquify and warp tools.


Basic to intermediate Photoshop knowledge is required: knowledge of layers, adjustment layers and masking. If you are not sure about your level, please get in touch with your instructor for an assessment of your current Photoshop skills.
You will need your own workstation or laptop, graphical tablet (optional), Photoshop CS6+ installed. Contact your instructor for more details.

Photoshop retouch master course outline

Intro: importance “non destructive” techniques for the treatment of textures and light.
A walk through Photoshop preferences and keyboard shortcuts.
Analyze portrait and search for character and understand the image's use.
Make a to do list and estimate time needed.
Adjusting the Image in Camera Raw.
Liquify Filter: The Shoulder.
Liquify Filter: The eye.
Healing and Spot Healing Tool to remove blemishes.
Retouching facial blemishes.
Retouching the eyes: levels and colors.
Adjusting the lips: volume, color and texture.
Touch-up eyebrows: using adjustment layers and masks.
Retouching the hair.
Using masks to color correct.
Working the contrast.
Setting the overall color.
Mask management.
Cleaning the skin with the surface blur filter.
Warming the skin tones.
Creating facial skin texture.
Beyond the usual clone stamp.
Selective blemish control.
Softening strong characteristics.
Popping the eyes.


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After this course

Upon completion of the Photoshop retouch master course, perhaps you are interested in upgrading your 3D, Illustrator or InDesign skills:


   3D Maya Primer

   Illustrator Primer

   InDesign Primer

ShinyLayers course completion and  graduation mark

Student reviews

"Congrats with this outstanding course. For me, this module was a most interesting experience. I never expected to see so many techniques that are simple yet very efficient retouching aids. Thank you! "

"Professional, bold yet sensitive, and with a touch of humor to balance it all. Congratulations & keep up the great work! "


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