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The Art & Business of High-End Retouching

via CreativeLive


One of the biggest challenges a photographer faces is the amount of time spent on retouching images. Creating a beautiful high-end finished photo requires the right tools and techniques — but the process doesn’t need to dominate your workflow.

Join international retoucher Pratik Naik, owner of Solstice Retouch, as he shares his secrets for creating beautiful photos in less time. You will also learn the business and marketing side of retouching — everything from working with clients to creative branding opportunities.

During a live photo shoot, Pratik works with photographer Felix Kunze, demonstrating how photographers and retouchers can work together to craft a final product that exceeds the expectations of both parties. You’ll learn every single step of the retouching process by watching as Pratik turns Felix’s raw photos into high-quality images.

Whether you’re a photographer who wants to present high-end final images to your clients, or you want to break into the world of retouching, Pratik will provide you with the skills necessary to be the best at your craft.

Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 14.2, Adobe Lightroom 5


  • Introduction and Pre-Shoot
  • Shooting for Retouching: Beauty Look
  • Shooting for Retouching: Beauty Continued
  • Shooting for Retouching: Fashion
  • Shooting for Retouching: Fashion Continued
  • Shooting for Retouching: Male Fashion
  • Culling for Retouching
  • Annotating for the Retoucher
  • The Retouching Industry
  • What to Know Before You Get Started
  • Tips for Retouchers & Gear
  • Overview of Photoshop Workflow
  • Photoshop Workflow Continued
  • Retouching Workflow: Camera RAW
  • Retouching Workflow: Beauty Image
  • Retouching Workflow: Healing Brush
  • Retouching Workflow: Content Aware
  • Retouching Workflow: Dodge and Burn
  • Retouching Workflow: Frequency Separation
  • Retouching Workflow: Frequency Separation Continued
  • Retouching Workflow: Color Correction
  • Retouching Workflow: Contouring
  • Retouching Workflow: Sharpening
  • Retouching Workflow: Color Toning
  • Retouching Workflow: Color Picker Table
  • Conversion to Black and White
  • Conversion Q&A
  • Retouching Workflow: Luminosity Mask
  • Retouching Workflow: Male Model
  • Retouching Workflow: Male Model Continued
  • Retouching Workflow: Fashion
  • Working with Clients & the Business of Retouching

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Pratik Naik

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