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Retouching a Studio Portrait in Photoshop

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Learn how to retouch and enhance studio portraits in post, with Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop.

Studio portraits are usually shot under optimal conditions. Controlled lighting, seamless backdrops, maybe even professional hair and makeup. But there's still work you can do to make your subjects look their best in post. In this Portrait Project, Chris Orwig takes a raw file, makes foundational adjustments in Camera Raw, and then takes the image into Photoshop for retouching. There you'll learn how to retouch small blemishes, smooth and de-shine skin, and enhance color. Before and after comparisons along the way allow you to check your progress. Dive in now and start improving your portrait prowess.


  • Welcome
  • Using the exercise files
1. Setting the Stage
  • Fixing the foundation in Camera Raw
  • Organizing the layered file
2. Retouching Away Problems
  • Removing blemishes
  • Diminishing the wrinkles
  • Reducing shine with Patch tool
  • Reducing shine with Curves
3. Improving the Lighting
  • Crafting the light with Curves
  • Brightening the light with masking
4. Skin Softening
  • Using the High Pass filter and Linear Light
  • Masking in a new texture
5. Enhancing the Color
  • Creating global stylistic color changes
  • Making specific color adjustments
  • Building a few black-and-white options
  • Sharpening
  • Review
  • Next steps

Taught by

Chris Orwig

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