Portrait Project: Retouching a Studio Portrait

with Chris Orwig
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Portrait Project: Retouching a Studio Portrait
Video duration: 0s 1h 19m Intermediate


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.

Topics include:
  • Fixing the foundation in Camera Raw
  • Removing blemishes
  • Diminishing wrinkles
  • Reducing shine
  • Improving lighting
  • Enhancing color


- Hi, this is Chris. Welcome to this course where we will focus in on how we can retouch a studio portrait from start to finish. We'll begin with the native RAW file as it appears straight out of the camera. We'll open that image up in Adobe Camera Raw, and there we'll make some foundational adjustments to the photograph. Then we'll quickly jump to Photoshop. In Photoshop, we'll cover topics like how can we retouch away small blemishes. WE'll look at how we can fix shiny skin, or how we can modify and change light.

I'll also share with you a valuable technique that you can use to smooth or to soften skin. We'll look at how we can enhance and change color, and we'll evaluate our progress by viewing a before and after perspective of the retouching that we've done. So if you are ready to gain some expertise in regard to portrait retouching, well, let's begin.

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