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Creative Portrait Retouching                                                           

 An Adobe Training Provider Skills Course

This course is for all photographers and retouching artists with intermediate Photoshop skills who want to develop, master, and create amazing portraits. 

Taught at the Orange County Center for Photography and Digital Arts where teachers are mentors, the instruction is hands on, a learning methodology that encourages you to learn Portrait Retouching by doing, not by watching prerecorded tutorials. Over two days you will learn to see portraits as character and then with creative techniques enhance portrait character. You will learn how to recompose images, adjust hair, accent and color clothing as well as backgrounds. The course emphasizes skin tones and texture issues, how to creatively adjust everything from blemishes to braces, eye enhancements, color work, swapping heads, removing glass glare, everything you will experience when photographing people of all ages in a variety of popular styles.  

The classes are small so that you can ask questions, interact with your fellow students and your instructor is by your side providing hands on guidance to help you create amazing portraits that define and extend the subject’s character.  

Successful students who complete the class and the Metrics that Matter Survey, earn an Adobe Certificate of Achievement, which is employer recognized. 

Summary of the Course 

  • Retouching Theory, Ethics, Practices, Styles, and Workflow
  • Creating a Custom Retouching Workspace in Photoshop 
  • Wacom Tablet Setup for creative and efficient retouching
  • The retouching decision process 
  • Retouching Tools and Options
  • Spot Healing Brush, Healing Brush, Patch tool
  • Acne and blemish controls
  • Fundamental Skin Retouching
  • Wrinkle controls and retouching 
  • Skin tones by the numbers for race, age, and character history 
  • Corrective Skin Smoothing for oily and patchy skin 
  • Fashion Skin Finishing 
  • Dodge and Burn Tool applications for skin
  • Painting With Light to achieve accurate hue, luminosity, and skin saturation
  • Eye Enhancement
  • Cosmetic Eye Adjustments
  • Hair cut out and adjustment
  • Background Exchange
  • Pen Tool applications
  • Mask Refinement
  • Combine two and multiple images


We supply a complete workbook, supplemental materials and images.   

Perquisite: Photoshop for photographers or demonstrable intermediate level Photoshop abilities.

Taught by Bob Killen, Adobe Certified Expert, Adobe Certified Instructor, a nationally recognized fine art photographer, and one of Adobe’s top rated instructors. 


Orange County Center for Photography and Digital Arts
590 West Central Avenue
Brea, CA 92821

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