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Professional Portrait Retouching Techniques for Photographers Using Photoshop (Voices That Matter)

Professional Portrait Retouching Techniques for Photographers Using Photoshop (Voices That Matter)

Each year, Scott Kelby, Editor-in-Chief of Photoshop User magazine and the #1 best-selling Photoshop author, trains literally thousands of photographers on how to retouch portraits using Photoshop through his live seminars, online classes, DVDs, and standing-room only workshops at the Photoshop World Conference & Expo. Now you can learn the same techniques he uses in his own retouching workflow, in the only book of its kind–one written expressly for photographers who do their own retouching. A

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  1. 42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Clearly written, contains some helpful tips, but title is misleading and some of the retouches don’t look so great., September 6, 2011

    This review is from: Professional Portrait Retouching Techniques for Photographers Using Photoshop (Voices That Matter) (Paperback)

    First of all, this book should not be called “Professional Portrait Retouching Techniques for Photographers”. It should be called “Fast and Easy Retouching for Professional Photographers”. Many of the techniques in this book are useful, and especially if you’re a Photoshop rookie, you’ll probably benefit from learning them. But as Scott says himself in the intro, these aren’t pro retouching techniques.

    I also felt there was quite a bit of redundancy in this book. For example, nearly every retouch you do will involve working on a duplicate layer and then using layer masks and layer opacity to control where, and how much of your retouch shows through. This is a crucial step and Scott is right to include it, but he gives it a whole paragraph each time, as though you haven’t already learned this step in every other chapter. Maybe this was done to allow a user to skip directly to any chapter, but I still think this could have been explained in detail just once, in the beginning, and then simply referred to.

    I disagree with a few specific techniques: in one chapter, Scott recommends using the dodge/burn tools on a gray layer set to soft light mode, which is essentially painting black and white on that layer to adjust the underlying lights and darks. But this completely defeats the purpose of using the dodge/burn tools, which can be set to automatically only brighten your highlights and darken your shadows while ignoring adjacent pixels.

    I wasn’t thrilled with the final result of the neck retouch (featured on back cover); it looks rather phony and overly blurred to my eyes.

    Since I called out one I didn’t like, to be fair, I’ll call out one I liked: eyelashes. I like the chapter on darkening/accentuating eyelashes.

    Everything is cleary written and illustrated, and for the most part, these are useful techniques to learn, especially if you don’t really want to learn how to master Photoshop – just get in and out. I have 10 years of experience working with portraits in Photoshop, and I found a few useful tips myself, so I think a novice would probably benefit from this book.

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  2. 41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    THE Bible on Retouching, July 19, 2011
    Glyn Dewis “Dinkiz” (Buckinghamshire, UK) –

    This review is from: Professional Portrait Retouching Techniques for Photographers Using Photoshop (Voices That Matter) (Paperback)

    If you ever find yourself sat infront of your computer screen staring at some portrait shots you’ve taken, Photoshop open and saying “Now what?” or quite simply you want to make your portrait shots look their very best, then I can’t say it any simpler than You Need This Book!

    `Professional Portrait Retouching Techniques for Photographers using Photoshop’ is the latest book by Photographer and Photoshop Guru Scott Kelby and in my own opinion this time he’s out done himself and produced what I predict will become the Retouching Bible! Seriously…the book is that good!

    With what appears to be an infinite supply of Photoshop books out there lining shelves in book stores it can be incredibly difficult knowing which ones/s to get especially when each and every one promises to `share the secrets of the pros’. The risk of possibly wasting your hard earned cash on a book that you’ll glance through disappointingly and then never pick up again is real, and one that I’m sure most of us have done on more than one occasion.

    However, this latest book changes things. We now have a book that not only gives us techniques that are easy to follow and apply but a book that eliminates the feeling of `What do I do now?’

    This new book is full to the brim of techniques that work and work extremely well and what’s more they’re written and explained in a way that makes them easy to understand and then apply to your own work.

    If you’re familiar with Scott’s Digital Photography Book series [Link] and the one page, one tip style then this is kind of written in the same way. Now obviously I don’t mean that each technique takes just one page to explain but what I do mean is that the techniques don’t drag on and confuse the heck out of you; Scott gets to the point and in a way that feels like he’s there with you…”Do this, now do that…there you go!” Simple!

    Some folks have `complained’ in the past about Scott’s humour in his writing but I think even `they’ are going to be impressed this time. I don’t know if it’s an intentional decision on Scott’s behalf but this latest book does seem to be written in a way that’s slightly different to what we’ve become accustomed to, but that’s definitely a good thing. Personally I like Scott’s writing style…I’m a very visual person so for me to read, I need to be entertained as well as informed but this latest book will definitely appeal to all.

    So what does the book cover?
    The book is made up of 7 Chapters each covering a different area of retouching and on most occasions showing more than one technique to achieve the same/similar result so you can choose which fits in best with your way of working…

    Chapter 1: Retouching Eyes

    Increasing Contrast in the Iris
    Darkening the Outer Rim of the Iris
    Adding More Life to the Eyes
    Enhancing and/or Creating Catch Lights
    Brightening the Whites of the Eyes
    Removing Eye Veins
    Changing Eye Colour
    Reducing Dark Circles Under Eyes
    Making Eyes Larger (or Smaller)
    Swapping One Eye for the Other
    Enhancing Eyelashes
    Creating Beautiful Eyebrows
    Making Fuller Eyebrows
    Darkening the Eyebrows
    Sharpening Eyes to Make Them Sparkle

    Chapter 2: Retouching Skin

    Removing Blemishes
    How to Avoid Plastic-Looking Skin
    Basic “Quickie” Skin Softening
    Softening Skin While Retaining Texture
    Softening Skin & Adding Texture Back In
    High Pass Skin Softening
    Softening Skin Using Channels
    Reducing or Removing Wrinkles
    Removing Hot Spots
    Balance Skin Tones
    Reducing Stubble
    Applying Digital Makeup
    Creating Porcelain-Looking Skin
    Sharpening Portraits

    Chapter 3: Reshaping Facial Features

    Reshaping the Face and Head
    Making Features More Symmetrical
    Sculpting the Face by Dodging & Burning

    Chapter 4: Retouching Hair

    Adding Highlights to Hair
    Removing Stray Hair Strands
    Fixing Gaps in Hair
    Changing Hair Colour
    Darkening a Part Line
    Hiding Roots

    Chapter 5: Retouching the Lips and Mouth

    Making Lips Larger
    Creating Glossy Lips
    Applying or Tweaking Lipstick
    Changing the Shade of Lip Colour
    Repairing Teeth
    Whitening Teeth and Reducing Yellowing

    Chapter 6: Slimming and Trimming

    Overall Slimming
    Slimming One Person in a Group Shot
    Reducing a Double Chin & Thinning the Face
    Thinning Arms or Legs
    Getting Great Abs
    Fixing Clothes (Lumps, Bagging & Folds)

    Chapter 7: My 5-, 15-, and 30 Minute Retouches

    Retouching Checklist
    My Five-Minute Retouch
    My 15-Minute Retouch
    My 30-Minute Retouch

    Now this Chapter is the icing on the cake! Sure it’s ok to know all these different techniques but when do you apply them, and in what order and more…

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  3. 66 of 76 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Scott Kelby’s best book so far!…, April 4, 2011

    This review is from: Professional Portrait Retouching Techniques for Photographers Using Photoshop (Voices That Matter) (Paperback)

    Scott Kelby’s best book so far!…
    and the very best portrait retouching book for photographers on the market today.

    This book is NOT for you if…

    You are a professional full time retoucher. The techniques Scott demonstrates are primarily for photographers who retouch their own photos. I’m not saying retouchers won’t benefit from this book. I know quite a few pro retouchers that could learn a thing or two from this book, but this book is more focused on the needs of photographers. Those who want to make their photography look as professional, polished and above all, as competitive as they can. Scott’s techniques are simple, straight forward, and easy to follow. Best of all they are FAST. I do some work as a high end retoucher and it is not uncommon to spend a day or two retouching one photo. Scott discusses these high end retouching techniques but does not dwell on them. Scott’s techniques are geared toward 99% of the photography produced today by portrait, wedding, and commercial photographers. Photographers who need to make their photos look their best in a reasonable amount of time.

    What I like best about this book…

    Scott has provided an extremely thorough check list for retouching photos. One of the questions I hear all the time is, “How do I know what I need to fix in a photo?” Well Scott’s check list has you covered. He lists about 50 items or so that are commonly retouched, everything from sharpening eyes, to reducing hot spots, to body sculpting is listed . Scott also points out, very importantly, that you are probably not going to actually retouch everything on the list. You might have a photo that only needs two items from the list retouched or you might have to do twenty, but you will most likely never have to retouch everything on this list. The idea is you can go through the list and make note of what needs to be addressed and what doesn’t.

    I also really like Scott’s, “12 Things you need to know to make your Retouching Easier”. My favorite piece of advice from the “12 Things”, is “#2: Walk Away after a while: If you’ve been retouching for a while, you start seeing everything as a problem to be retouched, and after about an hour, most folks start to over retouch and not realize it…” I wish I would of had this advice ten years ago!

    Another really helpful part of the book is Scott’s retouching workflows. Scott offers, “The 5-Minute Retouch”, “The 15-Minute Retouch”, and “The 30-Minute Retouch”. These are perfect for the working photographer! Simply pick the workflow you have time for. You want to show something quick to your portrait client while they are still in your studio? Try Scott’s “5-Minute Retouch” to whet their appetite. You’ll be amazed the quality you can produce in just five minutes!

    All of this information is provided in Scott’s easy conversational manor with a big dose of his wacky sense of humor! What I have always liked best about Scott’s books, DVDs, live classes, etc., is that Scott always makes you feel like your a friend just sitting down at the computer with him, having a few laughs and learning some really cool stuff! Maybe even have a beer or two…(Scott doesn’t drink so I’ll have his too, hic ;-)

    In summary…

    If you are a photographer that does any kind of people shooting, whether it’s portraits, weddings, or commercial, and you are doing your own retouching, then you need this book. I guarantee your photos are going to look amazing!

    A Quick Disclaimer:

    I was the “Technical Editor” on this book. The tech editor gets to go over the book looking for any Photoshop goofs or maybe a procedure that isn’t clear, etc. There were very few problems I was able to point out to Scott, after all he is, Scott Kelby! To be completely honest, it was a cake job and I was definitely overpaid. Don’t tell Scott ;-)
    So my point is I worked for Scott on this book and you might think I am biased. Maybe I am biased, but look at it this way who better than I, someone who is both a professional photographer and retoucher, someone who has read all of Scott’s books (or at least skimmed them ;-) , to know that this is Scott’s best book to date? As a mater of fact I at least skim almost every retouching book that gets published each year.
    Now I know a few cynical types will post comments on how I am brown nosing or sucking up to the boss… so be it. Long before I ever received a paycheck from Scott Kelby’s company, I was a Scott Kelby fan.

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