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Adobe Photoshop Professional Portrait Retouching

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Two Day Course


This two day Adobe authorised course concentrates on developing professional portrait retouching techniques in Photoshop. The course has been specifically designed for anyone working in a professional capacity in the fashion, glamour or advertising industries. The course is also ideal for anyone working for model agencies or professional portrait photographers.

Delegates are welcome to bring their own project files along which they will work on at the end during the practice session, or can choose from a selection provided by the trainer. We don't supply Wacom tablets, however, delegates are welcome to bring their own on the day.

This course is designed for advanced users of Photoshop, building on your existing Photoshop knowledge, whilst providing tuition on industry-standard portrait retouching techniques. Please give us a call or speak to us on our Live Chat if you are unsure of your Photoshop ability and wish to see if the course is suitable for your current skill level.

You must be an advanced user of Adobe Photoshop to sit this course.

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One to one tuition or a private group with just your colleagues. Your choice of duration, content and location. We can train at one of our centres or onsite with you wherever you are located.

We offer a free consultation service to help work out every detail and build the perfect course for you.

From £499 + VAT per day

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Course Outline

  • Developing a retouching strategy
    • Ascertaining the level of retouching required
    • Marking up a Face Retouch image
    • Developing a retouching workflow
    • Using a non-destructive approach

    • Balancing skin tone
    • Reducing and smoothing skin texture
    • Lessening facial blemishes
    • Softening lines and wrinkles
    • Removing hot spots
    • Enhancing with ‘make up’
    • Sharpening portraits

    Face Structure
    • Reshaping facial features
    • Making features more symmetrical
    • Contouring the face

    • Increasing contrast
    • Removing eye veins
    • Accentuating the inner eye
    • Enhancing catchlights
    • Resizing eyes
    • Building eye lashes
    • Enhancing and darkening eyebrows
  • Lips and teeth
    • Retouching the lips and mouth
    • Increasing lip size
    • Creating glossy lips
    • Colour correcting teeth
    • Straightening teeth

    • Removing ‘fly-aways’
    • Fixing gaps in hair
    • Changing hair colour
    • Minimising dark roots
    • Adding highlights and lowlights

    Retouching bodies
    • Lessening bumps and skin folds
    • Removing scars, veins and tattoos
    • Healing blemishes
    • Slimming contours
    • Adding the perfect tan

    Workflow enhancements
    • Creating actions to streamline your workflow
    • Useful third party plug-ins

    Practice Session
    • Instructor led practice session where delegates complete a full portrait retouch, utilising the skills covered in this course

    Questions and answers
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We know training inside out. We can advise you on all the options to make sure you get the best possible course.

Tell us you need to cancel more than 7 days before your course and there's no charge. Great for your peace of mind.

Our trainers bring their years of industry experience into the classroom. You'll leave confident and prepared.

The smallest class size in the industry. More one on one time with the trainer and a less intimidating group size.

Tell us which you use and it'll be booted up and waiting with the latest software when you arrive.

We provide a lovely onsite lunch so you can relax. We can cater for any dietary requirement with no fuss.

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  Client Ratings

Attendees surveyed20423
  Trainer Knowledge9.8 / 10
  Trainer Materials9.6 / 10
  Trainer Preparation9.8 / 10
  Overall Trainer Score9.7 / 10
  Centre Lunch9.6 / 10
  Centre Staff9.9 / 10
  Overall Centre Score9.7 / 10
  Overall Experience9.6 / 10
  % Who Would Recommend Us99.6%

  Recent Feedback

"This is my 5th course with Media Training and the best thing overall are the great instructors."

"good thorough range of stuff covered"

"experienced trainer with a good sense of humour"

"almost everything. was a great course"

"Everything. Excellent knowledge, very welcoming and hospitable. Overall, excellent."

"great atmosphere and space, very open and friendly, felt instantly comfortable and at ease"

"Refreshments were lovely, Vicki was extremely friendly and highly knowledgeable. The environment was very relaxing - I loved the open plan layout. I had a great couple of days over all!"

"Lunch and snacks were amazing. Vikki was a great teacher with all her knowledge. "

"Great friendly trainer, great food/refreshments. Lovely staff and good, clean facilities. "

"extremely knowledgeable and fun to learn from"

"The small classes are really great so all the questions are asked. The teacher was extremely knowledgeable."

"Everything was fantastic"

"Really friendly place, so glad I've been part of it for two days. looking forward for some more specific beauty retouch courses "

"Vicki is very knowledgeable and well prepared. Fantastic training course and trainer, thanks."

"Another great experience here!"

"Everyone was so friendly and welcoming. The overall atmosphere and environment was great. Vicki is an amazing tutor and so knowledgeable, I really feel like i'm walking away with a great foundation to build on. Thank you all so much :)"

"very friendly staff, excellent training."

"The ability to answer question about other areas of the program in which we were using, even if it wasn't specifically relevant to the course objectives. It was very useful for myself due to what I do for my day to day job, and being able to apply the knowledge from the retouching side of things and transfer them to my somewhat artworking side of my job in order to make posters and people within it look more appealing to the eye. I felt all the topics that we covered, were done at the right pace in order for to absorb information quickly and efficiently like we would in any other working environment in my eyes that is. "

"Spacious and tidy place, helpful staff. Course was interesting and trainer was very well organised."

"The course and the lunch are both awesome."

"Friendliness. Knowledgable. Great Service on Food. Fully equipped on providing Tech. TRAINING!! - Brill"