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This Photoshop Portrait Editing Diploma brings out to you a comprehensive set of portrait retouching techniques with a deep insight into the Dodging and Burning.

Learn how to prepare your photo for the edit, and add more depth and contrast with Dodge and Burn techniques. Through this course, you will go through some retouching basics to get your portrait look excellent. Learn the essential Photoshop skills that you can practice to your portraits to present in detailed.

This course will also teach you to get flawless, striking but still natural-looking portraits in a feasible approach. Furthermore, learn tips to flawlessly remove unwanted blemishes, soften skin and boost eyes and other helpful techniques that truly enhance the clarity and definition of your work.

What Will I Learn?

  • Perform with confidence a classic portrait edit workflow with professional Photoshop techniques
  • Effectively use Dodge & Burn technique to enhance any image
  • Post Production Special Effects: Gel Lighting
  • Work with confidence with Masks and Adjustment Layers
  • Work in a non-destructive way with the use of most powerful Photoshop Tools


  • Ideally Photoshop CC, trial free version is more than enough
  • No prior knowledge of Photoshop is necessary, I will explain all the techniques in a simple way
  • We will work with high-quality images provided as supplementary materials to help you move on even faster!

Course Curriculum

Welcome to the course!
Welcome! FREE 00:03:00
Short introduction FREE 00:01:00
Edit 1: Olga in Yellow / Violet
Clean Up FREE 00:08:00
Dodge & Burn – Preparation FREE 00:08:00
Dodge & Burn – Evaluation FREE 00:03:00
Dodge & Burn Local – Corrective 00:17:00
Dodge & Burn Global – Contouring 00:17:00
Luminosity Adjustments 00:04:00
Sharpening 00:04:00
Gel Lighting Effect – 1st Light: Yellow 00:12:00
Gel Lighting Effect – 2nd light: Violet 00:13:00
Edit 2: Carine in Pink / Blue
Quick Intro to the Edit 00:03:00
Dodge & Burn Local – Corrective 00:17:00
Dodge & Burn Global – Contouring 00:09:00
Luminosity Adjustments 00:10:00
Sharpening 00:05:00
Gel Lighting Effect – 1st Light: Pink 00:10:00
Gel Lighting Effect – 2nd Light: Blue 00:17:00
Edit 3: Chris in Red / Blue / Cyan
Quick Intro to the Edit 00:02:00
Selective Sharpening 00:10:00
Dodge & Burn Global – Contouring 00:18:00
Targeted Color Adjustments – Desaturate 00:07:00
Luminosity Adjustments 00:08:00
Sharpening 00:02:00
Gel Lighting Effect – 1st Light: Blue 00:04:00
Gel Lighting Effect – 2nd Light: Red 00:08:00
Gel Lighting Effect – Light Leak: Cyan 00:14:00
Final Touches 00:09:00
Mock Exam
Final Exam

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