Model retouching by Thomas Holm Photo
This is a complete retouch video course from Thomas Holm Photography on how to retouch model images in Adobe® Photoshop® - available as a digital download.
It doesn't matter much which version of Photoshop you use, so whether you use CS6 or CC or even something older, the principles will all work for you. I can't guarantee that you can load the actions on systems older than CS6, though.
The course consists of 11 instructional movies (and a free bonus clip you can see below) explaining the techniques and basis of why the methods I use work from the ground up so anyone can follow. I will recommend you to spend the two hours initially watching these. It will make the real retouching much easier to understand.
It then continues with three full-length retouch movies, a total of about 2,5 hours of active retouching on three different images.
But wait, there is more:
You will also get the original high-res images to work on to replicate what you see and adequately learn the techniques.
And in addition to this, you will get a copy of Thomas Holm's action set, created through several years of retouching. These actions will help you retouch in a structured way and do things in the most efficient sequence. It also contains unique tools for dodging, burning, applying sharpening and noise in a vastly superior way for an ultra-sharp and organic look and many other things.
And you will receive a written guide to several functions that will make your retouching life more comfortable in Photoshop.
One heads up: Thomas frequently uses Imagenomic's Portraiture plug-in for smoothing skin tones. This plug-in is NOT included in this package. I recommend that you purchase it if you do any amounts of skin tone retouching (and I have no affiliation with the company).
One of the actions will preset the portraiture plug-in to what I believe is the best possible initial settings, something that has taken me many hours figuring out, and there is an action for both v2 + v3 of the software.
Included in the package:
- A set of Thomas Holm's retouch actions
- Eleven instructional movies. All in manageable sizes containing info about how the features used for retouch work and how to using them - a total of just under 2 hours. They explain what you need to know and not all kinds of irrelevant stuff.
- Three full movies with guided instruction on retouching. It is done live and includes my thoughts on what should be corrected, and so on. 2.5h+ in total
- The three high-res developed images which I use during the retouch so you can try out the techniques on the same pictures.
This course covers a lot of both basic and advanced features:
Working with layers, layer masks, and alpha channels (it's easier than you think). I encourage working non-destructively on images, so you'll never lose anything if you overdo or do something wrong. Editing photos in the most efficient and structured way - and knowing when you are finished. Adjusting images for good contrast with levels, eye droppers, and clipping display. Tone and color adjustment with curves and blending models, and quickly targeting local contrast with curves. Modifying shapes like waist or face or hair. Non-destructive dodge and burn with blending modes to accentuate anatomy, make the model stand out, and make the skin shinier. The details on how tools like Hue/saturation and curves work and how you can best use them (see the movie freebee below for an idea of how the format is). How you make the best Black and White conversion for any image, and Thomas Holm's favorite way of doing it. Finishing off with sharpening and adding advanced noise like film grain and your customizable watermark and copyright information.
And in between, you will find awesome tricks you won't see many other places. You can bring detail back into an overexposed image or remove stubble (from a 5'oclock shade or the pubic area). Or how to match facial skin tone to the body if there is a difference.
The videos don't just show you how to do it; in most cases, they also explain what goes on and why that works. This will further elevate your understanding of Photoshop and enable you to grow your abilities further on your own when you practice these techniques.
It is about making elegant realistic retouching of model images (like most of my pictures are retouched), bringing out the best in every shot, with a minimum of fuzz.
You need to invest a minimum of 7-8 hours in this to benefit before you start on your images:
- About two hours for watching the eleven tool videos, probably more if you rewatch them, and you will.
- About two and a half hours for watching the full retouching videos
- I suggest at least three hours retouching the images yourself, understanding the method, and getting the technique under your skin.
- And then you should spend some hours retouching your pictures using the methods.
What this is NOT:
It is not a set of presets for Lightroom, Photoshop, or your phone.
The course will teach you to work on images instead of relying on a random preset, which will not work with your pictures anyway when lighting or exposure is different. It is not a 'quick fix.'
It is not a guide explaining how to work with many tools you do not need to edit model images. There is nothing about frequency separation, the type tool, preparing for web publishing, making animated gifs of whatever.
It is not a guide to Lightroom, although I demonstrate how I develop the demo images into the files you will receive. A more comprehensive tutorial on developing raw files will come later.
It is not a tutorial on compositing or freaky effects.
All the videos are available on Vimeo, and you can download and save them on your computer for offline usage. But please check if Vimeo.com is available in your country before you purchase, though!
Of course, you can use the actions and techniques to edit your images and publish all you want. Still, the pictures I supply, the videos, and the action are all copyright protected, and it is NOT allowed to share or publish any of it anywhere. You are specifically NOT allowed to publish the retouched images or videos anywhere without written permission from Thomas Holm.