You asked for it and we listened! Now when you attend our Portfolio Building Day you can choose to attend a retouching class the very next day on Sunday and learn some killer retouching skills you can use on the fantastic photos you shot from the day before! Breed’s newest contributor, Richard Ruiz is on board with us as one of our retouching ambassadors. Richard has worked on many jobs with me over the last 15 years, including the Nike campaign you see on this post! We have had a long and successful business relationship and friendship as well! I highly recommend Richard to learn from because he’s very patient and very methodical. You will learn the right way to retouch your fashion photographs from someone who you won’t feel pressured or insecure about asking a dumb question. I know sometimes I get insecure about “raising my hand” to ask a mentor a question because I’m afraid they’ll think I’m dumb. Well with Richard you won’t get any of that attitude, you’ll just get straight up learning!
I’m going to actually come to Richard’s first class next Sunday (August 13th) so I can audit and make sure everything is perfect for all of our upcoming classes. So book now for our retouching class with Richard Ruiz! You will not regret it! And hopefully, I’ll get to meet some of you as well!
RETOUCHING CLASS CURRICULUM
This course is a six-hour, intensive retouching class. We take you through all the
steps to learn how to retouch or enhance your skill set. The class is broken into a 3 hour morning session, 1 hour lunch break & 3 hour afternoon session.
– The importance of a calibrated monitor. Why having two monitors is
optimum, one calibrated and on stock calibrated is best. Why Richard works
on a smaller Wacom tablet. Understanding the different nibs on the market.
How to calibrate for the environment you are working in.
– Looking at all your raws together and opening them in Camera Raw at the
same time to get a sense of the story. You need to understand what you have
and what you want your end result to be.
-Looking at the histogram on each image to see if there is anything “off”.
Making corrections on images that look off on the histogram. Finding the
“perfectly exposed” image and matching other shots to that.
-How to unlock the background and crop it by changing the canvas on the
image. How to NOT destroy the image by just changing the canvas.
-Lessons on short cuts for Camera Raw.
-When developing your raws, it’s important to understand where these
images will be placed. You need to understand that if a magazine requires a
certain size, you need to crop it before you begin retouching.
-When to choose “auto” and when to choose “default” based on the individual
-Opening your images in Photoshop
-Analyzing the image. Looking at the skin, the contrast and color. Determining
how much work is involved and hot to approach it. Is the image going to need
body reshaping? How is the hair, is it going to be a lot of work? And most
importantly, if this is for a client, what does the client want?
-Understanding dpi and ppi.
-How to start with a new layer. Understanding layers and why they are
-How to dodge and burn
-Learning how to use the tool bar. Learning short cuts. Creating your own
unique short cuts. Richard will pass out a pamphlet with all the short cuts. He
will teach you how to program short cuts and export them to other versions
-Using the skin healing brush and how to use correctly. Learning how to use
the correct brush size and softness. What is the difference between using a
harder brush or a softer brush depending on how the image was shot.
– Start with the background and end with the skin! Richards unique approach
-Creating masks for hair and extra tips for difficult hair situations.
-Working on the clothing first before the skin.
-Learning how to use the liquefy tool without looking overly-retouched.
-Learning how to use color to enhance your final image. Richard will show
you how to use the curve tool for color and show you certain plug ins and PS
-Custom color: how to go in and dial it in yourself.
-Creating contrast and highlights.
THE FINAL IMAGE:
-Saving the file: the difference between RGB and CMYK. What does your client
want? What is a color profile and understanding different profiles depending
on the printers.
-Saving Tiffs, High Res and Low Res Jpegs. What are the different sizes used
– Exporting Files
– Smart File Storage.
Sign up now: Classes for 2017-2018 Email questions & requests for private retouching classes to firstname.lastname@example.org