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Photoshop Advanced: Retouching Course

(4.86 out of 5) 28 Student Reviews

About the course

In this 2 day hands-on advanced Photoshop course, you take your Photoshop skills to the next level. This focuses on retouching strategy, maximising efficiency in Photoshop, color correction strategy, complex selections and masks; paths versus alpha channels, colour management; RGB versus CMYK, and much more.

Who should do this course?

This course is suitable for photographers, graphic artists, webmasters or designers who have a good understanding of various tools within Photoshop but want to take their skill to an advanced level and learn the tips, tricks and techniques that are used by professionals in real life work.


The participants must have completed the Fast Track to Photoshop course or have equivalent skill before attending this course. It is assumed that the participants have a good understanding of the tools within Photoshop and have some experience using them.

Course Details

Course Dates

  • Sydney Class Dates

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    Level 11, 32 Walker Street, North Sydney , NSW 2060

    21 - 22 Dec 17 Thu - Fri
    12 - 13 Feb 18 Mon - Tue
    12 - 13 Apr 18 Thu - Fri
    04 - 05 Jun 18 Mon - Tue
    02 - 03 Aug 18 Thu - Fri
    24 - 25 Sep 18 Mon - Tue
  • Melbourne Class Dates

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    Level 12, 379 Collins Street, Melbourne , VIC 3000

    15 - 16 Feb 18 Thu - Fri
    09 - 10 Apr 18 Mon - Tue
    07 - 08 Jun 18 Thu - Fri
    02 - 03 Aug 18 Thu - Fri
    26 - 27 Sep 18 Wed - Thu
  • Brisbane Class Dates

    Level 6, 371 Queen Street, Brisbane , QLD 4000

    Classes scheduled on demand in Brisbane

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  • Canberra Class Dates

    Level 1, 33 Ainslie Place, Canberra , ACT 2601

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  • Adelaide Class Dates

    19 Young Street, Adelaide , SA 5000

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  • Perth Class Dates

    Level 1, 140 St Georges Terrace, Perth , WA 6000

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Course Units

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Unit 1: Setting up Photoshop

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  • Colour Management Set-up

Unit 2: Project - Fashion Shot

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  • Cloning vs Healing
  • Clone Stamp Tool
  • Healing Brush Tool
  • Dodge and Burn Tools
  • Liquify Retouching
  • Liquify Filter: Bloat, Pucker, Forward Warp Tools
  • Artistic Retouching of Facial Features

Unit 3: Correction Techniques

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  • Colour Correction using Curves
  • Customizing Curves Options for Fast Correction
  • Setting Custom White and Black Points

Unit 4: Blend Modes, Layer Masking & Compositing

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  • Understanding Blend Modes
  • Working with Blend Modes
  • Using the colour mode to tint an image
  • Blending Images using Layer Mask
  • Matching Tones in Composited Images
  • Matching Colour
  • Curves Colour Channels
  • Desaturating Colour
  • Working with Clipping Masks

Unit 5: Project - Lifestyle Shot

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  • Selecting the Skin using an Alpha Channel
  • Testing Selections
  • Using Curves to Test Selections
  • Editing Channels
  • Balancing Skin Tones
  • Adjusting Contrast without changing colour
  • Curve Adjustments and Blending Modes
  • Preventing Contrast Adjustments from Changing Saturation
  • Using Hue/Saturation to Colourize

Unit 6: Advanced Colour Management set-up

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  • Colour Management Preferences
  • Converting Device Profiles to Work Space
  • Working with Images That Are Missing a Profile
  • Converting Into a Device-Independent Workspace
  • Images With The Wrong Profile Embedded
  • Converting to CMYK
  • Loading Colour Profiles
  • Comparing Different CMYK Conversions

Unit 7: Prepping an Image for the Web

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  • Resizing and Resampling
  • Soft Proofing for Web
  • Image Compression (JPEG)

Unit 8: Using Channels to Make Selections

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  • Using Channels for Selections
  • Using Levels to Refine Selections
  • Hue/Saturation to the Change Colour
  • Updating Channel Selections

Unit 9: Project - Product Shot

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  • Selection using Paths
  • Selection using Channels
  • Matching Colours using Curves
  • Easy Selection with Channels
  • Commercial Style Colour-correction
  • Loading Selections
  • Colour Range Selections

Unit 10: Project - Smoothing Skin

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  • Skin Smoothing
  • Blurring Highlights and Shadows Independently
  • Adding Texture for a Natural Look
  • Understanding Channel Mixer
  • Using Channels to Smooth Skin Tones
  • Luminosity Blending Mode

Unit 11: Modifying Light & Shadows

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  • Adding Warmth to a Photograph
  • Selecting Highlight Areas of an Image
  • Channels Selections

Unit 12: Sharpening Techniques

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  • Using Smart Sharpen
  • Using Blend Modes to Improve Sharpening
  • Selectively Adding Sharpening with a Layer Mask
  • Editing Smart Objects
  • Using the High Pass Filter for Sharpening
  • Hard Light Blending Mode

Unit 13: Noise Reduction with Camera Raw

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  • Opening JPEGs as Camera Raw
  • Reducing Noise

Unit 14: Clipping Masks and Type

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  • Filling Text with a Photo

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Course Reviews

(4.90 out of 5) Kendel Y [ 06 July, 2017 ]
Great in depth evaluation of all the tools and techniques with various ways to achieve the same outcome. Cressida is very knowledgeable and a fantastic teacher!
(5.00 out of 5) Amelia [ 16 March, 2017 ]
Cressida explained everything extremely well and is amazing. The different modules in the workshop were very organised. I learnt so much more about Photoshop.
(5.00 out of 5) Eleanor R [ 17 November, 2016 ]
Loved the course. As there was only two of us in the class Marte really tailored the course to our needs which was what we both wanted. She was very knowledgeable and took the time to talk us through anything we didn't quite understand. Would definitely take another course if she was teaching it.
(5.00 out of 5) Guy I [ 17 November, 2016 ]
Great course, that definitely filled in the gaps in my Photoshop knowledge. Marte was an informative and fun teacher. Being in a small class also meant we could move at a faster pace, and focus particularly on areas of interest and weakness.

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