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Capturing perfect images in-camera is possible – but rare. Thankfully, with so many tools and techniques to choose from, we can continue our pursuit of perfection in post-production.

Retouching images may seem complicated, but if you’ve got access to Photoshop and an interest in learning new skills, you’ll be amazed what you can achieve with even a basic understanding of the software and its capabilities.

If you’re ready to retouch like a professional, check out the courses below.

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  • 115 Classes
  • 29+ Hours content
  • Level: All Levels

Post-Production Classes

Photoshop For Photographers

Photoshop for Photographers

  • 16 Classes
  • 4+ Hours content
  • Level: All Levels

Photoshop is powerful. It can also be daunting. But with the right instruction, you’ll soon discover how easy it is to make it work for you.

These classes are designed to boost your understanding of this essential photo-editing software. Watch your confidence grow as Karl introduces the interface and demonstrates the basic tools with practical examples.

If you’d like to follow along with Karl’s retouching as he works, you can even download the raw files he edits in this course – click here or find them in ‘My Account’.

What you’ll learn:

  • Equipment for retouching
  • How to manage digital image files
  • How to retouch photos in Photoshop
  • How to use the burn and dodge tools
  • Tips for retouching product, fashion, beauty, wedding and landscape photography
  • Using Photoshop and Lightroom together
Post Production Extras

Essential Photoshop Tools

Individual Photoshop Tools
  • 22 Classes
  • 4 Hours content
  • Level: All Levels

Ready to explore everything that Photoshop has to offer?

Whether you’re new to the software or looking to polish your skills, these classes give you a closer look at the most essential Photoshop tools and techniques.

Karl explains each one and shows you how to use them. With in-depth explanations and practical demonstrations, you’ll master these tools in minutes.

What you’ll learn:

  • How to use masks in Photoshop
  • How to use curves in Photoshop
  • How to dodge and burn in Photoshop
  • How to use the pen tool in Photoshop
  • How to remove a person from an image
  • Colour space and colour theory
Advanced Photoshop for Photographers

Advanced Photoshop for Photographers

  • 14 Classes
  • 4 Hours content
  • Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Transform your images with these retouching tips from a pro.

In this course, Karl teams up with professional retoucher Viktor Fejes to explore why and how retouching is a crucial skill for serious photographers. He also explains some common problems with skin and beauty retouching, and reveals the techniques he uses in his professional workflow.

In a series of practical demonstrations, Vikor takes you through an interior shot, a product shot, a hair retouch and a wedding image including the black and white conversions. He also explains how to identify what needs adjusting in hue, luminance and saturation, and shows you how to use visual aid layers to facilitate your retouching.

What you’ll learn:

  • Why and how to retouch in Photoshop
  • How to retouch beauty photography
  • How to retouch product photography
  • How to retouch hair in Photoshop
  • How to retouch wedding photography
  • Black and white conversions in Photoshop
Compositing using Photoshop

Compositing in Photoshop

  • 10 Classes
  • 4 Hours content
  • Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Get creative and learn how to create amazing composite images in Photoshop.

In this course, Karl teams up once again with professional retoucher Viktor Fejes to create a composite picture of a firefighter. In doing so, they show you how to make your own composite image using Photoshop.

Together they guide you through the entire process, from sourcing images to cutting out objects, creating smoke and sparks and applying final adjustments like colour grading and burn and dodge.

What you’ll learn:

  • What is compositing in Photoshop?
  • How to create and blend layers in Photoshop
  • How to make colour adjustments in Photoshop
  • Using the pen tool to cut out objects in Photoshop
An Introduction to 3D Modeling & CGI

3D Modelling and CGI

  • 6 Classes
  • 4 Hours content
  • Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Learn how to create impressive 3D models from an industry pro.

As 3D modelling and CGI become more prevalent, photographers have an opportunity to learn new skills and find new means of expression – as well as gain a competitive edge.

In this introductory course, Karl teams up with professional retoucher Viktor Fejes to show you how to create your own 3D models from start to finish. To do so, they guide you through a practical demonstration of popular modelling software Cinema 4D.

What you’ll learn:

  • How to get started with 3D modelling
  • How to use Cinema 4D software
  • How to light and render a 3D model
Frequency Separation Made Easy

Frequency Separation Made Easy

Frequency Separation Made Easy
  • 5 Classes
  • 1+ Hours content
  • Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Skin retouching for beauty photography – Karl breaks it down.

The best way to approach a retouching job is with a pre-established workflow. But what if you’re unsure where to start?

In these classes, adapted from a live presentation, Karl simplifies the techniques of low-frequency and high-frequency separation for skin retouching, and explains the reasons behind them.

He demonstrates a quick process for smoothing skin without loosing the original texture. He also touches on the ‘beauty triangle’ and revels some alternative burn and dodge techniques.

What you’ll learn:

  • What is frequency separation in Photoshop?
  • How to use sharpening and bit depth in Photoshop
  • The ‘beauty triangle’ in photography
Lightroom 6/CC for Photographers

Lightroom 6/CC for Photographers

  • 5 Classes
  • 1+ Hours content
  • Level: All Levels

Lightroom 6/CC has some great new features. Learn them fast here.

This course teaches you not only how and when to correctly use Lightroom tools, but also how to develop your creative eye to better understand what needs enhancing in the first place.

Karl works on a series of photos in Lightroom 6, demonstrating the interface, processing raw images, and highlighting the key functions.

What you’ll learn:

  • How to use Lightroom 6/CC
Lightroom 4 for Photographers

Lightroom 4 for Photographers

Lightroom 4 for Photographers
  • 3 Classes
  • 1+ Hours content
  • Level: Basic

What you’ll learn:

  • How to use Lightroom
  • How to edit photos with Lightroom
  • How to manipulate raw files in Lightroom

Get the most from Lightroom 4 with some top tips from Karl.

In these classes, Karl introduces Lightroom 4 and the image editing results you can achieve with it. He covers everything from colour correction and clone tools to adding graduated skies.

Note: This course was created before our Lightroom 6/CC course, above. Though Lightroom 4 is no longer current, we continue to make these classes available because the tools and techniques Karl covers remain relevant for more recent iterations of the software. 

Photoshop Retouching with CS4/CS5

Retouching Tools and Techniques

Photoshop Retouching with CS4/CS5
  • 21 Classes
  • 2 Hours content
  • Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Master the essentials required for high-end industry retouching.

In these classes, you’ll cover light shaping, skin smoothing, shading and more as Karl shows you exactly how he re-works beauty and product images to high-end advertising and beauty standards.

Note: Though the version of Photoshop Karl uses here is no longer current, we continue to make these classes available because the tools and techniques he demonstrates remain relevant for more recent iterations of the software. 

What you’ll learn:

  • How to retouch beauty photography in Photoshop
  • Light shaping and sculpting in Photoshop
  • Removing blemishes in Photoshop
  • Retouching tips for product photography
Post Production Extras

Post-Production Extras

Post Production Extras
  • 8 Classes
  • 4 Hours content
  • Level: All Levels

Not classes, but still first-class.

Here’s a collection of bonus post-production videos we think you’ll find useful. They’re not formal classes, and many can be found on our YouTube channel. Some were even recorded live! We’ve collated them here, ad-free, for your convenience.

What you’ll learn:

  • Retouching techniques
  • Colour correction
  • How to focus stack in Photoshop
  • How to prep your images for print

How our classes work

Once you’ve watched our ‘Lighting Theory’ course, you’ll have an understanding of the lighting fundamentals applied throughout all of our classes. We’ve specifically designed our videos to act as stand-alone step-by-step classes so that you can dive right in to what most appeals to you.

If you’re not sure where you start, take a look at our learning pathways or get in touch for a personalised learning plan.

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Karl Taylor Tutor
Meet your tutor

Karl Taylor

Karl Taylor has been a professional photographer for more than 25 years. Commissioned by leading global brands for his precise attention to detail and exquisite control of light, Karl is also known as an instructor who explains complex subjects clearly and effectively. Karl’s unique expertise and commitment to education has led him to work for Hasselblad Camera Company, Broncolor Lighting and Adobe, as well as to appearances on the BBC and elsewhere.

Personalised support

To help you make the most of our courses, we’ve made it easier to get in touch. Whether you have general photography questions or queries relating to specific classes, our knowledgeable team is here to help. In addition to our online support, we also offer personalised learning plans to help you achieve your photography aspirations.