Projection Spotlight Beauty | Post-Production (Part 1)

In Projection Spotlight Beauty Shoot, Karl captures two images that he wants to retouch. In this follow-up class, you can watch him work on the first of those shots.

This extensive, accessible, step-by-step post-production demonstration will help you master a range of useful tools and techniques that will enable you to polish and perfect your own photographs.

Karl begins by correcting the colour of the neoprene garment in Phocus. He then moves the file into Photoshop and begins a lengthy and meticulous retouching session.

As he removes blemishes and stray hairs, adjusts the colouration and shape of the hands, erases props and other unwanted features, and generally works to make every detail count, you’ll learn how to use a wide array of tools.

These include layer masks, the Lasso tool, the Clone Stamp tool, the Healing Brush, the Paint tool, the Liquify filter and the Magic Wand. You’ll also discover how to add noise and Gaussian blur, as well as how significant amounts of burning and dodging are essential for this kind of image.

If you enjoyed this post-production tutorial, be sure to check out its companion class: Projection Spotlight Beauty | Post-Production (Part 2).

In this class:

  • Post-production techniques for beauty photography
  • Making colour corrections in Phocus
  • Common Photoshop tools and how to use them
  • How to use layer masks in Photoshop
  • How to use the Healing Brush in Photoshop
  • How to use the Lasso tool in Photoshop
  • Burning and dodging in Photoshop
  • Using the Liquify filter in Photoshop
  • Adding noise and Gaussian blur in Photoshop

Questions? Please post them below.


  1. Hi Karl

    I wish that Karl Taylor Education could upgrade videos quality at 4k for good detail on now monitor or TV


  2. Hey Karl,

    How do I choose to export as 16-bit PSD in Phocus? I can only see an option for 16-bit TIFF…


    1. Hi Alan, if the export format you want isn’t listed click the edit button alongside the closest option and then edit the parameters and create a new export setting.

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