Rebel Colours Fashion | Post-Production

Follow Karl step by step through his post-production process.

In this follow-up to Rebel Colours Fashion Shoot, you’ll see Karl use a range of retouching tools and techniques to edit and perfect the image. As you do so, you’ll pick up lots of tips and tricks to help you retouch your own photographs.

Karl demonstrates layer masks, Curves adjustments, the lasso tool, the healing brush, burning and dodging, highlight recovery, hue and contrast refinements, and much more.

The goal throughout is to separate the hero from the supporting cast and make the final image as dynamic and striking as possible.

The end result is a colorful and vibrant fashion image, full of energy and ‘kick’!

In this class:

  • Post-production techniques for fashion photography
  • Common Photoshop tools and how to use them
  • How to use layer masks in Photoshop
  • Making Curves adjustments in Photoshop
  • How to use healing brush in Photoshop
  • How to use lasso tool in Photoshop
  • Burning and dodging in Photoshop

If you enjoyed this class, be sure to watch Legs Up Fashion Shoot | Post-Production and Still Life Pasta: Simple One-Light Shoot | Post-Production.

Please feel free to post your questions and comments below.

© Karl Taylor


  1. You lost me on the highlight recovery at the very beginning, and the sharp/unsharp mask at the end. I love the shot though.

    1. Hi, thank you. If you let me know a little bit more about what you were lost on then I can help. The best way to do this is to let us know the time code of the video so we can check it back.

      1. At 14 seconds you say “one layer is highlight recovery which I exported from the raw file with just the highlights recovered a little bit… highlight recovery file on it’s own….”

        The other one I found the answer by watching
        At 1:04:42 you say you are adding a local contrast, and you add an unsharp mask. I was confused how an “unsharp mask” added contrast, but the sharpening video showed it nicely.

        1. Hi, In all camera raw software such as Lightroom, Phocus, Capture, or even in Photoshop Camera Raw you can process the raw file in such a way that you can recover highlight detail or shadow detail. In some instances it is a good technique to use the highlight recovery and export that image file as well as export a standard version of the file. You can then bring those two image files as two layers in photoshop and using masks you can blend the recovered highlight detail back into the standard shot. The reason to do this rather than just use the file with the recovered highlights is that the recovery of highlights can sometimes affect other areas of the image. By using two image layers you can ensure that you only rub through the highlight recovery areas that you need. I thoroughly suggest that you watch this course from start to finish as it will help you significantly in understanding these processes –

          1. Thanks. I’ll keep working through the post-production videos, they’re very informative.

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