Portrait Photography


Learn the post-production tools and techniques you need to make your images stand out.

These in-depth but easy-to-follow classes will teach you how to edit and retouch your photos to optimise their impact. Starting with the basics and moving steadily into more advanced methods, you’ll discover the tips, tricks and secrets behind pro-level perfection.
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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.

  • 116 Classes
  • 30+ Hours content
  • Level: All Levels

Learn From Expert Instructors

Embark on a transformative journey with our exceptional retouching instructors, poised to enrich your skills and knowledge.

Immerse yourself in the wealth of experience offered by our esteemed mentors: Karl Taylor, a distinguished commercial photographer with an illustrious career spanning over 25 years, and Viktor Fejes, the visionary director and founder of Gild Studios who has meticulously crafted his artistry to collaborate with renowned brands and iconic Hollywood celebrities, cementing his legacy of success in the industry.

Automotive Product Photography

Online Learning, Real-World Results

At our core, we're committed to empowering you not just with technical prowess, but also with the creative spark to breathe life into your unique visions.

Our courses are meticulously crafted to not only teach you the ins and outs of Photoshop and other essential post-production tools but also to equip you with the expertise, confidence, and creative insight needed to turn your dreams into breathtaking realities.

Automotive Product Photography

You'll be amazed at the incredible results you can achieve with our easy to follow and comprehensive series of retouching classes

Learn From Scratch

Unlock the creative potential of Adobe Photoshop with our Essentials course and gain the foundational skills to bring your artistic visions to life.

Retouching Workflows

Streamline your retouching process with efficient workflows that make your retouching process smoother and quicker.

Using Masks, Burn & Dodge 

Master the art of precise image adjustments with masks, burn and dodge techniques.

Remove Objects & People 

Learn how to seamlessly remove unwanted objects and people from your photos, leaving no trace behind. 

Master Natural Light

Discover the power of natural light and how to harness it for exquisite results.

Work to a Brief

Navigate client expectations and produce images that align perfectly with their vision.

Studio Light Techniques

Even with one studio light, uncover the secrets to creating striking studio setups.

Precision Lighting Control

Explore advanced techniques like flagging, shadow control, and DIY modifiers for creative brilliance.

Post-Production Classes

Photoshop for Photographers

Discover how easy it is to make Photoshop work for you
  • 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.

What you’ll learn:

  • Equipment needed for successful retouching
  • How to manage digital image files
  • Photoshop interface and capabilities
  • How to use the burn and dodge tools
  • Tips for retouching product, fashion, beauty, wedding and landscape photography
  • Using Photoshop and Lightroom together

Photoshop Tools and Techniques

Individual Photoshop Tools
  • 23 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.

What you’ll learn:

  • Using masks in Photoshop
  • What curves do and how to use them
  • 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

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

In this course,  professional retoucher Viktor Fejes explores why and how retouching is a crucial skill for serious photographers and reveals his professional workflow.

What you’ll learn:

  • Why and how to retouch in Photoshop
  • Luminance and Saturation
  • Using Visual Aid Layers
  • How to retouch hair in Photoshop
  • How to undertake a full beauty retouch
  • Black and white conversions in Photoshop

Fashion and Beauty Post-Production

Fashion and beauty retouching
  • 18 Classes
  • 16.5 Hours content
  • Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Retouching is an essential part of achieving professional-grade fashion and beauty photographs. These courses cover retouches undertaken of final images from our Fashion and Beauty Photography section.

What you’ll learn:

  • What to retouch in Beauty and Fashion Images
  • How to retouch hair and skin
  • Layer masks and curves adjustment layers
  • Adding noise and Gaussian blur
  • Using the Liquify tool
  • Combining multiple images into one final shot

Product Post-Production

Product photography retouching
  • 46 Classes
  • 40 Hours content
  • Level: Intermediate to Advanced

In these detailed demonstrations, follow step-by-step through retouches of images captured in our product photography classes. Watching a professional at work, you’ll be amazed how quickly your own skills improve.

What you’ll learn:

  • Photoshop tools and techniques for product photography
  • Layer masks and curves adjustment layers
  • How to composite multiple images in Photoshop
  • Using Distort in Photoshop
  • Burning and dodging in Photoshop
  • Making hue saturation adjustments
  • Much more...

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,  professional retoucher Viktor Fejes creates a composite picture of a firefighter. In doing so, showing you how to make your own composite image using Photoshop.

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
  • Sourcing the right images for a composite
  • Creating smoke and spark effects

Frequency Separation Made Easy

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

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.

What you’ll learn:

  • What is frequency separation in Photoshop?
  • How to use sharpening and bit depth in Photoshop
  • The ‘beauty triangle’ in photography
  • Smoothing skin without loosing the original texture
  • Burn and Dodge techniques

Lightroom for Photographers

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

Lightroom 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.

What you’ll learn:

  • How to use Lightroom 6/CC
  • Understanding what needs enhancing in an image
  • Processing RAW images
  • Lightroon 6/CC interface

Photoshop Retouching with CS

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

Master the essentials required for high-end industry retouching with this series of retouching classes.

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 and product photography in Photoshop
  • Light shaping and sculpting in Photoshop
  • Removing blemishes in Photoshop

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
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