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Hair Retouching Video Course

$74.00

In every beauty, portrait and fashion image, the face usually takes up the majority of our retouching time and although the hair is often secondary, it can never be ignored. While we use some of the same tools for retouching hair as we do for skin, the techniques and challenges vary quite greatly.

Having an experienced hairstylist on set will help you create a finished look, but once the model begins to move and pose for the camera, it is next to impossible to keep the hair as perfect as we would like. Since getting a strong pose, facial expression and perfect makeup is often more important than keeping strands in check, the job of making the hair look good often falls on the retoucher.

Despite the retouching challenges, a skilled hair retouch makes a tremendous difference in the final image, helping achieve a clean editorial or commercial result. With this video course, our goal is to teach you how to fix common hair issues in beauty, portrait and fashion photography using simple retouching tools and techniques, while offering a variety of methods to take the struggle out of the process.

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Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Duration: 3h 38m
Practice Files: 8 (eight) Layered PSD files photographed by Julia Kuzmenko Michael Woloszynowicz, are provided for your analysis and practice
Additional Materials: Digital Guide + Custom Actions + Custom Brushes
Format: Digital Instant Download

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Description

Description

Although most retouching artists and photographers love to retouch skin and faces, retouching hair is often seen as a necessity rather than an enjoyable activity. Yet, despite the retouching challenges, a skilled hair retouch makes a tremendous difference in obtaining a clean editorial or commercial look in the final image.

With this video course, our goal is to teach you how to fix common hair issues in beauty, portrait and fashion photography using simple retouching tools and techniques and offer a variety of methods to take the struggle out of the process. In some lessons, we will show you alternative methods for battling common hair issues in post-production so you can choose whichever works best depending on the image at hand.

Please keep in mind, this is not a beginner course; it requires some basic knowledge of Photoshop tools, layers, adjustment layers, blending modes and masks. However, we do provide additional setting details for the tools used in video lessons as well as the layered PSD files, so you can easily apply the same concepts to your own work.

This isn’t a course to teach you how to completely transform the look of the hair in an image, or make it look like the absolutely flawless, polished hair in a hair product advertisement – the market for that type of photography and retouching is incredibly narrow and those skills, intensity and endless hours are rarely needed outside of that market. Which means the amount of time you would need to devote to mastering that type of tedious hair retouching would likely have minimal return on that investment.

On the contrary, this course is designed to help you learn to tackle the most common challenges with hair in your personal and commercial work in the beauty, portrait and fashion genres of photography – the largest photography and retouching market.

PRACTICE IMAGES

Along with the video course, you will download 8 images in the form of layered PSD files. These images were photographed in Los Angeles by Michael Woloszynowicz Julia Kuzmenko exclusively for the Retouching Academy courses and students.

Follow the video lessons while analyzing the layers in these PSD files, and practice retouching hair in the areas we outline for you in the Assignments part of the Digital Guide PDF. We encourage you to go further and retouch these images completely, then share the results in the Retouching Academy Community Group on Facebook for peer and pro feedback, or on your social media tagging Julia and Michael and @retouchingacademy.

Here’s a quick BTS video from the shoot where the Practice Images were captured:

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Intro: TYPICAL CHALLENGES AND COURSE OUTLINE

  • Typical Hair Retouching Challenges
  • The Course Outline
  • The Images We Will Be Using

Lesson 1: CLEANING UP THE OUTSIDE PERIPHERY OF THE HAIR

  • Video 1.1  Removing Hair in Bulk

  • Video 1.2  Drawing in Hair Strands

  • Video 1.3  Adding Noise

Lesson 2: CLEANING UP THE INTERIOR OF THE HAIR

  • Video 2.1  Strays Crossing Face

  • Video 2.2  Interior Hair Removal: Using Spot Healing Brush

  • Video 2.3  Strays Crossing Hair

Practice image from the Hair Retouching video course

Lessons 3-5: ADVANCED OUTSIDE PERIPHERY CLEANUP

  • Video 3  Outside Edge Cleanup: Grafting Hair

  • Video 4  Stray Hairs Cleanup: Brute Force Method

  • Video 5.1 – 5.3  Advanced Outside Edge Grafting

Lesson 6: INTERIOR HAIR GRAFTING

  • Video 6.1 Covering up Revealed Scalp

  • Video 6.2 Filling Gaps Against Background

Lessons 7-10: DODGING & BURNING; COLOR CORRECTING & SHAPING HAIR

  • Video 7  Dodging & Burning for Hair Retouching

  • Video 8  Color Correcting Hair Shade Inconsistencies

  • Video 9  Dodging & Burning to Contour Hair

  • Video 10  Shaping Hair

Lesson 11: ADVANCED HAIR REPAIR: CLEANING UP FOREHEAD & REMOVING BABY HAIR

  • Video 11.1  Grafting Skin to Cover up Baby Hair

  • Video 11.2 Using Frequency Separation to Clean up Forehead

  • Video 11.3  Fine-Tuning the Results Achieved in the Previous Two Videos

  • Video 11.4 Refining the Appearance of the Created Hairline

Lesson 12: WIG HAIRLINE REPAIR

  • Video 12  Using Frequency Separation and Other Tools to Improve the Appearance of a Wig Hairline.

Practice Image from Hair Retouching video course. Photographed by Julia Kuzmenko McKim. Retouching lesson by Michael Woloszynowicz.

Practice image from the Hair Retouching video course

The talented photographer, retoucher, teacher, and author of our Master Dodge & Burn & Color Grade video courses, Michael Woloszynowicz, is back to share everything he does with hair in post-production in his editorial and commercial beauty, portrait and fashion images.

ASSIGNMENTS

Check out page 12 in the Digital Guide PDF to follow through the course assignments. We also added a markup layer for you titled ASSIGNMENT in each PSD file, but please don’t let our markup limit you – consider it the minimal exercise and go further by retouching all of the hair using all of the techniques you’ve learned in each file.

Here are some of the Assignment images from the course:

PSD from Lessons 1 & 2, CLEANING UP THE OUTSIDE PERIPHERY & INTERIOR OF THE HAIR:

Practice image from the Hair Retouching video course

PSD from Lesson 6, INTERIOR HAIR GRAFTING:

Practice image from the Hair Retouching video course

PSD from Lessons 7-9, DODGING & BURNING & COLOR CORRECTING:

Practice image from the Hair Retouching video course

PSD from Lesson 10, SHAPING HAIR:

Practice image from the Hair Retouching video course

BONUS MATERIALS

Besides the layered PSD files, we have also included the custom brushes and actions that Michael mentions in the video lessons:

  • RA Hair & BG Brushes.abr – our custom brushes for background work and drawing in hair strands in focus and slightly out of focus;
  • RA HR Custom Actions.atn – our custom actions that will set up the necessary layers for your Dodging & Burning and Frequency Separation work.

YOUR FEEDBACK

Since our goal is to help you master retouching, we want to know what you struggle with the most so we can provide exactly the information that you need.

Your opinion is very important to us. Please take a moment to let us know what you appreciated most about the course or whether you think there is something that we missed:

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