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How to Retouch Portraits: Advanced Portrait Retouching Part II in Lightroom 3

By Pye Jirsa on July 8th 2011


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Welcome to Part II of How to Retouch Portraits in Lightroom, an advanced tutorial on retouching portraits in Lightroom.

Before proceeding, be sure to have already completed Part I of How to Retouch Portraits in Lightroom since we are going to be building upon what we have already done.

In this Lightroom video tutorial, we are going to focus on taking what we learned in Part I, and apply it to an actual professional image of one of our gorgeous models. Of course, she isn’t going to need much retouching, which is why we didn’t use her for the first article. Once we touch up the photo, we will also be using some new techniques to really make this photo pop.

To see all Before and After versions of each image from this tutorial, please visit the Photo Album on the SLR Lounge Facebook Page.


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Note: These images have been provided to the SLR Lounge users curteousy of Lin and Jirsa Photography for educational purposes only. They may not be used in any other manner outside of these SLR Lounge learning videos without the express written consent of Lin and Jirsa Photography. Thank you.

Full RAW Exercise Files (265MB) – For faster connections. The full RAW files will allow you to follow the tutorials while achieving the exact same results as shown.
JPEG Exercise Files (24MB) – For slower connections. The JPEG files will allow you to follow the tutorials, although the results may vary due to not having the image details of the full RAW file.


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  2. joey b photo

    Hey- can you explain how you were able to switch over to “erase” mode with your brush to unsoften the eyebrows, lips…etc after you had already painted over the the whole face? Thanks!

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  3. David

    This video is exactly what I’ve been looking for. You’ve got a lot of really great Lightroom videos on this site. I’m trying to speed up my workflow, and being able to do retouching such as this in Lightroom is such a time saver. Thanks for all the great tips!

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