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Phlearn Pro Perfect Beverage Lighting and Retouching Review

By Tanya Goodall Smith on July 30th 2014

Reviewing Phlearn Tutorials is always a pleasure for me. My Photoshop skill level is pretty high, so I’m always surprised when I manage to learn a lot from Aaron. Phlearn Pro Perfect Beverage Lighting and Retouching Tutorial was no exception. In this 2.5 hour video tutorial, you’ll learn some surprising tricks for “dressing” a beverage bottle for a shoot and get the basic rundown on how to light it. Then Aaron spends a couple hours teaching techniques for compositing and touching up this super cool image. He covers the liquify tool, masking, clone and healing brush tools and how to brighten up selective color using curves, just to name a few!

They didn’t spend a ton of time on the photography part in this one (unlike one of their other tutorials I reviewed, PHLEARN PRO ‘EPIC BURGER’ FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY, where every step of the process was shown) and I was ok with that. The majority of the focus was on the retouch, which makes sense, since Phlearn is all about Photoshop!

I appreciated the abundance of advice Aaron and acclaimed food and beverage photographer, Rob Grimm offered for those who are wanting to get into the product (especially beverage) photography or retouching business. Aaron gives tips for keeping your Photoshop file nice and organized in layers that are clearly labeled and easy to navigate, since your file will likely be passed around to various art directors or designers for use in advertising. Having been on the receiving end of extremely unorganized and horribly executed files during my time as a designer, I wanted to reach into the screen and give him a hug or a high five or something. Thank you!!!!

Probably my favorite part of this whole thing were the little secrets Rob shared for prepping the bottle. I won’t divulge any of them here, though. You’ll have to grab the tutorial to find out! Here’s what you’ll get for $34.99:

• Learn secrets of food & beverage photography
• Learn how to composite images
• Step by step lighting instruction
• Detailed retouching instruction
• Exercise Images so you can follow along during the tutorial
• Aaron’s custom Photoshop brushes

I hope you enjoy Phlearn’s Pro Perfect Beverage Lighting and Retouching Tutorial as much as I did!

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Tanya Goodall Smith is the owner, brand strategist and commercial photographer at WorkStory Corporate Photography in Spokane, Washington. WorkStory creates visual communications that make your brand irresistible to your target market. Join the stock photo rebellion at

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Rob Kirkland

    I will look into these. I recently bought adobe ps cc for photographers and literally three quarters of the book was spent explaining adobe camera raw. Hard to find instruction for exactly your own skill level.

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  3. Austin Swenson

    Phlearn is really great place to learn post processing. I really want to be as good as those guys are at photoshop…

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  4. Brandon Dewey

    After reading this it looks like ill have to check out Phlearn.

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  5. Kevin DeLorey

    Also, if you went right now, you can get 30% off if you use the promo code “NEWSITE”.

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  6. Jim Johnson

    I’ve bought a couple of Phlearn’s pro tutorials and was not disappointed. I also watch every free one they come out with. No matter how basic the tutorial, I always walk away with something new or a reminder of something I had forgotten about.

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  7. Andrew-Knox Kaniki

    This is really cool and I will look to getting a copy of the tutorial. Just awesome!

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  8. Russ Wittmann

    Phlearn has some of the most incredible tutorials for photoshop I have ever seen.

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    These PHLEARN guys are awesome ……very great tutorials they have sure to subscribe to their youtube channel

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