Welcome to Part I of the SLR Lounge Professional Photoshop Portrait Retouching Series. In this tutorial series, we are going to walk you through every single step to take a RAW image SOOC (Straight Out Of Camera) and prepare the image for professional editorial reprinting.

In this tutorial series we will be doing every bit of the retouch using Photoshop’s built in features. We won’t be cutting any corners by using any “quick skin smoothing” techniques. Retouching to this extent does take quite a bit of time, around 20 – 30 minutes depending on the image. However, you will find that the process will yield a much higher quality final result.

In this video, Part I of our series, we will be making some basic develop adjustments in ACR (Adobe Camera Raw) and then we will bring our image into Photoshop. Enjoy!

As we add additional videos in this series, we will be updating the PPR Series table of contents below:

Professional Photoshop Portrait Retouch Series

Part I – Adobe Camera Raw Editing and Importing into Photoshop
Part II – Learning and Setting the Healing Brush Presets
Part III – Healing Blemishes and Unwanted Detail
Part IV – Diminishing Eye and Age Lines
Part V – Correcting Skin Tone Shifts and Tan Lines
Part VI – Softening Skin When Necessary
Part VII – Retouching the Eyes
Part VIII – Cleaning Up Stray Hair and Other Detail
Part IX – Enhancing and Sharpening Image Details
Part X – Final Color Adjustments

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Full RAW Exercise File (13MB) – This full RAW file will allow you to follow the tutorial while achieving the exact same results as shown.

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