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Tutorial Review: PHLEARN Pro Fashion

By Anthony Thurston on April 18th 2013

I love spending time learning new tricks and techniques for doing fun stuff in Photoshop. That’s one reason why I went out and gave this Phlearn PRO tutorial called “Fashion” a try.

In this tutorial Aaron Nace takes us on a journey through cutting out our subject, replacing the background, matching the subject to the background, playing with blur to highlight the focus on an image, and adding magazine style text to the shot. It’s quite a bit of information, but it was so fun to learn.

The Basics

Website: Phlearn
Title: Fashion
Run Time: 1.5 hours
Difficulty: Intermediate
Price: $24.99

What you Get

The full size of the ZIP download that you receive after you purchase the course is 260MB and includes all of the files required to follow along with the tutorial videos which are also included in the download. The tutorial itself is on a single video file and runs 1 hour and 40 minutes.
Full download contents are:

  • Video
  • Tutorial Images
  • Textures
  • Brushes
  • Support


My Thoughts

As I said in the intro, I really enjoyed this tutorial. My first love even before photography was photoshop, so I am always trying to learn new things and find new ways of doing things. Aaron Nace is a master at hosting these tutorials, after completing the tutorial I really felt like I had learns quite a bit. I felt comfortable trying to do it on my own, something that is pretty rare for me with advanced tutorials like this.

I was specifically interested in Aaron’s techniques for cutting out the subject and his method to adding depth of field to the shot. I was very happy with both, not only does he show you his way, but he also shows you a few other ways as well so that you can decide what works well for you. You really can’t go wrong with these Phlearn Pro tutorials. If any of the topics of this tutorial sound interesting to you I highly recommend you check it out.

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Joseph Prusa

    Great tips

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  2. Basit Zargar


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  3. Rich

    Fully agree with Alain and Anthony,…he is not suggesting he is a fashionphotographer but it’ s about learning the tricks. Maybe Aaron choose the title a bit too harsh but it is the intend for a fashionable style to get to..

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  4. Kelsey


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  5. Antonio Carrasco

    From the product description: “This is a Photoshop tutorial covering how to turn a regular photo into a fashion image.”

    Dude, you don’t turn a regular image into a fashion image through photoshop. That is failing so hard. When you’re shooting fashion, it starts in the planning stage before you even take your camera out.

    Fashion is and always will be about the clothes and styles. Just adding instagram-like filters to a photo of an average looking chick in random clothes is not fashion photography.

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    • Alain

      You really don’t get it.
      The goal is to teach you tricks, tips, advices on post-production.
      Obviously he’s not teaching you how to get your crappy photo into the Vogue magazine! That’s obvious ! He’s a professional photographer and knows how to work with stylist, make-up artist etc… But its not the goal of this tutorial. If you think it is, you’re a moron.

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    • Antonio Carrasco

      no, because I see lots of noobs doing EXACTLY what the guy does in the video–shooting a normal looking non-model chick in Target-like clothing and then adding some VSCO or Instagram like filter and calling it Fashion photos and saying they’re a fashion photographer.

      I used to do that before I really learned about all the work and different elements that go into a fashion shoot. The exact words on the product page are “This is a Photoshop tutorial covering how to turn a regular photo into a fashion image.”

      You CANNOT change a normal casual photo into a proper fashion photo in post and any “teacher” who is selling tutorials like this is selling bad advice. Just like you CANNOT change a Toyota Corolla into a Mercedes by changing the hood ornament.

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    • Guest

      BTW, I am a fan of Aaron Nace’s work. He is great.

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  6. Thomas Jergel

    Unfortunately he might be making money, but not makng a name for himself as a professional photographer.

    Alt least he is wasting more of his time on post-processing than necessary which could be better spent on other areas like for example finding a better location as you’re saying. :)

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    • Gonçalo Motta

      You clearly don’t know Aaron’s work then.

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    • Thomas Jergel

      I have seen his work, but is he also the one who took the model photo used in this example?

      It seems a lot of his tutorials use photos by other people – has he done the same here?

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    • Anthony Thurston

      The photo used in this tutorial was submitted by a user of PHLEARN that won a contest voted on by other users via Facebook.

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  7. Philip

    Sorry but this is silly…..why would any photographer worth his salt take a fashion image against such a cluttered background……whatever happened to getting it right (or at least mostly right) in camera? If you’re spending your time fixing images like this then you’re not making money.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      You guys are completely missing the point. Its not about the original image or eve the final image, its about the techniques your are learning in the tutorial. Is this something an actual fashion team would do – never. But it teaches some great technique on how to do certain things, and that is where the value is.

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