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Crafting Better Portraits in Photoshop
Kirk Nelson
with Kirk Nelson
Crafting Better Portraits in Photoshop
lessons: 13 Course Lessons
duration: 1hr, 58min
published: 2022
watched: 1000 Member Views
Crafting Better Portraits in Photoshop
with Kirk Nelson
Create a magical storybook image! Join Kirk Nelson as he takes you from a blank canvas to a stunning final composition with the approach of a traditional artist. Using photo elements from a portrait session, additional visual elements, and some special Photoshop sauce, you can use the practice files to follow along or practice on your own after the class. BUY COURSE
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lesson 1: Introduction (free course preview)
Kirk introduces the class and discusses what will be covered in the lessons that follow.
1min, 4sec
lesson 2: Starting with a Blank Canvas
Starting with a blank canvas is the way a traditional artist would begin a project.
8min, 8sec
lesson 3: Selecting Visual Elements
Kirk goes through the images being used in this project to begin building up the composition.
6min, 44sec
lesson 4: Touching Up
With the model image in place Kirk does the necessary touchups to that image.
9min, 48sec
lesson 5: Isolating Subject from Background
Kirk demonstrates how to remove the subject from the background so that a new background can be added in.
7min, 25sec
lesson 6: Enhancing Subject’s Hair
Kirk cleans up the masking around the subject’s hair as well as adding in more hair.
16min, 51sec
lesson 7: Adding Background Elements
With the model in place it is time to add more elements to the background.
6min, 5sec
lesson 8: Replacing the Sky
Learn how to use the Sky Replacement feature to add a sunset sky to the composition.
5min, 40sec
lesson 9: Adding Foreground Elements
Now it is time to start adding in foreground elements.
10min, 59sec
lesson 10: Adding Mid-ground Elements
To try and make this look more realistic it is time to add more elements to the middle ground.
13min, 37sec
lesson 11: Lighting Effects
Adding special lighting effects helps to set the mood and bring out that storybook feel.
11min, 37sec
lesson 12: Color is Critical
To bring this composition home it is essential to deal with color.
14min, 31sec
lesson 13: Final Edits
Kirk adds a few final touches to finish off the composition.
5min, 54sec
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meet  Kirk Nelson
Photographer & Graphic Designer
Kirk Nelson is a professional graphic designer and photographer in the DC area. With 25 years of experience that has touched on a broad range of visual subjects he refers to himself as ‘Your Friendly Neighborhood Graphics Geek’.
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