10 lessons

Duration: 2.5 months

1 lesson per week



Total control


Theory lesson 1

Part 1:

Photoshop tools, their functions and work algorithms.
Preparing the image for processing.
Layers and types of their superposition.
Work with adjustment layers.
The concept of "mask-layer" and ways of working with masks.
Workspaces (RGB, CMYK, Lab)
Working with gradients and ways to use them.

Part 2:

Light retouching.
Drawing the light volume.
Drawing light relief.
Controlling the direction of light sources.
Control of light contrast.
Create the maximum volumetric image.
Arrangement of light accents in a portrait, a landscape, a still-life.

Part 3:

Create clean colors.
Create the color volume of the shot.
Create a color contrast of the image.
Full control of color space.
Work with color reflections.
Creating a color harmony.

Part 4:

Aesthetic elements.
Control of shot sharpness.
Control of shot blur.
Methods for compensating optical, geometric, aesthetic distortions in the shot.
Aesthetic changes with the help of adjustment layers.
Drawing light and color accents on clothing and space.


Practical lesson 1:



• Image conversion (Working in Camera-Raw / Capture One / Lightroom).
• Preparing the image for processing:
Compensation for overexposures and blockages in black.
Compensation of optical gaps in digital images.
Compensation of false shadow and light transitions of the image for convenient work with the shadow and light image space.
Working with the toolkit / layers / masks of Photoshop. Algorithms of work and guidelines.
Work with Shadow / highliths.
Work with the Curves tool.
Work with gradients.



Practical lesson 2:


• Creating light sources.
• Light retouch. Compensation for all image defects.
• Creating light sharpness.



Practical lesson 3:


• Drawing a relief (light).
Rules of academic drawing.
Analysis of the anatomical structure of a person by convexity.
• Drawing the volume (light).
Control the proportions of objects and space.
Control of reflexes and the creation of light transitions.



Practical lesson 4:


• Drawing the relief (shadow).
Rules of academic drawing.
Analysis of the anatomical structure of a person by indentations.
• Drawing the volume (shadow).
Control the proportions of objects and space.
Control reflexes and create shadow transitions.



Practical lesson 5:


• Creating light-contrast sources.
• Creating brightness contrast.
• Contrast control and its effect on volume.
• Accentuation of image detail.



Practical lesson 6:


• Creating artificial light and shadow solutions.
Creating a soft / hard contrast.
Accentuation of relief.
Accentuation of volume.
Creating an impression of "tangible" objects.



Parctical lesson 7:


• Compensation for own impact.
• Softening of light transitions.
• Mitigate or exacerbate the overall contrast of the image


Practical lesson 8:



• Cleaning the color from reflexes.
• Control of the image temperature.
• Compensation for color reflexes.
• Local adjustment of the color to the created contrast of the image.
• Creating and saving a volume of color.
• Creating pure color


Practical lesson 9:


• Control of the geometric pattern of the image.
• Compensation for optical image distortion.
• Saving the proportions and naturality of the displayed objects.
• Control of black, gray and white points of the image.
• Compensateing for color tint.
• Preparing to save the image.
• Saving the image.

After each lesson, individual assignments are given, which are necessary for the course completion.