10 lessons

Lasts 2,5 months

1 lesson per week



Total control

First lesson (theoretical)

The first part:

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

The second part:

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.

The third part:

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

The fourth part:

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


The first practical lesson:


• 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 rules of use.
Work with Shadow / highliths.
Work with the Curves tool.
Work with gradients.



The second practical lesson:


• Creation of light sources.
• Light retouch. Compensation for all image defects.
• Create a light sharpness.



The third practical lesson:


• 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.



The fourth practical lesson:


• 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.



The fifth practical lesson:


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



Sixth practical lesson:


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



Seventh practical lesson:


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



Eighth practical lesson:


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


Ninth practical lesson:


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