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1. Introduction to catalogue retouching

Specific qualities of a catalogue retoucher

How many images you can do in one day

Course requirements

Course outline and structure

Catalogue retouching. E-commerce. Product images

Photo shoots in online stores

Typical problems of studio photographs

2. Organization of workspace

Retoucher's workspace: brass tacks

Color and tone perception tests

Monitor settings

Basic color correction by numbers

Photoshop color settings

Mouse or tablet?

PC or Mac?

Retina and other HD displays

Non-destructiveness myth

3. Color correction

Prepress and web

Color Matching

Color Preservation

Adobe Camera Raw

Raw and JPEG in ACR. Comparison

Current process vs 2010

Image correction in ACR

A basic preset

Camera Raw features

Step by step correction examples

4. Automation in Photoshop

Photoshop versions and languages compatibility


Loading and running actions

Simple Actions

Complex Actions


Running scripts

Why scripts and how they can be used

Check image size with a script

Useful JavaScript commands

Script Listener

Script Events Manager

Events list

5. How to set up Photoshop




Exporting and importing custom settings

6. Background removal. Isolation

Isolation tools and techniques overview

Rectangular & Elliptical Marquee

Freehand & Polygonal Lasso

Magic wand & Quick Selection

Pen Tool

Quick Mask

Select Color Range

Select & Mask

Select Subject

Levels & Curves

Selective Color

Background Eraser

Magic Eraser

Blend if

Tools and methods of choice

Rectangular Marquee and Magic Wand

Modifying selections

Isolating action

Isolation of multiple images

Isolation types

Total white

Isolation with a natural shadow

Automatic shadow restoration

Isolation with an artificial shadow

Isolation with a reflection

Model isolation

Isolation on gray

Chroma key isolation

Transparency isolation

Complicated issues

White shoes on gray background

Gray fur on gray background

Thin fur

White net on gray

Automatic isolation

A bit of theory


"Magical" isolation

Isolation quality control

Typical mistakes

Final isolation check

7. Retouching basics

Transformation tools

Liquify (Forward Warp, Freeze Mask, Pin Edges)

Free Transform (Warp)

Puppet Warp

“Use it once” rule

Imperfections removal

Healing Brush, Spot Healing Brush, Patch Tool

Content-aware Fill

Brush and Mixer Brush

Clone Stamp (Clone Source)

History Brush

Useful filters. Blur, Noise, Dust & Scratches

Blending modes

Apply the last settings & Fade trick

Frequency Separation

A method with a bad reputation

How to make it work

Removing wrinkles with frequency splitting

8. Model images retouching

The overall idea of model retouching

Skin color correction

Adjusting skin tone in ACR

Adjusting skin tone in Photoshop

Automatic skin enhancing and smoothing

Human body



Bikini area



Underwear marks on skin




Shape correction in general


Body shape

Plus size models

9. Clothes retouching

Clothes shape

Clothing wrinkles removing

Transparent clothes

Close-ups (detail shots)

10. Ghost mannequin

Mannequin removal

Backside insertion (neck joint)

Backside images demands

Mannequin symmetry



Transparency problem

Underwear on mannequins

11. Flat lay images

Flat lay photography

Flat lay isolation

Flat lay retouching

Props removal

Removing wrinkles

Sets combination

Flat underwear

12. Object retouching




Dirt and fingerprints





Miscellaneous objects


13. Background retouching


Background cleaning action

Content-aware Scale & Fill

14. Moire reduction

Moire kinds

Camera induced moire

Preview moire

Interpolation moire

Colored moire

Monochrome moire

Advanced moire reducing methods

Channel Mixer

Hue method

Lab mode moire suppression

Split frequencies method

True Moire

Dealing with moire: a scheme to follow

15. Black & white items

Overall contrast



Black suede

Black velvet

Texture revealing in general

Black texture revealing

White texture revealing

Glossy items

16. Quality control

Technical requirements

A list of typical demands


All kinds of items demands

Specific quality demands



Mannequins and flat lays


Quality control process

Adobe Bridge

17. Changing color

Color, Tint, Tone, Shade, Hue

Automatic colorizing

Colorizing action

Blend if in color changing

Black to white and vice versa

18. Resizing images

Image size

Crop Tool

Canvas Size


Moire after sharpening

19. Image alignment

Aligning images via Trim

Aligning images via Selection

Aligning images via Alpha channel

Aligning images via Edge detection

Smart Blur edge detection

High Pass edge detection

Find Edges edge detection


20. Saving

Saving hi-res images as backup

Saving a Jpeg multiple times

Saving via scripts

Saving quality

Batch resave with lower quality

Batch to a specific folder with specific quality

Batch while preserving folder structure

Batch to specific file size



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