Skin Retouching

  • Instructors:
    Joel Grimes

    PPA Members:


    With more and more advanced technology, the art of skin retouching has become extremely refined. In this class, PPA Instructor Joel Grimes provides very in-depth, detailed instruction that will raise your portraiture to a new level.

    As we all know, out with the old, in with the new! Gaussian blur and high pass retouching are now passé. Be prepared to take copious notes as Joel explains the new and improved processes such as:

    • Frequency Separation in Photoshop: Learn how to create duplicate layers and the differences between high texture and low tone layers. Joel explains, step-by-step, the retouching process for each type of layer and how to blend and group for fantastic results.
    • Foundation: In this next step, you’ll learn how to make additional layers and then identify the flaws that need correction.
    • High Texture Layer: Explore healing brushes and how to use them, the settings for fixing flaws and how to leave the skin’s texture intact. After all, the days of plastic people in photographs are behind us!
    • Lasso Tool: Retouching wouldn’t be complete without defining and demonstrating the Lasso Tool! Learn how to set the pixels, lasso, filter and toggle back and forth as you go. Joel also explains the magic of the liquefy tool and how to use this in areas like eyes, ears and brows.

    With today’s fast pace of technology, it’s hard to stay current. This class is the perfect way to stay ahead of the game!

    We value your feedback and want to know how we can improve. Please share your thoughts about the class here.

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      • Joel Grimes


        In 1984, Joel graduated from the University of Arizona with a BFA in Photography and soon established a commercial studio in Denver, Colorado. 

        For over 27 years, Joel has worked for many of the top advertising agencies and corporations across the globe for clients such as AARP, AES, Abbott Labs, Archer Daniels Midland, Arizona Office of Tourism,  AT&T, Broncos, Comcast, Febreze, Goldman Sachs, Hewlett Packard, Hyatt, Kodak, Nikon, Pentax, Phillips 66, Philip Morris, Procter & Gamble, Pfizer, Qwest, Sony, Sturm Ruger & Co, United Global, USA Boxing, Visa, Volvo, Xcel Energy, and most recently Red Bull.   Over the years his assignments have taken him to every state across the USA and to over fifty countries around the globe.

        In 1990, Joel produced his first coffee table book, ‘Navajo, Portrait of a Nation,’ which received a number of photographic and design awards and produced an eighteen-month solo exhibit at the Smithsonian American History museum. 

        Driven by the creative process, Joel views himself as an illusionist, creating portraits larger than life: “There is no face on the planet that is the same, and my vision as an artist is to capture that individual uniqueness through the creative photographic process.” 

        Joel is also an ambassador for this process by teaching workshops and lectures across the country:  “I feel that by being an open book with my process I have an opportunity to inspire others to follow their dreams and passions to create."  

        Joel currently has a photo studio located in Old Town Pasadena, California where he resides with his wife, Amy.  

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