Photoshop Techniques: Retouching Portraits Part 1

Suzette Allen Cr.Photog., CPP, API

In this video class—the first of a three-part, content-rich series—PPA instructor and Photoshop guru Suzette Allen discusses and demonstrates the art of retouching portraits. She’ll lay the groundwork for increasing your Photoshop efficiency and flexibility in bite-sized pieces! With her you’ll learn about…

  • Several essential time-saving preference settings
  • How to use snapshots, the history brush and more for flexible retouching
  • How to use the “content aware” function to remove distractions quickly (an exciting feature introduced in CS5)

Presets, layers, cloning, healing… you can read your instruction manual, or better yet take this class and watch a professional photographer in action. Suzette will show you actual results and “aha” moments that a manual just can’t deliver!

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Suzette Allen Bio

The in-demand Adobe® Photoshop® instructor in the photographic industry, Suzette Allen is known for her down-to-earth and easy-to-understand teaching style with an intense focus on efficiency. She has a remarkable talent for simplifying Adobe Photoshop, and consistently gets rave reviews from her students. All of her material is relevant to portrait/wedding/event photographers because she is backed by 25 years as a professional photographer and years of experience as a photo lab’s digital retoucher. Understanding what is truly valuable, applicable and practical for today’s photographer is what makes her classes so popular—and useful!  Suzette has been an international speaker for photographic conventions and an instructor at a dozen of the PPA Affiliate Schools. She is the recipient of many imaging awards and is currently the “Photoshop Expert” on, a resource site dedicated to digital photographers. Her classes, programs and instructional products all reflect this solid philosophy for working in Adobe Photoshop: Use nondestructive methods that are flexible for creativity but still maintain the vital element of efficiency!