Photoshop Techniques: Retouching Portraits Part 2

Suzette Allen Cr.Photog., CPP, API

In this second part of a three-part series, PPA Instructor Suzette Allen takes up where she left off: making you a Photoshop expert!

As you probably already know, Adobe Photoshop has thousands of options that could take you years to learn and master. But Suzette simplifies the learning process by sharing what works best and what you need as a pro photographer. Building on the foundation from Part 1, you’ll dig deeper into layering (no pun intended) and more as you learn how to…

  • Use adjustment layers for non-destructive retouching.
  • Use layer masks to create composite images (think head swaps and distraction removal).
  • Create a curves adjustment without affecting your highlights.
  • Best reduce redness in a subject’s complexion.

You may think you know what you’re doing now, but just wait…when Suzette is done, you’ll have the confidence to make this complex software yours!

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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!