Crafting Better Portraits in Photoshop with Kirk Nelson

Create a magical storybook image! Join Kirk Nelson as he takes you from a blank canvas to a stunning final composition with the approach of a traditional artist. Using photo elements from a portrait session, additional visual elements, and some special Photoshop sauce, you can use the practice files to follow along or practice on your own after the class.

Tune in for this class!

Class Outline

  1. Introduction
  2. Starting with a Blank Canvas
  3. Selecting Visual Elements
  4. Touching Up
  5. Isolating Subject from Background
  6. Enhancing Subject’s Hair
  7. Adding Background Elements
  8. Replacing the Sky
  9. Adding Foreground Elements
  10. Adding Mid-ground Elements
  11. Lighting Effects
  12. Color is Critical
  13. Final Edits

Follow along with Kirk Nelson in his brand new class—right here!

Kirk Nelson

Kirk Nelson is a professional graphic designer and photographer in the DC area. With 25 years of experience that has touched on a broad range of visual subjects he refers to himself as ‘Your Friendly Neighborhood Graphics Geek’.