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ONLINE RETOUCHING TRAINING

Personalised, one-on-one, expert Photoshop tuition delivered directly to you, anytime, anywhere in the world, through Skype screen-sharing.




Watch my detailed, step-by-step on-screen demonstrations, and engage directly with me as I personally guide you through my powerful retouching workflow.

“M. Seth Jones demonstrated the deepest knowledge and understanding of Photoshop and digital image editing that I have yet encountered in a colleague.”

Mark Galer – Adobe Ambassador.

“M. Seth Jones’ professionalism and teaching ability created a superior work environment for the senior creative staff at Badjar Ogilvy Melbourne.”

Di Atkinson – Fashion Creative Director.

“M. Seth taught my team new ways of retouching that are effective, non destructive and much faster, to meet client’s expectations and deadlines.”

Felice D’Amore – Studio Manager, One20.

  • Introduction Testimonials
    M. Seth Jones demonstrated the deepest knowledge and understanding of Photoshop and digital image editing that I have yet encountered in a colleague.

    Mark Galer – Adobe Ambassador & author.

  • Introduction Testimonials
    M. Seth Jones’ professionalism and teaching ability created a superior work environment for the senior creative staff at Badjar Ogilvy Melbourne.

    Di Atkinson – Fashion Creative Director.

  • Introduction Testimonials
    M. Seth Jones taught my team new ways of retouching that are effective, non destructive and much faster, to meet clients expectations and deadlines.

    Felice D’Amore – Studio Manager, One20.



The dilemma.

ARE YOU FRUSTRATED WITH YOUR RETOUCHING SKILLS?

It is essential to know the fastest, most efficient Photoshop techniques to finish complex markup to the highest possible quality.

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I can help you find the solution to all of your Photoshop frustrations.


Are you a self-taught Photoshop user? A photographer not satisfied with your retouching results? Are you experienced with Photoshop, yet would like to broaden your retouching knowledge and skill set? Do you ever feel you are limited by inefficient working methods?
Have you ever wished you knew the secrets of a professional retoucher? That you could access their accumulated Photoshop knowledge? Ask them how it’s done and learn how to apply and adapt their refined and proven techniques to your own work? Well now you can, with my advanced Photoshop masterclasses.



The solution.

WANT TO LEARN HOW TO BECOME A BETTER RETOUCHER?

I can teach you everything you need to know to produce flawless retouching.


My Photoshop masterclasses are customisable, one-on-one retouching training courses, tailored precisely to your specific skill set and creative and technical needs. These advanced masterclasses have been running since 2007, and reveal every technique I have developed over 12 years as a professional retoucher.
Designed to balance quality with speed and flexibility, every step in my unique workflow will equip you with both the tools and insight to target every retouching obstacle you encounter with confidence and precision. This will enable you to turn what were once overwhelming markups into finished masterpieces in just three simple stages.

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    We begin with an unprocessed raw image.

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    Stage 1: First pass surface edit.

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    Stage 2: First pass local tonal and micro-variation edit.

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    Stage 3: Luminosity balance and final tonal and colour master.


Exceptional retouching is much more than just technique alone. Every one of my masterclasses explores the two key components to flawless imagery: Tools and Theory. This balanced approach will teach you entirely new ways to think creatively, while giving you the technical insight and knowledge to effortlessly realise your artistic vision.

The making of a print is a unique combination of mechanical execution and creative activity.

Ansel Adams – The Print.


The making of a print is a unique combination of mechanical execution and creative activity.
Ansel Adams – The Print.
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Apply my techniques and unique approach to your work, to achieve stunning before and after results like this.

Apply the tools and theory I teach to your work, to achieve stunning before and after results like this.



The classes.

WHAT WILL YOU LEARN FROM THE MASTERCLASSES?

Choose from two unique lesson plans for two different styles of retouching, both based around one very powerful workflow.


1. Advanced High-End Beauty Retouching

This masterclass covers all the techniques required to achieve flawless, luminous skin, as well as giving you total control over every single pixel in your files. Dealing primarily with beauty and portrait retouching, you will achieve the highest level of mastery over the finest details in your photos, as well as both the colour and luminosity balance, resulting in an exceptionally finished final image.

Topics covered: Get more from your masks; Advanced adjustment layers; Refining your brushes palette; Controlling light Pt. 1: Surface light; Deconstructing imagery; Mastering texture, tone and colour; High-end refinement; Controlling light Pt. 2: Beyond the surface; The creative use of noise; Advanced sharpening techniques; High-end hair: re-sculpt, re-shape and refine; Taming fabrics; The core principles of transparent digital makeup.


2. Advanced Editorial & Fashion Retouching

Ideal for fashion and editorial photographers looking to get the most out of their digital files. I’ll show you how to achieve perfectly mastered photographs every time, through complete control over every single tonal and colour detail available to you. Covering a complete workflow from raw to final print, this masterclass will allow you to realise your aesthetic goals flawlessly and with more efficiency than every before.

Topics covered: File preparation and output; Colour correction secrets; Capture One vs Camera Raw; Mastering raw processing; Controlled composites; Utilising the power of Smart Objects; The non-destructive workflow; Advanced adjustment layers; Get more from your masks; Effective colour control; Advanced sharpening techniques.

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    1. Advanced High-End Beauty Retouching


    This masterclass covers all the techniques required to achieve flawless, luminous skin, as well as giving you total control over every single pixel in your files. Dealing primarily with beauty and portrait retouching, you will achieve the highest level of mastery over the finest details in your photos, as well as both the colour and luminosity balance, resulting in an exceptionally finished final image.

    Topics covered: Get more from your masks; Advanced adjustment layers; Refining your brushes palette; Controlling light Pt. 1: Surface light; Deconstructing imagery; Mastering texture, tone and colour; High-end refinement; Controlling light Pt. 2: Beyond the surface; The creative use of noise; Advanced sharpening techniques; High-end hair: re-sculpt, re-shape and refine; Taming fabrics; The core principles of transparent digital makeup.

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    2. Advanced Editorial & Fashion Retouching


    Ideal for fashion and editorial photographers looking to get the most out of their digital files. I’ll show you how to achieve perfectly mastered photographs every time, through complete control over every single tonal and colour detail available to you. Covering a complete workflow from raw to final print, this masterclass will allow you to realise your aesthetic goals flawlessly and with more efficiency than every before.

    Topics covered: File preparation and output; Colour correction secrets; Capture One vs Camera Raw; Mastering raw processing; Controlled composites; Utilising the power of Smart Objects; The non-destructive workflow; Advanced adjustment layers; Get more from your masks; Effective colour control; Advanced sharpening techniques.

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    1. Advanced High-End Beauty Retouching


    This masterclass covers all the techniques required to achieve flawless, luminous skin, as well as giving you total control over every single pixel in your files. Dealing primarily with beauty and portrait retouching, you will achieve the highest level of mastery over the finest details in your photos, as well as both the colour and luminosity balance, resulting in an exceptionally finished final image.

    Topics covered: Get more from your masks; Advanced adjustment layers; Refining your brushes palette; Controlling light Pt. 1: Surface light; Deconstructing imagery; Mastering texture, tone and colour; High-end refinement; Controlling light Pt. 2: Beyond the surface; The creative use of noise; Advanced sharpening techniques; High-end hair: re-sculpt, re-shape and refine; Taming fabrics; The core principles of transparent digital makeup.

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    2. Advanced Editorial & Fashion Retouching


    Ideal for fashion and editorial photographers looking to get the most out of their digital files. I’ll show you how to achieve perfectly mastered photographs every time, through complete control over every single tonal and colour detail available to you. Covering a complete workflow from raw to final print, this masterclass will allow you to realise your aesthetic goals flawlessly and with more efficiency than every before.

    Topics covered: File preparation and output; Colour correction secrets; Capture One vs Camera Raw; Mastering raw processing; Controlled composites; Utilising the power of Smart Objects; The non-destructive workflow; Advanced adjustment layers; Get more from your masks; Effective colour control; Advanced sharpening techniques.


Every masterclass begins with one of these two lesson plans as a foundation. Then, to make your masterclass unique, I tailor it precisely to your particular working methods. This customisation is designed to elevate the quality of your retouching to a professional standard in the most efficient manner possible.However, as all masterclasses are based around my proven core workflow, regardless of what style of imagery you work on, each masterclass will cover the essential high-end techniques necessary to advance your retouching.
Here are just a few of the techniques you will learn in my masterclasses…


Flawless skin

Learn how to take control of every single pixel in your photographs to allow you to refine the surface of models skin with a level of precision unlike any you’ve experience before for an immaculate, luminous finish.


Pristine make-up

By far the most detail oriented group of high-end edits, I’ll show you how to flawlessly finish makeup, while equipping you with a complex understanding of the tools at your disposal, as well as heightening your sensitivity to colour, tone and surface detail values.


Controlling light

Knowing how to refine the lighting in your images, without degrading quality while at the same time allowing for maximum flexibility, is essential to realising the perfect finished file. Discover the most common methods, and learn their fundamental strengths and weaknesses, allowing you to decide when each should be utilised.


Evocative colour

Discover the effects of hue, saturation and contrast on both surface and form, and learn to see colour as a value, while mastering the hidden tools to enable you to seamlessly achieve your aesthetic vision.


Luscious hair

Master the tools and techniques required to flawlessly finish any hair style, from gorgeous gradient transitions for depth and shine, perfect colour and spotless surface details like stray and cross hairs.

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    Flawless skin

    Learn how to take control of every single pixel in your photographs to allow you to refine the surface of models skin with a level of precision unlike any you’ve experience before for an immaculate, luminous finish.

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    Pristine make-up

    By far the most detail oriented group of high-end edits, I’ll show you how to flawlessly finish makeup, while equipping you with a complex understanding of the tools at your disposal, as well as heightening your sensitivity to colour, tone and surface detail values.

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    Controlling light

    Knowing how to refine the lighting in your images, without degrading quality while at the same time allowing for maximum flexibility, is essential to realising the perfect finished file. Discover the most common methods, and learn their fundamental strengths and weaknesses, allowing you to decide when each should be utilised.

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    Evocative colour

    Discover the effects of hue, saturation and contrast on both surface and form, and learn to see colour as a value, while mastering the hidden tools to enable you to seamlessly achieve your aesthetic vision.

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    Luscious hair

    Master the tools and techniques required to flawlessly finish any hair style, from gorgeous gradient transitions for depth and shine, perfect colour and spotless surface details like stray and cross hairs.

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    Flawless skin

    Learn how to take control of every single pixel in your photographs to allow you to refine the surface of models skin with a level of precision unlike any you’ve experience before for an immaculate, luminous finish.

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    Pristine make-up

    By far the most detail oriented group of high-end edits, I’ll show you how to flawlessly finish makeup, while equipping you with a complex understanding of the tools at your disposal, as well as heightening your sensitivity to colour, tone and surface detail values.

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    Controlling light

    Knowing how to refine the lighting in your images, without degrading quality while at the same time allowing for maximum flexibility, is essential to realising the perfect finished file. Discover the most common methods, and learn their fundamental strengths and weaknesses, allowing you to decide when each should be utilised.

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    Evocative colour

    Discover the effects of hue, saturation and contrast on both surface and form, and learn to see colour as a value, while mastering the hidden tools to enable you to seamlessly achieve your aesthetic vision.

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    Luscious hair

    Master the tools and techniques required to flawlessly finish any hair style, from gorgeous gradient transitions for depth and shine, perfect colour and spotless surface details like stray and cross hairs.


Learn brand new approaches to traditional techniques, with insights that will help you discover the revolutionary creative potential of your conventional Photoshop tools.



The proof.

GREAT TEACHING PRODUCES EXCEPTIONAL RESULTS

Don’t just take my word for it; have a look at what some of my past students and clients have to say about my masterclasses.

As a teacher, I’ve been running my online masterclasses since 2007, and have taught over 150 masterclasses to students from 22 different countries around the world. I held a position as a lecturer at RMIT University from 2010-2011, as part of the world’s longest continuously running Photography degree. In 2012 I was contracted by Badjar Ogilvy to deliver a month long series of
high-end retouching workshops for their senior creative staff and retouching team. Through the second half of 2012, I traveled to London, England to deliver a series of private workshops for individuals. As a retoucher, my work appeared in such publications as: ELLE US, Faint, Frankie and GQ Australia. I also had the pleasure of retouching for Audi, Guess, Rolex & Schwarzkopf.

“M. Seth Jones demonstrated the deepest knowledge and understanding of Photoshop and digital image editing that I have yet encountered in a colleague.”

Mark Galer – Adobe Ambassador and author of the ‘Essential Skills’ series.

“M. Seth’s professionalism and teaching ability has created a superior work environment for the retouching and art direction staff at Badjar Ogilvy Melbourne.”

Di Atkinson – Fashion Creative Director.

“M. Seth taught my team new ways of retouching that are effective, non destructive and much faster, to meet client’s expectations and deadlines.”

Felice D’Amore – Studio Manager, One20.

“M. Seth Jones’ uncomplicated yet detailed training brought inspiration and understanding to the creative staff of Badjar Ogilvy Melbourne.”

Di Atkinson – Fashion Creative Director.

“M. Seth Jones established an effective customised training platform for my senior team to bring them to the next level in their photoshop career.”

Felice D’Amore – Studio Manager, One20.

“No portrait retouching book could ever teach me the secrets M. Seth Jones revealed. Within minutes I was saying to myself “so that’s how they do it!”

Sarah Ferrara – Photographer.

“I’ve seen many retouching videos, seminars and reputable online workshops but nothing compares to the learning and opportunities within this masterclass.”

Christopher Hench – Photographer.

“M. Seth Jones breaks down high-end retouching technique in such a way that it’s easy to learn, understood completely and can be customised to the user’s need”

Bryce Licht – Photographer and Graphic Designer.

“I’ve undertaken many workshops previously, and genuinely found this to be the most informative, hands on and valuable to my ongoing learning.”

Kelly Defina – Photographer.

“Unlike an educational dvd, M. Seth’s masterclasses allow you to concentrate on your specific areas of need. They were a great benefit to our studio.”

Erin Melenbacker – Photographer.

“I was able to take all of M. Seth Jones teachings and cater them to my workflow, developing a process and style that works for my own aesthetic.”

Christopher Hench – Photographer.

“I’m continually surprised with the versatility of Seth’s techniques. The quality of my work was raised to another level, and my clients are ecstatic.”

Bryce Licht – Photographer and Graphic Designer.

“Sharing all of his vast knowledge, M. Seth uses real world scenarios to make the masterclasses relevant to what you will encounter in your day to day work.”

Kelly Defina – Photographer.

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    M. Seth Jones demonstrated the deepest knowledge and understanding of Photoshop and digital image editing that I have yet encountered in a colleague.

    Mark Galer – Adobe Ambassador & author.

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    M. Seth Jones’ professionalism and teaching ability created a superior work environment for the senior creative staff at Badjar Ogilvy Melbourne.

    Di Atkinson – Fashion Creative Director.

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    M. Seth taught my team new ways of retouching that are effective, non destructive and much faster, to meet client’s expectations and deadlines.

    Felice D’Amore – Studio Manager, One20.

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    M. Seth Jones’ uncomplicated yet detailed training brought inspiration and understanding to the creative staff of Badjar Ogilvy Melbourne.

    Di Atkinson – Fashion Creative Director.

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    M. Seth Jones established an effective customised training platform for my senior team to bring them to the next level in their photoshop career.

    Felice D’Amore – Studio Manager, One20.

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    No portrait retouching book could ever teach me the secrets M. Seth Jones revealed. Within minutes I was saying to myself “so that’s how they do it!”

    Sarah Ferrara – Photographer.

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    I’ve seen many retouching videos and reputable online workshops but nothing compares to the learning and opportunities within this masterclass.

    Christopher Hench – Photographer.

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    M. Seth Jones breaks down high-end retouching technique in such a way that it’s easy to learn, understood completely and can be customised to the user’s need.

    Bryce Licht – Photographer and Graphic Designer.

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    I’ve undertaken many workshops previously, and genuinely found this to be the most informative, hands on and valuable to my ongoing learning.

    Kelly Defina – Photographer.

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    Unlike an educational dvd, M. Seth’s masterclasses allow you to concentrate on your specific areas of need. They were a great benefit to our studio.

    Erin Melenbacker – Photographer.

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    I was able to take all of M. Seth Jones teachings and cater them to my workflow, developing a process and style that works for my own aesthetic.

    Christopher Hench – Photographer.

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    I’m continually surprised with the versatility of Seth’s techniques. The quality of my work was raised to another level, and my clients are ecstatic.

    Bryce Licht – Photographer and Graphic Designer.

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    Sharing all of his vast knowledge, M. Seth uses real world scenarios to make the masterclasses relevant to what you will encounter in your day to day work.

    Kelly Defina – Photographer.

Witness the effectiveness of my workflow in detail, with these cropped examples of finished beauty images.

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    PHOTO: JOCKE JONSSON
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    PHOTO: GRANT THOMAS
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    PHOTO: LARA JADE
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    PHOTO: EMILY ABAY
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    PHOTO: IVAN MONGE
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    PHOTO: GARAZI GARDNER
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    PHOTO: ZAC STEINIC
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    PHOTO: DALLAS LOGAN
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    PHOTO: HANNAH KHYMYCH



The teacher.

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“Being literary by inclination and experience, fictional comparisons are often the first and most natural explanations that come to mind for any situation or indeed, person – so if you may permit me this indulgence – there’s no character I’d compare M. Seth Jones to so much as Sir Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes.

Take for instance Holmes’ genius: those flashes of perceptive conclusion that leave others (usually Watson) startled, scrambling to make head or tail of their logic, seemingly pulled from the ethers with intellectual insouciance. It’s a quality they share between them: where Holmes deduces crime and character, Jones perceives those minutiae of technical and indeed visual logic that others may skim or miss altogether, to coax the most perfect aesthetic conclusion out of imagery. And while we Watsons may try to follow, dotting the dots, the seemingly effortless result is a product of many years training, of a marriage of technical excellence and a refined eye for colour and detail cultivated through years of fine art and commercial printing, to artistic wisdom forged through study and practice of media as diverse as illustration, animation, digital painting and photography.

Then there’s Holmes’ legendary unorthodoxy: he’s nothing if not a man of his own, content to not only commune, but to live by his own laws

and clock and logic. Again, a quality central to Jones: that individual commitment to vision and refusal to obey the rules, a rebellious, anti-authority, take-no-prisoners attitude. In short, the defining characteristic of any true creative.

And yes, there’s that requisite flash of craziness: that yin to the yang of genius. Holmes is a scientific bohemian: up ’til all hours, playing the violin, drug-taking, tormenting stalwart Watson with his eccentric ways and means, his irrepressible moodiness. And yes, Jones has it: I have known him well for fifteen years and even now he is surprising with his very immutable essence, his ability to encompass change, his uncannily strange and amusing tangents of thought.

Yes, Holmes indeed. And yet Jones uses his powers for a very different cause. The crime world may breath a sigh of relief.”

Words: Lana Guineay



Frequently asked questions.

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

Interested in enrolling in my masterclasses? Here is some more detailed information regarding the more common queries I receive.

What do the masterclasses cost?

Each masterclass costs $795 AUD (plus Paypal fees) for 10 hours of personalised, one-on-one tuition.

Which masterclass is right for me?

Advanced High-End Beauty Retouching focuses on a very meticulous level of detail control. Suited to specialist retouchers, if you want the most precise mastery of details in your retouching, this is the masterclass for you.

Advanced Editorial & Fashion Retouching is perfectly suited to photographers who process their own images, and focuses primarily on achieving the highest possible quality colour and tonal finish.

How long do the masterclasses go for?

Both masterclasses run for 10 hours.

Do I have to do the masterclasses in one sitting?

Not at all! In fact, I’d strongly advise against it!

Then how are masterclasses run?

I suggest breaking the masterclass up into five two hour sessions. This way you don’t get overwhelmed with too much information.

So does that mean we do one class every day for five days?

It’s entirely up to you, though I prefer limiting the number of sessions to two per week. This way, you can practise the techniques we cover in each session for a few days, in your own time, in between sessions. This works great if you have any questions over the techniques, as we can cover them in more detail in our next session.

Can I customise what you teach me?

You certainly can. As long as it can be covered in 10 hours, you can pick and choose individual sessions from both masterclasses, to tailor your learning experience to your specific needs.

How can I pay for the masterclasses?

Payments are processed via Paypal, which will attract minor additional Paypal fees.

But I don’t have a Paypal account!

In many instances, you can make a payment via Paypal without having an account. Contact me for more information.

Is there a student discount?

If you can provide me with a scan of a current tertiary/secondary student identification card, I’ll happily add another two hour revision session to your schedule, at no extra cost. That brings your one-on-one tuition time with me up to 12 hours!

Can I enrol in both masterclasses?

Absolutely! Many people choose to enrol in both the Advanced High-End Beauty Retouching and the Advanced Editorial & Fashion Retouching masterclasses.

Is there a discount if I enrol in both masterclasses?

There is! If you enrol in both masterclasses at the same time, the fees are lowered to $1395 AUD (plus Paypal fees).

How are the masterclasses delivered?

Via Skype screen sharing. You can view my desktop directly as I deliver each session and step you through every technique in meticulous detail. This enables you to ask me questions whenever you need and provides a level of learning interaction that a tutorial DVD cannot replicate.

What hardware/software do I need for the masterclasses?

You’ll need to be running Adobe Photoshop CS3 as a minimum, as well as Skype along with a reliable internet connection. While I teach with the Mac version of Photoshop, it makes no difference if you are Windows based.

I’m interested in enrolling, what is the next step?

If you’re interested in my masterclasses, I’ll invite you to have a conversation with me over Skype before you make any decisions. Not only is this great for you to meet me before you decide if you want to enrol, but it’s great for me as well, because I like to find out as much as I can about how you currently work, and what the most important things you want to learn are. This is the first step in tailoring my masterclasses towards your particular needs.

I have more questions. Can I contact you directly?

Of course! Feel free to use the contact form below and I’ll be happy to answer any further questions you might have.



Contact.

REGARDING FURTHER ENQUIRIES

Please feel free to get in touch with any questions, or if you would like to arrange a time to discuss my masterclasses over Skype, via the contact form below.


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