Flawless: The Secrets of Skin with Sarah Wilkerson

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DO YOU STRUGGLE WITH SKIN? Join Sarah Wilkerson as she walks you through the ins and outs of shooting and processing to achieve the color, tonality, and texture of skin that will make your images extraordinary. You’ll learn:

• How the color, quality, and direction of light, combined with exposure, influence the way you capture skin in-camera

• Comprehensive processing techniques to achieve beautiful skin across ethnicities in both Photoshop and Lightroom.*

• High end retouching methods for men, women, children, and newborns

• Correcting pesky color casts, managing diverse skin in multi-ethnic groups, and a bonus Lightroom discussion that addresses how to achieve beautiful skin in black and white

The 221 page PDF, which includes skin color and tone flowcharts and workflows for Photoshop and Lightroom, also comes with the following supplementary tools and materials:

60 minute Q&A video based on student questions submitted during the online seminar
8 editing videos (4 PS, 4 LR) based on student images submitted during the online seminar
7 Photoshop Actions
5 Lightroom Custom Adjustment Brushes
Image pack with over 24 high-res follow along images
Printables section for easy black and white printing of formula and flow charts

* Techniques are applicable to Photoshop CC and Lightroom CC (also may be applied to Photoshop CS3 or later / Lightroom 5 or later).

*Please note: All items in this listing are digital downloads that must be downloaded to a computer (you may transfer to an iPad after your original download to a computer).  Due to the nature of digital downloads, they are non-refundable.

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  • 4
    Great info

    Posted by Megan on 23rd Apr 2021

    I took this breakout and it has a TON of information. I am a beginner to photoshop and photography, so I found this a bit above my level. That being said I still learned a ton and was able to take away a lot of information. I just had to go at a slower pace! My only recommendation would be more videos! But I highly recommend this to anyone/everyone

  • 2

    Posted by Joanne Kinney on 21st Dec 2020

    I am so disappointed with this. I purchased it back in 2015 and reached out to CM to see if I could get the brushes and presets that had been lost in transferring pictures. No reply so I purchased it again. Now I literally threw that money away. I can NOT get my skin to have the CMYK ratios they say and if I do, the skin looks awful. I’ve tried it over and over and honestly, just by eye is much better. I threw my money away twice so safe yourself and don’t buy this 200 page bunch of garbage.

  • 5

    Posted by Elisa on 19th May 2020

    Excellent guide to learn how to correct exposure and skin tones!

  • 5
    First of all, Holy Smokes!

    Posted by Robyn Scherer on 9th Apr 2020

    This class is chock full of information and is also a bit of a Photoshop tutorial. The PDF offers a huge amount of information as do the videos. Secondly, this class takes a while due to the wealth of information. It took me a full week to work through it and I most likely will walk through a few of the "follow alongs" a few more times. Thank you to Sarah for this fantastic class!

  • 5
    Amazing, technical balance and explanations stellar!

    Posted by Melodie on 26th Jul 2018

    This is an amazing guide. Yes, it's very dense, and the meat of the material is in PDF form. I'm a book learner, and it works very well for me--amazing, really. It's the perfect balance of enough why, how, and examples/screenshots. It's necessarily technically deep on the math behind skin, but to me, that's necessary to really understand what makes skin so finicky to get right. It's really an amazing guide, one of the best, well thought-out and well put-together tutorials I've ever read (including from my professional life!)

  • 4
    I wish it had better explanations in the video!

    Posted by Gina on 1st Apr 2018

    I'm struggling to get through this! All the meaty info is in the pdf not the video. I'd rather watch her edit while she teaches instead of just editing and relying on understanding the pdf to learn something from it. Maybe I'm more of a visual learner... If I can ever understand this it will be great, but for now I wish I would've bought something easier to learn something from.

  • 4
    Good, but VERY technical

    Posted by Rebekah V. on 17th Feb 2017

    There is some SERIOUSLY good information in this workshop and I've definitely seen an improvement in my skintones since purchasing it. But, had known how much of the information is dependent on reading the PDF and not in the videos, I probably would not have purchased it. I learn better by following videos, not by reading text and I feel like more verbal information in the videos would have been extremely helpful. This is the reason for my 4 star rather than 5 star review. Personally, I think a much shorter PDF and a few more videos would have been better, for me at least. I'm a kinesthetic learner and textbook style material is very overwhelming for me and difficult for me to retain. That said, this material itself is very helpful and yields very good results. It's just taking me a looonnng time to work my way through it.

  • 5

    Posted by Andrea Sitzman on 17th Sep 2016

    This is by far the most comprehensive guide for skin color. I have taken classes and tutorials and nothing else has come close. I have simply not seen anything like this anywhere else. Thank you, Sarah, for taking the time to develop this guide and sharing your incredible, in-depth knowledge!

  • 5
    Game changer

    Posted by Tamryn Jones on 7th Jul 2016

    The info Sarah provides is invaluable. It has given me a lot more confidence in my colour edits. I did a little before and after example here http://www.tamrynjones.com/autumn-oldie-by-tamryn-jones-photography-a-before-and-after-skin-tine-edit/ Highly recommended.