Phlearn is an amazing asset to photographers. When I was first starting out, I thought I had gone to heaven after I watched my first Phlearn tutorial.
Aaron is so easy to understand and leaves nothing out. I have enjoyed watching his videos, and I always come away learning something that I could apply to my business.
The best part is most of their tutorials are free.
They are just giving away all of this amazing knowledge! I guess that this isn’t too surprising considering they give away freebies all the time. Their freebies are so awesome that they made it onto my list of the 5 Photography Freebies You Just Have to Try. 😀
I have not received any compensation for writing this post.
For this post, however, I am going to focus on Phlearn’s top 5 free tutorials.
This free tutorial is actually part of a series that is perfect for the amateur photographer. These videos cover everything from the difference between Photoshop and Lightroom to a complete list of all the tools in Photoshop. This is a great place to start learning about Photoshop and seeing what Phlearn has to offer.
I use the patch tool all of the time. It is, hands down, one of my favorite tools in Photoshop. I am not much of a cloner. I actually hate the clone stamp tool. The patch tool is a great alternative that works for most of my images most of the time.
This tutorial goes over everything you need to know to use it to the fullest extent.
As someone who uses digital backgrounds for my shop all the time, this video was a must for me. Hair can make or break the believability of a digital background. It’s important that you cut out the hair just so. This really sells the image.
If you are interested in digital backgrounds, this is a must see. Also, if you want to try your new found skills on your own digital background then make sure to get my freebie.
Sometimes you just can’t achieve the depth of field that you would like because of lens or space limitations. This tutorial introduced me to the blur gallery. The blur gallery is a great set of tools that can help you achieve a believable blur but only if you know how to use it.
Aaron’s take on the tilt shift blur is great! He breaks it down step by step, and it is easy to follow along.
This last video is kind of fun. It is the lazy man’s guide to Dodging and Burning. In just a few clicks, you can dodge those highlights and burn those shadows. The effect can be a little strong but the process is surprisingly usable. Especially if you are retouching a male.
There you have it! Five of Phlearn’s best tutorials. Be sure to head on over to their website, and check out their countless other free tutorials!
Do you have a favorite tutorial from Phlearn? Let me know in the comments!