Retouching and Photo-Illustration Techniques and Image Enhancement Workflow

We are pleased to be able to have Lee Varis in for our
July meeting.

Lee Varis will be sharing some of his advanced retouching
and photo-Illustration 10-Channel Workflow". See the
amazing skin-smoothing technique using the
frequency-separation method. See how he builds a complete
Las Vegas poster project from start to finish, including
creating a wall of flames from scratch. "The 10-Channel
Workflow" utilizes the grayscale channels of RGB, Lab, &
CMYK to build tone and contrast effects that enhance a
single image in ways that go beyond traditional techniques.
Lee will showcase a number of image enhancements to
illustrate this approach.


Lee Varis ,the owner and founder of Varis PhotoMedia, is a photo-illustrator working in Hollywood.  He has been involved in commercial photography for the last 35 years. He started working with computer imaging about 21 years ago after being introduced to the Quantel Paintbox system.  Lee currently works with digital as well as conventional photography in conjunction with computer graphics to create images for use in advertising, commercial graphics and multimedia.  His work has been featured on movie posters, video box covers, CD covers, and numerous brochures, catalogs and magazine articles.  Lee´s creative imaging has been featured in National Geographic and Fortune magazines as well as numerous trade publications including: Photo-Electronic Imaging, Studio Photography, PC Photo, Rangefinder Magazine, Photo District News and Mac Art & Design. Lee has also been involved with consulting and training activities for numerous corporate clients. He conducted a series of imaging seminars for Apple Computers that took him around the country to most of the major metropolitan areas and is currently active in seminar programs with PPA, APA and Julia Dean Photographic Workshops as well as a monthly "Photoshop for Photographers" workshop in Los Angeles. He maintains close relationships with numerous hardware and software companies and is involved in beta testing programs.

You may check out his website at:
http://www.varis.com/

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Contact him at:
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  • Michael

    The speaker really knows his stuff, but doesn't have a very good way of communicating it. He went faster than I could grasp it and write it down.

    July 17, 2013

    • Sheyna W.

      Bob, thanks I missed what to do on the "color" layer.

      But also on top of that:

      - create a new layer in the "soft light" mode
      - use dodge on low opacity, 10% paint white over creases in skin with a very small brush
      - paint with black with dodge tool in low opacity to deal with other part of wrinkles as wrinkles usually have a dark size and a light side in the crease.

      July 18, 2013

    • Bob V.

      Oh, good job, Sheyna! Yes, the classic dodge and burn is to bring up the dialog when creating a new layer, set the mode to Overlay, and then check the box to fill the layer with 50% Gray and paint with low opacity/flow black or white to dodge or burn. Lee's technique as you described above was new to me and definitely a keeper.

      July 18, 2013

  • Gail S.

    Sorry to have missed what seems like a valuable eve with Lee Varis. Love tips for smoothing things out, like skin. Hope Lee will come back soon!

    July 18, 2013

  • Ken E.

    Incredible demonstration and learning opportunity. Too advnaced for me to ake much home to try but truelsy inspirational.

    July 18, 2013

  • Michael

    I didn't mean my comment to be critical of Lee. He's obviously very knowledgeable and has a great speaking style. His presentation was just a little too fast for me to get everything notated before he moved to the next step. I'd certainly go hear him again. Thanks.

    July 17, 2013

  • Paula

    Any chance this meeting was recorded for the benefit of those of us who could not attend? (Living in Hope)

    1 · July 17, 2013

    • Howard H

      Unfortunately, there was not video or audio recording of this meeting.

      July 17, 2013

    • Paula

      alas...

      July 17, 2013

  • gary h.

    In the hospital

    1 · July 15, 2013

    • Howard H

      Bummer. :-( Hope you get well soon.

      July 17, 2013

  • Elizabeth W. P.

    Excellent presentation. I learned new uses for areas of Photoshop I had not used before. Thank you for an entertaining and informative event. Lee Varis has done some amazing work.

    1 · July 17, 2013

  • Bob V.

    I was a little worried that Lee spent so much of the time talking about his background but I needn't have been! Once he got into the meat of the techniques he was showing the material was dense (in a good way). I learned many new variations on old techniques, and some combinations I'd never known. That "Hollywood" technique with the inverted layer and High Pass was NUTTY! How does someone come up with that????!!!
    All in all, very entertaining and informative.

    2 · July 17, 2013

  • Jeff L.

    outstanding. very talented and a good teacher.

    July 16, 2013

  • Olga

    I definitely learned a couple of things tonight, Lee was a great speaker and very generous in sharing 'industry secrets' with us.

    1 · July 16, 2013

  • Roger K

    The presentation was great. No need for plug-ins like portraiture. Thank you.

    1 · July 16, 2013

  • LTen

    Lee is amazing!! What he did tonight in such a short time is unbelievable! Definitely one of the best presentations ever! Thank you Lee, Adobe and the hardworking organizers!

    2 · July 16, 2013

  • Judith N.

    blew my mind--will need to grab some books and dig deeper to really understand but it opened windows I did not know existed.

    July 16, 2013

  • Doug K.

    Excellent! Great presenter and really useful learnings.

    July 16, 2013

  • Marcia R.

    found out too late that a spot opened up for me. Can't get over there in time.

    July 16, 2013

  • Connie G.

    Sorry for the last minute notice. I can't get there after all. Give someone my spot!

    July 16, 2013

  • Ted

    Sorry I have to cancel the last minute because unexpected emergency.

    July 16, 2013

  • Lynn D.

    Sorry, can't make it my grandson is ill

    July 16, 2013

  • joe e.

    One more spot opening . . Sorry late notice :( Hot water tank fixing comes up.

    July 16, 2013

  • Lori Davis- S.

    Sorry you guys!!! Give someone my spot! Trying to buy a house....

    July 16, 2013

  • John B.

    aaargh!! last minute change so I cannot attend.

    July 16, 2013

  • David S.

    Doh! Duty calls.

    July 16, 2013

  • David L.

    Sorry, I have a schedule conflict!! :(

    July 15, 2013

  • Greg S.

    Thank you, I will be there.

    July 15, 2013

  • Paula

    Have to take myself out. Drat.

    July 15, 2013

  • Lisa W.

    one guest not coming.

    July 15, 2013

  • Helen P.

    Unforeseen conflicts, unfortunately. Hopefully next month!

    July 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Canceling unforeseen. :(

    July 15, 2013

  • Lane V.

    Is there parking here? I've never been...

    1 · June 29, 2013

    • Lane V.

      Ah, so no lot. Maybe at the library and walk...? I think it's closed by then; the fremont library has odd hours

      July 2, 2013

    • Lane V.

      It's just I just got this car and it's larger than I'm used to (suv) though I'm not one to parallel park willingly regardless of the size of the car. I failed that part of my driver's test haha

      July 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome!!

    June 23, 2013

  • Robin H.

    Unfortunately, I am going to have to cancel this evening. I was looking forward to this session.

    June 11, 2013

  • Elizabeth W. P.

    How to best edit photos of people for 30% dot gain printing of B/W newsletter.

    June 9, 2013

    • Howard H

      OOPS! I mean next week.

      June 11, 2013

    • Bill W.

      I know exactly what she's asking about, and I have contacted her to offer some advice.

      June 11, 2013

  • Bill W.

    The link to Varis' website does not work.

    June 7, 2013

    • Howard H

      Link is now corrected. I had cut and pasted causing two "http://";­ to appear in the link. Sorry about that.

      June 9, 2013

  • Andrew K.

    Please tell me this will be broadcast live online!
    Lee is great!

    June 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Andrew, Lee did a workshop on creativeLIVE last year. You should check it out, http://www.creativeli...­.

      June 7, 2013

    • Andrew K.

      Yup! I saw that! Always into seeing the new ones as well.

      June 8, 2013

  • Jessica K.

    here is the link to Le''s website http://www.varis.com/

    1 · June 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    gone on a trip already.

    June 7, 2013

  • Steve T.

    My guest Eriq Chang may know more about Adobe products than the presenter, so I thought it would be fun to introduce them to each other.

    1 · June 6, 2013

  • Mercedes

    what is the cost?

    1 · June 6, 2013

  • Michael

    Skin smoothing has always been a challenge.

    1 · June 6, 2013

  • Kim

    Is this event free?

    June 6, 2013

    • Mike A.

      Yes, unless otherwise noted SAPUG meetings are free. We rely on volunteers to keep the meetings accessible to all.

      3 · June 6, 2013

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