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Natalia Taffarel - High End Retouching Masterclass

Train to Create is excited to present Natalia Taffarel: High End Retouching Masterclass. The masterclass will focus on high-end beauty and hair retouching. Natalia will share her workflow focusing on the techniques and the basis for her aesthetic decisions. The event will develop across two intense days of work and it will showcase Natalia’s tricks to optimise the use of Adobe Photoshop CS5 (or higher).

The masterclass’ objectives:

Natalia Taffarel will discuss the entire process and techniques of retouching focusing with great attention upon the beauty and hair images. She will showcase her peculiar techniques and explain the process behind the practicalities of retouching, including the why and when specific retouching methodologies are employed.

This practical and thorough masterclass will teach you how to retouch beauty and fashion shots to make it naturally perfect while not being digitally obvious. You will learn about whitening and straightening the teeth, redefining lips, reshaping and resizing the nose, sharpening eyes, perfecting the face features, adding and removing makeup, creating different skintones and the most challenging hair correction or redoing as well as creating the background and elegant lighting adjustments to produce that “vogue magazine” output.

This makes for a thorough and complete learning tool. You walk away with the knowledge needed to competently evaluate an image, envision the result in the mind’s eye, plan the process and execute the work needed to achieve the vision.

The masterclass will be structured as follows:

THE CONFERENCE: Friday, 14th of June 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Retouching, myths and reality of the industry

The Natalia Taffarel Conference is an inspiring open event happening on the Friday evening before the workshop weekend. The conference is designed to serve as a stand alone opportunity for a wider number of aspiring retouchers and digital artists and as a precursor to all those attending the Master Class weekend. If you’re unable to attend the Master Class don’t miss out on this conference because you will gain valuable insight into how to take your professional retouching to the next level. It is also a great networking opportunity.
*Please note that this Conference is FREE to attend if you have booked and paid for the Master Class. If you are not booked, you are still welcome to attend, however there will be an admission fee of £20 per person – book now!

Venue for the conference: Library Lecture Theatre / UEL School of Arts and Digital Industries / Docklands Campus / University Way / E16 2RD / London



DAY 1: Saturday, 15th of June 9:00 am to 18:00 pm

  • The techniques and the basis of aesthetic decisions
  • The importance of using “not destructive” techniques for the treatment of textures and light manipulation
  • Understanding of key concepts and principles (such as composition, color, light and local contrast) and their application for  retouching images
  • Color Theory
  • Semiotics and semiology applied to colour and colour perception.
  • The brain and psychology applied to advertising and design, and their application in photography and post production of images
  • The business and the real “magic” behind it: there are no secrets

DAY 2: Sunday, 16th of June 9:00 am to 18:00 pm

  • Hands on: the practical application of the techniques and principles learnt in Day One
  • One-to-one workshops and application
  • Question and answer: trouble shooting and doubts solving

What you need:

  • Own Workstation
  • Tablet (Optional)
  • Photoshop CS5+ installed
  • knowledge of layers, adjustment layers and masking

What you will gain:

  • The topics discussed in this masterclass will provide you with extremely valuable techniques and competences that you will able to apply to both jobs in top fashion industries and simple works like a ‘Real Pro’.
  • During the masterclass you will have the unique opportunity to apply the techniques Natalia will present directly onto your works while being personally followed by Natalia herself on a one-to-one basis.
  • We will guarantee that every participant of the masterclass will leave the classroom with the necessary professional knowledge to assess and analyze an image, preview the final result in his own mind, plan his work and achieve the expected result through professional techniques of the highest level, exactly like Natalia does.
  • Natalia Taffarel will hand out personally signed certificates attesting your attendance.

The Retoucher: Natalia Taffarel

Argentinian high end retoucher Natalia Taffarel’s clients include Vogue, Michael Jackson, Westlife, Rihanna, Fatboy Slim, Florence and the Machine, Alex Reid, JLS – Jack the Lad Swing, Pendulum, Lily Cole, MIA, Elle Magazine, Sugar UK, Fabulous, The Big Issue, Q, Sublime UK, Loreal, Maybelline, Revlon, ASOS, N Peal, Wella and Unilever.

For the past years Natalia conducted workshops all over the world, and she holds a 5 star reputation as a teacherhaving a crystal clear voice with proficient English speaking abilities. Natalia’s Photoshop and retouching classes can be easily followed by advanced students as well as beginners with basic knowledge of layers, adjustment layers and masking. The speed of her speaking is moderate and guarantees full understanding of her demonstrations.
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Events Prize draws


  • 1 Wacom Intuos S (approx. value £199)
  • 1 X-rite Color Munki Display (approx. value £150)
  • 1 thePrintSpace Voucher (approx. value £30)

Master Class:

  • 1 Wacom Intuos5 L (approx. value: £430)
  • 1 X-rite Color Munki Design (approx. value: £299)
  • 1 Lowepro stealth reporter D400 (approx. value: £115)

Meet Up:


  • 1 Wacom Intuos S (approx. value £199)
  • 1 thePrintSpace Voucher (approx. value £30)
...and more!






Venue for the Masterclass: Holiday Inn London Commercial Road261 - 267 Commercial Road, London, E1 2BT, United Kingdom

Services included with the venue:

  • Unlimited tea, coffee, fresh fruit and biscuits
  • Two chefs daily themed breaks i.e. pastries, scones etc.
  • Restaurant Deli Lunch or a Working lunch in Meeting Room
  • Bottled mineral water and confectionery
  • Meeting stationery kit
  • Screen and LCD Projector
  • Flipcharts with pens
  • Internet connection


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