70 Beauty-Retouching Photoshop Tutorials

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Beauty retouching is probably one of the most popular application areas in which Adobe Photoshop is used extensively. There are two simple reasons for that. First, Photoshop offers a variety of advanced tools to smooth out skin and hair, optimize body proportions and emphasize some beautiful details. And second, if you have some experience with Photoshop it is easy to learn the basics and quickly produce very impressive and beautiful results.

Of course, beauty-retouching is a quite deceptive art. The masters of Photoshop create illusions which are hard to tell apart — unless you have both a genuine photo and the final result in Photoshop and can directly compare them. In fact, every day we consume perfectly retouched stars and models online and offline which just look different in the real life.

Still, it is not the reason to avoid learning advanced Photoshop techniques for beauty-retouching and study examples of how it is done in practice. The list below presents both image-tutorials as well as video-tutorials. Most examples have a before-vs.-after-comparison and you can follow the modifications with Photoshop step-by-step.

You may want to take a look at the further Photoshop tutorials selections we’ve presented earlier:

Skin

  • Beautiful Skin4
    Not everyone has beautiful skin but you can make it better – at least in your photographs.

    Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot5

  • Smooth skin6
    How to make a skin like the ones you see in magazines like Playboy.

    Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot7

  • Beauty Retouching8
    Beauty retouching is one of the most demanding parts of photo manipulation. The main trick for your results to be astonishing is patience.

    Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot9

  • Remove Freckles10
    Reduce slight freckles naturally without using the Healing Brush. In this Photoshop tutorial, you’ll learn how to subtract freckles using a layer.

    Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot11

  • Perfect Skin12
    How you can get rid of all the acne and pimples and blemishes and scars on your face.

    Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot13

  • Skin looking smooth14
    During the course of this Photoshop Lunacore shows you how to make skin look smooth.

    Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot15

  • Makeup makeover16
    How to remove hair in front of someone’s face, retouch skin and apply makeup using Photoshop.

    Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot17

  • Dark skin – bright skin18
    This tutorial shows you how to make a dark skin bright(er).

    Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot19

  • A chapter of Beauty Retouching20
    A free sample chapter of “Skin”, a Photoshop Retouching Book by Lee Varis about Beauty Retouching.

    Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot21

Hair

Body (breasts, bum, figure, etc.)

  • Trimming weight30
    Trimming weight off with the Liquify tool.

    Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot31

  • Digital Nip Tuck32
    Photoshop is probably the cheapest alternative to plastic surgery possible.

    Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot33

  • Digital Nose Job34
    Simple and easy photo editing technique to give someone a digital nose job.

    Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot35

  • Spare Tires36
    In this tutorial we will see how to remove love handles (or the extra fat around the waist).

    Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot37

  • Smaller Nose38
    This tutorial will walk you through the steps for reducing the size of a nose in a photograph using Photoshop.

    Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot39

  • Bigger Bustline40
    Learn to make a bustline look huge and comically big.

    Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot41

Eyes, mouth and teeth

Galleries

Video-Tutorials

Complete Workflow

  • Pure perfection
    Spin raw beauty into pure perfection. Very detailed tutorial.
    Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot
  • Beautify a Face 116
    This extensive Photoshop tutorial will show you how to beautify a face.

    Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot117

  • Ultimate Makeup118
    A series of steps to improve skin tones, modify shadow and light patterns to increase the impact, and enhance the eyes and hair to create a striking portrait.

    Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot119

Artistic Retouch

  • Phoenix Hair Effect120
    With some simple brushing techniques, and a bit of color tweaking, you can spice up your photos with this flaming hair tutorial.

    Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot121

More beauty


Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/01/10/adobe-photoshop-tutorials-best-of/
  2. 2 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/03/28/adobe-photoshop-video-tutorials-best-of/
  3. 3 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/04/03/adobe-photoshop-tutorials-rainbows-glows-and-light-effects/
  4. 4 http://www.tutiki.org/w/index.php/Beautiful_Skin_by_Czechman
  5. 5 http://www.tutiki.org/w/index.php/Beautiful_Skin_by_Czechman
  6. 6 http://www.photoshoptalent.com/photoshop-tutorials/how-to-smooth-a-skin.php
  7. 7 http://www.photoshoptalent.com/photoshop-tutorials/how-to-smooth-a-skin.php
  8. 8 http://www.graphic-design.com/Photoshop/beauty_retouching.html
  9. 9 http://www.graphic-design.com/Photoshop/beauty_retouching.html
  10. 10 http://photoshoptutorials.ws/photoshop-tutorials/photo-retouching/remove-freckles.html
  11. 11 http://photoshoptutorials.ws/photoshop-tutorials/photo-retouching/remove-freckles.html
  12. 12 http://www.mrmalique.com/index.php/tutorial-how-to-get-perfect-skin/
  13. 13 http://www.mrmalique.com/index.php/tutorial-how-to-get-perfect-skin/
  14. 14 http://www.lunacore.com/photoshop/tutorials/tut020.htm
  15. 15 http://www.lunacore.com/photoshop/tutorials/tut020.htm
  16. 16 http://www.photoshoptalent.com/photoshop-tutorials/makeup-makeover.php
  17. 17 http://www.photoshoptalent.com/photoshop-tutorials/makeup-makeover.php
  18. 18 http://www.tu-torial.com/view_tut.php?id=192
  19. 19 http://www.tu-torial.com/view_tut.php?id=192
  20. 20 http://www.photoshopsupport.com/photoshop-blog/07/04/skin-photoshop-photo-retouching-book.html
  21. 21 http://www.photoshopsupport.com/photoshop-blog/07/04/skin-photoshop-photo-retouching-book.html
  22. 22 http://www.cgshelf.com/changing_hair_color.php
  23. 23 http://www.cgshelf.com/changing_hair_color.php
  24. 24 http://www.photoshopbuddy.net/shinehair.html
  25. 25 http://www.photoshopbuddy.net/shinehair.html
  26. 26 http://kromefx.com/index.php?page=vt&id=67
  27. 27 http://kromefx.com/index.php?page=vt&id=67
  28. 28 http://www.photoshoptalent.com/photoshop-tutorials/color-hair-locks.php
  29. 29 http://www.photoshoptalent.com/photoshop-tutorials/color-hair-locks.php
  30. 30 http://www.photoretouchingtutorials.com/retouchtutz/retouch1liquifytrim.htm
  31. 31 http://www.photoretouchingtutorials.com/retouchtutz/retouch1liquifytrim.htm
  32. 32 http://www.photoshoplab.com/digital-nip-tuck.html
  33. 33 http://www.photoshoplab.com/digital-nip-tuck.html
  34. 34 http://www.photoshopessentials.com/photo-editing/nose/
  35. 35 http://www.photoshopessentials.com/photo-editing/nose/
  36. 36 http://www.graphicdesignclass.com/intermediate-school/remove-love-handles/index.php
  37. 37 http://www.graphicdesignclass.com/intermediate-school/remove-love-handles/index.php
  38. 38 http://www.magnet-photo-frames.com/tutorials/smaller-nose2.html
  39. 39 http://www.magnet-photo-frames.com/tutorials/smaller-nose2.html
  40. 40 http://www.tutorialkit.com/tutorials/Bigger-Bustline-46125.html
  41. 41 http://www.tutorialkit.com/tutorials/Bigger-Bustline-46125.html
  42. 42 http://biorust.com/tutorials/detail/163/en/
  43. 43 http://biorust.com/tutorials/detail/163/en/
  44. 44 http://www.lunacore.com/photoshop/tutorials/tut030.htm
  45. 45 http://www.lunacore.com/photoshop/tutorials/tut030.htm
  46. 46 http://www.photoshopsupport.com/tutorials/or/white-teeth-eyes.html
  47. 47 http://www.photoshopsupport.com/tutorials/or/white-teeth-eyes.html
  48. 48 http://www.dphotonews.com/tutorials/thicker_eyelashes.php
  49. 49 http://www.dphotonews.com/tutorials/thicker_eyelashes.php
  50. 50 http://www.dphotojournal.com/photoshop-tutorial-apply-eye-make-up/
  51. 51 http://www.dphotojournal.com/photoshop-tutorial-apply-eye-make-up/
  52. 52 http://www.dophotoshop.com/add-an-eyebrow-piercing-to-a-photo
  53. 53 http://www.dophotoshop.com/add-an-eyebrow-piercing-to-a-photo
  54. 54 http://www.cgarena.com/freestuff/tutorials/photoshop/dentist/dentist.html
  55. 55 http://www.cgarena.com/freestuff/tutorials/photoshop/dentist/dentist.html
  56. 56 http://www.killanet.net/forum/Whitening-Teeth-the-Professional-Way-t6696.html
  57. 57 http://www.killanet.net/forum/Whitening-Teeth-the-Professional-Way-t6696.html
  58. 58 http://m3.torispics.com/piles/?s=baphotoshop
  59. 59 http://m3.torispics.com/piles/?s=baphotoshop
  60. 60 http://homepage.mac.com/gapodaca/digital/bikini/bikini1.html
  61. 61 http://homepage.mac.com/gapodaca/digital/bikini/bikini1.html
  62. 62 http://www.touchofglamour.com/Photo_Retouching.htm
  63. 63 http://www.touchofglamour.com/Photo_Retouching.htm
  64. 64 http://www.amydresser.com/
  65. 65 http://www.amydresser.com/
  66. 66 http://www.nasonart.com/retouchmain.html
  67. 67 http://www.nasonart.com/retouchmain.html
  68. 68 http://glennferon.com.nyud.net:8090/index.html
  69. 69 http://glennferon.com.nyud.net:8090/index.html
  70. 70 http://www.digitalpablo.com/portfolio.html
  71. 71 http://www.digitalpablo.com/portfolio.html
  72. 72 http://www.concept-media.de/retusche/index.php?seite=galerie
  73. 73 http://www.concept-media.de/retusche/index.php?seite=galerie
  74. 74 http://www.artist2design.com/retouching.html
  75. 75 http://www.artist2design.com/retouching.html
  76. 76 http://www.nyphotographics.com/retouching/index2.htm
  77. 77 http://www.nyphotographics.com/retouching/index2.htm
  78. 78 http://www.retouchme.co.uk/
  79. 79 http://www.retouchme.co.uk/
  80. 80 http://demo.fb.se/e/girlpower/retouch/retouch/index.html
  81. 81 http://demo.fb.se/e/girlpower/retouch/retouch/index.html
  82. 82 http://abduzeedo.com/perfect-lie-photoshop
  83. 83 http://abduzeedo.com/perfect-lie-photoshop
  84. 84 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8_mVF28VAQ
  85. 85 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8_mVF28VAQ
  86. 86 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECp8_qC9mHk
  87. 87 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECp8_qC9mHk
  88. 88 http://www.layersmagazine.com/beauty-retouching-with-smart-filters-in-photoshop.html
  89. 89 http://www.layersmagazine.com/beauty-retouching-with-smart-filters-in-photoshop.html
  90. 90 http://video.aol.com/video-detail/photoshop-tutorial-003-basic-beauty-retouching/405051208
  91. 91 http://video.aol.com/video-detail/photoshop-tutorial-003-basic-beauty-retouching/405051208
  92. 92 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHjBoMJBUmc
  93. 93 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHjBoMJBUmc
  94. 94 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqzl8fEGRHQ
  95. 95 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqzl8fEGRHQ
  96. 96 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQso1fIrjtM
  97. 97 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQso1fIrjtM
  98. 98 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=429lxWln2zg
  99. 99 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=429lxWln2zg
  100. 100 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvb6hsxS4Pw
  101. 101 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvb6hsxS4Pw
  102. 102 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZ0adXaY_bs
  103. 103 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZ0adXaY_bs
  104. 104 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkuv1ZOYEGI
  105. 105 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkuv1ZOYEGI
  106. 106 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQD0Kljkiz4
  107. 107 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQD0Kljkiz4
  108. 108 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_lUhLy64XA
  109. 109 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_lUhLy64XA
  110. 110 http://www.digitalphotoshopretouching.com/video-samples/shoot1/vid1.htm
  111. 111 http://www.digitalphotoshopretouching.com/video-samples/shoot1/vid1.htm
  112. 112 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kl32uTFAhvk&e
  113. 113 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kl32uTFAhvk&e
  114. 114 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5iwaQ2zi63c
  115. 115 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5iwaQ2zi63c
  116. 116 http://www.lunacore.com/photoshop/tutorials/tut018.htm
  117. 117 http://www.lunacore.com/photoshop/tutorials/tut018.htm
  118. 118 http://tips.romanzolin.com/articles/article049.php
  119. 119 http://tips.romanzolin.com/articles/article049.php
  120. 120 http://luxa.org/tutorial_phoenix_hair_effect.php
  121. 121 http://luxa.org/tutorial_phoenix_hair_effect.php
  122. 122 http://www.photoshopcosmetics.com/tutorials/eliminate-cellulite/index.php
  123. 123 http://www.photoshopcosmetics.com/tutorials/eliminate-cellulite/index.php
  124. 124 http://photoshopforfun.com/nails.htm
  125. 125 http://photoshopforfun.com/nails.htm
  126. 126 http://www.sxc.hu/blog/post/476
  127. 127 http://www.sxc.hu/blog/post/476
  128. 128 http://www.ardis-creative.com/ardisblog/?p=97
  129. 129 http://www.ardis-creative.com/ardisblog/?p=97
  130. 130 http://zoffie.deviantart.com/art/Photoshop-Beauty-Tutorial-57426750
  131. 131 http://zoffie.deviantart.com/art/Photoshop-Beauty-Tutorial-57426750
  132. 132 http://www.planetphotoshop.com/tone-down-highlights.html
  133. 133 http://www.planetphotoshop.com/tone-down-highlights.html
  134. 134 http://creativecurio.com/2007/12/great-techniques-for-photoshop-beauty-retouching/
  135. 135 http://creativecurio.com/2007/12/great-techniques-for-photoshop-beauty-retouching/
  136. 136 http://www.photoshopbeforeandafter.com/beauty_retouching_photoshop_before_after_image_manipulation_retouch_models_portfolio.html
  137. 137 http://www.photoshopbeforeandafter.com/beauty_retouching_photoshop_before_after_image_manipulation_retouch_models_portfolio.html
  138. 138 http://www.graphic-design.com/Photoshop/glamour.html
  139. 139 http://www.graphic-design.com/Photoshop/glamour.html

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Dirk Metzmacher is a professional Photoshop trainer and book author with over 10 years of experience. He is also the creative mind behind (Photoshop-Weblog), a blog about techniques, tutorials and resources related to Adobe Photoshop.

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  1. 1

    cool but i think on black skin retouching is what i need can you show me my wayabout ?

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  2. 152

    Excellent list!!
    Thanks for sharing!!

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  3. 303

    I love the great work you guys are doing and wish i could join some time to come

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  4. 454

    This is great, it helps me so much, thanks!

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  5. 605

    How do you get skin like this with all the pores and texture still there?

    http://www.dmeadowsdesign.com/portfolio/beauty-retouching/

    Anyone?

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  6. 756

    it’s very useful for me, thanks you very much. I love you.

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    sergio zambrano

    July 3, 2010 11:46 pm

    I hope you can include my… wait!, mine is not a tutorial, but an ACTION for QUICK results!

    Here’s a PRO technique, which can be used to extract the wrinkles from an old man and apply them to a young girl, or just dramatically fix skin issues NO plastic skin results.

    You can download it from my [wordpress blog socialblogsitewebdesign.com] (http://socialblogsitewebdesign.com/photoshop-perfect-skin-secrets-keeping-pores)

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  8. 1058

    how do you photoshop a man’s face?

    Since you can’t make him look too smooth, because he’ll end up looking gay.

    It’d be nice to see how to photoshop a man’s face with stubble or something.

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  9. 1209

    great tutorials!!!!!!!!
    thanks!! :)

    -1
  10. 1360

    wonder full

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  11. 1511

    Really outstanding, & along with lots of information.

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  12. 1813

    Great tuts. (:

    Don’t see how it’s unethical. They’re just pictures. Seriously. Get over yourselves.

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  13. 1964

    I’m Linda and have been retoucher working more than 10 years in Shanghai .
    I’m looking forward to work with you in the near future.
    Gook luck!

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  14. 2115

    Ramesh Vishwakarma

    September 28, 2010 5:18 am

    Great collection…. :)

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  15. 2266

    Thank’s for this B’coz that is very excellent tips are extremely helpful for edting any other images……………….

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  16. 2417

    realy i like it. it helps me on time.

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  17. 2568

    Sweet

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  18. 2719

    i cant even begin to thank you this is so totally cool

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  19. 2870

    nice. Grate.Thanks

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  20. 3021

    Thank you very ,very much!!!!

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  21. 3172

    I don’t know what any of the “CRY BABIES” are crying about,all they’re showing us is how to do it,They’re not saying this is what we should do to fool people,because anyone that knows us or would meet us after seeing our(photo shopped pics) will see us and laugh their asses off,It is mainly to touch up photos that we really like and might not be able to ever take again,so if we can fix a part we don’t like why not,then erasing a memory (But anyways what is wrong with seeing how we would look in different color hair,or clearing up our blemishes,or green eyes instead of brown,or even bigger breast,and If some wants to put it out there for people to see, maybe they want to know what type of reaction they get?) And finally why they don’t show men,is because most of us don’t give a F*CK what we look like,As long as our cloths are clean and we can still smooth talk into getting “SOME” we DON’T CARE ABOUT PHOTO SHOP/NOR HAVE THE TIME ! p.s. Any girls like what they hear hit me up!!!

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  22. 3323

    nice collection! thanks! :)

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  23. 3474

    I am now well into my 50s and I have tried everything on the market, even expensive bleaching creams purchased from my dermatologist. I’ve found that most skin lightening creams–if they work at all–lighten your skin and the scaring in equal proportions, leaving the scars just as prominent as before you started using the product; you look like you’re changing colors and you still have spots.

    What I was looking for was something that would even out my skin tone; leave my skin color as it was but smooth out and/or lighten only the scars so that my face would have the same even coloring all over. Nothing worked, that is until I found Dr Max Powers Scar Serum. I thought it should just be used on scars, but I used it all around my face as my moisturizer. And I am extremely happy with the results!

    -3
  24. 3625

    Hi Thankyou so much…. :-)

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  25. 3776

    Well, great collection and a lot of good inspiration for getting better final results :)
    Helped me getting even more beautiful shots.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  26. 3927

    I found this so helpful and my friends -and their partners/spouses- who like me to take their photos are happy too because they bought the software for me and I thought I’d never figure out how to do anything with it. And all this complaining and fake people, fake boobs, fake models–pffft. How about fake singers who win grammys and sell millions?! We’ve had “composite” singers in the music industry since the advent of ProTools. So convincingly real that even a flat singer with a brilliant husband doesn’t know that’s her COMPOSITE pitch and note corrected and perfected studio vocal track playing through the system while her mic is off except for in her earbuds during live gigs! (Soundmen cannot keep secrets, lol.) I think that’s MUCH worse than perfect models being glued together to make perfect composite models. Join the club visual artists!

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  27. 4078

    Some of the links don’t work anymore ):

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  28. 4229

    so cool, there are very useful and helpful.
    thanks for sharing.

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  29. 4380

    great collection and a lot of good inspiration !!

    -Paula voodoo spells

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  30. 4531

    goodbetterandbest

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  31. 4682

    NIKI BROWN, you disgust me, like most feminists. The idea of a female sexualized destroys you so much, that you refer to it as degrading and marginizing. Give me a freaking break.

    How often do you see guys in sexual positions? Oh yeah, that’s right… its barely noticable when it is a guy. Try watching Spongebog, or nickeledeon. The amount of time the camera zooms in on a guy’s butt in kids hows is amazing. But feminists like you and your “marginizing” nonsense.

    Your inability to ignore this only makes females look like the weaker gender. It is girls that get away with so many things that would be considered crimes if a guy did so. If people want to look beautiful, that’s their own business. Don’t bring everyone else to your standards just because you are ugly and your life is miserable.

    And just be lucky you are actually a whining female. Whining guys get beaten up, and that is the only thing keeping you annoying feminists from an ass whooping… your gender.

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  32. 4833

    it’s really good and helpful.

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  33. 4984

    Its really use full to the trainers
    thanks

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  34. 5135

    This is a good web site !!!!!!

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  35. 5286

    What type of Photoshop is this??…where can I download it..and is it for Mac?

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  36. 5437

    Keeping a fresh blog is tough and really tiresome. You’ve pulled it off well though.

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  37. 5588

    Sorry, but my retoucher Bianca Carosio murders this whole website, with no remorse, on her skills.

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    • 5739

      ehh…Now looking at that website I’m shocked they haven’t listed it here yet.

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  38. 5890

    Nothing about Photoshop is right, it gives girls a false image of what they are supposed to look like. When they see beautiful, perfect women they expect that that is what they need to look like. They starve themselves, wear gobs of makeup, all to try and look like these girls. when in reality, THEY DON’T EVEN LOOK LIKE THAT. It’s disgusting to think that models and stars look like the rest of us do, normal, but they can’t let that be shown. They have some pictures of girls who are pretty and skinny anyways, and STILL retouch them to make them smaller. WHY? Normal girls read these, so normal looking girls should be featured in them.

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  39. 6041

    hey Dirk Metzmacher…. (A chapter of Beauty Retouching) is really awesome to learn something new …. good

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    Towab Muhammad Yusuf

    January 23, 2014 11:41 am

    Site is not very well.

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  41. 6343

    very nicely written

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