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70 Beauty Retouching Photoshop Tutorials

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. [Content Care Nov/07/2016]

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.

Further Reading on SmashingMag: Link

Skin Link

Ultimate Guide to Beauty 6

All about beauty retouching and how to use adjustment layers, lighting, dodging and burning, and frequency separation to create stunning skin tones.

photoshop retouching7

3 Techniques for Retouching Skin8

Learn three great techniques for retouching skin in Adobe Photoshop. And two quick tips that you can apply with all techniques to put a final polish on retouched skin.

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How to Retouch and Airbrush Skin in Photoshop10

How to retouch skin professionally in Photoshop without making it look fake or blurry.


Using Frequency Separation in Photoshop12

Take a look at the technique of frequency separation, including how it works and how it can improve skin.


Easily Smooth And Soften Skin14

How to smooth and soften skin in Photoshop without blurring out important image details.

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How to select skin tones in Photoshop16

Select a model’s skin tones in Photoshop in just a few quick clicks. Adjust hue, brightness or skin texture.


Create a Porcelain Skin Effect in Photoshop18

Create a porcelain skin effect using a portrait of a woman and Photoshop’s blending modes.


How to make Glamour Skin Glow20

Smooth skin and hide blemishes and give a glamour look on photo.


Retouching Portraits in Photoshop22

This tutorial shows you how to spot heal blemishes in the skin.


Softening Skin & Adding Texture Back24

Professional Portrait Retouching Techniques in Adobe Photoshop with Softening Effect.


How to Create a Porcelain Skin Effect26

Create this stunning porcelain skin effect with non-destructive method of photo editing.


Photoshop tutorial: Wrinkle reduction28

Some easy ways you can use channels to produces the smoothest skin.


Airbrushing Skin Photoshop Tutorial30

How to make skin look healthy without looking plastic or blurred.


Skin Retouching Photoshop 32

Heal, mattify, and airbrush skin by painting over the skin areas that you want to retouch.


Easy Facial Retouch using Photoshop34

Use Quick Mask with Brush Tool to select the skin and make the skin texture more uniform.


Skin Retouching Tutorial36

A quick Skin Retouching Tutorial in Adobe Photoshop.


Shadows –  Photoshop Retouching Link

Add detail-enhancing effects to your images38

Go through three very common ways to make local colour and tone adjustments.


Black & White Is the Key to Better Color40

Convert your photo temporarily to black and white and perform some editing to make your photographs more appealing in color.


Shadow Recovery of Backlight Problem42

Two ways to fix backlight problems in Photoshop: first avoid this problem and second fix it quick.


Pro techniques for Dodge and Burn in Photoshop44

Advanced techniques for Dodge and Burn in Photoshop which use Curves adjustment layers


The Ultimate Guide to the Dodge & Burn Technique 46

Variations for the Dodge & Burn technique in Photoshop. The fundamentals and tools.


Hair Link

How to Master Hair Issues48

An in depth look at how to fix hair and skin issues with texture grafting.


How to change hair colour in Photoshop50

How to use Photoshop to change hair colour, lighten hair colour, tint hair colour and create Ombre hair effects.


How to retouch Hair in Photoshop52

Fill in areas that are missing hair and cleaning up dark streaks in the hair to start to get a very smooth finish to the hair.


3 Ways to Retouch Fly-Away Hair54

Three techniques that will give you options when tackling strands of hair while keeping the final result natural-looking.


Skin and Hair Retouching with Photoshop56

The first thing you do when editing a photo is retouch the Skin and Hair.


How to Change Hair Color in Photoshop58

Change hair color in such a manner that it looks like natural hair color.


Creating Facial Hair in Photoshop60

Create a custom brush to paint facial hair whether for fun or for professional retouching.


Inverted High Pass62

Use inverted high pass to smooth an area of skin or anything including fabrics and seamless backdrops.


Selecting & Extracting Hair64

Create a mask to extract hair in Adobe Photoshop.


Eyes, mouth and teeth Link

Eye Color Change66

Go through a very easy process of changing the color of the eyes.


Bright Eyes Effect68

Get some light in eyes with this photoshop action and a mask.


How to fix lipstick and correct lip lines70

How you can correct the lip line in Photoshop using a mixture of cloning techniques.


Glossy Lips in 2 Minutes72

Glossing up the lips with a dodge and burn layer.


Changing Lip Shade in Photoshop74

Making the lips stand out by shifting the shade of the lip color, brightening the natural highlights.


How To Whiten And Brighten Teeth76

How to easily whiten and brighten teeth in Photoshop using a simple Hue/Saturation adjustment layer.


How to whiten teeth in Photoshop78

Make yellow teeth look white again and giving your portrait the perfect smile.


2 Easy Ways to Whiten Teeth in Photoshop80

Look at two different methods to whitening teeth in Photoshop.


How to fix and whiten Teeth82

Clean teeth by creating 3 different layers and the use of some blending modes.


Eye Sharpening – Photoshop Tutorial84

With this tutorial you can create amazing, bright eyes within minutes


Galleries Link

Amy Dresser86

Amy is a full-time retoucher since 2000.


Natalia Taffarel88

Certified Adobe Expert with great skills.


Vitaly Druchinin90

Author and High End Retoucher.


Krunoslav Stifter92

High End Retoucher from Croatia.



Web developer and designer since 2002.


Complete Workflow Link

The 15 Minute Makeover: Photoshop Beauty Retouching94

A combination of techniques that results in beautiful, smooth skin that still looks totally real.


How to Enhance & Retouch an Image 96

Some great enhancing and retouching techniques.


Retouch photos with realistic perfect skin98

Removing blemishes from photos without making models look plastic and unreal.


My Beauty Retouching Workflow100

The main steps of a retouching process, from exporting images from a RAW Converter to polishing them up before publishing.


Beautify a Face 102

Fix skin, remove blemishes and wrinkles, whiten and fix teeth, fix hair, fix eyebrows and increase definition in the eyes.


More beauty Link

Adding a Realistic Tattoo104

Adding a tattoo to an image while making it look like it’s really a part of the original photo.


Photographic Toning Retouch Method106

Create this effect from experimenting with other adjustment tools.


Easy Digital Nose Job108

Learn how incredibly easy it is to give someone a digital nose job.


Digital Nip Tuck110

How to do your own plastic surgery with a nose job.


5 Really Easy, Yet Essential Photo Retouch Techniques112

5 very simple, however very important techniques for Photoshop beginners when it comes to photo retouch.


Fairy Night114

How to correct the photos colors, change the eyes color, work with the layers, applying ready brushes and designs.


How To Use Face-Aware Liquify116

Learn all about the new Face-Aware Liquify feature in Photoshop CC.


Retouch a Model Portrait with Flawless Natural Skin118

How to make a glamour retouch for a model portrait in Photoshop.


Photoshop Tutorial: Frequency Separation120

How to do Frequency Separation for Retouching a Portrait.


Videos Link

High End Beauty Retouch122

A complete 1hr 24min High End Beauty Retouch.


High End Beauty Retouching124

How to retouch raw images with frequency separation, micro dodge & burn, how to even skin and remove blemishes.


Retouch, Airbrush, and Smooth Skin Professionally 126

How to retouch skin professionally in Photoshop without making it look fake or blurry.


HighEnd Beauty Retouch128

Dodge & Burn, blemish removal, color correct and background correction.


Beauty Retouching Kit129

Mattifier Powder, Freckle and Stain Reducer, Skin Softener, Ultra Smooth Skin, Brighten Eyes, Highlight Powder and more.


Mastering Dodging and Burning with 4 Techniques131

Different approach to demonstrating the dodging and burning.


The Amazing Power of Frequency Separation133

Frequency separation helps make retouching a portrait easier in Photoshop.


High end beauty retouch135

High end beauty retouch walk through with color toning.


High End Retouch137

High End Hair and Beauty Retouch in Photoshop.


How To Retouch A Heashot Portrait139

How to retouch a headshot portrait like the pros.


Beauty Skin Retouching Techniques141

In-depth skin retouching techniques that will show you how to work strategically in Photoshop.


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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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    Hate to say it, but crap like this is totally unethical. The only thing that is slightly interesting is the changing the hair color. And WHY are all of these images of women in pseudo sexual poses? Way to re-enforce stereotypes and marginalize women.

    Niki Brown

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      @niki brown

      get a grip of yourself, these tutorials are a collection to learn from, the techniques can be applied to emphasize the male body easily, it just so happens that women can have a lot more work done with them (make up etc).

      You must not have noticed the male tutorial subjects either? Get off your high horse.

      @everyone else

      great tuts!

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      ya! off cause i agree with you.

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      Do you honestly think you speak for all female? Everyone has the right to CHOOSE what they prefer, and what they like. Stop putting everyone else in your shoes.

      The fact that you are CRYING over ridiculous pictures puts YOU in the stereotype of a useless crying female. If you don’t like this, GO AWAY. But the fact that this is too much for you, and that it destroys your view on females show much… you’ve just shown how incredibly WEAK you are.

      “marginalize women. ”

      I’ve got a new line for you feminists. What are you gonna do about it? They say that guys should not hit girls, but I make acceptions for people like you. Some of my female friends like sexy, some don’t care. But if you EVER interrupted any of us with your “this insults females” I swear I would punch in your face, and I will make sure you are beaten down by males and females.

      Not every female is as weak-minded as you are. And by the way, do you know what most guys do when we find a picture of a muscular guy in his underwear? We don’t cry on how degrading it is. No, we get out of here and never speak about it (gay bashing may or may not occur.)

      Though, what I said is too much for you. That is why you should be punched in your face. You don’t speak for all women, you don’t speak for all humans. Go to hell

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      Go burn your bra somewhere else.

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    Manasa Malipeddi

    July 15, 2008 6:08 am

    Amazing!! I’ve never seen a more comprehensive list! Thanks so much. I’ve been looking for tutorials like these for ages. It couldn’t have come at a better time. I had installed Photoshop CS3 Extended just yesterday.

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    One thing that I didn’t find in here (at least not directly), that I had to scrounge up tutorials for…is for skin reflections. The flash picked up some oils on the skin and was a big pain to try to fix.

    Still this is a great round up of tutorials.

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    again…mine is not in the list …sigh ~

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    Not a fan of this collection. Smashing usually puts really inspirational pages together.
    This is rubbish … there’s no beauty in this use of photoshop. It’s not inspirational. Faking the real world isn’t cool.

    @Jak – why do you think Nikki Brown’s comment ‘spoils this’? She’s just stating her opinion. And it’s a very valid one. My opinion, for what it’s worth is that you write like a child :)

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    this is the WORST smashing article i have ever seen.

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    TJ @ Smartblogtips

    July 15, 2008 8:31 am

    Thank you very much. nice tutorial collections

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    i’ll agree that most of these tutorials are used for unethical purposes (creating an unrealistic standard of attractiveness or physique) however I would be a poor designer if I didn’t take away at least some measure of inspiration or photoshop knowledge, whether it be unethical or not. So in terms of this articles ability to impart ideas for projects upon the reader it it successful, at least on me.

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    How disgusting. This goes beyond removing some pimples from a wedding picture. This is changing the physical anatomy of a woman so she is barely recognizable.

    @Jak, do you really believe that those models are fat in real life? They’re actually really skinny. Photoshop morphs them into physically impossible waifs.

    What is ugly about having some freckles? Why should we “brighten” a black woman’s skin?

    There are some things that photoshop is useful for. Moving obstructions, changing the lightening, cleaning up red eye. We DON’T need photoshop to beautify people who are already models. I wonder why they even hire models for magazine shoots anymore, you won’t recognize them in the ad

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    To all those complaining: whether or not it is unethical is irrelevant. Photo manipulation is an essential skill for graphic designers. Moreover, the market demands beauty-retouching. If any one designer stops retouching in protest, another designer will gladly do it. Take your activism elsewhere.

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    I’ve got only one word coming into my mind to describe this SM article:

    Brilliant selection, well done.

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    Lots to learn from this. Thanks!

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    Great compilation of PS tuts… So much to learn, so little time.


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    Federico Espinosa

    July 15, 2008 5:19 am

    very nice tutorials

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    Absoulute must-have bookmark form all artists…
    Gg guys!

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    lol there all women

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    OMG, this is the best selection ever.
    Well know tricks, and some new ones. You guys rock.
    Put a DONATION button NOW!!!

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    Thank you Smashing!

    I have wanted to get my hands on tutorials for some of this stuff for AAAGGGGGEEESSS now! Especially the really heavy stuff like the beauty retouching and the liquify tool!

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    Markus of Sweden

    July 15, 2008 6:13 am

    Wow! This is amazing! Thanks!

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    very nice collection

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    @ Niki Brown: aw, why you got to spoil this, this is just a collection of “tuts”, go and voice your mind-set to the rest of the world! …ads sell, imagine if Bacardi showed a add with FAT ppl drinking rum on a sofa infront of a telly! … it just wont work! ….besides u are most prob more than 150Kg. Get a life!

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    wow! very nice tuts to learn! thanks for the great list

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    Hey! better photoshop than dangerous plastic surgery. thank you for the collection {:

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    What a collection !
    Thanks ;)

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    I have to agree with other people’s comments — I found this article to be very offensive and encouraging stereotypes. I realize that people do this stuff for a living, but I’ve always looked to Smashing for inspiration, and this is not it.

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      So correct me if I’m wrong, but what I perceive you saying is it doesn’t matter what your client thinks or wants. You’re going to tell them, “sorry, you look like shit and there ain’t a thing I can do about it”! I guess being such a naturalist, you think women shouldn’t wear makeup or any other thing that makes them look different than when they wake up in the morning. What a crock! Talk about a bunch of self righteous bullshit.

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    How come all of the women in the before photos look better than the after ones? Especially the main photo from the front page

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    I agree with many of the comments above that POSTS LIKE THESE MARGINALIZE WOMEN and make pigs out of men.

    The editors of Smashing seem to spew these stereotypes on women a lot, but I agree with another of the comments above that this is the worst smashing article yet.

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    Marek Wojtaszek

    July 15, 2008 10:09 am

    Now that is brilliant. I was just about to look for some professional retouch articles and there You are :)

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    I find nothing wrong with doing the kind of retouching that you would do any any situation regardless of subject. For example some skin retouching, hair/eye colour change or say a stray hair or dirt. The whole removing natural lines from faces, complete body modification or removal of depth (shine/shadow) freaks me out. It’s A un-ethical and B plain weird.

    Like I said I have no problem with general fix and finish. Hell I’d remove the telegraph polls from a lovely landscape or mud from a car advert. However are we one step away from composite models? with the legs of one attached to the body of another and so on?

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    Wow, at least half of these tutorials deserves a post at photoshopdisasters. Could do with some more work put into actually looking at the outcome of these before posting them.

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    Some of these are ok…only two I can say are really great retouchers on here. If you want to check some amazing retouching you should look up Bianca Carosio’s work. I believe one of her links is

    cool posts, thanks!

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    Jehzeel Laurente

    July 15, 2008 12:46 pm

    too many tutorials, but i’m too lazy to learn :D i have to bookmark this and use it till my laziness will vanish… hehe :)

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    I am so glad that I don’t have to work for a shiny magazine or stuff where I would have to do this job.

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    Blair McBride

    July 15, 2008 1:40 pm

    Here’s some food for thought for those people saying this type of touch-up work degrades women and is unethical.

    I do some photography, and some digital touch-up work. In all instances, the requests for touch-ups have come from the female subject in the photograph.

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    Gracias por la tremenda colección, por supuesto he agregado un enlace para difundirla….

    Thank you for the tremendous collection, of course I have added a link to disseminate ….

    [70 Tutoriales para Photoshop, Si lo que querías era Tutoriales para Photoshop…]


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    I agree with some other comments that this is the worst article especially many of them just disgusting. Another articles is really worth but this..

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    To the activists whining about this article: GMAFB.

    This does not marginalize, trivialize, or objectify women in any way. Get a life.

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    My issue with this article is that many of the tutorials are of very low quality, which can only encourage/result in more grotesque retouched photos out there.

    The theme to this article is certainly catering to an acceptable and established part of the Design industry, I have no issue with that … but stick to quality links, SM, don’t drop quality for the sake of quantity.

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    TQVM – this is almost the ultimate, just below Worth1000.

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    Wowwwwwwwww………..amazing tuts. was searching for this all over the net.

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    simply amazing

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    Awesome… thanks :)

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    GREAT ….tutorials there..nice!!!

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    Excellent article, very useful ! (and don’t loose your time with useless comments, they surely must be some students wich have not been working yet…)

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    Adel K Ghithan

    July 15, 2008 10:51 pm

    Now thaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat’s some thing
    keep smashing the web guys
    love u ;)

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    This is amazing !
    you ROCK !

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    again a fantastic collection! thanks 1000 times!

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    worst article, unethical.

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    Smashing Job!

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    Very helpfull for me. Thank’s…

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    Justin Roberts

    July 16, 2008 3:28 am

    Wow dude. Photoshop totally ROCKS. Excellent Tutorial indeed.

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    You must be ugly… Niki

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    I just have to recite what has already been stated: “Moreover, the market demands beauty-retouching. If any one designer stops retouching in protest, another designer will gladly do it. Take your activism elsewhere.”

    So please people, do something about it, don’t just talk. If you want to start something about this, go ahead, but do it elsewhere.

    Also, I must agree that some (not all, many were quite good and efficient) of the links in this post were not of the kind of standard I would have expected coming from this site. There are literally billions of tutorials for photomanipulation in PS, so finding someplace that has some better tutorials than the other site wouldn’t be that much of a hard issue I guess.

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    Are these tips intended to be used in Photoshop Elements, CS3 or both/either?

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    Thanks very much for these tutorials.

    Whether or not you may think these tutorials are unethical, the fact remains sometimes photos aren’t very flattering. Some people don’t take good photos. If they request something in a photo removed (like red eye) or downplayed (like shine), then I find nothing wrong with that.

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    way to sell out

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    I don’t think anyone’s complaining that photo retouching is a bad thing, but when women are taken for granted as they are in many of these tutorials, that’s wrong.

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    July 16, 2008 12:10 pm

    crap tutorials on how to make real people look fake as hell. this is the number one problem facing the world of digital photography.

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    hmm…to be honest, most of the “before” portraits look better. particularly, the feature example.

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    Con el viento

    July 16, 2008 6:05 pm

    Wow! Another great compilation.

    Good, good, good job!

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    thanx very much for the tutorial compilation
    i’m not a potoshop newbie anymore…

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    Fashion Photographer

    July 17, 2008 12:07 am

    Some of these retouchers are really awful, but a few of the tutorials give a good sampling of the basics. But I definitely agree with the other commenters that a few of them could earn a spot on PhotoshopDisasters…

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    Thank u so much for this post!!

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    Fantastic – I’ll get some good use from this page. Thank you!
    A great resource.

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    Great tutorials.

    But. Seriously. If you’re going to have a career doing this kind of retouching then I’d think seriously about what a messed up world it can contribute too.

    As imperfect human beings do we need to see impossibly perfect stereotypes everywhere we look?

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    Are you guys serious? This isn’t the forum to discuss social issues. The techniques here are great. I’d be just as amazed if the artists were making beautiful people look ugly.

    At least its not another wallpaper post.

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    I saw the post mentioned with another retoucher’s work…Bianca Carosio…does she have online tutorials available??? I wonder why her samples weren’t shown here.

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    Next up, how to make your Facebook profile stand out from the rest!

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    just stunning!!!!!!!

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    good job!

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    Your da man, thanks buddy

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    oh!! My god… Photoshop can do soooo much I just loved this whole article and specially the way you have listed down each thing… good one… thanks for sharing… I have bookmarked this page and m passing this on to our design department m sure this will be interesting for them

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    Good stuff! Will illustrator be next? :)

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    I’ve never seen tutorials by Bianca..but I can imagine all the people asking her for advice..I check her updates often though!

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    P. Thornton

    July 18, 2008 8:58 pm

    While it might seem unethical to change the look of people, you simply can’t blame the retoucher. Last time I had a guy who wanted to make his face look better for a dating site. Who am I to tell this 24 year old guy not to do it? He has the request, I provide him with a solution. Next time it’s a model or a musician and you expect me to tell them it’s unethical? Most professionals would be without a job and tons of people would complain that they are unable to find a better retoucher other then some 15 year old wannabe photoretoucher in a basement.
    Geesh, in that case it’s unethical to sell guns, prescription drugs, to be a soldier or run MacDonalds… Oh wait, I guess it’s also unethical to talk about it like Smashing Magazine does, right?
    Get real guys…don’t act like a saint….sigh

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    James Baldwin

    July 19, 2008 12:47 am

    This post couldn’t have come at a better time – I have recently wanted to expand my photoshop knowledge to include the art of beauty retouching and the like; this set of tutorials is absolutely perfect.

    A very thorough post and I thank you greatly! Now.. where do I start! :)

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    Oh dear, another bunch of lefties claiming that this marginalises women. Well, I’m here to learn how to re-touch men too so – I’m helping re-balance the ‘marginalisation’.

    What this does is play on everyones aspirations and issues – that’s what marketing does. And the main (pretty much only) use of the stuff in smashing magazine is for marketing; whose sole purpose is to convince someone to buy something they didn’t think they needed.

    SMashing does a great job of linking and displaying some of the great tips and techniques; it’s not a place for discussing societys ills.

    Great article guys, keep ’em coming.

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    Its awesome, fantastic very useful please be continue. Weldone Smashing :)

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    That one turning the African American lady white is just evil. Just Sad. I suppose its meant to make better right?

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    Just because you can DIY eugenics using Photoshop doesn’t make it okay. Horrible article.

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    Ew. Most of the models looked better before the re-touching. They look far too plastic afterwards. I have “fixed” photos before but I would never smooth EVERY “blemish” out and make the person look like a Bratz doll. Remove pimples etc, soften some areas just a little, pop some highlights, and you get a realistic but still beautiful result. If you’re going for a very fantasy look, make it obvious. I think a lot of consumers are getting tired of the overly-photoshopped model.

    And just because a lot of women themselves ask for their photos to be retouched doesn’t make it OK to pretend that this doesn’t have an impact in our society. Sure, this is a design blog not a political or social issues blog, but what we participate in as professionals still contributes to the whole problem.

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    July 22, 2008 1:39 am

    Oh, I can`t wait to come back home from work and try all of these excellent tutorials, I know it will take all night to me, hihihihi :) :D

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    Great collection of tutorials….Photoshop really makes wonder in our photos…

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    Great set of tutorials, these are pretty basic but are in one place for those that want to get better at retouching photos.

    You need to realize that photo’s need to be retouched, weather Glamour, Mens Health, Car and Track, and even Playboy pictures get retouched on a daily basis and it is done to sell the product weather it be a car, clothing, makeup or even the magazine itself. In my opinion there is nothing erotic with any of the pictures and tutorials you provided although all but one are of women, some are very nice models that you can see in any womans magazine, Glamour, Oprah, redbook, etc.

    The problem is not with pictures getting retouched, or of women, the problem is that the first thought being off the subject of retouching. Why is making a beautiful woman more beautiful wrong, a woman in a bathing suite is just that, a woman in a bathing suite. A pictue of a women enjoying hereself is just that, a woman enjoying herself.

    Stop sitting in judgement people, great tutorials SM

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    These tutorials are sooo american ^-^

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    I see that you have featured my website – retouchme
    The best retouching is the kind where you keep it realistic. No horrible blurring of skin and making people look totally fake. The high end images that I work on are photographed on medium format cameras that are around 22 megapixels. These pick up every hair and every blemish. If you looked at a person normally you would not see these fine details, therefore when the images come out of camera they are raw and do need refining. The main thing to remember is keep it looking realistic. Take it to the level of how the model would have looked to the eye on the day.

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    Sunflower Maggie

    July 25, 2008 10:17 pm

    please !! leave humans be just humans
    with all their beauties AND imperfections
    why must everything be so perfect ???

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    this is great… a one stop shop

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    wow, this article teaches impressionable Photoshop pirates how to perpetuate ideals of impossible beauty. very useful! let’s all contribute to corporate mindf*ck by creating ads that make life seem better than it really is.

    “Moreover, the market demands beauty-retouching.”

    the market demands all sort of disgusting things.

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    really good

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    Herbert Bouchez S.

    August 4, 2008 5:11 am

    Thank you “Excelent Work”

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    This was awesome! it was pretty sweet to be able to look through the pretty wide variation of tutorials. Thanks! =D

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    well.. for those who are against the photo retouching… i just want to say… please be more.. open minded.. being a designer.. it’s one of the skilled required for most of our projects.. yeah understood they are models.. but models have flaws too… skin.. teeth.. hair.. lips.. flabs.. and the likes.. we designers only remove those for different reasons.. by request, for art purposes.. for beautification.. for the sake of the concept and the likes.. and for the plastic thingy look that i read above.. it happens for a reason.. and depends on the retoucher how he/she would like her model to look.. for me thats fine.. but i find it kinda ugly.. i would just let some humanity look into it if i were to do it.. hey.. but it’s not me that is doing the photo… as i said earlier it depends on the retoucher how he/she would do it.. and about the women models are most preferred… well i do most of the time men retouching… cause you know.. men are more rough than women.. meaning.. they don’t actually care for their looks.. so they tend to have more flaws than women.. maybe that’s why women are always considered as models… easy to fix… ^__^.. just keepin’ it real men…

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    Gah, everyone whines so much! Wah wah wah wah wah!! Who freakin cares? What..? You guys gunna make the entire industry dissapear from coming on here and bitching and whining about it to people who think youre all wasting their time? Hate to break it to ya that isnt the way the world works. You hoping to guilt some photo retouchers into quitting their jobs? Giving up their career because you say that its “unethical”? Thats a word thats been thrown around a lot but really whats “unethical” about it? Who is it hurting? The models are all willing participants. Very confused about how this practice is considered so wrong :S

    Screw it. Good tuts anyway.

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    jayesh from india rajkot

    August 13, 2008 7:24 am

    so very……………………good & nice

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    Execellent collection from photoshop masters, applicable to any type of photographic industry. Very important body of work.

    Thank you.

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    i link this page in my forum

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    were can i download this 70 beauty-retouching photoshop tutorials?
    or if its a certain photoshop, then what one is it? and were can i download it?
    can anybody send me a link or tell me the website and what photoshop it is.

    thank you.

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    Tamas .A. khan

    August 25, 2008 3:30 am

    Great ideas over here

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    !!!! Superb !!!!!
    Very Help Full

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    PHOTOSHOPED! This is all totally photoshoped, not real! NOT REAL!

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    I’ve seen better done by 16 year olds…. Not very impressive. Nothing looks even remotely natural. The idea is to NOT show that the image was retouched. Poor article…..

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    wow this is great!! so comprehensive. Its like all the random links Ive seen in one! like a yelow pages of photo retouching!! Thanks a lot

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    me re gusto

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    Woooow the BAST tutorial in the World … thanks a lot :D

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    they are all ugly but not me im the most sexiest woman ever i have a flatty batty andd a flat chestt i love to put poo poo all over myy privatee to give it that tinggy taste

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

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    great tutorials! It’s just sad that some people find here the forum to complain about other things that aren’t relevant. This is like school – it doesn’t matter that the subject is or not offensive: people want and should learn about it. It’s like saying that the holocaust is terrible, and because of that we won’t “teach about it anymore” – or a proctologist not learning most of his trade because it deals with anus, and that’s, after all, disgusting. This is NOT the place to talk about how you feel about the fashion industry – which, by the way, have been doing this longer than most people here were born, because the market asks for it. Dove came up with a campaign that showed “real beauty”, and had to remove it from most markets, because it hurt sales. Now can you really say with a straight face that the market doesn’t dictate this? also, there’s nothing degrating about wanting to look good – we all do it – even if the end result is questionable. Niki Brown herself has a picture of her with a read hat – I’m sure she wasn’t cold when she took the picture, but she feels/thinks/knows she loogs good wearing it – or “cool”. Whatever the reason is, is purely aesthetic. Say it isn’t so.

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    oops – I write too fast sometimes: “… with a RED hat…” “… she LOOKS good..” (before people start attacking the grammar to avoid talking about the issue)

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    For those having an issue with the concept of photo retouching or image manipulation… you also take issue with people buying makeup or enlisting the aid of plastic surgeons?

    The Fashion industry is the driving force and has been around since long before photoshop was ever heard of.

    I don’t see a lot of difference between layering on a ton of makeup to mask perceived imperfections and utilizing photoshop to achieve the same results..except, perhaps, that photoshop is non-destructive and won’t lead to future skin issues or irreparable body modifications.

    I don’t particularly have to agree with the levels of manipulation some people go to (both in photoshop and in the ‘real’ world) but, that doesn’t mean I have the right to impose my views on them.

    Eliminating the cosmeticians won’t ‘correct’ the problem. Nor will flaming threads such as this. The fact remains that there IS a whole industry built up around the perceived ‘perfect’ image. If you wish to change that simple fact then, perhaps direct your energies to the Fashion industry moguls and major makeup manufacturers.

    In the meanwhile, photoshop, used properly can help augment an image and, perhaps, make somebody feel better about themselves for a moment in time…even if they shouldn’t feel badly about their image in the first place.

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    where can i download it free

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    hi frnds…
    this site is excellent
    to biginners.
    many many thanks….

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    who is this good for? Is it a compliment to the model (shouldn’t be it’s NOT her picture)? It’s a lie, and everyone is finding out. REally what’s the point. Go paint or draw a beautiful women, instead of tricking ppl. ANYONE ANYONE ANYONE can look perfect with photoshop. look at Lil kim before and after photoshop. Silly..Anyone who uses this crap will regret it once they think it over i’m sure. They will no longer have a picture of themselves at all

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    Thank you for this.
    These excellent tips are extremely helpful.

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    Ralph McPherson

    January 19, 2009 10:42 am

    Wow! Thanks! They look very helpfull

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    i loved this website so much
    i only have two words wow and amazing

    P.S. send me some more of the pics.

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    @Niki Brown: your use of the word “unethical” shows a complete lack of understanding of the word. To compare teaching the use of Photoshop to create digital art to truly unethical acts is ridiculous!

    If you’re trying to make a comment on the retouching industry in general, as opposed to these tutorials, then why don’t you say so?

    On the flip side of that, retouching an image to create an ideal allows more models to get work, so that the ‘evil’ editors of fashion magazines won’t destroy the minds of girls who are ‘too fat’, or ‘too ugly’ to otherwise get work.

    If you were a young girl wanting to take up modelling, would you feel worse getting rejected time after time after time because you’re too fat, or would you feel worse getting jobs, and then having your appearance tweaked?

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    Great job mate, I really appreicate…

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    wow greaT!

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    It is very prof. and handy work

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    everyone has their days who know they hav pimples the day they have photo shoots which can’t call off due to equipment, place and etc rentals so photos needs been taken and retouched just like flowers and plans need water and sunlight too much they’ll die so …. it’s helps me alot here and it’s much appreciated thank you very much!

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    hello! The babes are here! This is my favorite site to visit. I make sure I am alone in case I get too hot. Post your favorite link here.

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    Cesar Ramírez

    April 13, 2009 10:34 am

    Muchas gracias :)

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    wow………. its gud n helpful i liked it

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    WOW thank you SO much for these Tuts…I’ve been looking everywhere for help and finally have come accross a site that is helpful in what I’ve been trying to accomplish. I am very new with “photoshop”, presently I’m working in Elements 6, and was wondering if these tuts apply to this the particular version I’m working in.

    Also, wanted to make a comment on those who apparently have need of complaining that this is “Unethical” etc. I do NOT understand how on earth wanting to look better is unethical. I work in the modeling industry and touch ups are done ALL the time, in fact not one goes into a magazine without first being touched up in some form. What is the BIG DEAL? I am a woman and do not see the connection of what some claim to be “degrading” or whatever. The only trouble I did have was the changing of one’s skin tone, I found the model prior photo of her skin tone to be absolutely BEAUTIFUL thus, I didn’t see a need of changing it but having said that, there are many in this world who obviously would like to see how they may look with a different skin tone. That is their business and their choice. I personally would not choose to do so but everyone has a right to choose what they so desire. Also, keep in mind that it is PRIMARILY the subject of the photo that desires change NOT the photographer, etc. thus none of the women are being belittled, etc. THEY have made the choice to have a flawless photo and in my opinion there is NOTHING wrong with the choice they’ve made. We cannot change the world. Sadly in almost EVERY industry its all about image, nothing we can do to change that!

    Anyway, I appreciate you taking time out to post these tuts, they’ve been EXTREMELY helpful to this beginner ;-)

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    Hay Nikki brown > I can understand ur feelings but it’s mad’s world and all are mad to catch woman in any advertisement promotion, tell me honestly, Do u watch TV? lets count it about every 10 nos of TV ad, u should go through 8 ads showing woman face or figure in so many poses, This world now buyers world and (all most) every small or big sellers love to produce their product on air/print with ladies, it’s hard to believe but it’s true.

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    Geri from acne solution

    June 9, 2009 4:01 pm

    Wow, I am impressed by what can be done with a click of the mouse. Thanks for this very informative piece.

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    its gud n helpful i liked it Thank you

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    Blah blah blah… some of you people take life way too seriously!
    My neice was attending her prom but has pretty bad acne. For weeks before, she ate right and used all sorts of creams & soaps to keep her skin clear. It was working, but the stress of the evening got to her and she broke out the night before her prom.
    Not to mention there was an idiot photographer who couldn’t even get the lighting right!
    I used these tutorials to neaten up her photo a bit and she was ecstatic.
    By the way, I’m also female and won’t be naive enough to deny that sex sells.
    Grow up people seriously!
    You don’t complain when there’s tutorials on taking a mundame landscape image and converting into something masterful. How is this any different???!?!?!?!??!?!

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    tks for the tuts… i think photo retouching is always useful for a designer…

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    sushil K. Sharma

    July 29, 2009 2:49 am

    very good excellent job keeps up its very helpful
    but what add layer mask A to Z totutrial where is

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    I would like to agree with some of the sentiments of other posters. Un-ethical is banded around without any thought. Photo retouching alone isn’t un-ethical, Retouching news images, changing someones skin from dark to light, improving appearance of youngsters in photo’s is.
    Photoshop seems to be blamed for all societys ills, when in theory its only been around in the industry for no more than 15 -20years. Image manipulation has been around since man first captured the human face and form on stone and later on celluloid.
    You think the classical greek statues were acurate depictions or that roman emperors actually looked like the image on coins?, of course not. The same goes for paintings by most of the masters. Kings and queens and noblemen never looked like their pictures.

    We as humans at an animalistic level like symetrical perfect looking things, it’s in our nature. The same reason why a peahen looks for the brightest, biggest most perfect peacock, it means he’s healthy. We are unfortuately a visual animal and this is a knock on effect of this.
    As someone said before if your going to criticise retouchers then you must also criticise all women who wear make-up, all people who have plastic surgery for beauty purposes or for treating disfigurement, all fashion designers, and all magazine editors.
    Educating teenagers on the subject is the key.

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    As a fashion photographer, half of these tutorials are awful and teach bad habits! Please have a thorough read before you post this… none of these effectively answer the question of how to retouch skin. Not even the fashion/beauty industry wants their models’ skin to look this bad!

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    Mediocre at best. These are not high end at all.

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    Nice collection …~~~~

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    how do u join this?

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    estraordinarios tutoriales gracias y los felicito me gustaria que sacaran tutoriales de como crear plantillas psd y quisiera saber de una pagina para bajar plantillas gratis gracias por toda su alluda

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    Daniel Meadows

    February 24, 2010 2:50 am

    I’m seeing way too much blur going on. The quicker the fix, the worse it looks, a beauty retouch that doesn’t take at the very least an hour or two is going to look pretty awful in print.

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    Your Effects all super

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    I found the Vitamin Enhanced Moisturizer from the Made from Earth line is the best for improving skin tone. First, it WORKS! The company says to give it 4 weeks, but in as little as 1 there was a noticable difference in my two brown patches (on the driver’s window-side–sunblock, sunblock, sunblock!).

    Also, I have super-sensitive skin which can’t decide if it’s dry or oily or just going to be both with the beginnings of wrinkles, but this product didn’t clog pores or feel gooey, and it didn’t dry me out or make me red.

    It goes a long way – at first I thought it was expensive for 2 ounces but the jar has lasted me two months! Thats how potent it is – im actually saving money by using this because it replaces the other stuff that runs out so quick.

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

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    Excellent list!!
    Thanks for sharing!!

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

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

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


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

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

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    wonder full

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    Really outstanding, & along with lots of information.

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    Great tuts. (:

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

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    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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    Ramesh Vishwakarma

    September 28, 2010 5:18 am

    Great collection…. :)

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

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    realy i like it. it helps me on time.

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

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    nice. Grate.Thanks

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    Thank you very ,very much!!!!

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    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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    nice collection! thanks! :)

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    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!

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    May 24, 2011 4:08 am

    Hi Thankyou so much…. :-)

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    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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    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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    Some of the links don’t work anymore ):

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    Paula Millers

    July 6, 2011 10:53 pm

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

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    Paula Millers

    July 6, 2011 10:54 pm

    great collection and a lot of good inspiration !!

    -Paula voodoo spells

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    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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    it’s really good and helpful.

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    Its really use full to the trainers

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

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

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

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    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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    Armaan Shaikh

    June 20, 2013 9:10 am

    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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    very nicely written


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