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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.

      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.

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      Skin

      Skin Retouching Actions (affiliate link)

      This set of actions helps you retouch portraits with only a beginner’s knowledge of Photoshop. Mattify, airbrush, and heal skin with the same techniques professionals use.

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      Frequency Separation Actions (affiliate link)

      Frequency Separation is one of the most common and effective techniques to give skin an airbrushed look.

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      Beauty Box (affiliate link)

      The Beauty Box collection includes skin shade matching techniques and an array of beautifully blended digital cosmetics.

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      Ultimate Guide to Beauty

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

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      3 Techniques for Retouching Skin

      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 Photoshop

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

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      Using Frequency Separation in Photoshop

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

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      Easily Smooth And Soften Skin

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

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      How to select skin tones in Photoshop

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

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      Create a Porcelain Skin Effect in Photoshop

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

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      How to make Glamour Skin Glow

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

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      Retouching Portraits in Photoshop

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

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      Softening Skin & Adding Texture Back

      Professional Portrait Retouching Techniques in Adobe Photoshop with Softening Effect.

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      How to Create a Porcelain Skin Effect

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

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      Photoshop tutorial: Wrinkle reduction

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

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      Airbrushing Skin Photoshop Tutorial

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

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      Skin Retouching Photoshop

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

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      Easy Facial Retouch using Photoshop

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

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      Skin Retouching Tutorial

      A quick Skin Retouching Tutorial in Adobe Photoshop.

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      Shadows -  Photoshop Retouching

      Add detail-enhancing effects to your images

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

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      Black & White Is the Key to Better Color

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

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      Shadow Recovery of Backlight Problem

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

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      Pro techniques for Dodge and Burn in Photoshop

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

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      The Ultimate Guide to the Dodge & Burn Technique

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

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      Hair

      KolourPro Action Collection (affiliate link)

      This digital salon collection includes hair essentials you can use to fine-tune hair, banish frizz, and add life and shine to dull hair. Other options include bleaching hair and adding ombre effects.

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      How to Master Hair Issues

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

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      How to change hair colour in Photoshop

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

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      How to retouch Hair in Photoshop

      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.

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      3 Ways to Retouch Fly-Away Hair

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

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      Skin and Hair Retouching with Photoshop

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

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      How to Change Hair Color in Photoshop

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

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      Creating Facial Hair in Photoshop

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

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      Inverted High Pass

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

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      Selecting & Extracting Hair

      Create a mask to extract hair in Adobe Photoshop.

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      Eyes, mouth and teeth

      Eye Color Change

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

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      Bright Eyes Effect

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

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      How to fix lipstick and correct lip lines

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

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      Glossy Lips in 2 Minutes

      Glossing up the lips with a dodge and burn layer.

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      Changing Lip Shade in Photoshop

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

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      How To Whiten And Brighten Teeth

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

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      How to whiten teeth in Photoshop

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

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      2 Easy Ways to Whiten Teeth in Photoshop

      Look at two different methods to whitening teeth in Photoshop.

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      How to fix and whiten Teeth

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

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      Selecting & Extracting Hair

      Create a mask to extract hair in Adobe Photoshop.

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      Eyes, mouth and teeth

      Eye Color Change

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

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      Bright Eyes Effect

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

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      How to fix lipstick and correct lip lines

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

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      Glossy Lips in 2 Minutes

      Glossing up the lips with a dodge and burn layer.

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      Changing Lip Shade in Photoshop

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

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      How To Whiten And Brighten Teeth

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

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      How to whiten teeth in Photoshop

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

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      2 Easy Ways to Whiten Teeth in Photoshop

      Look at two different methods to whitening teeth in Photoshop.

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      How to fix and whiten Teeth

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

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      Eye Sharpening – Photoshop Tutorial

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

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      Galleries

      Amy Dresser

      Amy is a full-time retoucher since 2000.

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      Natalia Taffarel

      Certified Adobe Expert with great skills.

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      Vitaly Druchinin

      Author and High End Retoucher.

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      Krunoslav Stifter

      High End Retoucher from Croatia.

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      Jonathan

      Web developer and designer since 2002.

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      Complete Workflow

      The 15 Minute Makeover: Photoshop Beauty Retouching

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

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      How to Enhance & Retouch an Image

      Some great enhancing and retouching techniques.

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      Retouch photos with realistic perfect skin

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

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      My Beauty Retouching Workflow

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

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      Beautify a Face

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

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      More beauty

      Adding a Realistic Tattoo

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

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      Photographic Toning Retouch Method

      Create this effect from experimenting with other adjustment tools.

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      Easy Digital Nose Job

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

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      Digital Nip Tuck

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

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      5 Really Easy, Yet Essential Photo Retouch Techniques

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

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      Fairy Night

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

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      How To Use Face-Aware Liquify

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

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      Retouch a Model Portrait with Flawless Natural Skin

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

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      Photoshop Tutorial: Frequency Separation

      How to do Frequency Separation for Retouching a Portrait.

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      Videos

      High End Beauty Retouch

      A complete 1hr 24min High End Beauty Retouch.

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      High End Beauty Retouching

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

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      Retouch, Airbrush, and Smooth Skin Professionally

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

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      HighEnd Beauty Retouch

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

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      Beauty Retouching Kit

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

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      Mastering Dodging and Burning with 4 Techniques

      Different approach to demonstrating the dodging and burning.

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      The Amazing Power of Frequency Separation

      Frequency separation helps make retouching a portrait easier in Photoshop.

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      High end beauty retouch

      High end beauty retouch walk through with color toning.

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      High End Retouch

      High End Hair and Beauty Retouch in Photoshop.

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      How To Retouch A Heashot Portrait

      How to retouch a headshot portrait like the pros.

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      Beauty Skin Retouching Techniques

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

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