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:
- Adobe Photoshop Tutorials: Best Of1
- Adobe Photoshop Video Tutorials: Best Of2
- Adobe Photoshop Tutorials: Rainbows, Glows and Light Effects3
- Beautiful Skin4
Not everyone has beautiful skin but you can make it better – at least in your photographs.
- Smooth skin6
How to make a skin like the ones you see in magazines like Playboy.
- 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.
- Remove Freckles
Reduce slight freckles naturally without using the Healing Brush. In this Photoshop tutorial, you’ll learn how to subtract freckles using a layer.
- Perfect Skin10
How you can get rid of all the acne and pimples and blemishes and scars on your face.
- Skin looking smooth12
During the course of this Photoshop Lunacore shows you how to make skin look smooth.
- Makeup makeover14
How to remove hair in front of someone’s face, retouch skin and apply makeup using Photoshop.
- Dark skin – bright skin
This tutorial shows you how to make a dark skin bright(er).
- A chapter of Beauty Retouching16
A free sample chapter of “Skin”, a Photoshop Retouching Book by Lee Varis about Beauty Retouching.
- Changing Hair Color18
How to change hair color.
- Shining hair
Creating shining hair like shown in shampoo ads.
- Removing Hair Roots
A fairly straight-forward method for removing hair roots that takes mere seconds to accomplish.
- Color hair locks20
Changing hair color in just few minutes.
Body (breasts, bum, figure, etc.) Link
- Trimming weight22
Trimming weight off with the Liquify tool.
- Digital Nip Tuck24
Photoshop is probably the cheapest alternative to plastic surgery possible.
- Digital Nose Job26
Simple and easy photo editing technique to give someone a digital nose job.
- Spare Tires28
In this tutorial we will see how to remove love handles (or the extra fat around the waist).
- Smaller Nose30
This tutorial will walk you through the steps for reducing the size of a nose in a photograph using Photoshop.
- Bigger Bustline32
Learn to make a bustline look huge and comically big.
Eyes, mouth and teeth Link
- Enhancing Iris Color34
It is said that the eyes are windows into the soul. This tutorial details a simple yet powerful technique for altering eye color using basic Photoshop tools.
- Red Eye Tool36
This photoshop tutorial will show you how to use Photoshop CS2’s Red Eye tool in a non-destructive way.
- Whitening Teeth & Eyes38
Some methods to make natural elements white or whiter.
- Make eyelashes thicker40
Learn how to make eyelashes thicker.
- Apply Eye Make-up42
This photoshop tutorial will show you how you can add eyeshadow, eyeliner and mascara to any model easily.
- Eyebrow Piercing44
This tutorial shows you how to add an eyebrow piercing to a photo.
- Photoshop dentist
Everybody can be a good dentist – with Photoshop.
- Whitening Teeth46
Another way to make whiter teeth with Adjustment Layer.
- Celebrities Before and After
Shows some photos of celebrities before and after beauty retouching.
- Greg Apodaca
Rolling the mouse over most of the images of this digital portfolio will display the original scan before it was retouched.
- Touch of Glamour
Photo Retouching and Enhancement for Pageant, Model and Glamour Photography – Rollover effect also here.
- Amy Dresser48
Portfolio of a full-time retoucher and illustrator.
Norm Nason is a senior graphic designer and fine artist.
- The art of retouching
Glenn Feron was born, then found art and was born again.
Portfolio of Pablo J. Castillo.
- Digital Retouche52
A German professional retoucher.
- Artist 2 Design54
Experience retouching thousands of actors headshots over the years has taught Shawn the art of what to retouch and what not to.
- Digital Retouching Services56
From very basic blemish clean ups to full out magazine quality beauty skin retouching.
Creative high-end beauty, fashion and product retouching.
- Retouche Demo60
Nice flash demonstration how to retouche a photo.
- A Perfect Lie In Photoshop62
Cameron Rad turn a beautiful woman into a perfect one. “I went through about 40 different makeover techniques, until i found what i thought was the best balance for this photo.” A good “flawless” skin method.
- Hilary Duff64
Hilary Duff makeover.
- Breast Enlarge
This tutorial shows you how to enlarge a breast.
- Smart Filters66
Using smart filters to soften the skin of your subject gives you the ability to retouch your image while maintaining flexibility.
- Basic Beauty68
Learn the absolute basics of beauty retouching in Photoshop.
- Beauty Saloon
Skin retouching with Photoshop.
- Model Beauty70
Speed revision of a model beauty.
- Natural to Synthetic72
Extremely makeover of a photo of Amy Lee from Evanescence.
- Gossip Girl74
Leighton Meester super glam.
- Body makeover76
Makeover to illustrate what photoshop can do.
The fast way to loosing weight.
A little time and effort can do a lot.
A really nice Photoshop Makeover.
- Pretty face82
Proof that you can in fact create top beauty images with a point and shoot camera.
- model job84
Great digital makeup in photoshop.
- The Perfect Lie86
High-speed Photoshop transformation.
Complete Workflow Link
- Pure perfection
Spin raw beauty into pure perfection. Very detailed tutorial.
- Beautify a Face 88
This extensive Photoshop tutorial will show you how to beautify a face.
- Ultimate Makeup90
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.
Artistic Retouch Link
- Phoenix Hair Effect91
With some simple brushing techniques, and a bit of color tweaking, you can spice up your photos with this flaming hair tutorial.
More beauty Link
- Longer Nails
You would like a woman’s nails to be longer? Here we go…
- Eliminate Cellulite
In this tutorial you can learn how to eliminate a person’s cellulite.
- Nail manipulation93
Manipulating nails by increasing length and changing shade.
- Airbrush retouching
See what`s possible with Photoshop`s airbrush tool.
- Retouching for Beginners95
This tutorial shows a couple of simple techniques you can use to enhance your portraits.
- Photoshop Beauty
Some ways to improve your photos with the help of using Photoshop.
- Tone Down Highlights97
Sometimes the only thing that keeps a good portrait from being a great portrait is a little too much shine on the skin.
- Looking good99
Great Techniques for Photoshop Beauty Retouching.
- New look
Whatever a model looks like, we can give her a totally new, beautiful look.
- Glamour Style101
Suzette Troche-Stapp is one of the most sought-after photographer/digital artists today.
- 1 /2008/01/10/adobe-photoshop-tutorials-best-of/
- 2 /2008/03/28/adobe-photoshop-video-tutorials-best-of/
- 3 /2008/04/03/adobe-photoshop-tutorials-rainbows-glows-and-light-effects/
- 4 http://www.tutiki.org/w/index.php/Beautiful_Skin_by_Czechman
- 5 http://www.tutiki.org/w/index.php/Beautiful_Skin_by_Czechman
- 6 http://www.photoshoptalent.com/photoshop-tutorials/how-to-smooth-a-skin.php
- 7 http://www.photoshoptalent.com/photoshop-tutorials/how-to-smooth-a-skin.php
- 8 http://www.graphic-design.com/Photoshop/beauty_retouching.html
- 9 http://www.graphic-design.com/Photoshop/beauty_retouching.html
- 10 http://www.mrmalique.com/index.php/tutorial-how-to-get-perfect-skin/
- 11 http://www.mrmalique.com/index.php/tutorial-how-to-get-perfect-skin/
- 12 http://www.lunacore.com/photoshop/tutorials/tut020.htm
- 13 http://www.lunacore.com/photoshop/tutorials/tut020.htm
- 14 http://www.photoshoptalent.com/photoshop-tutorials/makeup-makeover.php
- 15 http://www.photoshoptalent.com/photoshop-tutorials/makeup-makeover.php
- 16 http://www.photoshopsupport.com/photoshop-blog/07/04/skin-photoshop-photo-retouching-book.html
- 17 http://www.photoshopsupport.com/photoshop-blog/07/04/skin-photoshop-photo-retouching-book.html
- 18 http://www.cgshelf.com/changing_hair_color.php
- 19 http://www.cgshelf.com/changing_hair_color.php
- 20 http://www.photoshoptalent.com/photoshop-tutorials/color-hair-locks.php
- 21 http://www.photoshoptalent.com/photoshop-tutorials/color-hair-locks.php
- 22 http://www.photoretouchingtutorials.com/retouchtutz/retouch1liquifytrim.htm
- 23 http://www.photoretouchingtutorials.com/retouchtutz/retouch1liquifytrim.htm
- 24 http://www.photoshoplab.com/digital-nip-tuck.html
- 25 http://www.photoshoplab.com/digital-nip-tuck.html
- 26 http://www.photoshopessentials.com/photo-editing/nose/
- 27 http://www.photoshopessentials.com/photo-editing/nose/
- 28 http://www.graphicdesignclass.com/intermediate-school/remove-love-handles/index.php
- 29 http://www.graphicdesignclass.com/intermediate-school/remove-love-handles/index.php
- 30 http://www.magnet-photo-frames.com/tutorials/smaller-nose2.html
- 31 http://www.magnet-photo-frames.com/tutorials/smaller-nose2.html
- 32 http://www.tutorialkit.com/tutorials/Bigger-Bustline-46125.html
- 33 http://www.tutorialkit.com/tutorials/Bigger-Bustline-46125.html
- 34 http://biorust.com/tutorials/detail/163/en/
- 35 http://biorust.com/tutorials/detail/163/en/
- 36 http://www.lunacore.com/photoshop/tutorials/tut030.htm
- 37 http://www.lunacore.com/photoshop/tutorials/tut030.htm
- 38 http://www.photoshopsupport.com/tutorials/or/white-teeth-eyes.html
- 39 http://www.photoshopsupport.com/tutorials/or/white-teeth-eyes.html
- 40 http://www.dphotonews.com/tutorials/thicker_eyelashes.php
- 41 http://www.dphotonews.com/tutorials/thicker_eyelashes.php
- 42 http://www.dphotojournal.com/photoshop-tutorial-apply-eye-make-up/
- 43 http://www.dphotojournal.com/photoshop-tutorial-apply-eye-make-up/
- 44 http://www.dophotoshop.com/add-an-eyebrow-piercing-to-a-photo
- 45 http://www.dophotoshop.com/add-an-eyebrow-piercing-to-a-photo
- 46 http://www.killanet.net/forum/Whitening-Teeth-the-Professional-Way-t6696.html
- 47 http://www.killanet.net/forum/Whitening-Teeth-the-Professional-Way-t6696.html
- 48 http://www.amydresser.com/
- 49 http://www.amydresser.com/
- 50 http://www.digitalpablo.com/portfolio.html
- 51 http://www.digitalpablo.com/portfolio.html
- 52 http://www.concept-media.de/retusche/index.php?seite=galerie
- 53 http://www.concept-media.de/retusche/index.php?seite=galerie
- 54 http://www.artist2design.com/retouching.html
- 55 http://www.artist2design.com/retouching.html
- 56 http://www.nyphotographics.com/retouching/index2.htm
- 57 http://www.nyphotographics.com/retouching/index2.htm
- 58 http://www.retouchme.co.uk/
- 59 http://www.retouchme.co.uk/
- 60 http://demo.fb.se/e/girlpower/retouch/retouch/index.html
- 61 http://demo.fb.se/e/girlpower/retouch/retouch/index.html
- 62 http://abduzeedo.com/perfect-lie-photoshop
- 63 http://abduzeedo.com/perfect-lie-photoshop
- 64 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8_mVF28VAQ
- 65 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8_mVF28VAQ
- 66 http://www.layersmagazine.com/beauty-retouching-with-smart-filters-in-photoshop.html
- 67 http://www.layersmagazine.com/beauty-retouching-with-smart-filters-in-photoshop.html
- 68 http://video.aol.com/video-detail/photoshop-tutorial-003-basic-beauty-retouching/405051208
- 69 http://video.aol.com/video-detail/photoshop-tutorial-003-basic-beauty-retouching/405051208
- 70 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqzl8fEGRHQ
- 71 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqzl8fEGRHQ
- 72 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQso1fIrjtM
- 73 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQso1fIrjtM
- 74 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=429lxWln2zg
- 75 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=429lxWln2zg
- 76 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvb6hsxS4Pw
- 77 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvb6hsxS4Pw
- 78 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZ0adXaY_bs
- 79 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZ0adXaY_bs
- 80 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQD0Kljkiz4
- 81 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQD0Kljkiz4
- 82 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_lUhLy64XA
- 83 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_lUhLy64XA
- 84 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kl32uTFAhvk&e
- 85 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kl32uTFAhvk&e
- 86 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5iwaQ2zi63c
- 87 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5iwaQ2zi63c
- 88 http://www.lunacore.com/photoshop/tutorials/tut018.htm
- 89 http://www.lunacore.com/photoshop/tutorials/tut018.htm
- 90 http://tips.romanzolin.com/articles/article049.php
- 91 http://tips.romanzolin.com/articles/article049.php
- 92 http://luxa.org/tutorial_phoenix_hair_effect.php
- 93 http://photoshopforfun.com/nails.htm
- 94 http://photoshopforfun.com/nails.htm
- 95 http://www.ardis-creative.com/ardisblog/?p=97
- 96 http://www.ardis-creative.com/ardisblog/?p=97
- 97 http://www.planetphotoshop.com/tone-down-highlights.html
- 98 http://www.planetphotoshop.com/tone-down-highlights.html
- 99 http://creativecurio.com/2007/12/great-techniques-for-photoshop-beauty-retouching/
- 100 http://creativecurio.com/2007/12/great-techniques-for-photoshop-beauty-retouching/
- 101 http://www.graphic-design.com/Photoshop/glamour.html
- 102 http://www.graphic-design.com/Photoshop/glamour.html
Hold on, Tiger! Thank you for reading the article. Did you know that we also publish printed books and run friendly conferences – crafted for pros like you? Like SmashingConf New York, on June 14–15, with smart design patterns and front-end techniques.