5 Ways to Retouch Skin in Photoshop

I’ve received a bunch of emails in the past from fellow photographers asking for tips on retouching skin. I’ve never bothered with answering any of those emails because there wasn’t an efficient and effective way for me to talk about it. Thus over the weekend I made my first YouTube demonstrating 5 ways to retouch skin in Photoshop.

In the video I talk about

  • Patch Tool
  • Spot/”Regular” Healing Brush
  • Clone Stamp
  • Frequency Separation
  • Dodging/Burning
  • And a little bit on my post processing philosophy

My preferred method of retouching is the one that takes a very long time. Patch, Spot Healing, and Clone stamp are terrific for a quick fix –but for me when used in large amounts they can feel artificial. –Rather they get overused and then people turn into those terrible over-blurred-lack-of-skin-texture beings that you’d find lurking on YouAreNotAPhotographer.com. I like my people looking like people!  You can see the varying differences in the 100% crops below (please excuse my pimples.)

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Thanks for reading and leave a comment if I should make more video in the future 🙂 Peace outSelf Portrait by Melly Lee (mellylee.com)


Special Thanks to Josh Fu of The Fu and FearToFaith!

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