50 Portrait Retouching Tutorials To Take Your Photoshop Skills To A New Level


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Is it something that often happens to you? You just sit and keep on looking through your photos on the computer screen trying to take a closer look at your full-size pictures. And then it occurs to you that they didn't really suck that much during the actual shoot?

Photo by Mario Mayer

Photo by Mario Mayer

Of course, what you see during the shoot with your eyes and what you get after the photo session is not the same thing. But do not let your despair take possession of you! Photoshop will save the world with its advanced tools to smooth out skin and hair, optimize body proportions and emphasize some details. Just like beauty!

Photoshop is capable of making slightly imperfect photo into an awesome shot. Thus, I have put together 50 beauty-retouching tutorials for you to learn Photoshop techniques and study examples of how you can do it in practice. Here, you'll find both image-based tutorials as well as video ones. Most of them are before vs. after comparisons and you can just follow all the edits with your Photoshop step-by-step.

1. Professional Photo Retouching Bikini Model

2. Retouch Images with Frequency Separation

3. Photoshop CS6 Presets: Photographic Toning Retouch Method

4. How to Create a Porcelain Skin Effect in Adobe Photshop CS6 (Exclusive Tutorial)

5. Video Tutorial: Harmonise Tricky Tones and Colors

6. Learn the secrets of this before and after: A Photoshop Tutorial

7. Video tutorial: Control tonality with Photoshop's Black & White filter

8. Photoshop Tutorial: Wrinkle Reduction

9. Video Tutorial: Enhance Detail Using Correction

10. Superb Skin Airbrush Technique

11. Super Fast and Easy Facial Retouching

12. How to Create a Glamour Style Composition Using Patterns and Masks

13. How to Apply Makeup to a Model in Post-Production Using Adobe Photoshop

14. Skin Retouching Actions Preview

15. Photoshop Fashion Retouch – Shadowy, Sultry Eyes

16. Age Progression - Photoshop Tutorials

17. Easy Facial Retouch using Photoshop

18. Professional Retouching Tutorial: Healing

19. Professional Photograph Restoration Workflow

20. Professional Photograph Restoration Workflow

21. Photo Retouching – Change Hair Color Photoshop Tutorial

22. Adding Reflections To Sunglasses With Photoshop

\23. Contrast Layers

24. Skin Retouching Tutorial

25. How to Make Yourself Stunning with Digital Retouching in Photoshop

26. Black & White Is the Key to Better Color

27. Photoshop Retouchng Tutorial: Before and After

28. Dramatic Skin Retouching Technique (Premium Tutorial)

29. PHOTOSHOP TUTORIAL of Extraterrestrial Self Portrait!

30. Make Bright Eyes in Photoshop

31. Redhead Girl With Freckles Retouch - Photoshop CS6 Tutorial

32. Video Tutorial: Non-Destructive Burn/Dodge in Photoshop

33. Shadow Recovery of Backlight Problem

34. Golden Skin Tutorial

35. Photoshop Quick Tip: How to Use a Tilt / Shift Effect on Portraits

36. Pure White Portrait Retouch

37. Photoshop Quick Tip: Create a Dragan Style Portrait Effect in 5 Steps

38. Basic Photo Editing Tutorial

39. Eye Color Change

40. Adding a Realistic Tattoo the Easy Way with Photoshop

41. Learn how to creatively retouch portrait photos in Photoshop

42. Changing Specific Colours MINI TUTORIAL

43. Advanced Colorization Techniques

44. Photoshop Makeup Tutorial

45. Realistic Makeup Application in Photoshop

46. Increase Breast Size in Photoshop

47. How to Enhance & Retouch an Image – Photoshop Tutorial

48. Photoshop tutorial: Retouch photos with realistic perfect skin

49. How to Make Facial Retouching in Photoshop

50. Yet Another Colorization Tutorial

Find Something Useful?

If you found some useful tricks and techniques, feel free to like & share this round-up with your Facebook friends! Also, it would be awesome to see the results of your photo retouching experience, so use comment section to show off your final images or share your thoughts.

Check out our tutorials on Retouching with Cloning Tools: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.

Nancy Young is an ambitious and extraordinary writer. She writes a lot of inspirational articles on photography and web design. Nancy Young reads tons of books and travels a lot in her spare time. You can follow her on Pinterest.
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  • XincontriAdulti.It

    good stuff

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  • SSFF

    I think a lot of these look artificial, an awful lot of them I actually prefer the original. The one taking away the freckles is kinda insulting!

  • florp

    wow, this was.. pretty horrible. A lot of the photo’s are bad to begin with, but often the retouching made them a plastic-y, fake-looking, overexposed mess. And yeah, removing all the freckles, changing darker skin colour to pretty much white (the hell?) and taking all the personality out of a picture by flattening out minor wrinkles and dirt to a fuzzy airbrushed dollface? Blegh. Not good.

  • ro

    This is the problem with the world every one of them vanity based

  • FunnyShit

    Cunts. this isnt photoshop its bullshit

    • sam

      like your mom

  • Ollie

    Does it bother anyone that 90% of these are tutorials to make women more “flawless”? It just adds to the commercialized beauty ideal: unattainable without computers. I think so many of these photographs are beautiful without the cheap “retouching”.

  • Merkage

    Appalling, really. Retouching is an art of subtlety.

  • Fish Jones

    37 is just cool. :D While most of these are “Oh, you have wrinkles? Let’s blur the crap out of them!!” This one is “you have wrinkles? Let’s make that ART!” 12 “glamour style with patterns” is cool. It’s “ooh hey, Effects!”

    20–image restoration. Yay!! Very helpful! 22–Nifty concept!33–useful!

    Other than that–either the pic was fine before, and tweaking it creats a specific effect, where neither pic is “bad”, they just might be useful for something else — 28, ‘dramatic skin retouching, I’m looking at you — Or the ones where you change the hair or the dress–or they’re downright MEAN!

    17 with no freckles?? MEAN! 18? MEAN!

  • http://gabrieldilaurentis.com/ Gabriel DiLaurentis

    a lot of mean people over here, i say a lot of these processing techniques are cool if not used excessively

    • http://photodoto.com/ Nancy Young

      I do agree with you, Gabriel!

      • Michael Purcell

        Ditto. I have been trying to learn how to colorize B/W photos. Thank you!

        • http://photodoto.com/ Nancy Young

          sure :) I’m happy that my showcase was useful for you :)

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  • Em

    Wow, how horrible!!! Most of these look artificial and badly done! God, why would you whiten a tan skin? Why would you remove the cute freckles from that poor child’s face? Why would you add an unrealistic tattoo to that poor model? Why did you think it would be wise to give all those persons a plastic, gross effect to their skin? You made all those pics look worse. I hope you don’t call yourself a photographer or a PS-expert…

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  • Titletown99030507d

    Thanks for the tut. I like it. Everyone has their own style or tastes and as long you learn the mechanics of a given tutorial it can give benefit the way one wants to see it. Keep up the good work Nancy! BTW there are some real uptight haters on this thread. They must be 12 like most you tubers who can’t go without negative bombardment. Bunch of losers!

    • TerryS

      No one insisted that the afters were better than the befores. The techniques are what is important and they could well be utilised with other subjects. I use quite a bit of post processing – not to make photographs look better, but to make them project how I feel about the subject matter, and how I would like it to look. If you don’t post process at all you must accumulate a fair amount of crappy photographs that fail to answer your artistic whims.
      Good tutorials Nancy.

      • PORNO

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  • Huda Sadoon

    lol i thought the freckles disappearing and making the black girl look white was bad… then I saw the ‘increase breast size’ one

    • http://photodoto.com/ Nancy Young

      lol :D

      • Huda Sadoon

        otherwise I like your work :) you clearly have photoshoping skills, more than many of us anyways. Some of them may look a little fake but that’s just because they are, and otherwise it wouldn’t look much different from the original.

        • http://photodoto.com/ Nancy Young

          I just put together all these tutorials and add the headline to the intro image, that’s it. But thanks for your feedback anyway, Huda!

  • John Cruz

    Really nice photography nancy she lady looks very beautiful and clean…

    • john

      like that pussy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • nurdiatulisa

    awesome !

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    wow!! thank you

  • a visitor

    some good stuff over here … thx!

  • http://www.clippingpathspecialist.com/photograph-retouching.html Shumicps

    Really some good collection of tutorial, you have listed here. Among all i really impressed by the age progression tutorial. Its quite brilliant work.

  • Lupe Jelena

    80% of these are REALLY bad! They say “flawless” and the result is just shitty

  • Student

    I like the examples here. They use some exaggerated examples to show some of the retouching styles out there. If you don’t like the examples here, just leave without complaining.

    • http://marcschenkerwriting.com/ Marc Schenker

      Gotta agree with you, Student. Exaggerations usually make the point very handily. Thanks for reading Photodoto!

  • zzTiffo

    a lot of photoshop is stupid, to me at least. Honestly, what happened the the world…? Natural beauty. That what we should be supporting. So many of those pictures looked horrible compared to the originals. I wish society would realize what’s important. Because what is important will change the world and increase value more than any fake advertisement could. Photoshop is okay to brighten something you cannot see well because of poor flash. or to bring out a rainbow. Or to show the natural beauty of someones eyes, instead of change them completely…ugh…

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  • http://crispylogs.com/ Crispylogs

    woooowww! nice collection Worth to share!

  • scarlettohara

    I kind of prefer REAL. But to each, his or her own. :-)

  • annoyed

    Talk about taking away the natural beauty of these people. I think that all of the originals were better than what was done to them, this is what our photography tried to do to our wedding pictures we ended up just using out originals, I have a mole on my cheek that she removed, I was pissed these are the things that make us real and beautiful.

  • JT

    Great collection. Like a list of things to try out when learning photoshop. Thank you.

  • www.elekeskaroly.ro

    On most of them the original is WAY BETTER than the retouched.

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  • Elle

    Apparently freckles aren’t attractive. Dark people aren’t attractive. Old men look good in photographs, but god forbid if a woman has a wrinkle. And Asian women have small breasts. Great. Good work. Takes the whole point of photography (to capture beauty in everything) and flushes it down the toilet!

  • patrycjusz

    I like these tutorials. I can get a general idea on editing photos and suit it to my preferences. Thx.

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