by Dirk Metzmacher
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:
- Beautiful Skin
Not everyone has beautiful skin but you can make it better – at least in your photographs.
- Smooth skin
How to make a skin like the ones you see in magazines like Playboy.
- Beauty Retouching
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 Skin
How you can get rid of all the acne and pimples and blemishes and scars on your face.
- Skin looking smooth
During the course of this Photoshop Lunacore shows you how to make skin look smooth.
- Makeup makeover
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 Retouching
A free sample chapter of “Skin”, a Photoshop Retouching Book by Lee Varis about Beauty Retouching.
Body (breasts, bum, figure, etc.)
- Trimming weight
Trimming weight off with the Liquify tool.
- Digital Nip Tuck
Photoshop is probably the cheapest alternative to plastic surgery possible.
- Digital Nose Job
Simple and easy photo editing technique to give someone a digital nose job.
- Spare Tires
In this tutorial we will see how to remove love handles (or the extra fat around the waist).
- Smaller Nose
This tutorial will walk you through the steps for reducing the size of a nose in a photograph using Photoshop.
- Bigger Bustline
Learn to make a bustline look huge and comically big.
Eyes, mouth and teeth
- Enhancing Iris Color
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 Tool
This photoshop tutorial will show you how to use Photoshop CS2’s Red Eye tool in a non-destructive way.
- Whitening Teeth & Eyes
Some methods to make natural elements white or whiter.
- Make eyelashes thicker
Learn how to make eyelashes thicker.
- Apply Eye Make-up
This photoshop tutorial will show you how you can add eyeshadow, eyeliner and mascara to any model easily.
- Eyebrow Piercing
This tutorial shows you how to add an eyebrow piercing to a photo.
- Photoshop dentist
Everybody can be a good dentist – with Photoshop.
- Whitening Teeth
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 Dresser
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 Retouche
A German professional retoucher.
- Artist 2 Design
Experience retouching thousands of actors headshots over the years has taught Shawn the art of what to retouch and what not to.
- Digital Retouching Services
From very basic blemish clean ups to full out magazine quality beauty skin retouching.
Creative high-end beauty, fashion and product retouching.
- Retouche Demo
Nice flash demonstration how to retouche a photo.
- A Perfect Lie In Photoshop
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 Duff
Hilary Duff makeover.
- Breast Enlarge
This tutorial shows you how to enlarge a breast.
- Smart Filters
Using smart filters to soften the skin of your subject gives you the ability to retouch your image while maintaining flexibility.
- Basic Beauty
Learn the absolute basics of beauty retouching in Photoshop.
- Beauty Saloon
Skin retouching with Photoshop.
- Model Beauty
Speed revision of a model beauty.
- Natural to Synthetic
Extremly makeover of a photo of Amy Lee from Evanescence.
- Gossip Girl
Leighton Meester super glam.
- Body makeover
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 face
An evolution of a model.
Proof that you can in fact create top beauty images with a point and shoot camera.
- model job
Great digital makeup in photoshop.
- The Perfect Lie
High-speed Photoshop transformation.
- Pure perfection
Spin raw beauty into pure perfection. Very detailed tutorial.
- Beautify a Face
This extensive Photoshop tutorial will show you how to beautify a face.
- Ultimate Makeup
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.
- Phoenix Hair Effect
With some simple brushing techniques, and a bit of color tweaking, you can spice up your photos with this flaming hair tutorial.
- 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 manipulation
Manipulating nails by increasing length and changing shade.
- Airbrush retouching
See what`s possible with Photoshop`s airbrush tool.
- Retouching for Beginners
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 Highlights
Sometimes the only thing that keeps a good portrait from being a great portrait is a little too much shine on the skin.
- Looking good
Great Techniques for Photoshop Beauty Retouching.
- New look
Whatever a model looks like, we can give her a totaly new, beautiful look.
- Glamour Style
Suzette Troche-Stapp is one of the most sought-after photographer/digital artists today.
Dirk Metzmacher is a professional Photoshop trainer, book author and designed with over 10 years of experience. He is also a creative mind behind Photoshop Weblog, a German blog about techniques, tutorials and resources related to Adobe Photoshop.
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