Photoshop Retouching Techniques: Skin

with Timothy Sexton
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Photoshop Retouching Techniques: Skin
Video duration: 0s 2h 42m Intermediate


As master retoucher Timothy Sexton says, "Retaining natural texture while meeting your client's high standards is key to successfully retouching skin." Timothy returns to share this insight and many others on retouching skin in this installment of Photoshop Retouching Techniques. He looks at a variety of skin textures and tones and reviews the step-by-step treatments typically given to beauty shots, as well as more character-driven editorial images. Learn how to use the Clone Stamp and Patch tools, color correction, and a light hand to create beautiful, smooth skin while avoiding that over-retouched look.

Topics include:
  • Choosing your tools
  • Eliminating facial hair
  • Reducing blemishes
  • Working with beauty skin
  • Identifying what to remove
  • Enhancing facial structure with Liquefy
  • Correcting "dirty" areas, aka gray spots
  • Restoring lost or missing texture


(elegant music) - [Timothy] Hey there, welcome to Retouching Skin. There are so many different factors involved with retouching skin Retaining the natural texture while still meeting your client's high standards is key for a successful image. In this course we will look at a variety of skin textures and discuss how they are affected by light. I'll take you step by step through different techniques, creating a game plan that outlines the treatments given to beauty as well as the more artistic editorial images.

We will use an assortment of tools such as the clone stamp and patch tool. I will show you how through color correcting and using a few different tools together, you can avoid an over re-touched look. There are those images that just don't have enough of a texture to start with. We will look in to a few different scenarios of generating a believable texture. The main aspect of this course is to teach you how to effectively control the texture of the skin by breaking down the process into simple steps that won't overwhelm you. We have a lot to cover so let's get into these images.

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