70 tips in Photoshop retouching

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:

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  • Beautiful Skin
    Not everyone has beautiful skin but you can make it better – at least in your photographs.Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot
  • Smooth skin
    How to make a skin like the ones you see in magazines like Playboy.Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot
  • 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.Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot
  • 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.Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot
  • Perfect Skin
    How you can get rid of all the acne and pimples and blemishes and scars on your face.Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot
  • Skin looking smooth
    During the course of this Photoshop Lunacore shows you how to make skin look smooth.Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot
  • Makeup makeover
    How to remove hair in front of someone’s face, retouch skin and apply makeup using Photoshop.Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot
  • Dark skin – bright skin
    This tutorial shows you how to make a dark skin bright(er).Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot
  • A chapter of Beauty Retouching
    A free sample chapter of “Skin”, a Photoshop Retouching Book by Lee Varis about Beauty Retouching.Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot


Body (breasts, bum, figure, etc.)

  • Trimming weight
    Trimming weight off with the Liquify tool.Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot
  • Digital Nip Tuck
    Photoshop is probably the cheapest alternative to plastic surgery possible.Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot
  • Digital Nose Job
    Simple and easy photo editing technique to give someone a digital nose job.Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot
  • Spare Tires
    In this tutorial we will see how to remove love handles (or the extra fat around the waist).Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot
  • Smaller Nose
    This tutorial will walk you through the steps for reducing the size of a nose in a photograph using Photoshop.Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot
  • Bigger Bustline
    Learn to make a bustline look huge and comically big.Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot

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.Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot
  • Red Eye Tool
    This photoshop tutorial will show you how to use Photoshop CS2’s Red Eye tool in a non-destructive way.Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot
  • Whitening Teeth & Eyes
    Some methods to make natural elements white or whiter.Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot
  • Make eyelashes thicker
    Learn how to make eyelashes thicker.Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot
  • Apply Eye Make-up
    This photoshop tutorial will show you how you can add eyeshadow, eyeliner and mascara to any model easily.Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot
  • Eyebrow Piercing
    This tutorial shows you how to add an eyebrow piercing to a photo.Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot
  • Photoshop dentist
    Everybody can be a good dentist – with Photoshop.Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot
  • Whitening Teeth
    Another way to make whiter teeth with Adjustment Layer.Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot


  • Celebrities Before and After
    Shows some photos of celebrities before and after beauty retouching.Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot
  • Greg Apodaca
    Rolling the mouse over most of the images of this digital portfolio will display the original scan before it was retouched.Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot
  • Touch of Glamour
    Photo Retouching and Enhancement for Pageant, Model and Glamour Photography – Rollover effect also here.Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot
  • Amy Dresser
    Portfolio of a full-time retoucher and illustrator.Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot
  • Retouche
    Norm Nason is a senior graphic designer and fine artist.Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot
  • The art of retouching
    Glenn Feron was born, then found art and was born again.Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot
  • Digitalpablo
    Portfolio of Pablo J. Castillo.Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot
  • Digital Retouche
    A German professional retoucher.Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot
  • 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.Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot
  • Digital Retouching Services
    From very basic blemish clean ups to full out magazine quality beauty skin retouching.Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot
  • Retouchme
    Creative high-end beauty, fashion and product retouching.Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot
  • Retouche Demo
    Nice flash demonstration how to retouche a photo.Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot


  • 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.Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot
  • Hilary Duff
    Hilary Duff makeover.Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot
  • Breast Enlarge
    This tutorial shows you how to enlarge a breast.Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot
  • Smart Filters
    Using smart filters to soften the skin of your subject gives you the ability to retouch your image while maintaining flexibility.Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot
  • Basic Beauty
    Learn the absolute basics of beauty retouching in Photoshop.Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot
  • Beauty Saloon
    Skin retouching with Photoshop.Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot
  • Model Beauty
    Speed revision of a model beauty.Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot
  • Natural to Synthetic
    Extremly makeover of a photo of Amy Lee from Evanescence.Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot
  • Gossip Girl
    Leighton Meester super glam.Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot
  • Body makeover
    Makeover to illustrate what photoshop can do.Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot
  • Magic
    The fast way to loosing weight.Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot
  • Pretty
    A little time and effort can do a lot.Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot
  • Extreme
    A really nice Photoshop Makeover.Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot
  • Pretty face
    Another Makeover.Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot
  • proof
    Proof that you can in fact create top beauty images with a point and shoot camera.Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot
  • model job
    Great digital makeup in photoshop.Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot
  • The Perfect Lie
    High-speed Photoshop transformation.Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot

Complete Workflow

  • Pure perfection
    Spin raw beauty into pure perfection. Very detailed tutorial.
    Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot
  • Beautify a Face 
    This extensive Photoshop tutorial will show you how to beautify a face.Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot
  • 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.Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot

Artistic Retouch

  • 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.Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot

More beauty

  • Longer Nails
    You would like a woman’s nails to be longer? Here we go…
    Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot
  • Eliminate Cellulite
    In this tutorial you can learn how to eliminate a person’s cellulite.Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot
  • Nail manipulation
    Manipulating nails by increasing length and changing shade.Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot
  • Airbrush retouching
    See what`s possible with Photoshop`s airbrush tool.Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot
  • Retouching for Beginners
    This tutorial shows a couple of simple techniques you can use to enhance your portraits.Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot
  • Photoshop Beauty
    Some ways to improve your photos with the help of using Photoshop.Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot
  • 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.Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot
  • Looking good
    Great Techniques for Photoshop Beauty Retouching.Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot
  • New look
    Whatever a model looks like, we can give her a totaly new, beautiful look.Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot
  • Glamour Style
    Suzette Troche-Stapp is one of the most sought-after photographer/digital artists today.Photoshop Tutorial ScreenshotSource: http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/07/15/70-beauty-retouching-photoshop-tutorials/


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  1. great, thank you 🙂

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