Skin Retouching Photoshop Tutorial

Basic skin retouching using frequency separation and dodging & burning. I use this process on every photo that I do, and I usually spend about 4-5 minutes on headshots like this (and less time on full body shots when there is obviously less detail in the face). This is not intended to be a high-end retouching tutorial – but techniques that can help people who want to do natural-looking retouching while maintaining most of the natural skin texture!

Here is the final photo –

The final editing was done with one of my Photoshop actions, available at 🙂

38 Thoughts on “Skin Retouching Photoshop Tutorial

  1. IndustryOfMagic on December 10, 2015 at 1:04 pm said:

    Only 953 of your subscribers have not yet saw this tutorial. They need to see and upvote asap !

  2. Ivana Toth on December 13, 2015 at 2:56 pm said:

    Very nice tutorial! Thank you!

  3. shelise hufstetler on December 17, 2015 at 9:42 pm said:

    This was so helpful! I’ve watched so many times. Finally just made a note sheet with your steps so I can follow that. Thanks!

  4. yakizi1 on December 19, 2015 at 5:24 pm said:

    amazing instructions

  5. TERRAMOUNT on December 26, 2015 at 12:46 am said:

    pretty sweet!

  6. R&Dproject Official on January 6, 2016 at 7:20 am said:

    Great video. Now my problem is with the clone tool. It doesn’t do it like yours automatically. A pop appears and say: Could not use the clone stamp because the area to clone has not been defined (option-click to define a source point).

  7. TECNOGHETTO GAMERS on January 11, 2016 at 11:24 am said:

    I really enjoyed your channel!! Travel to my videos if you want! 🙂

  8. Thao Nguyen on January 12, 2016 at 12:42 am said:

    Would you tell me which Photoshop you have?

  9. kaleem rodeni on January 17, 2016 at 3:36 am said:

    very nice

  10. John Enriquez on January 31, 2016 at 8:44 pm said:

    Amazingly detailed yet concise tutorial. Thank you!

  11. Taha Yousuf on February 2, 2016 at 7:05 am said:

    your voice is beautiful and so is your photoshoping skills thanks for your tutorial….

  12. yusuf efendy on February 25, 2016 at 5:16 am said:

    nice tutorial

  13. Mirza faizan on March 8, 2016 at 1:23 pm said:

    thank you sara for wonderful video.. i learned alot.

  14. Abid Hossain on March 18, 2016 at 2:46 am said:

    So Sweet Voice … & nice Editing

  15. Tahiry Humrich on March 26, 2016 at 7:33 pm said:

    NEVER comment on Youtube, but this is awesome.

  16. Kristen Brooke on April 5, 2016 at 9:53 pm said:

    My clone tool says alt click so i do that but when I go to click where I’m wanting to edit it turns orange and on her cheek her nose shoes on it. Any ideas what I’m doing wrong?

  17. xEnder686x on April 16, 2016 at 4:15 am said:

    You are awesome, this is awesome, good work team.
    Thanks for the help!

  18. Siang Wu Wang on April 26, 2016 at 4:12 pm said:

    Very useful!!!

  19. Aubree on April 27, 2016 at 3:43 am said:

    I have the newest version of photoshop and there is no option for apply image.. help!?!?!

  20. Eazy LNova on April 27, 2016 at 7:04 pm said:

    Your voice is angelic.
    Nice Video by the way.

  21. Jolyn Laney on May 5, 2016 at 3:54 pm said:

    I’ve made an action based on your steps and use it for my seniors! Thanks! Best frequency separation tut!

  22. katy duclos on May 19, 2016 at 3:42 am said:

    so nice ! thanks to share, now it’s perfect

  23. Nikhil Wadhwani on May 20, 2016 at 6:03 am said:

    Hey! Sara your voice is so cute..and so sweet as honey…and pure as a melody….I watch your YouTube videos just to listen your beautiful voice…??

  24. rogue spirit on May 25, 2016 at 6:26 pm said:

    Very informative tutorial, I learned a lot!
    Thank you so much Sara you’re very kind.

  25. MuhfugginMike on May 27, 2016 at 12:00 am said:

    wow nice tutorial

  26. Deepak Maharjan on July 19, 2016 at 6:43 pm said:

    very nice and simple but useful tutorial, thank.

  27. ingenious Entity on July 23, 2016 at 6:33 pm said:

    this is very smart work…..i like it so much. and your voice is so much pretty………..

  28. whoh…!

    your voice is true melody to ears

  29. Minh Nguyen on September 14, 2016 at 4:08 am said:

    If all the things in your video, the only thing that I remember is you have a very nice and sweet voice…

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  31. Nikki Page on January 16, 2017 at 6:41 pm said:

    This might seem random, but there is a phone app on Google Play that uses this awesome final photo as the photo for their app. The app is called “Change Hair.” I don’t know if you want to make some money off of the photo they stole from you, or maybe you don’t mind. Either way, I couldn’t help but recognize such a well done photo 🙂

    This is one of my favorite YouTube videos and I’ve been using these techniques and been referring to this video for years. Thank you so much.

  32. tattylovestofly on February 28, 2017 at 10:30 am said:

    I only recently realised you could edit and retouch on different layers, boy does it make life easier xD

  33. CoverMyMouth on March 12, 2017 at 4:13 pm said:

    WTF is wrong with you people… going on and on about this person’s voice. Y’all are creeps.

  34. Boris Mitendorfer on April 4, 2017 at 9:34 pm said:

    Thank you for great tutorial!

  35. Uniquely Veracious on April 17, 2017 at 11:25 pm said:

    When I create the “texture” Layer and “apply image” it just gives me completely grey image, but I am not sure why? I made sure the settings were the same.

  36. Michael Frey on July 3, 2017 at 9:39 am said:

    Thanks for the Clear, well voiced tutorial!
    Great to actually hear someone talking their way through their workflow, rather than poorly chosen music, and watching someone do their thing with no audio.
    I will be trying these steps, and hopefully achieve what i need to.
    Once again A BIG thanks, and greetings from Australia!!

  37. Igor Malusevic on September 9, 2017 at 7:24 pm said:

    Beautiful face even without retouching in PS. And those eyes, so warmth in them.

  38. Alejandro on December 14, 2017 at 7:08 pm said:

    In love with your voice. People around you must feel so dreamy when you talk.

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