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Basic Beauty Retouch 101

4.82 out of 5
(11 customer reviews)


Pro Tutorial Objectives


  • Skin Retouching
  • Dodge & Burn
  • Develop Look & Style
  • Plugin & Creative Filters
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Product Overview

You’re probably not a tech-savvy hipster. All you want to know is how to get your images looking like they belong in Cosmo, or Elle, or even – let’s get crazy with this hypothetical – Vogue. Yes, that’s right. You’re good enough.

Basic Beauty Retouching is the first part to getting you there. Divided into 7 sections, you’ll get 22 lectures to learning the essentials (and all the automatic short-cuts) to achieving high quality retouching.

You’ll get 90+ minutes to learning how to prepare your image (help layers, anyone?), how to do basic skin retouching, paint with light, create virtual make-up, and finalize your touch-ups. And after watching them all, you’ll have a strong, no non-sense workflow that’ll completely change your photography.

You’ll be making magazine-cover quality images, again and again.



Included in your Pro Tutorial – 90 Minutes Step by Step guide

  • Section 1 – Photography & Light Setup
  • Section 2 – Raw Preparations
  • Section 3 – Basic Retouching
  • Section 4 – Skin Retouching
  • Section 5 – Dodge & Burn
  • Section 6 – Virtual Make-Up
  • Section 7 – Final Touches

Included working files

  • Raw File
  • PSD File
  • Action & Mesh


Photography & Light Setup

In our first section, we’re going to discuss all thoughts behind this project. We will also go through a complete light diagram and talk briefly about all light modifiers.

1.1 Photography & Light Setup


In this section, we will start out with the basic raw conversion. Taking our image from raw to a smart object in Photoshop. We will then apply a help / reference layer for later use.  


Basic retouching

In our second section we will concentrate on facial expression & Basic skin retouching. We’re starting out by using the liquefying tool for most body corrections. Then clean up the skin with the healing & cloning tools to achieve a soft skin.


Skin Retouching

In our advanced skin retouching section, our aim is to add a complete new skin to our basic skin pallet. Once we have managed to do that, we will be working with some creative filters & mask to apply the new skin.


Dodge & Burn

Section five, also known as the painting with light process. In this section we will apply a grey layer to our PSD file and paint / brush out all uneven skin tones. We’re also going to use this technique to darken and lighten skin tones.


 Virtual Make-up

For our second last section, we’re adding another sparkle. We will brighten up the eyes and apply some make-up and putting some final touches for skin color & tones.


Final Touch-up

In our last section, we will be working with some creative plugins & filters, in order to achieve two different looks. One will be a more glamorous look with a very soft skin. The other will be a high key look, with a very white and bright skin. (This is not a must, it can all be adjusted to your taste)

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11 reviews for Basic Beauty Retouch 101

  • Baris Oztekin
    5 out of 5

    Learned Loads!

    Very fluent and easy to understand. Learned so many things in a blink of an eye! Thank you for this inspiring pro tutorial, well worth the time & penny…. Highly recommend ;)

  • Emil Lagnetz
    5 out of 5

    Thank you, this is a really great course. Wow this course really helped me, take my beauty retouching to another level. I’ve learned so many new techniques and small tricks to speedup my workflow and getting the perfect skin in just a few simple steps. I can honestly say, this might be one of the best skin retouching techniques that I’ve seen so far. What I really love about this course, is the fact that it comes with the original photoshop file. Which makes it super easy to follow and understand.

  • Raphael Rolland
    5 out of 5

    Amazing course! I use photoshop for quite some time now for retouching, but i’ve always wondered how to do high-end beauty retouching! I’m glad I found this course, I’ve learnt a lot. Thank you Retutpro!

  • Kevin Lampkins
    5 out of 5

    A lot of great info… simple to follow and understand

  • Tan Brown
    4 out of 5

    Pretty straightforward overview course for beauty shoots.

  • Monique Nelson
    5 out of 5

    The course takes one image and teaches you how you can apply beautiful retouching techniques to just about any portrait. It was very easy to follow, and I learned a lot of basic techniques as well as some of those all-important “secret sauce” tips that only an experienced professional can teach you!

  • Damir Milanovic
    5 out of 5

    Ich hätte mir noch mehr zu den Augen gewünscht und dass die RAW-Datei gleich dabei wäre.

  • Annette Alexander
    5 out of 5

    Great course, straight to the point…..not a lot of pointless chatter. I love that. I also like the fact that the instructor added the course photo for practice.

  • Kureng Dapel
    5 out of 5

    Thank you, Nice

  • Mr. Baris Oztekin
    5 out of 5

    Very fluent and easy to understand. Learned so many things in a blink of an eye! Thank you for this inspiring course! It’s worth every penny…

  • Philippe Jacquot
    4 out of 5

    Manfred is a good instructor, chapters and then workflow are well organized and some techniques are uncommon (Inverted High-pass … )

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