Playing hand of God:Retouching


In this post I have handpicked some retouched photographs.Retouching today has a wide application and is almost used by everyone today on amateur basis.While beginners play off with Layer mask and then brushing,retouching photographs requires a lot of skill,perception and knowledge of Photoshop.Right from spot healing,cropping,patch to adjustment of highlights and shadows,every artist has his own action set planned.From individual level to professional one’s this field sort great source of income that doesn’t come easy.Pre-conceptions are that retouching is for magazine faces.But however today there are various sites offering  retouching for your personal pictures as well.Its an art most Designers and artist try to grasp,but only the one’s with the perspective vision accomplish.Today learning to retouch photographs is not all that difficult if you know the ABC of Photoshop.Here I have put 3 tutorials to learn retouching.Go ahead an experiment,it’s not all that tough.But always remember to provide a before-after preview to your work .

Breaking it down to the basics

Although there are several ways to retouch photographs,there are elementary steps that are achieved by different artist in different ways.The basic idea of retouching a photograph is not to change the original aspects but to clear the unwanted ones.Right from spots,marks,age lines to dark circles ,retouching is applied for an  overall makeover.


Major spots marks and lines and first removed using the spot healing tool.This tool has to be used with a small brush size to maintain the colour unity of the face.At times where the section is badly affected like a scar or rash the patch tool suits best.However while using a patch tool,care must be taken that the generated patch is within the same shadow or highlighted area.Avoid a distant patch as it gets obvious.


Now adjust the highlights and shadows for Image>Adjustments…Remember never play around with the brightness and contrast unless necessary,since the change overall  image including background.All major and minor areas of fault should be rectified by now.


Now duplicate the layer.Select the underlining layer and apply Gaussian blur  to it.Make sure the basic elements like eyes and lips are visible to a decent respect.


Now add a layer mask to the top layer.Select the layer mask and brush it with a soft brush of opacity 60%.You will now notice a smooth result as the lower Gaussian layer is revealed.

Make sure not to brush the eyes and lips in the mask.It will result in them going blurred.Play around and experiment to suit your level of requirement.

View tutorial demonstrating this method.

1.Tutorial for Beginner

2.Tutorial forAmateur

3.Tutorial for Professional

70 Beauty-Retouching Photoshop Tutorials

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