Video tutorial: Retouch human skin in Photoshop

For a basic retouch, we’re going to use Photoshop’s Healing Brush tool to remove any obvious spots, blemishes and stray hairs. We’re also going to use the Dodge and Burn tools – which enable us to selectively lighten and darken parts of our image – to contour any abrupt shadows, and to go over areas like dark rings underneath eyes.

Many retouchers prefer to use tools like the Healing Brush, Dodge and Burn on their own separate layers, with the Healing Brush set to Sample>Current and Below, and Dodge and Burn being performed on an Overlay or Soft Light layer. I’ve chosen to use both tools together on a duplicate of the source image, as we would flatten any changes made for the second stage anyway.

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