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In this advanced Photoshop Tutorial, you will learn how to retouch a person’s face while retaining important skin details. Not only do we cover how to do each step in the process, but we also talk about the WHY behind the steps. We cover the essential things that make a huge difference is retouching. It is common for people to retouch skin, but leave other important things undone, simply because they don’t know what is important to make a portrait look better. Not anymore.

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Keeping Details

It is far easier to take someone’s face and blur it to oblivion and call it “retouched” than to take what exists and mold it into a smoother version of itself. One of the biggest telling points between a poorly done retouch, and a professional job, is the amount of detail. Keeping details in skin is probably the most important part of retouching. A person without any details left in their skin will come out looking like a mannequin. How to avoid that plastic blur is what we teach in this Advanced Photoshop Tutorial. We go over all the great methods used by professional retouchers to keep detail, while smoothing and reshaping a face.

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Sculpting the Face

Skin retouching goes beyond smoothing the details that exist in the photo. In this tutorial, we cover how to actually sculpt a person’s face in order to make them appear more photogenic. These techniques are used in magazines and professional portfolios, and often photographers pay thousands to have their images retouched. We are not going to get into the morals of skin retouching here. Most clients want it done, and it will help keep you competitive. Most people don’t want to see the before image of themselves, but shown an image after a good retouch, and they will glow. Just be sure to ask your subject what they are comfortable with, and listen.

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Staying True

As you can see here, the goal of a good retouch job is to make the person look like themselves. The subject should look at the end result and think to themselves “I look good in this photo”. If they are thinking “Who is THAT! Not Me!”, we are not doing our jobs correctly. There is a lot that can be done to clean up an image, with keeping the person looking like themselves. Retouching is often made up of many small details. On their own, they don’t have too much of an impact, but brought together can dramatically change a photo.

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Final Image

Skin retouching is a very delicate process, and doing it a few times is the best way to get the best result. Most people (including Aaron) have the tendency to over-do any effects or retouching done on a photo. This photo for example, is a bit more retouched than I would prefer. It is important here to show how far you can take a retouch, and from there allow you to decide how much to scale it back.

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  • Tom

    I bought this tutorial having watched a quite a few of Aaron’s free episodes, figuring it’d be nice to support him and that I could learn some ‘awesome’ stuff.
    IMHO, it’s well worth the £12 or so. For me, it’s very useful not only to learn techniques, but also to see how a retouching pro approaches something like this.
    Thanks Aaron, may you have continued success with Phlern.

  • http://phlearn.com Aaron Nace

    Thanks Tom!

  • Reem

    I won this tutorial and I’m so happy I did!
    tons of useful info
    and here’s a before and after

  • http://www.facebook.com/sadi.junior Sadi Junior

    This was the first time I paid for a Tutorial and worth every penny!  Thank you Aaron, and cos for your incredible work!

  • Thomas

    Im trying to buy your pro tutorial but i cannot get through paypal.. Any other way to pay?

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  • Thomas

    This is what I see the second I hit checkout.

  • Elo

    can’t get through paypal, keep getting an error message :(

  • Lonneke

    Hi! 
    I really would like to buy this tutorial but my pay pal account is giving an error message… Can I buy it with credit card?

    Best regards,
    Lonneke Musch

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1793526500 Nihan Güven

    very nice ;)

  • Dave4321

    Can you list what topics are covered.  Does this teach frequency separation and dodge and burn techniques?

  • Timranby

    The price is still $24.99 when checking out with paypal??

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003063172652 Isaiah Vaba

    Thatd be cool if you did a discount on all of them for one day.  For the last few weeks its been discounts on ones ive purchased already :(

  • http://phlearn.com Aaron Nace

    Fixed it, thanks Tim!

  • Gabriel’hassan jicho pevu

    i want thiss tutorial plizzzzz

  • Gene Fox

    Just wanted to thank you for this awesome tutorial. Your teaching style is perfect. It can be so boring to watch someone do tedious work for 90 minutes, but you keep it fun and interesting. Not to mention you really know your shit too!

    Thanks brotha! Keep up the good work!
    Gene

  • RJbaron

    Hi, I like the look of your tutorial and considering purchasing but just wanted a little more info on the processes you use, as I know a lot of tutorials use gaussian blur techniques which I find looks really fake. Do you teach frequency separation, dodge and burn and micro dodge and burn techniques? I look forward to your response.

    Thanks

  • Dexon Dee

    Can i buy this with credit card?

  • Sam

    Great video, informative and simple to follow.

  • Kristy Murphy

    Probably one of my favorite Pro Tuts. I’ll continue to pay just to hear your thought process alone.

  • Fuzzypiglet

    While I think the close-up images look okay, the full head shot images don’t look good at all, they look too blurry and overworked on the skin.

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