The Beginner’s Guide to Portrait Retouching Using AI & Traditional Tools


Master the Art of Portrait Retouching in Photoshop – fast! This bite-sized tutorial combines traditional techniques and cutting-edge AI tools for flawless skin, natural enhancements, and a polished final image. Learn how to add makeup, remove tattoos, retouch clothing, without spending hours editing.

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  • 9 Sample Images
  • 9 Sample PSDs


Table of Contents

1 | Course Preview
  • 01 - What You’ll Learn
2 | Learn the Basics
  • 01 - Enhance Eyes
  • 02 - Color Correct Like a PRO
  • 03 - Skin Retouching
  • 04 - Add Makeup with AI
  • 05 - Cut Out Hair
  • 06 - Portrait Cleanup
  • 07 - Remove Tattoos
  • 08 - Clothing Retouching

The Art of Retouching



Professional Color Grading

Go beyond the ordinary with professional color grading! This course dives deep into our toolbox of expert techniques. Learn how to meticulously control each aspect of color, from highlights and shadows to vibrance and detail, to achieve captivating visuals.

Natural Skin Tones

Learn how to fix skin color, no fancy words needed! In this tutorial we’ll show you how to get natural-looking skin tones every time, so your photos look real and your subjects glow.

Eyes Shine On

Enhance your natural beauty! Discover a hassle-free Photoshop technique to vanquish dark circles and under-eye puffiness, leaving you looking your best and feeling confident.



Embrace Real Beauty

From the delicate touch on skin to the individual strands of hair, every element requires a careful approach to avoid an unnatural, “Photoshopped” look. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to create captivating and authentic portraits that go beyond the ordinary.

Perfect Skin Textures

Learn how to remove and reduce distractions like blemishes, redness, or unwanted hair without compromising the skin texture. We’ll also focus on enhancing natural features through subtle edits that showcase and celebrate your subject’s unique characteristics.

Non-destructive Editing

Forget edit fear! Non-destructive editing lets you rewind to your original anytime and adjust edits easily, no starting over. This guide unlocks the best workflow for lightning-fast portrait retouching, worry-free!

Effortless Glam

Add Makeup with AI

From subtle enhancements to dramatic transformations, explore endless possibilities with AI tools. Discover how to apply flawless lipstick, define eyes, and achieve a natural-looking glow, all within your favorite editing software.



Remove Tattoos

While we normally wouldn’t remove tattoos in most cases since they are permanent part of the subject, it’s a request we get enough that the process is worth demonstrating. This tutorial will show you how to achieve realistic results in Photoshop while preserving the skin’s natural texture.

Easy Cutouts

Cutting out hair is a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be frustrating! We’ll show you the tools that simplify the process, helping you preserve detail and create a cut-out that looks great on any background.

Flawless Hair Edits

Tame flyaway hairs and achieve a polished portrait! Our tutorial tackles these distracting strands using simple tools, preserving natural hair texture and leaving you with a flawless final image.



Retouch Fabrics

Clothing is as much a part of a portrait as the person, oftentimes adding personality and detail. Learn how to work with fabric and clothing in Photoshop to reduce distractions and help the clothing look like a natural extension of the subject.

Hands-On Learning

Not only do we walk you through multiple examples, we include the completed PSD files to help you understand how complex projects like these come together and are organized. Start an image from scratch and then compare yours to the final PSD to check your work!

Portraits Learning Path

If you want to explore more tutorials on portrait retouching, we recommend exploring our Portraits Learning Path. From correcting exposure and retouching portraits efficiently to mastering advanced techniques like professional beauty retouching and compositing, we’ve got you covered! Follow this link to access the Portraits Learning Path.

Aaron Nace

PHLEARN Founder – Class Instructor

Aaron Nace is a photographer, Photoshop artist and founder of PHLEARN. He is the #1 Photoshop instructor in the world with millions of YouTube subscribers.

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Special thanks to Ph.galtri, Prince Akachi, and Jasmin Chew. Images for this PRO course were sourced from Pexels,Unsplash, and Adobe Stock.


  1. Fantastic tutorial! All the important information covered! Thank you very much!

  2. Very Helpful

  3. Aaron is the best instructor! He communicates clearly and demonstrates techniques and tools in ‘real time’ as he moves through the tutorial.

  4. Absolutely first rate in all respects.

  5. Really enjoyable as always. In another tutrial you put a full stop in the generative fill box when you wanted the tool to work it out. I notice you didn’t do that here, has the tool moved on so that you don’t need to do that?

  6. Great help with color. Still not willing to just accept what AI gives me

  7. i enjoyed that one

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