Swimwear Retouching
  • 01 - How to Make Adjustments and Export to Photoshop in Lightroom
  • 02 - Introduction to Retouching, Planning the Swimsuit Retouch
  • 03 - How to Remove Distractions from a Beach Background in Photoshop
  • 04 - How to Shape a Body, Color Correct Skin Tones, and Add Color in Photoshop
  • 05 - How to Retouch and Dodge & Burn a Swimsuit Portrait in Photoshop
  • 06 - How to Fill Out Hair and Add Finishing Touches to a Swimsuit Portrait in Photoshop

How to Retouch Swimwear Photos in Photoshop


Learn full body skin smoothing, body shaping, how to remove distractions, how to correct exposure, skin tones, add hair and more.


  • 2 Sample Images
  • 1 Retouching Photoshop Brush
  • 1 Frequency Separation Photoshop Action


Swimwear Retouching

Make Advanced Selections

Learn how to make advanced selections using the pen tool. We show you how easy it is to create detailed paths and turn those into incredibly accurate selections so you can edit the areas you want.

Frequency Separation

Learn how to separate the colors and textures from your images so you can adjust the colors while maintaining the original textures. This is perfect for adjusting skin tones. With the included Phlearn Frequency Separation Action you can do this more easily than ever.

Shape Your Subject

Make your subject look their best without looking unnatural using the liquify tool properly. Use what you learn to dramatically alter the shapes and tone a person bringing attention to the right places.

Dodge and Burn

Learn how to expertly dodge and burn to draw attention to your subject using multiple layers. Alter the highlights and shadows to create extra details in specific areas. Use what you learn to add style and interest to any image.

Professional Coloring

Subtle color adjustments can make a big impact in your images.

Retouch and Add Hair

Completely reshape and composite additional hair to give your subject a more balanced look. Learn multiple techniques for enhancing color, shine and clarity. Your subjects will look better than ever.

Adjust Skin Tone

There’s no specific formula for creating a perfect skin tone. Follow along and learn different processes for adjusting these tones and colors to keep your subjects looking great.

Remove Blemishes

Learn the power of the healing brush and clone stamp. By combining multiple layers and effectively using these tools, you can completely makeover any portrait image. Give your subjects a stunning glow and perfect skin.

Remove Distractions

Refine your images by removing unwanted distractions. Master multiple techniques that will allow you to remove literally anything leaving only the focal points you decide.


  1. Great Tutorial, However, the images cannot be opened for me. They are DNG and TIF, so unfortunately I had to follow along with images of my own :/.

  2. Aaron, thank you so much for sharing this with us. It makes everything so much simpler 🙂 🙂 🙂 Keep up the good work!!!

  3. excellent tutorial ,great colour correction

  4. Where did the color selection tool go in the HSL panel in Lightroom? I’ve never had this feature and I use the latest version of Lightroom Classic.

  5. Always informative and with lots of mind blowing information . It’s a must have!!!

  6. A great tutorial with tons of good pointers and clarification of what the re-toucher is looking for. Aaron does some simple touch ups and even some rather major changes to the picture that are flawless. Loved this, have watched it more than once.

  7. Great tutorial

  8. I found this tutorial useful. I think it’s great that you use models of various races and skin tones, but I’ve found that color correcting skin tones in photos taken in bright sunlight of pale white girls can be particularly nightmarish, and the insights here weren’t as helpful as they might have been. I think I used about 12 different curve layers to adjust for all the stray cyans, magentas, and yellows everywhere. I guess it happens. One thing I don’t understand is Aaron’s aversion to the quick selection tool. At 8:55 of the third video, he grabs the pen tool and selects and area to undo some stray paint. Seriously, the quick selection tool in that instance takes so much less time, literally a couple seconds, and is equally precise. The situation in the video is precisely where the quick selection tool excels. Anyway, just curious. I suspect it’s just a matter of habit. Here is my “after” photo. If you were to see her skin in the before, you’d be shocked. 🙂

  9. Great tutorial again.

    I hoped you’d explain how to get rid of the weird green fringing on the right side of her body and all around her hair (where it was particularly noticeable). Maybe in the next one.

    So glad I discovered Phlearn.

  10. (verified owner)

    My try…. I really enjoyed the frequency sep technique as well as the tonal matching for her skin.

  11. Why does my image turn out like this? Did i do something wrong?

  12. Great Full Body tutorial on Frequency Seperation retouching, plus other retouching.

  13. @yurepo For 16bit the Scale should be 2 and Offset 0. For 8bit Scale 2 and Offset 128

  14. What should the Scale and Offset settings in the Apply Image window while setting up the frequency separation ‘high frequency’ layer be? They are scale 2 and offset 128 for the 8 bit image in this tutorial.


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