Beauty Retouch Part 2: Skin Tone & Contrast

Written by: Glyn Dewis

Published: June 1, 2010

Category: General

Today we’re going to do be adding some tone and contrast to the model’s skin.

Before we kick off I just want to mention something about what we covered yesterday and that is my thoughts about removing blemishes. As a rule I will only remove ‘non permanent’ blemishes such as spots unless of course the final images are for a magazine / salon where the ‘perfect person’ is asked for. Should a client specifically ask me to remove say, a mole then I would do so, but as i say…only if the client requested it.

Can you imagine the scenario if you’d removed a mole off a female clients face without her asking? … “Why have you done that?”… “Do you think it makes me look ugly?” … I’d suggest some seriously good people skills would be called upon to dig yourself out of that situation 🙂

Anyway, let’s get on to the video…

Credit goes to Calvin Hollywood; Master Photoshop Retoucher from whom I learned this technique.

Questions or comments about what you’ve seen covered today? Why not make use of the comments section below where I’ll be sure to post a reply as soon as I  can.

Tune in tomorrow for Day 3 when we’ll be playing the part of the Makeup Artist and adding some realistic smoothing to the skin.

Enjoy 🙂

ps> Remember to flatten your image and save as a Photoshop or a TIFF file!

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  1. David Kelly

    Morning Glyn,

    Totally agree with you re: removal of blemishes – caution should always be exercised!

    Looking forward to part 3 as I never thought I’d see the high pass filter being used when looking to smooth skin. But maybe it’s like some kind of reverse clarity thing.

    Just on your final comments about flattening / files saving:

    i) Do you tend to flatten images, merge all into a new layer or have you got into that new habit (as posted by Dave Cross) of making layers into smart objects?

    ii)Do you prefer to save your PP images as .PSD or .TIFF? I’ve stayed away from PSD’s as I understand TIFFs give you all the ‘layers’ benefits as with a PSD file but additionally use less HD space.

    Thanks again.


    • Glyn

      @David…Yeah at first thinking of the High Pass filter being used in skin smoothing would seem a little odd, however it works a treat. You’ll see in the process we go through that we add a blend mode and then invert the image before applying High Pass. Doing this has the effect of doing exactly the opposite of what High Pass would normally ie sharpen 🙂

      To answer your questions…

      1) I generally tend to flatten images once I have performed a specific part of the editing and am happy with it and don’t really make use of the smart objects as Dave Cross does; however the way he showed is pretty cool.
      2) I generally save images as TIFF files and any graphics I’m working on if doing a design project are saved a .psd


  2. Calvin Hollywood

    Hey hey hey….. thank you so much!!!!!!
    Just found your blog and i love it!!!!!

    Keep on going with great work

    lg Calvin

    • Glyn

      Hey Calvin,

      Great to see you dropped by and thanks so much for the kind words. However, I owe you an even bigger thanks for your editing tutorials that have helped immeasurably in my work; awesome stuff!!!


  3. kelley

    Just watched #1 and #2. Just fantastic! It’s amazing to me that we go about the same thing in such different ways. I can’t wait to try these methods, as a couple will be real time savers.

    I totally agree about removing blemishes. I just had a client ask me if I can slim down some heavy girls that will be at my next shoot. Possibly girls over 200 or 300 lbs having pine-up photos taken. She just wanted me to remove some of their bodies. Can you imagine getting a picture back of yourself where half of you is gone. Talk about insult. I wont be removing fat but will capture them in flattering poses and later make their skin look beautiful, but no body part removal. LOL

    These videos are priceless and will absolutely be referring to them on several accounts. Can’t wait to see the next one.

    Well Done!


    • Glyn

      @Kelley…Glad to ‘hear’ that you’re enjoying the tutorials Kelley. With so many ways to do the same kind of thing in Photoshop I find it’s always nice to add to the ‘tool box’ 🙂

      I’ll be very interested to hear how you deal with the client request as that could have the potential for being quite a ‘sensitive’ issue if you know what I mean.

      Thanks again for your kind words; I really do appreciate it.
      All the best to you,

  4. Steve Porter

    Hi Glyn, these photoshop tutorials are exactly what i’ve been looking for. I have never had the time to sit down and learn the more advanced techniques so this is a real treat. I hope there are lots more to come! I have posted some images on my flickr page using your “Desaturate+High Pass=Moody” technique, if you get chance to have a look, your feedback would be a real help. If i can get the time off work then i am gonna try and attend the photowalk this year.



    • Glyn

      @Steve…Great to hear that you’re getting some use out of the tutorials mate; I’ll definitely head over and check out your Desaturate + High Pass images.

      Cheers, Glyn

      ps> Fingers crossed re the Photo Walk; would be great to catch up 🙂


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