50 Portrait Retouching Tutorials To Take Your Photoshop Skills To A New Level

Is it something that often happens to you? You just sit and keep on looking through your photos on the computer screen trying to take a closer look at your full-size pictures. And then it occurs to you that they didn’t really suck that much during the actual shoot?

Photo by Mario Mayer
Photo by Mario Mayer

Of course, what you see during the shoot with your eyes and what you get after the photo session is not the same thing. But do not let your despair take possession of you! Photoshop will save the world with its advanced tools to smooth out skin and hair, optimize body proportions and emphasize some details. Just like beauty!

Photoshop is capable of making slightly imperfect photo into an awesome shot. Thus, I have put together 50 beauty-retouching tutorials for you to learn Photoshop techniques and study examples of how you can do it in practice. Here, you’ll find both image-based tutorials as well as video ones. Most of them are before vs. after comparisons and you can just follow all the edits with your Photoshop step-by-step.

If you still do not have Photoshop, (really?), you can get it here.


1. Professional Photo Retouching Bikini Model

2. How to Slim a Face in Photoshop with Just a Few Easy Steps (Tutorial)

How to Slim a Face in Photoshop







3. Retouch images in Photoshop with frequency separation

4. Photoshop CS6 Presets: Photographic Toning Retouch Method

5. How to Create a Porcelain Skin Effect in Adobe Photshop CS6 (Exclusive Tutorial)

6. Video Tutorial: Harmonise Tricky Tones and Colors


8. Video tutorial: Control tonality with Photoshop’s Black & White filter

9. Photoshop Tutorial: Wrinkle Reduction

10. Video Tutorial: Enhance Detail Using Correction

11. Superb Skin Airbrush Technique

12. Super Fast and Easy Facial Retouching

13. How to Create a Glamour Style Composition Using Patterns and Masks

14. How to Apply Makeup to a Model in Post-Production Using Adobe Photoshop

15. Skin Retouching Actions Preview

16. Photoshop Fashion Retouch – Shadowy, Sultry Eyes

17. Age Progression – Photoshop Tutorials

18. Easy Facial Retouch using Photoshop

19. Professional Retouching Tutorial: Healing

20. Professional Photograph Restoration Workflow

21. Professional Photograph Restoration Workflow

22. Photo Retouching – Change Hair Color Photoshop Tutorial

23. Adding Reflections To Sunglasses With Photoshop

24. Contrast Layers

25. Skin Retouching Tutorial

26. How to Make Yourself Stunning with Digital Retouching in Photoshop

27. Black & White Is the Key to Better Color


29. Dramatic Skin Retouching Technique (Premium Tutorial)

30. Make Bright Eyes in Photoshop

31. Redhead Girl With Freckles Retouch – Photoshop CS6 Tutorial

32. Video Tutorial: Non-Destructive Burn/Dodge in Photoshop

33. Shadow Recovery of Backlight Problem

34. Golden Skin Tutorial

35. Photoshop Quick Tip: How to Use a Tilt / Shift Effect on Portraits

36. Pure White Portrait Retouch

37. Photoshop Quick Tip: Create a Dragan Style Portrait Effect in 5 Steps

38. Basic Photo Editing Tutorial

39. Eye Color Change

40. Adding a Realistic Tattoo the Easy Way with Photoshop

41. Learn how to creatively retouch portrait photos in Photoshop

42. Changing Specific Colours MINI TUTORIAL

43. Advanced Colorization Techniques

44. Photoshop Makeup Tutorial

45. Realistic Makeup Application in Photoshop

46. Increase Breast Size in Photoshop

47. How to Enhance & Retouch an Image – Photoshop Tutorial

48. Photoshop tutorial: Retouch photos with realistic perfect skin

49. How to Make Facial Retouching in Photoshop

50. Yet Another Colorization Tutorial

Find Something Useful?

If you found some useful tricks and techniques, feel free to like & share this round-up with your Facebook friends! Also, it would be awesome to see the results of your photo retouching experience, so use comment section to show off your final images or share your thoughts.

Check out our tutorials on Retouching with Cloning Tools: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.

If you need deeper photo retouching or can’t apply any Photoshop technique naturally, you can try professional online photo editing service FixThePhoto for help.


By Nancy Young

Nancy is a passionate freelance writer and blogger. She writes inspirational articles on web design, photography, and technology. She enjoys traveling, reading and meeting new people. Nancy believes in a magic of written words to inspire and motivate. She is also working as a writer at OneDesBlog.