Live Workshop – Beauty Retouching in Photoshop

Before starting photoshop beauty retouching on any image, it’s important to understand why we retouch. In this show Karl starts with the ‘where and why’ of retouching in relation to ‘where to lead the eye’ and ‘why to lead it there’.

In this live show Karl focuses on the post production techniques for retouching photos, showing the step-by-step process of retouching beauty photography using Photoshop.

He goes into detail about his retouching workflow and offers great advice on how to optimize what is usually a very time consuming process. With demonstrations on retouching skin in photoshop, as well as retouching hair and eyes, this show explores all the key components necessary to take a RAW image to its final stages.

In this retouching photos replay we cover the following:

  • How to create aesthetically pleasing images in Photoshop
  • Useful Photoshop tools for beauty retouching
  • How to retain texture when editing an image
  • How to use Burn & Dodge for retouching
  • Working with visual aid layers: What are they and how to use them
  • Optimizing your workflow
  • Hue, saturation & luminance: How they influence an image
  • The best lighting types for minimal retouching

For more information on retouching photos, make sure to visit our Post Production page.

To download the actions from the show, visit our Downloads page.

If you have any question about this photography workshop, post them in the comments box below.


  1. In what format do I deliver the photos to my clients, Tiff to 16 bits .. JPG 8 bits ..? and what color profile should you embed in the photos when you deliver them: Profoto RGB, Adobe RGB ..? Thank you!

  2. Hey Karl! Thanks for the Perfect Retouching live show 🙂 But i can’t find the B&D action in the Downloads section. Could you please upload it on the downloads category? Thanks!

    1. Hi Shawn, it’s the first one in the list in the ‘Photoshop for Photographers’ block, in the Downloads section.

  3. Finally managed to finish this show! Very nice tutorial and very educational! Definitely gonna try dodge and burn now!

  4. Hi Emma, Karl ist talking about the Burn & Dodge Action that we can find in the download area. Actually I could’t find it. Could you please help and send me a direct link or describe more detailed the way to the file. Thanks for your efforts.

  5. 1 Conversion of the shot RAW file
    2 16 bit Tiff
    3 Visual Aid Layers
    4 Clean up blemishes
    5 B&D 1
    6 Fine Hues (optional)
    7 Saturation Levels (recommended)
    8 Liquefy
    9 B&D 2
    10 Overall colour “Feel”
    11 Overall contrast
    12 Local contrast
    13 Sharpening

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