10. Hair advert retouch

Hair, by its very nature, is a challenging subject for retouchers as each strand is a detailed configuration of pixels that must not be compromised. Whilst a time consuming process, the right techniques will reveal a final image worthy of high-end and large scale print advertising.

In this Photoshop class Viktor provides a number of valuable retouching tips and demonstrates professional techniques for retouching hair, explaining why it’s worth taking the time to attend to each little detail, rather than use quick fixes, which ultimately result in poor looking and blurry end results.

Using his visual aid layers, he identifies key areas that need correcting; adjusting color, tone and saturation to ensure a high quality end result. He ends the class with a quick recap on how to retouch skin and how to replace the background of an image.

In this Photoshop class we cover the following:

  • How to retouch hair
  • Hair retouching tips using Photoshop
  • Image optimisation for retouching
  • Burning and Dodging in Photoshop
  • Using Visual Aid Layers in Photoshop
  • How to use a gradient map to correct color
  • How to retouch skin in Photoshop
  • How to replace the background of an image in Photoshop

To learn more about how to retouch skin, watch our Beauty retouch classes.

If you have any questions about this class, please post in the comment section below 🙂


  1. That’s a lot of work to do! I think I better portray bald people hehehe. Thanks for sharing the best techniques for hair retouch. Amazing

  2. Very interesting to watch!
    At the end the model and hair had been cut and put on a new background and the smudge tool was being used at the edge of the hair to create new strands and give it a more natural look.
    Will you guys ever make a tutorial with a closer look on that technique?

  3. Hi Karl Taylor, I’m stunned by the immense usefulness of these videos made with Viktor and by the wide range of subjects that you cover on your educational website. I would make you a technical question about this video. When he clone stamps the single strands and sets its size to the size of the strands, does it go 100% hardness or stays 0%. I’ve seen that when he resized the clone stamps it was set to 0% hardness but then it wouldn’t be difficult to completely clone the single strands as the edges are feathered? Thank you


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