03. Retouch beauty Part 2

We commence this chapter in understanding ‘Opacity’ and ‘Flow’ when working on retouching as the control offered with ‘Flow’ offers more precision. We then continue with selected area retouching.


  1. Hi Karl. The model skin’s is almost perfect so there is not so much to be done. what is the skin has pores and scares? Is it possible to make the skin flawless like that? From Meng, Cambodia.

    1. Hi Meng, although this model has good skin there is still a clear difference between the starting image and the final image. As this chapter explains most of the ‘retouching’ is less about fixing blemishes and more about shading to achieve the final result. It is perfectly possible to use the same techniques for any subject if you take the time but the consideration is that the more work to do then the longer it will take. The style of lighting that you apply to the subject will also influence the amount of ‘texture’ revealed which will also have an impact on the amount of retouching required.

    2. Also Meng, you should also look at the chapters before this as the skin start was very different to the starting point in this video.

  2. excuse Karl there’s a video where you can see how you got the photo at 3:35 minute. sorry for the trouble but I do not speak English and only watch your videos

  3. Karl after several tests I managed too. I understood that to get these photos you need a very smooth skin and then Dodge and Burn. thank you very much

  4. Hi Karl, this tutorial is amazing. Just have one question, that i have since the past tutorial, how do you make to affect the corrections of cloning to the layer in black and white and the color original one. The Black and White layer is above the layer you are cloning. (Sorry my english)
    Marvin Girón
    From Guatemala.

    1. Hi Marvin, we are not cloning in black and white we are working in colour. There is a ‘visual aid layer’ on the image that allows us to preview the image in black and white to make it easier to see the areas that need fixing.

  5. Karl, Why do the 2 separate layers of different dodge & burn curves instead of using just 1 layer at 50% grey in overlay mode and painting just on that with white / black? Is there some big benefit to the first method?

    1. Hi Paul the immediate benefit is you can flick each layer on and off independently without affecting the other or drop the opacity, you can also go in and adjust the curve or easily undo what you’ve done.

  6. Hi Karl,

    as suscriber on your website, and following ‘Retouch beauty 2’ , I would like to know whether D&B is it possible to edit on all cases. My case is that the model I do a photo, they are some teenager which imply to have some blemishes on their face. On the example that Victor does, the girl should be a 24/ 25 years old with some blemishes but natural and soft face indeed. Mine is fully blemished so I can’t copy any part of the face. My technic on that case is based to convert layer as smart object and blurring parts which on the face are with acne (painting only the face with a pencil – opacity 25% flow 50%) I obtain a natural face .- not as soft as your model, but quite natural.
    Is there any arduous technique I can apply on this cases ?
    thanks in advanced

    1. Hi Jordi, I think in all cases wherever possible I would try B&D even on acne, if you have no choice then use the clone or healing tool. If find there would always be something to use as the source of the clone though even if it isn’t the right tone you can still B&D it after.


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