05. Retouch beauty Part 4

Viktor explores contrast and local contrast control, hair retouching, final skin considerations, B&D and the hue, luminace and saturation control. The beauty retouch also undergoes final retouching for the eyes and lips and Viktor reveals the key consideration to produce professional results.


  1. Thank you for this excellent tutorial!
    I have a question:
    As Viktor explained during Saturation adjustments: Dodging and Burning with curves [done previously] are likely to change saturation.
    Why not put these Curve layers [Dodge and Burn Curves] in Lightness mode? [For as far as I know they will not influence saturation then…]

    1. Hi Peter, yes that would be a solution although I’ve not tested it, I do mention in another tutorial somewhere on here that I change the blend mode to ‘Luminosity’ to also avoid the problem. Regards Karl.

  2. Ahh! that’s what I meant! Luminosity. [I’m Dutch with a Dutch Photoshop version; I translated “Lichtsterkte” [the last mode in the row on the bottom] the wrong way…
    Sorry about the confusion.

  3. These are unbelievably good lessons in advance photoshop work. I have watched them at least three times as there is a ton of information and work flow suggestions to absorb. At first it was intimidating, but after working with it for awhile, it’s flows and it certainly results in a KILLER image. Thank you Karl and to Viktor for sharing.

  4. Great course on advanced retouching, thank you so much. Question though, unless it is explained further on in one of the other courses: with my first retouching attempt, I bashed ahead using a frequency separation technique simply cause I wanted to give a base retouching session a go. One issue I found with a specific model (friend of mine) was blotchy red cheeks. Is there a better way of smoothing out the red on the cheeks? I used the spot healing brush with many random movements on the colour layer. It worked but I wonder if there is a better way. I can supply a image as reference, both retouched and untouched.

    1. Hi Frants, I think it’s covered in this course but it sounds to me that you should be using a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer and using the Visual Aid Layers as covered in this course and reducing the saturation and shifting the hue. By working with the Luminance only first then you will get the tone to the right level before you adjust the hue.

      1. I’m gonna give it a bash with that approach and see where it takes me. I’ll try and frequency seperation again but rather local adjustment as oppose to the global image. Thank you for the advice on my issue.


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