Photoshop: Retouching Skin

Photoshop CS3: Retouching Skin


Retouching skin can quickly become a tricky task. There are few absolutes when it comes to making faces and bodies look good — but everyone knows instantly when it's done wrong. In this popular workshop, our master retoucher, Jason Hoppe, delves into retouching skin in Photoshop.

This session combines a variety of topics from our other Photoshop workshops to demonstrate a wide range of techniques for dealing with the unique challenges involved in retouching faces and bodies. You'll learn many real-world techniques for smoothing out wrinkles, reducing blemishes, and correcting blotchy areas or other flaws.

This 90-minute workshop covers the real-world use of advanced Photoshop techniques. Including:

  • Correcting skin flaws with the Clone Stamp tool.
  • Using the Healing Brush and Patch tool.
  • Removing or lessening wrinkles.
  • Smoothing skin and creating more youthful appearance.
  • Addressing weathered and damaged skin.
  • Fixing blown-out or overexposed skin tones.
  • Color correcting skin tones.
  • Quick, easy techniques to punch up eyes and lips.
  • Plus many tips and tricks from real-world retouching projects.

90-minute Workshops. Learn in the morning and get back to work.

PSCS3-RetouchingSkin.pngAt CreativeTechs, we're taking a new approach to learning. We've broken weeks of training materials into dozens of smaller, bite-sized modules. The results are shorter, focused classes that allow busy creative professionals get what they need, without having to set aside an entire day, or two, (or three) for longer classes.

Here's the pitch: Join us Wednesday or Thursday mornings at 9:30am, pick up a couple new skills, and get back to work before lunch. You can put what you learned into use the same day.

Clear, exhaustive explanations in a comfy setting. Plus a complete handout to take home. In 90 minutes you'll pick up dozens of tips and techniques that you can put to work right away.

These workshops are demonstrated using Adobe Photoshop CS3 on Mac OS X, however the learning applies to PC users as well as previous versions of Photoshop.

Photoshop Thursdays: Non-Destructive Retouching.

Every Thursday morning at CreativeTechs, Photoshop guru Jason Hoppe leads an ongoing series of classes covering non-destructive retouching techniques. Learn the secret to improve your images without overwriting the original image data. Done properly, you protect your full image quality as you make edits. Even better, you retain flexibility when clients come back with late change requests.

Also Available: Personalized & Group Training.

In addition to the morning 90-minute workshops, all topics are available for personalized group training sessions, or individual one-on-one training. Plus, because of how we've developed smaller, bite-sized topics, we can easily combine a variety of topics to help fit your team's particular needs.

If you are interested in group training, or a personalized coaching session, email

Related Photoshop Tips:

CreativeTechs publishes a free weekly newsletter for creative professionals, drawn from our real world experience supporting hundreds of creative teams in the greater Seattle area. Below are a few recent Photoshop tips:

  • Don't crop. Use Photoshop's Trim feature.
  • Build Animated GIFs in Photoshop.
  • Photoshop CS3's clone tool adds "Ignore Adjustment Layers".
  • How to smooth skin in Photoshop.
  • Scale Layer Effects in Photoshop.
  • Photoshop CS3's Automatic People Remover.
  • Remove unwanted people from public photos.
  • Quick Skin Tone Retouching in Photoshop.
  • Use Photoshop's Background Eraser Tool.
  • Fast way to straighten a photo in Photoshop.
For a complete archive of previous tips, visit

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