Hair Ad 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.

NOTE: You can download the visual aid layers used in this class from our Downloads section.

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. Love the two of you together, both absolute masters ! wish I could have seen this full tutorial at normal speed as he seemed to use techniques I would have loved to have seen in detail 🙂 Have learnt so much watching Viktor’s videos

  2. Bill Zech

    Viktor has to be one of the most patient people in the world to do that level of retouching, but the results speak for themselves. An amazing final image! Thank you for producing these videos — they introduce techniques most of us would never imagine using.

  3. Thanks a lot! Instructive video. I think the best way to see the mask while working is not to switch to the mask layer, but to press “\” and this will display the mask directly on the photo.

  4. I’m sorry, but it doesn’t seem to be the standard of Karl Taylor. I like your results and I have learned a lot about photography and light, but this does not rise to the same level of professionalism.

    1. Hi Catlain, could you explain why or what you mean please. The photo was taken by Viktor of a friend of his and was deliberately a fairly standard picture to show the retouching needed?

  5. 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

  6. 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?

  7. 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

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