Beauty Retouch (Part 2)

This Photoshop class continues from the previous chapter, where professional retoucher Viktor Fejes teaches you how to retouch a beauty image.

In this class Viktor clearly explains the concepts of Opacity and Flow, demonstrating their differences and revealing which offers greater precision for retouching, before continuing with his beauty retouching process.

Using Burning and Dodging, Viktor demonstrates how it’s possible to control shadows and highlights to enhance three dimensionality and how, using his visual aid layers (available for you to download here) he can achieve precise control over the changes he makes to the image.

In addition to demonstrating how to retouch skin, Viktor also shows how these powerful techniques can be applied to other aspects of the image, too.

In this Photoshop class we cover the following:

  • How to retouch a beauty image
  • How to retouch skin
  • Shadows & Highlights: How to create three dimensionality in an image
  • Using layers and layer masks
  • How to use Burn and Dodge for skin retouching
  • How to retouch hair using Burn and Dodge techniques
  • How to use visual aid layers to improve your retouching workflow

To see the initial stages of this retouch, as well as the RAW processing of the file, please watch the previous class.

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


  1. Viktor is amazing. Usually though most models are young and don’tt have deep set “shadowed” wrinkles, but what if we were to retocuh an older person or maybe a young person but male – how would that be tackled? I have yet not seen those kind of retouching videos. What would be the beauty industry retouching standard in this case?

    1. Hi, For me the procedures are the same but as everything is done on separate layers you can control the ‘opacity’ of the layer independently to bring back the original image. This way it gives you great control on just softening the appearance of wrinkles but without removing them entirely.

  2. Hy Karl!

    is it possibile achieve the same graduation with dodging and burning without using a tablet but just a mouse or a trackpad??….is it essential for this or can be done even without?
    Thank you so much!!

  3. Hello Karl! I am really liking these retouch classes with Viktor. They’re very helpful in refining my technique, which I am pleasantly surprised to find is similar to Viktor’s. Knowing I’m on the right track is reassuring.

    I do have two questions. During the section of this video in which he mentions using the solar curve to identify sensor dust and such on the background, he doesn’t really say how he handles problematic areas if any were present. What approach would you take to get the most natural correction? Also, on what layer would that correction be made to allow the greatest flexibility further into the retouching?

    1. Hi Emma, Glad you are enjoying it. The solar curves that Viktor implements are too reveal either dust or in other cases, colour and contrast variance. In later classes he shows how to deal with those things but also whatever method you use is up to you, the purpose of the solar curve is that it will show you if your technique has worked well or not because the solar curve shows up everything and if your repair work is too patchy but not visible to the naked eye at screen res it will be visible on the solar curve. So you can actually do the fixing work while the solar curve is switched on to see the results of your changes.

      1. Thank you for the quick response. I was hoping he would revisit the topic and it seems he does. I’ll keep an eye out for his explanation. Cheers!

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