Retouching Clothes and Removing Creases

Whether you’re photographing high-end fashion or formal business portraits, a couple of creases here and there are inevitable.

One of the common questions we get asked is “What do I do when I’ve taken a portrait and there are lots of creases in the clothes?”, so we decided to show you exactly how to retouch clothes in Photoshop.

In this tutorial Karl explains how to retouch clothes and remove creases in Photoshop using two different methods.

In a step-by-step guide, Karl explains the tools and techniques he uses to remove unsightly creases and wrinkles in clothing, demonstrating a simple, but much slower method, as well as a quicker and much more efficient and precise alternative.

This Photoshop class covers the following:

  • How to retouch clothes
  • Photoshop Burn and Dodge tool
  • Photoshop Apply Image tool
  • How to retain texture when retouching clothes
  • Using layers and selections in Photoshop

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


  1. Hi Karl. Thank you for giving a useful tip for me. I have a question. What’s the difference between setting a color as a 8 bit and 16 bit? Is there any difference?

  2. hrgodinez

    Hi Karl,

    For some reason I’m getting halos around the edges of my images when I apply the frequency separation settings. Do you know why this is happening. -Happy to provide a screenshot.



    1. Hi, it sounds like you have the image either as an 8bit rather than a 16bit or you have the settings incorrect in the Apply image box.

  3. Thank you very much, Karl, very interesting!

    I loved doing photography for many years so far but now after I found your website I feel like I’m getting on a much much higher level. You sparkled a new level of interest in me.

    Looking forward to more of your videos throughout your website. Very excited to see the enormous amount of content that is still awaiting me.

    Please keep doing what you’re doing.

  4. Hi Karl, great stuff. This tutorial made me think that it would be helpful to see a demonstration of how you would mitigate wrinkles and creases in clothing before/during a fashion or portrait shoot. I guess this would involve using a steamer, lint brush, etc? This is something I need to get better at so I can spend less time retouching out the imperfections afterwards.

  5. Excellent!!! It will help our retouching production time from now. I have some complex example to see how it work. How can I show you?

  6. Love the frequencies separation and I apply it often on food product photography when I need to correct food imperfections. Thanks for the nice tutorial!

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