Practical demonstration on fashion retouch

When it comes to retouching, it’s important that you’re able to identify which areas of an image need adjustments, which is exactly what Karl focusses on in this photography class.

Here he explains his retouching workflow for a fashion image and the different tools you could use to make the necessary changes. Using tools such as the Clone Stamp, Liquify and Burn and Dodge, he demonstrates how it’s possible to guide a viewers eye through the image and remove any unnecessary distractions.

Using the work along file (which you can find here), you’ll be able to follow along with this photography class and practice using these useful tools and techniques.

In this Photoshop class we cover the following:

  • Photoshop tutorial: How to retouch fashion images
  • Fashion retouching tips
  • How to identify key areas for adjustments
  • How to use the Clone tool in Photoshop
  • Photoshop Liquify tool
  • How to Burn and Dodge correctly
  • Using actions to speed up your workflow
  • Adjusting color in Photoshop

To learn more about identifying how to improve an image, watch our live Fashion & Beauty Critique, where you’ll also learn about useful retouching techniques.

If you have any questions about this course please post them in the comments section below ?


  1. Can´t thank you enough for these method in dodging and burning. It makes it more practical to understand and less frightening to do or apply.

  2. I can do just about everything using my capture one pro 20, but unfortunately, I do not have a warp brush!

    I very much enjoyed seeing how you used the Dodge and Burn technique in this fashion shot.

  3. I’ve been going though these LR and PS courses and are thoroughly enjoying the information given. I will be concentrating more on using PS for editing over LR, as the benefits I see from your demonstrations are too great to ignore. Time for me to buckle down and really get to know PS.

    1. Hi Geoff, great stuff – The Photoshop for Photographers course is the best one to go through first.

    1. Hi David, it was a very old shot from maybe 10 or more years ago, if I remember correctly I think it was a large silver brolly on my left and then sunlight backlighting her from the right.

  4. Hello!
    This is a very useful video for me. In less than 40 minutes, I received two very useful information that I can use during my daily work. Until now, I’ve solved them more cautiously.


  5. I wonder, Karl, if you ever have to step away from an image and come back to it for fear of losing the plot, so to speak? Do you process, sleep on it, then confirm/alter? I suppose the point you made elsewhere about planning your action must help, and talent/experience too! Regards, Dave.

    1. Hi David, yes definitely if i’m embarking on a lot of burn and dodge then I often take a break and sometimes sleep on it. It’s always good to look at your work with fresh eyes.

  6. When you want to dodge and burn non destructively. Any particular reason you don’t use the 50% grey in overlay mode method?

    1. Hi Michael, the curves adjustment layer with masks is a more controllable way of B&D and is also non destructive as the work you are doing is on an adjustment layer. In this course I demonstrate that method and a couple of others so people become familiar with the tools. Cheers Karl.

  7. Nice pace of lesson, and the thoughtful delivery makes it easier to take in. Excellent clarity of explanation too. I was hoping you would reduce the blast of light at the right of the bag and the bright rock to the right of the elbow, but it is all about taste and judgement and you have a lot more than that than me Karl. That liquify tool is mighty handy ☺

  8. I find that sometimes dodging desaturates or burning over saturates the color on those edits and I must use the sponge saturation tool to correct and blend them properly.

  9. Enjoying these a lot, not so much for the photoshops tools, as I have been using photoshop for a very long time, more so, your thought process as to what needs changing to improve an image, there is so much out there on the technicalities, and the ‘general rules’ not so much on individual insights as to what the photographer regards as a good image, obviously this changes a lot dependant on taste, but still good to watch, 🙂

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