Retouch beauty Part 3

In this Photoshop class professional retoucher Viktor Fejes shows how minor adjustments can have a big impact as he continues with the beauty retouch from the previous classes, revealing a number of exciting new insights into professional retouching.

In this class he shows you a number of different techniques for retouching skin, focussing on achieving beautiful, even skin tones by evening out highlights and shadows and balancing hue, saturation and luminance.

Using a number of different tools, this class will teach you how to use visual aid layers to identify imperfections and demonstrate how small adjustments can go a long way in enhancing the overall quality of the 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 a beauty image
  • How to retouch skin
  • Understanding hue, saturation and luminance
  • How to adjust color tones
  • How to correct saturation differences in an image
  • Using layers and layer masks
  • How to balance shadows and highlights

To see the initial stages of this retouch please watch Part 1 and Part 2.

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

NOTE: This class is available with English subtitles.


  1. Hi Karl,

    These tutorials are absolutely amazing and really useful.

    I have one query on the values that Victor enters during hue correction i.e. plus and minus (+15 and -15) and the mid tones that is selected in the curves layer in D&B. Will these have any different effect on dark and light color skin tones or can these values remain same while retouching different skin tones?

    1. Hi, I use these values for almost everything but there is no problem in making your own sets with higher values if you need too.

    1. Hi, It was part of the ‘Actions’ file which you can download from our ‘downloads’ section.

  2. Hello,
    Great video as always. I wish that you wouldn’t have fast forwarded through the dodge and burn section when victor was smoothing out the shadows. I know it was to save time. but I shouldn’t be sat at my computer after this tutorial dodging and burning and having no idea of what the real technique is. how, why and when, and what not to do and what to look for and what’s to be left alone and why. its like this was the key, and it was left out. could we please have an in depth video on this. there is nothing around out there. just one big secret that no one is talking about.
    Thanks Team Taylor. love you guys

  3. Karl, my models skin Hue on the colour picker was 13. Nowhere near the 20 – 30 Hue.
    Possibly because she was made up heavily MUA in a paler foundation/blusher. The video didnt explain how to increase this. But I`m assuming you`d get a lower value in Hue in a High Key lighting?

    1. Hi Chris yes any increase in exposure value usually results in a decrease in saturation value. Remember there are only three things in an image 1. Hue 2. Saturation. 3. Luminosity – Hue is the colour, saturation is the intensity of richness of that colour and luminosity doesn’t actually need colour it is a brightness value only but as something gets brighter or darker the look of the colour changes.

    1. Hi Rayon, please could you let us know where you feel he’s missed something as we’ve not heard this before and we would like the opportunity to address your concerns, could you please give us the timecode of when in the video, thank you. Also the action to create and open all of the layers used is available to download from our downloads section.

      1. Hi Karl, thanks for feedback. I believe the error was on my side. I watched it again and it looks ok. I probably somehow skipped time. My apology for that. However I think some photographers would like to see tutorial time/efficiency method if possible. Thank you.

  4. Hi karl. I know youre giving the actions as a part of the course but I would like to know how to make them myself, is that ok?
    I mean the hue adjustment layer and so on..
    thank you in advance

  5. The hue method really helps to me with a portait with the flash that i use.

  6. Vicktor sounds like RollSafe, I love it. Best Tuts I’ve ever seen too. Thank you so much for this KT. Well worth the purchase price.

  7. Great video, some of this was beyond overkill at one point. I’m on a 4k monitor and couldn’t see many of the changes he was making.

  8. My $2000 ( LG 38UC99-W) monitor has a terribly hard time picking up those subtle hue and saturation changes on the video. Eizo upgrade in the future.. Good video, thanks guys!

Leave a Comment