Retouching Skin in Photoshop

The best way to use the Healing Brush tool! Keep retouching skin simple! Learn the basics of non-destructive skin retouching and how to get great, smooth skin without blurring skin into unrecognizable plastic! We’ll talk about the best way to use the Healing Brush tool and correcting color and tone in the skin with frequency separation. Finally, building in more skin contrast with some dodging and burning to complete the basic skin retouching job.

After that, we’ll also take a look at correcting large blemishes on skin and the powerful and somewhat decent Artificial Intelligence-driven Skin Smoothing feature of Photoshop. We look at it all in this video and a little more!

The key to great skin retouching is to keep it simple! We don’t all need to use frequency separation all the time (but it’s still pretty cool.) Non-destructive skin retouching is as simple as creating a new layer and using the Healing Brush tool set to Sample Current & Below layers.

The Healing Brush is basically a color and texture transfer brush, so try to sample areas that have a similar texture for better healing. Also, experiment with hard and soft-edged brushes. Hard-edged brushes will help preserve the texture of the skin on your model in many cases.

Enjoy the video and thanks for watching!