One of the best educators in the realm of Photoshop and post-production for beginners is Unmesh Dinda of PiXimperfect, who is widely regarded for his easy-to-understand video tutorials on YouTube. He's back at it again, taking viewers through about an hour of simplified and well-explained approaches to high-end beauty retouching.
The entire tutorial is very useful for newer retouchers, but still very relevant for anyone wanting to learn more about different approaches to skin work and editing in general in Photoshop and Lightroom. Dinda breaks it down in plain language and explains why the approaches work and not just how to do them. If you are new or relatively new to beauty retouching of this scope, this is the video worth an hour of your time.
I met Dinda in St. Louis while we were both speaking at ShutterFest as it was his first time speaking there and I wanted to reach out in case I could help in any way. We chatted extensively about retouching for the little time we could hang out. As he is a respected and knowledgeable retoucher, I subsequently asked him check out my proprietary Photoshop plug-ins to get his thoughts on them, especially as we were about to roll out a new version. I was pleasantly surprised when he asked to feature my Freqsep Control plug-in in a video tutorial he wanted to create, and I happily obliged.
Do check out the tutorial, especially if you're new to retouching.