Skin retouching is a skill and there are various ways to go about it, with some requiring more time and effort to give more refined results. Here are five techniques broken down, using both Lightroom and Photoshop.
In this short video, Daniel from Mango Street runs you through five different methods for retouching skin, each one progressing in complexity and the amount of time and effort required.
The level of detail you want to apply when it comes to retouching skin will depend on your experience and the desired results. As someone who doesn’t shoot many portraits and never shoots beauty, I tend to stick to the basics in Lightroom and occasionally a little bit of Photoshop. As you shoot more, your needs will evolve and you might soon find that Lightroom’s clone stamp soon gives way to Photoshop’s frequently separation.
Keep in mind that knowing how to use these techniques is one thing, but understanding how to apply them to create good results is something that really comes about through practice and experience. What skin retouching tutorials can’t always tell you is how to decide which elements of a face to work on, and to what degree.
What are you preferred methods for retouching skin? Let us know in the comments below.