Beauty Retouching Part 1 - Skin Cleanup: An FS PPT by Sean Armenta

Hello Fstoppers! My name is Sean Armenta, and this is my little spot on Fstoppers called The Post Production Tutorial. If you enjoy these videos, feel free to subscribe to my new Fstoppers PPT Youtube Channel for the latest updates. Feel free to connect with me on the right side bar and I’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have about retouching.

This week I am excited to showcase my beauty retouching workflow for you from start to finish. I have divided it into a mini-series, and the first part will deal with skin cleanup utilizing the three tools (Healing Brush, Clone Stamp, and Patch Tool) that we went over in a previous FS PPT. I showed you the techniques, now I will show you how I put them into use. I hope to provide insight as to why I use certain techniques and tools, when I use them, and how I use them. I will also be going over how I use Imagenomic's Portraiture in the following episodes of this mini-series, which I have been getting numerous requests for.

Many thanks once more for your continued support and encouragement!

Be sure to drop by my Prep To Post workshop website at for even more information on photography, lighting, and retouching.

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Joshua Gaede's picture

i love these retouching posts. keep up the great work. 

Thanks Sean.. My only critique is you sound so robotic lol
Do you really talk like that?

Great PPTs Sean! Very clear and helpful! :D

Excited about the series, I find your post tutorials some of the best free resources on the net.

I love how quick, efficient, yet thorough your videos are. Thanks Sean!

William Jason Wallis's picture

Great tutorial as usual Sean. Question: chins and chin definition is something people struggle with. Especially double chins! Probably not on the beauty scope but at some point...

I really like that your workflow is very clean and easy. You don't do all these "fancy" frequency separation and stuff like that. Have you tried them?

Rodney Kodakmoment Turner's picture

What type of brush tip/shape did you use in the beginning with the healing brush?