Retouching for Fashion and Beauty
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Retouching for Fashion and Beauty

Retouching for Fashion and Beauty

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Photography School London

7 Zeus House

Provost Street


N1 7NG

United Kingdom

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Fashion and Beauty Retouching is an area that requires technical skill, but also has scope for adding your own creative flare. The course will teach you step by step the processes used within the fashion and beauty industry, from organizing and structuring a workflow to thinking about the overall look of the image and the final creative touches.

Beginning with initial considerations such as cleaning up the image, and restructuring areas. We will go through the processes of colour correcting skin, and altering the lighting on the skin. Many of these processes will be built on core techniques such as using global adjustment layers in combination with masking, and you will learn how to apply them differently for each task, making informed decisions about the effect it will produce, and what is required to fulfill a brief.

You will be able to get creative with applying make up, and making enhancements such as brightening eyes, and sculpting brows. Skin softening using a high pass filter is also one of the final considerations. The most fun is often to be had at the end, bringing the image together with final colour changes, changing a background and applying filters to the whole image.

Tutor Profiles

Katja Mayer is a well-established freelance photographer, retoucher and producer in the editorial and commercial sector, with clients including Sunday Times Style, Harper’s Bazaar, Levi’s, Burberry and Fred Perry.

Steve Wood has over 20 years high end retouching experience, producing images for editorial and online publications such as GQ, FHM, T3, ELLE, MARIE CLAIRE and NEXT Fashion. Skin, Beauty lifestyle and fashion are his fortes.

Helen Saunders comes from a fine art background and is a photographic artist as well as a photography and Photoshop tutor. Helen works as high end retoucher for the fashion and beauty photographic industry, so she has up to date knowledge of the technical and creative industry standards.

Course Content 

Techniques used

  • Masking
  • Adjustment layers
  • Selective colour adjustment
  • Selections
  • Layer blending modes
  • Dodge and Burn

Basic cleanup and restructuring

  • Background cleanup
  • blemish removal
  • Hair tidy
  • Colour correction and removing skin redness
  • Liquefying and restructuring

Make up and skin

  • Applying colour to skin
  • Adding highlights
  • Contouring with curves
  • Increasing eye lashes
  • Brightening eyes and teeth
  • Changing eye colour
  • Skin softening using a high pass filter

Getting creative

  • Changing the background
  • Changing the overall lighting
  • Creative colouring



Laptop with Adobe Photoshop and Bridge installed (version CC / CS6 / CS5 / CS4)

Required Photoshop Skills

Prior to taking this course, you are also required to have the following Photoshop skills:

  • Using the selection tools
  • Creating new layers. Using selections to create layers, and cutting out from selections
  • Familiarity with the layers panel (turning layers on and off and shuffling them up and down)
  • Making image adjustments using levels, curves and hue/saturation
  • Using the crop tool
  • Changing the image size and the canvas size
  • Making transformations
  • Saving files and an understanding of different file formats

If you are not up to this level we recommend you take our Photoshop Foundation – Level 2 course first, or for £239 you can get the Retouching for Fashion and Beauty course plus a one hour refresher session. (£299 if an evening course).


Don't have your own laptop?

If you don't have your own laptop then there's no need to worry. You can hire one of our Mac laptops for £25 per day. 

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