RT-Glossy Magazine #1

NOTE: I suppose that you have Adobe Photoshop (better CS version) and you have spent some time to learn basic shortcuts and tools. All tutorials was done on CS version under Microsoft Windows XP. All tools and filters parameters are set up for a good quality images (minimum 300 dpi). Don’t work with JPG images!

Note: This tutorial is continuation of previous: Skin Retouch. Patch tool. Please read it before to continue.

Every one have saw glossy magazine photos. And yes, we love them. We like beautiful skin of models from fashion advertisement. We can talk about unnatural look, about true values of photography… etc. but we steel open glossy magazine and it steel attract us.

On the other hand we can see that many fine art photographers also retouch skin of their models and they also try to use different techniques to beautify the look of artwork. And there is nothing strange here, it always depends on your needs. You may need expressive and sharp photo where you leave every wrinkle on model face (because every wrinkle is a history), but also you may need a clean portrait of beautiful woman where wrinkles and other artifacts will only divert your spectator.

So, how do they do such retouch? There is no simple answer on this question and there is no Photoshop plugin which will do all job with one button press. But there are many techniques which could be found in internet (80% will be shit). Every retouch master has his own technique, his personal set of plugin’s and actions and what is more important, he has experience. I skip subject about really professional cameras they use (and this is important), about visage masters who is working with them and etc… back to reality ))

I will show you one possible solution which I personally use for some of my photos. But remember, this also is just a part of whole way.

As usual Before/After of this tutorial:

glossy beauty skin retouch tutorial

First of all lets take a close look on skin structure from different parts of model face.

glossy beauty skin retouch tutorial

Left - forehead. Right - cheek.
Now open any glossy magazine with close up photo (not this one…=) ) . Take a look on skin structure. As you see on my sample skin structure of forehead and cheek are different (take a look on your hand, another variation). But if you take a look on magazine photo you will find that model skin is same all over the face BUT it steel has a structure. And believe me this is not only visage, most PERFECT face close ups are produced with professional Photoshop retouch.

Our goal will be to KILL real skin structure BUT not with simple blur. We will try to create a new well-ordered structure.

As usual - Start with layer via copy [CTRL-J].

Patch tool only tool we will use in this tutorial. (you already know how to use it and how to fade out the result). Our photo is already clean after two previous tutorials! (this is important)!

In short the whole tutorial can be formulated as:
Using Patch tool, replace skin part with near clean part and fade out the result.

The trick is based on mixing of source and target skin. Imagine you take 50% of source skin and mix it with 50% of target. The result will be skin with MORE SMALL patterns because you add patterns from target to source, but you add them with opacity 50% so, you DECREASE their contrast. You reach both goals:

- make skin patterns smaller (this will create feeling of well-ordered skin)
- make patterns contrast smaller (skin will look much more healthy)

Now step by step. Below is the result of usage of Patch Tool with 100% opacity (we have not fade out the Patch Tool effect).

glossy beauty skin retouch tutorial

Path tool without fading out .
As you can see nothing special happened. A clean skin was replaced with near part of clean skin.

And now same tool but fade out the result [CTRL-SHIFT-F] to 50%.

glossy beauty skin retouch tutorial

Path tool with fade to 50%.
Compare the results. New piece of skin steel has skin patterns, but their contrast is much lower and skin is now much regular.

Now a step back. Many tutorials you will find discuss gaussian blur as possible solution for skin retouch. This is very very old style which has many side effects and which produce a really bad result with soap skin. We will discuss gaussian blur in next articles, but as additional (final) make-up ONLY.

I have create image which shows you the difference between two methods.

glossy beauty skin retouch tutorial

Left - Patch tool. Right- Gaussian Blur.

Back to Patch Tool method. There steel some questions. One of them is: how to work on skin edges? (where skin joins hairs). The answer is different opacity of Patch tool. As close you are to hairs as more you fade out you Patch tool result. I have create image which shows you opacities for Patch tool.glossy beauty skin retouch tutorial

Opacity areas.
The trick works like a gradient. And you will note that usage of Patch Tool with opacity 20% will not erase hairs.

Ok. Below is my result of model forehead.

glossy beauty skin retouch tutorial

Forehead result.
You will need to practice to reach good results. Here are some tips which will help:

Tip: Use Patch tool on same area not more than 2-3 times or you will loose skin patterns completely.

Tip: You do not always need to take source skin piece far away from target. Try to move Patch Tool selection 30-50 pixels from target and drop it.

Tip: You can reuse already retouched skin pieces as source for new areas but with smaller fade out (with big opacity 60+%)

Tip: If you see a small area inside already fixed skin which needs more retouch just copy near skin with Patch Tool without any fade outs.

glossy beauty skin retouch tutorial

Whole Forehead.
Here is another image of whole forehead. Lets continue with other areas. Below is example of REUSE of retouched skin.

glossy beauty skin retouch tutorial

Reuse of retouched skin.
And here is very important part. Do not leave un retouched areas. You must retouch the whole face to avoid passages between fixed and real skin. Yes, do not scare to use same method right on eyebrows BUT fade out the result to 20%. This wouldn’t touch hairs outline but this will decrease difference between skin areas!

glossy beauty skin retouch tutorial

Use on hairs and fade out the result to 20%.
Well, here is the final close up. This is final result of this tutorial but not of whole glossy magazine make-up )) Anyway we have reach out goal. The new flat skin structure without soap effect. Hope this will be helpful for you. I will continue with make-up in next tutorials but believe me, this is very important part.

glossy beauty skin retouch tutorial

Final result close up .

52 Responses to “RT-Glossy Magazine #1”

  1. Alan Says:

    You are the big help.

  2. coitus Says:

    the eys look weird :(

  3. Administrator Says:

    coitus: Please wait for next tutorial.

  4. chris Says:

    thanks a lot…i really like your tutorials as i have just found your site.i will keep reading and learning from you

  5. roge Says:

    chris: welcome, and thank you for your words. Every spectacular and reader is important for me. Your good words are the best gratitude for me.

  6. devorah Says:

    Thank you for sharing your knowledge … it is greatly appreciated.

  7. ilir Says:

    is nice

  8. Sol Says:


  9. Maria Says:

    Thanks, Roge! Keep up the good work.

  10. tadas Says:

    goooooooooood….. :)

  11. ngixx Says:

    nothing but appreciation for you roge. hope you’ll teach us background and lighting effects on photos. thanks again.

  12. Alex Says:

    Thanks Roge!!
    Nice website you have here.
    And beautiful pictures.
    I’am looking forward to the next tutorial.


  13. Nigel Sparg Says:

    can’t wait to try this tip.

  14. Brett Says:

    Considered the use of the noise reduction filter for softening skin textures. the results can work quite well

  15. roge Says:

    Brett: never do this. even this is “neat noise filter” you will never get effect of real makeup. skin will be always soap.

    one day I will write about noise reduction filters.

  16. Nullermanden Says:

    Wow, Bill, what the hell was that all about?

    Anyway, Roge, thankyou very much… It is nice to see a fellow photographer - and a really good one - take his time to share out his knowledge of the finer arts of photography!

    I will bookmark your pageview, and keep coming back to see if there are any more tutorials on… This one definitely helped me.

    So thank you, and keep up the fantastic work you do.


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  19. Ronald Poi Says:

    I always used “Surface blur” for this… didn’t know about this method.
    I’ll give it a try!

  20. Rachel Says:

    You are awsome, I must rank you with the great artsts of our time’ I will sit at your feet and learn all that which you wish to share.

  21. Mathew Says:

    Your artwork is pure amazing. Thumbs up dude! I wish i’d get that far in fotographing / photoshopping. I’m pretty sure seeing your art, collected in a professional book one day.
    By the way i wondered what font u use for the titles?

  22. good stuff Says:

    thank u very much
    maybe we could use the patch also on the eyes … .
    ps:greets from bucharest

  23. Lee Says:


    Took me a while to pick up my jaw after it dropped to the ground after seeing your photo’s. I liked your tutorials on retouching skins, but i can’t wait to see your tutorials on LIGHTING!!! Because what flabbergasts me the most about your work is the spectacular lighting. What gear do you use or is it all PS-CS post-processing? Please, do tell us.

    Tx for sharing this and greetings from Holland

  24. monkey Says:

    I just found this site and really like it. Keep up good work!

  25. Says:

    teach us master =)

  26. Will Says:

    This is by far the best retouch tutorial. :D Good job!

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  28. Joe Gonzalez Says:

    I always come back to this tutorial when ever I have to retouch someone. Its a great resource. Thanks I also like the new site design.

  29. Becky Says:

    Very VERY helpful article. Thank you for taking the time to share this with us. =)

  30. some one Says:

    oh it is very sexy

  31. Ismael Says:

    can you help me plz…
    I want to create a model kind of picture using my entire head but a different body, I’m heaving problem fixing and coordinating my skin color to anyones skin to incorporate the whole image as one…..

  32. sri Says:

    beauties coming form your though

  33. BigFan Says:

    Awesome tutorial! Best one on the subject I’ve ever seen. Can’t wait for the next one to come out.

  34. Kenneth Says:

    Wow. 2 years later and it still makes alot of sense. thanx man.

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  36. ersin Says:

    is very nice

  37. ünlü Says:

    Awesome tutorial!

  38. ankraj Says:

    very good job …

  39. akcaoglu Says:

    good tutorial. thank you. it aid me very much.

  40. harika cocuklar Says:

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  42. danismanlik Says:

    thank you… good tut.

  43. Iryna Says:

    I love retoucher bianca carosio…does she have online tuts.??

  44. Sam Says:

    These touch ups are very amateur and too easily detected. The point of touching up is to make the model look brighter, simpler, cleaner not flawless and silly. The removal of all of the redness from the eyes also made her look too cartoonish. . .

  45. contac Says:

    thank you

  46. joaquin Says:

    amazing!! thanks! ;D

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  49. Zeke Says:

    I find this type of photoshopping both unnecessary and poisonous for the mind.

    It is this pursuit of impossible perfection that gives people inferiority complexes.

    The model is already absolutely gorgeous, why do we need to hid her pores and hairline wrinkles? It is these things that make us human!

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