This video is the first in a two part tutorial on retouching outdoor portraits and retaining a natural look using Adobe Photoshop. In this first part we will focus on fixing hair and making the skin look great using frequency separation and dodging and burning. Part 2 will look at sharpening, toning, refining details like the eyes and hair as well as adding some styling elements like bokeh and lens flare. The final result is shown above.

The tutorial is beginner to intermediate in nature and I try to cover every technique in a step-by-step manner. Just about all the tools we’ll be using in this tutorial are available in Photoshop CS3 and onward. We won’t be using any plug-ins.

Since we’ll be spending a good amount of time on dodging and burning and frequency separation, you may want to first review our detailed tutorials on those two subjects. This video will serve as a real world example of those two techniques for an actual portrait retouch.

Part 2 of the tutorial can be found here

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