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Dodging and Burning Tips For Commercial Beauty Retouching | Julia Kuzmenko McKim

By Hanssie on May 20th 2015

Commercial beauty retouching is as intricate as it is tedious. Retouchers can spend many, many hours on one single image, as we’ve seen in timelapse videos like these. Meticulous attention to detail and skill is needed to perfect an image while still making the image look realistic.



Los Angeles-based beauty photographer and digital artist, Julia Kuzmenko McKim is a master when it comes to commercial retouching, having released an entire line of tutorials and training materials, as well as an entire academy devoted to “rais[ing] the bar on industry standards and help cultivate a new generation of top-skilled professionals.”

For Photoshop Week 2015 on CreativeLive a few weeks ago, Julia imparted some of her beauty retouching knowledge, and the video clip below is just a snippet of that appearance. In the 5 minute video, which you’ll find below, Julia walks you through her process of dodging and burning. It strikes me yet again how precise beauty retouching actually is so you can render a flawless image.

If you’re just starting out in the beauty retouching world, I highly recommend Julia Kuzmenko McKim’s eBooks, Creative Retouching Essentials in a Day and Introduction to Photo Retouching, both available in our store.

Watch Commercial Beauty Retouching: Dodge and Burn Tips

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

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  1. Caitlin Gordon

    WOW! Excellent beauty photo editing – real High-End. Did you do it by yourself or used photo editing services like

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  2. Thomas Horton

    Retouching is an art in itself. It can make a picture better or worse in a millimeter.

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  3. Rafael Steffen

    I can´t wait to see and watch it. Retouching is a big part on making images look clean.

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  4. Brandon Dewey

    great video

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