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My Go-To Beauty Retouch Photoshop Technique Video

By Kishore Sawh on December 28th 2013

Do you photograph people? For a wedding, or portraiture, fashion perhaps? Actually, whatever you shoot, if it involves people you’ve probably done your fair share of post processing, and likely in Photoshop. Now, a quick pop over to YouTube will provide you with all manners of tutorials. So much in fact, you’ll be buried under a hundredweight of them in a click, and the most viewed really aren’t always the best. At SLR Lounge we like to do the research for you so you can focus on your work, and I have a brilliant beauty retouch tutorial and its expanded version, which I personally choose as my ‘go-to’ method when editing people. Here are two photos I retouched using this technique. The video below.



I live in Miami most of the time, and being a guy into photography down here in the land of the uninhibited, and impossibly fit and tanned, I’m saturated with pictures of bikini models and fashion (tough, I know). It’s a huge industry and very competitive. Pro photographer Oscar Rabeiro has made a name for himself very quickly on the scene, and has shot for the likes of Inked, Maxim, and FHM, to name a few, and is in constant demand. A consumate professional in his dealings, his work reflects the same, and he has been generous enough to share on YouTube highly detailed instructional videos, many dealing with post processing. We will be featuring Oscar very soon so watch out for that. In the meantime, here is the video, and you can find links to his work below.
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The first video is the one originally posted, and the one I learned from, but Oscar has patiently put together a highly revamped version. It is the same technique but far more extensive, and includes a voiceover. It is also a part of a series which can be found here – all well worth your time.

Thoughts and Tip

This video uses a Frequency Separation Technique, which is something you may have heard of before. Again there are lots of videos on how to do variations of this. Personally, I like this one best. It uses no special Photoshop add-ons, and he shows how this all can be done quickly and effectively, without the use of a tablet like a Wacom – which is great when you’re on the move and is valid for anyone with CS4 and up. Used properly, I find I can get it to yield remarkably natural results with little time (relatively). The tip would be to follow along with Oscar’s instructions and make a set of Photoshop actions as it makes the entire flow that much steadier for future edits.

If you like this and use it, I would love to hear from you as I’m sure would Oscar. Maybe even share some before and after edits and I’ll give feedback.

Find more on Oscar at his website.

All Photographs by Kishore Sawh are copyrighted and have been used with permission for SLR Lounge. Do not copy, modify or re-post this article or images without express permission.


A photographer and writer based in Miami, he can often be found at dog parks, and airports in London and Toronto. He is also a tremendous fan of flossing and the happiest guy around when the company’s good.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Shaun Powell

    would have loved to have seen the videos :-\

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  2. Bardt Wauters

    The videolinks are dead

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  3. Svetlana Koslov

    I’m glad you share this article because I’ve recently engrossed myself in the art of photography and I can’t wait to make use of the tutorials.. Please share “how-to” articles like this in the future

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    • Kishore Sawh

      Let us know what you’d like to see, Svetlana. Depending on what you’re doing Lightroom has great capabilities also. Less of a shameless plug and more offering an option, SLRLounge product line has some great in depth LightRoom tutorials you may like to look at. Otherwise, we’ll continually be bringing new techniques to you via posts and such, and again, let us know what you’d like to see. Cheers, and be well. -K

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  4. Natalia

    Nice pictures. are you single? great article I tried the method today thanx for sharing. I like to stay on top of your posts. Good quality.

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    • Kishore Sawh

      Natalia, thank you for the compliments. I’ll be posting quite often and would love to have you back to see what’s new. You can find me on twitter @kishsawh and instagram. Best for the new year, and thanks again. Cheers, -K

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  5. Marcella

    Very helpful! Thank you for this.

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    • Kishore Sawh

      Marcella, hi. And you’re more than welcome. Oscar knows what he’s doing, and I like to think I know how to identify that ;-) Don’t be a stranger, be well and thanks for stopping by. -K

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  6. David

    That was a really great tutorial. I just learned 3 methods of frequency separation and I do find I like this one the best.

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    • Kishore Sawh

      David, thanks for the feedback. I agree, I have seen many different methods for frequency separation but this, for me, is the best for most things I do. If you can share a photo or two that would be great. From your work I can see you don’t overdo your shots and I personally like that. Of course artistic license is not to be dismissed, but I much rather see a person look like a human. I see you’re also a fellow Torontonian, hoping to be back in the really soon. Keep in touch. Cheers – K

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