Professional Beauty Retouching


The world of professional beauty retouching is very exciting, collaborative and diverse, however, the percentage of skilled professionals who are qualified to work for commercial clients in the beauty, health and wellness industry is very small. While a myriad of freelancers compete at the bottom of the retouching market, skilled retouching professionals are in high demand because of the sheer number of businesses that create an enormous amount of visual content today. They all need qualified post-production help: processing, retouching, color-matching.

Working pro retouchers are well-versed in common practices when retouching and handling their clients’ files. They know what is expected of them and know when and what to ask. Proper skills and reliability are all that matters. When budgets are measured in tens of thousands of dollars, no one has the time to deal with an incompetent or disorganized freelancer in the fast-paced business world.

While we can’t help you become more reliable or resilient, we can definitely help improve your skills and lay a foundation for professional retouching methods and habits so you are ready when the opportunity presents itself.


This course is created by commercial beauty photographer and retoucher Julia Kuzmenko McKim (Los Angeles, CA) and professional retoucher and educator Sarah Tucker (London, UK).

Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Duration: 5 hours
Videos: 24 video lessons, including 2 full retouches from start to finish
Practice Files: 3 Raw files photographed by Julia Kuzmenko Anita Sadowska
Digital Guide: 14 pages
Additional Materials: 
Custom Brushes + Job Application Checklist + Pro Retouching Vocabulary
Format: Digital Instant Download



In this video course, we cover what you need to know to enter the world of professional retouching, be that as a freelancer serving commercial clients or as part of an in-house team.

Our goal is to help you improve your retouching workflow and teach you the methods, habits and techniques which are used by skilled professionals in retouching houses, as well as correct any bad habits you may have picked up by learning from other self-taught retouchers.

Chapter 1: Starting Out & Organization

  • Starting Out as a Retouching Professional (watch an excerpt on the right)
  • Handling Work Files
  • Processing Raw Files
  • Structuring Your Files Like a Pro

Chapter 2: Mastering Curves and Dodge & Burn

  • Mastering Curves
  • Mastering Dodge & Burn
  • Natural Beauty Retouch for Female Portrait (from start to finish)

Chapter 3: Professional Selections & Masking

  • Professional Selections & Masking
  • Advanced Masking
  • Luminosity Masking
  • Precise Masking with Select & Mask

Chapter 4: Working With Colors

  • Color Theory & Management In Practice
  • Recoloring Methods
  • Backgrounds and Banding

Chapter 5: Frequency Separation & More

  • Frequency Separation
  • Drawing Hair, Lashes & Brows
  • Smart Objects
  • Natural Beauty Retouch for Studio Beauty (from start to finish)


  • RA Lash, Brow & Hair Custom Brushes
  • Pro Retouching Vocabulary for a working pro
  • Successful Job Application Checklist
  • An email sequence to help you apply what you have learned in your career, and find and keep new high profit clients.


This 5-hour video course is a technical guide for retouching artists of any level interested in ultimately serving commercial clients in the beauty industry. It will also help self-taught retouchers to unlearn bad habits and increase their chances at getting and keeping commercial clients, be it through working with beauty brands directly, or via their commercial photographers and retouching studios.

We cover different areas of expertise required for a retouching professional from business etiquette to file handling, file structure and the most commonly used professional retouching techniques. We also walk you through a couple of full retouches from start to finish with varying goals and approaches.

Although we go over a few important fundamental subjects such as the Curves, Selecting and Masking, we teach you how these tools, features, workflow and techniques are used in the professional environment.

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