60 Photoshop Tutorials for Photo Touch-Ups

Photoshop has tons of potential for improving photos in one way or another. Even subtle improvements can make a big difference in the end result. Whether you are interested in touching up your own photos or doing professional photo editing for clients, Photoshop can allow you to get the job done.

This is a categorized collection of tutorials that will show you some new tricks for photo touch-ups. You’ll find tutorials for working with skin, eyes, teeth, nose, hair, body, colors, lighting, and more.

How to Touch Up Skin in Photoshop:

Really Cool Digital Make Up in Photoshop in 10 Minutes

Photoshop Touch-Up Tutorials

Airbrushing – Natural Smooth Skin

Photoshop Touch-Up Tutorials

How to Smooth Skin in Photoshop


Photoshop Touch-Up Tutorials

Smooth Skin

Photoshop Touch-Up Tutorials

Ultimate Makeup

Photoshop Touch-Up Tutorials

Remove Freckles

Photoshop Touch-Up Tutorials

Freckle Removal

Photoshop Touch-Up Tutorials

Making Freckles Pop in Photoshop

Photoshop Touch-Up Tutorials

Beautify a Face

Photoshop Touch-Up Tutorials

Smooth Skin

Photoshop Touch-Up Tutorials

Super Fast and Easy Facial Retouching

Photoshop Touch-Up Tutorials

Smooth Skin

Photoshop Touch-Up Tutorials

Reducing 5 O’Clock Shadow and Beard Stubble in Photoshop

Photoshop Touch-Up Tutorials

Easily Smooth and Soften Skin in a Photo

Photoshop Touch-Up Tutorials

Quick and Effective Facial Photo Retouching

Photoshop Touch-Up Tutorials

Enhance Skin

Photoshop Touch-Up Tutorials

Remove a Tan Line

Photoshop Touch-Up Tutorials

Realistic Makeup Application in Photoshop

Photoshop Touch-Up Tutorials

Adding a Tan Digitally in Photoshop

Photoshop Touch-Up Tutorials

Minimizing Red Blotches on the Skin

Photoshop Touch-Up Tutorials

How to Touchup Skin

Photoshop Touch-Up Tutorials

Smooth, Brighten, and Polish Skin Textures

Photoshop Touch-Up Tutorials

How to Edit Eyes in Photoshop:

How to Enhance Eyes in Photoshop

Photoshop Touch-Up Tutorials

3 Photoshop Steps to Eyes that Pop

Photoshop Touch-Up Tutorials

Eyes Retouching Photoshop Tutorial

Photoshop Touch-Up Tutorials

Enhancing Eyes in Photoshop

Photoshop Touch-Up Tutorials

Make Eyelashes Thicker

Photoshop Touch-Up Tutorials

Shadowy, Sultry Eyes

Photoshop Touch-Up Tutorials

Apply Eye Make-Up

Photoshop Touch-Up Tutorials

How to Whiten Teeth and Eyes

Whiten teeth

How to Whiten Teeth in Photoshop:

How to Whiten Teeth in Photoshop

Photoshop Touch-Up Tutorials

How to Whiten and Brighten Teeth in Photoshop

Photoshop Touch-Up Tutorials

How to Edit Hair in Photoshop:

Change Hair Color in Photoshop

Photoshop Touch-Up Tutorials

Change Hair Color

Photoshop Touch-Up Tutorials

How to Edit a Nose in Photoshop:

Easy Digital Nose Job in Photoshop

Photoshop Touch-Up Tutorials

Digital Nip Tuck

Photoshop Touch-Up Tutorials

How to Touch Up the Body in Photoshop:

Trimming Excess Body Mass

Photoshop Touch-Up Tutorials

Increase Breast Size

Photoshop Touch-Up Tutorials

Editing Waist and Breasts in Photoshop

Photoshop Touch-Up Tutorials

How to Remove Cellulite

Photoshop Touch-Up Tutorials

Color Touch Ups in Photoshop:

Apply a Color Effect to a Photo

Photoshop Touch-Up Tutorials

Advanced Color Correction Tutorial that Will Knock Your Socks Off

Photoshop Touch-Up Tutorials

Enhance Your Image with Selective Color Adjustments

Photoshop Touch-Up Tutorials

Fix Tone and Color with Levels in Photoshop

Photoshop Touch-Up Tutorials

Working with Light in Photoshop:

Smoothing Harsh Highlights with Photoshop

Photoshop Touch-Up Tutorials

Contrast Layers

Contrast layers

Adaptive Contrast

Photoshop Touch-Up Tutorials

Foreground Lighting

Photoshop Touch-Up Tutorials

Simple Focused Lighting Effect in Photoshop

Focused lighting

Adaptive Saturation

Photoshop Touch-Up Tutorials

Learn 3 Great Ways to Dodge and Burn in Photoshop

Photoshop Touch-Up Tutorials

General Photo Editing in Photoshop:

Retouch a Bland Model Portrait in Photoshop

Photoshop Touch-Up Tutorials

Realistic Portrait Retouching with Photoshop

Photoshop Touch-Up Tutorials

Non-Destructive Editing

Non-destructive editing

Make Your Amateur Photos More Professional

Photoshop Touch-Up Tutorials

Retouching a Studio Portrait

Photoshop Touch-Up Tutorials

Edge Sharpening

Edge sharpening

Non-Destructive Dodge and Burn in Photoshop

Photoshop Touch-Up Tutorials

How to Straigten Crooked Photos

Photoshop Touch-Up Tutorials

Selective Focus and Tilt Shift

Photoshop Touch-Up Tutorials

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  • Hubby, January 13, 2009

    nice list but there should be a line drawn for using photoshop. sometimes, photoshop makes inner beauty inferior to physical beauty.

  • Mariella, January 13, 2009

    How about picking out the good stuff for us? Several of these examples look really good, but some of the skin enhancements look way too blurry or overdone, many effects look unnatural, and the waist-thinning one is freakish.

  • Vandely Design, January 13, 2009

    Mariella,
    I think the technique in the waist-thinning tutorial could be applied in a way that was more realistic (i.e. not taking so much off the sides).

  • Raul, January 13, 2009

    great list! an epic for PS retouching

  • Brian, January 13, 2009

    Please, don’t remove freckles!!! I love girls with freckles!!! Talk about adorable.

  • Mike, January 13, 2009

    Excellent stuff, lots of good reference points – thankyou.

    One other thing I’d like to see here: photgraphing and optimising shots of black people. I recently visited some friends in The Gambia and had to take a few portrait shots with all the problems of wide contrast. I’m left with some noisy shots that I need to make the best of, some insight here would be very useful.

    I realise ‘everyone is the same underneath’, but I really think that more tutorials should acknowledge that very dark skin requires some different considerations.

  • joyoge designers' bookmark, January 13, 2009

    useful nice list thanks..

  • Andris, January 13, 2009

    I don’t think all of those tutorials are pretty realistic. and sometimes it’s better to take more effort in taking the picture than in retouching it in photoshop.

  • Vandely Design, January 13, 2009

    Adris,
    I agree that taking a better picture in the first place is the best option, but many times designers don’t have a choice here. A designer may be forced to work with specific pictures, in which case, some touch-ups can make a big difference.

    Mike,
    Good point. There aren’t many tutorials for working with darker skin.

  • Geoserv, January 13, 2009

    What a fantastic list, lots of work to put together.

    Thanks for posting.

  • Merewald Valletta, January 13, 2009

    @Adris: You’re right, some of them are pretty bad. But, I have had to work with some really, really bad photos – and tutorials like these have always helped me make the best out of a bad photo.

    Thanks for the list Vandely! There’re some here I’ve actually never seen before.

  • Yanik's Photo School, January 13, 2009

    Thanks for mentioning my tutorial!

    This i a great list. I discovered some cool sites! :)

    Yanik

  • Stacy, January 14, 2009

    I have never seen a collection of links like this with so many unworthy examples. Disappointing from what is usually a quality source.

  • Vandelay Design, January 14, 2009

    Stacy,
    Sorry you’re not happy with the quality. Honestly, the response to this list has been mixed, so I’ll have to take that into consideration for the future. Thanks for your honest but respectful feedback.

  • guglimellis, January 14, 2009

    photoshopped!

  • Kyp, January 14, 2009

    @Brian

    I agree! Freckles are great, don’t be ashamed of freckles :P and don’t get rid of them please!

    In general on the list, i’m looking forwards to trying some of these out. I think it takes a little bit of courage to throw your expertise out on the net for critisms, so I’m always intregued to see whats offering. Thanks!

  • loswl, January 14, 2009

    Excellent tuts wow!! :oo

  • Mens designer clothing, January 15, 2009

    Wow Im so impressed with what I have just seen. I know photoshop is good but wooow!

  • Owens modify loans, January 16, 2009

    wowowieeee those photos are really great… with the tecnology we have right now eveything is possible… from the simpliest to the most hard photos to edit, redesign and so much more.

  • critique, January 18, 2009

    Isn’t the goal of photo touch-ups to NOT look like anything has been touched up? Pretty much every one of these photos have been noticeably touched up (even if the “before” wasn’t there for reference).

  • Eric Carter, January 18, 2009

    Wow man really nice work.

  • Global Politics, January 19, 2009

    A very good collection of tutorials! Celebrities must hate those “aging” images!

  • Laufkran, January 20, 2009

    Wow! Amazing. Photoshop is a great mage. :-) I have to necessarily try the tutorials…

  • Manila Office Space, January 21, 2009

    Awesome..!Photoshop is really good..^_^

  • Andris, January 21, 2009

    @Vandelay Design

    you’re right. designers often have to deal with bad pictures. and I’m also thankful for tutorial-lists like yours that help us eliminate mistakes of the photographers. I just wanted to say that at a first glance I have seen better tutorials than some of the ones you listed. not all, only some. but keep up the good work. you’re doing a great job here.

  • Shamila, January 27, 2009

    Wow! thank u! I LOVE to retouch photographies :)
    Nice tips ;)

  • Michael, January 28, 2009

    I like this, it helps me a a lot with my photography (which is amiture at best).

  • Kay, February 5, 2009

    These tutorials are great – just what the (design) doctor ordered! Thanks.

  • rajita - logo design, February 9, 2009

    These are awesome touchups which can help designers give professional look to images.

  • Donna Lowe, February 14, 2009

    Thank you for this great post!

  • Heartburn Home Remedy, April 15, 2009

    The topic is quite trendy in the net right now. What do you pay attention to when choosing what to write ?

  • Pro Photography Blog, April 16, 2009

    I agree that many of these are a bit overdone. The best photoshopping is the kind you don’t notice!
    E

  • Angol nyelvtanfolyam, May 5, 2009

    As an English teacher I can tell what it means to students who have freckles to go through high schools. To them I only can say do not be ashamed!

  • MMC chiptuning, May 15, 2009

    The pictures are great. I love your site! Naturally smooth skin is God’s gift.

  • Real Estate Hungary, May 16, 2009

    These photos are great! I wonder which photoshop has been used?

  • Inversion Inmobiliaria, May 18, 2009

    I am certain adope photoshop 7. Especially the breast size aumentation picture.

  • Vagyonvédelem, May 26, 2009

    wow, these pictures in non-distructive dodge and burn seem like an artistic work. I will try this photoshop 7 again.

  • JenniferRuth, May 27, 2009

    If you plan to do a new list it would be great to see some tutorials for restoring old and damaged photos – I’ve got some photos from 1909 to retouch and it is hard to know where to start!

  • Loan modification, May 30, 2009

    I could use a tutorial on restoring old pictures as well.
    Do you happen to know any program for that?

  • Loan Modification, June 6, 2009

    Great tutorial about photoshop. Aging is quite frustrating ,but with these images neither plastic surgen can compete:)

  • Self esteem guy, June 10, 2009

    What a great way to build self-esteem. You do not have to work on yourself only on your pictures.

  • Web Hosting, June 14, 2009

    What a big collection of PS tutorials. It is not so hard to learn PS if you have great tutorials at. Thank you!

  • Nice postings! I will definitely start learning about photoshop as it can really enhance the quality of the picture.

  • Eredetiségvizsgálat, June 18, 2009

    I really like the photo of “selective foto and tilt shift”. I was in Vegas and took a very similar picute. At that time I did not know about this tool so it did’not turn out to be so fantastic.

  • loan modification, June 29, 2009

    Wow! Great stuff, these tutorials are really useful! I’m bookmarking and making good use of this!

  • Alen, July 6, 2009

    Nice list. It should help my work.

  • Konyveles, July 10, 2009

    Thanks for sharing all the info. Pictures are great. How can I learn to use it on a professional level? Does anyone know a course?

  • Loan Modifications, July 10, 2009

    If you type in google the term “photoshop courses” you’ll find a plethora of information. I payed for online which cost me only 50 bucks.

  • Hiperaktív, July 17, 2009

    You can find a photoshop course for only fifty dollars. That sounds great. Thanks for sharing!

  • Masszázs, August 18, 2009

    Fantastic recollection of information here. It is amazing how many photoshop tutorials you can find here. You have taught me a lot.

  • shaun mcmanus, September 9, 2009

    wow thanks for all the tutorials guys

  • Magento Templates, September 12, 2009

    Nice list! It is very usefull. Thanks for the tips

  • Bio takarítás, September 25, 2009

    I thought I could use some photoshop guidance. Wonderful tutorial. Thank you for sharing!

  • masszázs Bp, October 1, 2009

    Great list. Thanks for taking the time to collect.

  • szépségszalon, October 6, 2009

    Good collection of tutorials. It really helps to learn use PS.

  • masszázs Bp, October 7, 2009

    The Design Inspiration is great!

  • Canvas Photos, November 17, 2009

    Awesome. These photos are stunning. No doubt you can do this only with photoshop.

  • http://www.articlemonkeys.com, November 18, 2009

    Amazing its digital make . but can we say its fake picture of any actress .

  • Vízóra csere, November 22, 2009

    Wonderful comments. I really like your postings, because I can learn a lot from it. Thanks

  • Faith, December 8, 2009

    These are great tutorials I have tried a couple already. Although some may seem a bit “overdone” this is what most of us see on magazines and billboards everyday so the common folk are immune to it and thats what they desire. Many times professional photography w/ editing gives them the chance to become who they feel they are on the inside but not necessarily who they are on the outside.

  • Chiptuner Kft chiptuning, December 8, 2009

    Very nice photoes, i like all photoshop tutorials because i can learn a lot.

  • Szonyegtisztitas, January 5, 2010

    This photoshop is amazing. It has come a long way to make a picture look a lot more real than the real picture. Thank you for sharing.

  • Clairvoyance info, January 13, 2010

    Lots of great advice here. It looks like that you can do many things with photoshop nowadays. It is truly amazing what you can do with the technology at this moment. Thanks for sharing.

  • Keith, January 21, 2010

    Great photos and even better tutorial, it really makes them look a lot more professional.

  • Teppichreinigung, February 1, 2010

    Yes, it is great to see how reality can be destorted with these new methods. I am glad that average people can also access these tools.

  • Táplálékkiegészitők, February 5, 2010

    Patience is needed for these because of that!
    It is not for me…

  • Masszázs, February 10, 2010

    Great thoughts about the topic.

  • Photo canvas prints, February 11, 2010

    Don’t tell everyone these tips as you will pute out of a job. Lol

  • DHarv, March 29, 2010

    I’m not impressed with any of the above enhancements. The eye pop looks unnatural (seriously, when was the last time you saw a person with radioactive eyes???), the lashes look drawn in (oh wait… they are), the shrinking waist looks like a mutant that turned into elastic. Photoshop is a great tool, if used correctly. If you have to do that much painting on your subject, after the photo was taken, that simply means that the photo was taken incorrectly to begin with. If the photo was taken correctly, minimal Photoshop work is all that it should take to really make it pop.

    All things in moderation!!!

  • Brad, May 26, 2010

    Photoshop is really great for editing pics. The tips you posted is great as I don’t have this kind of skills..

  • margapierre, May 28, 2010

    This is really awesome! I’ll definitely learn a lot from this! One day, I’ll be a pro photo editor! :)

  • Falinaptár, October 27, 2010

    Photoshop makes such a different. I wish I could correct everything in life just like that.
    Thanks for sharing this useful information. I think we all learned from it.

  • Takaritás, October 28, 2010

    I love those pics and the transformation they represent. It´s truly amazing what you can do with ˝high tech˝ nowadays.

  • Ügyvédek, November 30, 2010

    Thanks for showing these remarkable transformations to us.

  • Sheryl, December 7, 2010

    Definitely bookmarking this page. These tutorials are indispensable! Thanks for sharing!

  • vizora csere, January 6, 2011

    So many details. I like them. The aging process is scary though. :)

  • Zoltan, January 14, 2011

    Lots of goodies in this article. I especially like the effects for the face with the green-eye Lady in it. Thanks a lot. Keep up the good work forever.:)

  • babaproject, January 16, 2011

    Great photos ! I have to learn a lot, because I cant make like beautiful pictures.

  • Cristina pisos Budapest, March 26, 2011

    Wordefull photos I have also learn a lot

  • CtiB, April 17, 2011

    Thanks for the list – keep up the good work… I can choose to take any of these tuts to an extreme or tone them down. Haven’t seen all of these so appreciate it!