Professional Beauty Retouching

$199.00 USD

The world of professional beauty retouching is very exciting, collaborative and diverse. However, the percentage of skilled professionals who are qualified to work for prestigious 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 due to 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 matter. 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, our course can undeniably help improve your skills and lay a foundation for professional retouching methods and habits, so you are completely prepared when the opportunity arises.

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

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



An excerpt from Module 1: Starting Out & Organization, Lesson 1 (total video duration – 14:00)

The world of professional beauty retouching is very exciting, collaborative, and diverse. You never stop learning and growing as a creative professional because every job is a set of new challenges that keep your problem-solving and retouching skills sharp and ever-evolving.

In retouching, as in any freelance career, virtually everyone begins with the simplest form of doing business – offering their services in exchange for the opportunity to develop their skillset and build their portfolio.

Then, once a freelancer feels confident enough to offer paid services, they move on to working with photographers, models, and makeup artists. And for the majority of retouching freelancers, this is the market where they choose to linger indefinitely.

Maybe this is where you want to be or maybe you are just not aware of the possibilities as a professional retouching artist.

If it’s the latter, you will be happy to find out that there’s a lot of room for growth – both professional and financial.


This 5-hour video course is a technical guide for retouching artists of any level interested in working with commercial clients in the beauty and wellness industry. It will also help self-taught retouchers to unlearn bad habits and increase their chances of 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.

Be sure to read the Becoming a Professional Beauty Retoucher article by Julia Kuzmenko McKim here.


In this video course, we uncover what you need to know to enter the world of professional retouching, whether as a freelancer serving prestigious clients or as part of a retouching studio 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.
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