Skin-Retouching Techniques: Compared


In general, there are four “famous” skin-retouching techniques on the photography and retouching market to achieve a smooth skin:

  • Gaussian blur (for me not a skin-retouching technique, but I see it a lot)
  • Inverted high-pass
  • Frequency Separation
  • Dodge & Burn

(Yes, there are more, but these are the “biggest” ones “inside” Photoshop)

This article will compare these skin-retouching techniques to show the pros and cons for each of them. However, this article will not show you how to do them, but what the “good and bad” sides are about these techniques – they might be not “black or white” but can be both (like grey-shades).

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Photographer Robert Harrison Gives a Great Workshop on 1940’s Glamour Shots, and it’s Free to Watch Online

Screen grab from the Workshop Video.

After the Great Depression, American cinema began to evolve, and Hollywood slowly started to become the country’s primary source of theatrical entertainment. Most of pop culture began its growth in that period, the 30’s and 40’s, with influences stemming from films like King Kong, Gone With the Wind, and Citizen Kane. There’s something about the photography that grew through inspiration from that age that has kept its appeal even up to today; after all this time, the 1940’s is an era that is recognized today for how glamorous it was through the art that it bred. And while we now have new and more modern approaches to portrait photography, sometimes it’s fun to try something different and go for a look that gives the portraits an entirely different dimension. Robert Harrington just recently held a workshop on how to achieve a “1940’s” look in your photography through tools you may already have. And for the good amount of people who didn’t have a chance to attend it, he just posted it online.

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