The Retouching Toolkit has become a very popular addon for retouching in Photoshop. It’s seen a number of iterations, and a massive update with version 3.0 just over 6 months ago. Now it’s received a 3.1 update with more big changes.
The new version comes with reinvented dodge & burn as well as frequency separation techniques, selective saturation, and the Configurator – a tool which lets you create your own Photoshop panels.
Conny Walstrom, creator of the retouching toolkit created a “quick” walkthrough of the new version of Retouching Toolkit. “Quick” to Conny, though is just over an hour. So, make yourself a coffee, sit back, and relax while you watch this.
Conny spends a lot of time talking about the Configurator in the above video, which allows you to customise your own panels for your most used features, actions and menu functions within Photoshop to always have them within easy reach.
The concept behind the Retouching Toolkit is to help align Photoshop into a tool that is directly suited for image retouching. The new tools included in this release are extremely powerful. With many tools, executing new concepts and implementations
– Conny Walstrom, Retouching Toolkit
Videos were also posted covering some of the other new major features in Retouching Toolkit 3.1 as well, including the new frequency separation and dodge & burn techniques, and selective saturation.
Dodge & Burn
As the name suggests, and as the videos above highlight, this addon is designed specifically for retouching. Whether you’re actually a retoucher or a photographer who’s retouching your own work the Retouching Toolkit is designed to speed up your workflow to minimise the amount of time you spend sitting at the computer while still achieving the best results possible.
There are new features expected to be released and added to the Retouching Toolkit in the coming months, too, including colour wheels, colour mapping, luminosity and other addons.