3 Ways to Flawlessly Retouch Skin

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Learn how to quickly smooth and retouch skin inside ON1 Photo RAW 2019. The first way is to use the Skin Retouching filter inside of the Effects Tab to remove any blemishes. You could also use the Portrait Tab to detect any faces and apply more specific skin, eye, and mouth retouching. Finally you can retouch skin by duplicating your portrait and blurring the skin tones to soften the face.

11 comments on “3 Ways to Flawlessly Retouch Skin”

  1. On February 24, 2019 at 10:20 pm Magnus Becker wrote:

    Hi Dylan,

    thank you for showing how to use the retouching tool. For a beginner this might be a usefull tool and I admit there was a time I’d have used it too.

    Yet, I must critisise that from an advanced view it is far from pleasing and I’d not use it. The result looks very cheap, like from a smart phone, the skin lost all it’s texture. Is there not better way in On1 to do it? I personally actually use Affinity Photo for this, for the reason they offer frequency seperation and since I know how to us it it’s a completely different game for me.

    Is there no better way in On1 to retouche, besides using the stamp and repair tools?


    1. On March 5, 2019 at 2:00 pm Dylan Kotecki replied:

      It was more to give the viewer an idea on how to use it. You could always modify the sliders and what not to taste and personal preference.


  2. On February 26, 2019 at 7:51 pm Carmen K wrote:

    Dylan – thanks so much for this video. Although it may be a basic approach, but it serves a purpose and gives me other choices to work with in Photo Raw. I’m sure there will be additional changes in the software, coming in future updates. I look forward to that. I like the changes in Photo Raw made so far! Thanks to the team.

    Thanks again – good job.

  3. On March 11, 2019 at 6:08 am Philip Zwick wrote:

    These procedures work nicely with younger, relatively smoother faces. But how about showing us how to deal with subjects of age who have bags under the eyes and wrinkles. Not to eliminate them completely but to reduce the severity that shows up with today’s sharp lenses.

    When I used Lightroom, I was able to do it by brushing a targeted adjustment with a lowered clarity slider. However, using On1’s structure slider does not do the same thing anywhere near as well. Is there a better way to get this smoothing effect under the eyes on older people?

    1. On March 11, 2019 at 9:24 am Dylan Kotecki replied:

      This was just a quick tip video but we will have more videos in the future that go in depth on how to retouch/smooth skin on different subjects. You could try adding a local adjustment layer. Head down to paint with color, turn that option on. Then grab the color dropper and drop it on a neutral skin tone on her face. Then brush that layer on with about 10-25% opacity and it will smooth skin and tones quite a bit.

  4. On March 11, 2019 at 8:42 am lar zac wrote:

    Hi Dylan,
    Thanks for this tutorial.
    My experience leads me to avoid the Portrait tab. It is slow (to detect face, I guess you speed it up in the tutorial), the detected zone is often not good at all and needs to be refined, we need to play with the eyes and mouth zones that are affected by the smoothing settings…
    In a nutshell it is for me a useless tab and I would prefer to be able to set my Edit panel with only Dev/Effects/Local, basta. Same efficiency and much simpler.

    To Philip: try a Local Adjustment and low down the Structure slider. It has more or less the same effect as LR Clarity.

  5. On March 11, 2019 at 7:58 pm Tom O'Connor wrote:

    Dylan thank you. For the hundreds of viewers not criticizing your efforts but quietly enjoying your tips, “ thank you.” I have recently put my work out there and received this, “but what about..xyz?” Response as well and regret that the intention and meaning is lost on some viewers-recipients. For the price to performance ratio I really appreciate OneOne and am sure others do too. I’m not one for pointing out what “it ain’t” like previous commenters but rather for what it is and your assistance in leading those who need it onto the path of digital manipulation. Cheers. -OzTomInVegas

    1. On March 11, 2019 at 8:36 pm Dylan Kotecki replied:

      Thanks Tom, I appreciate that! Thank you for watching and I’m glad they can help


  6. On March 13, 2019 at 3:16 pm Howard Birenbaum wrote:

    I had an issue with the last method of duplicating the layer. I duplicated the layer, and while on the duplicated layer went to my masking brush, but when I turned on the masking view, the layer went totally white. Exited the program, restarted, the same thing happened. What am I doing wrong?

    The first two methods worked great. I know I used to use the blur method when I worked with Photoshop Elements.

    Can you give me an idea s to what I did wrong?


    1. On March 14, 2019 at 11:10 am Dylan Kotecki replied:

      Hey Howard,

      Your mask view is just set to gray overlay. Go up to your top menu bar. Go into Mask > View Mode > Red Overlay.


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