How I do my Editorial Retouching.



Every photographer has their own spin on how they do their thing. In this video, I would like to share how I do my editorial retouching with you.

I started with this image that I got for, there are a few really good places to find files that you can practice on yourself.

The link to this image is here  —>  Editorial retouching image by (149 downloads)

First step – Pre Prep

I import my images into Capture One Pro 11, Adobe Camera Raw or Lightroom will work perfectly fine too, I personally feel that I get the best colour renditions from Capture One Pro.

In here, I begin with White balance and begin to take the image in the direction of the feel I want, if I want a warmer feel the I increase the Kelvin and reduce for a colder feel, this will be completely up to yourself.

I then look at exposure, contrast, and shadows, 90% of the time this is all the adjustments that I will be needing.

Second step – Corrections

I export the image over to Photoshop (my settings can be viewed in the video)

I begin by making a duplicate layer of my background, in case somewhere along the line I need to go back to it.

I then create a new layer for making minor corrections to skin and surfaces. The two tools I use the most is healing brush and clone stamp tool. This is up to you what you want to use.

Once I am happy with that I create two new curve layer for dodge and burn, inverting the masks and setting the brush flow very low I begin to dodge and burn to correct tonal differences and try to smooth out hard transitions between shadows and mid-tones.

Third Step – The Grade

I begin by creating a clone stamp visible layer by pushing Shift+Ctrl+Alt+E this takes all the layers below and makes a new layer above.

I then make that layer a smart object so that whatever changes I make and don’t like further down the line can still be changed.

I open Camera Raw filter and boost the clarity, the amount will be completely up to your own taste.

I then create a new vibrance adjustment layer, reduce the vibrance according to the look that I am going for.

Then a curves adjustment layer with S-Curves in the blue and green channel and then a red/cyan shift towards the feel I am trying to achieve.

After that, I balance out the mid-tones with a colour balance adjustment layer.

Last step – The closing

Once I am happy with the way the colours of the image look I create another stamp visible layer and again convert to smart object. I then open a Camera Raw filter again, making minor tweaks to white balance and occasionally contrast, highlights, shadows or blacks.

After that, I add a noise filter at 2% Gaussian and monochrome.

At this point, this image is ready for export.


Editorial retouching is not difficult and there are many ways to skin an image. You need to find out what works best for your photography and go with that.


Please leave a comment below and let me know what you thought of this method.