Tigz Rice is a London based photographer specialising in fashion and boudoir with a vintage aesthetic. An Adobe Community Professional and Wacom Influencer, she originally trained in digital illustration before naturally progressing into the world of photography and retouching. Alongside a client list including Cosmopolitan Magazine, Burlesque On Ice and Paris Burlesque Festival, her work has dominated the European burlesque scene since 2009, which consequently means everything she owns is covered with a fine layer of glitter…

In this tutorial, photographer Tigz Rice will show you how to create perfect skin in a photo without making your models look plastic.

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This tutorial uses a technique known as ‘frequency separation’, by splitting your image into two layers. This enables you to work on the colour and the texture of the skin independently of each other.

Once you’ve mastered this technique, you can also apply the same action to many other common retouching workflows, like filling in hair, getting rid of wrinkles in clothing and correcting backgrounds.

Time to complete

10 - 30 minutes, depending on your experience

Software needed

Photoshop CS or later

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