To show the extensive work that can go into retouching a beauty portrait, editing guru Pratik Naik of Solstice Retouch created this 7-minute timelapse video showing how he spend 1.5 hours cleaning up a photo by photographer Jonas Jensen.
“It’s not blurring or airbrushing skin, and there’s no magic button,” says Naik. “Half of the time, you won’t even know an image is retouched when it’s done correctly and that’s what it should be.”
“It should what a person looks like on their best day, realistic yet natural and full of visible skin texture. This is for people in the industry as well as outside of it, to bridge the gap of understanding what it’s really about amid the bad media out there.”
Here’s a comparison of what the photo looked like before and after Naik’s retouching (drag the slider left and right):
Naik used a non-destructive workflow consisting of healing, cloning, dodging, burning, and color correction to create the final photo. You can find more of his work here.
Image credits: Photograph by Jonas Jensen and video/retouching by Pratik Naik