Photo Retouching and Restoration Photoshop Tutorials


Good day everyone. Few days ago, we featured some fresh vector tutorials using Illustrator in “Early 2010 Best of Vector Tutorials in Adobe Illustrator“. Now let’s take a look at some Photoshop tutorials this time. And let’s focus specifically on photo handling and editing capability of Photoshop like photo retouching and restoration.

Photo retouching and manipulation are probably the two most important areas Photoshop is used extensively, mainly because Photoshop offers a variety of sophisticated tools and effects that you can use to smooth out skin and hair, optimize body proportions, emphasize or enhance some beautiful details, correct colors, and a whole lot more.

These skills are important to learn not just for professional photographers but for anyone who simply wants to learn to edit and retouch their own photos using the same powerful photo-editing software professionals use.

Let’s study these dozen examples shown below on how they are done properly. Photo retouching and restoration listed six tutorials each containing before and after comparison with easy to follow step-by-step procedures in Photoshop.

Photo Retouching

1. Shadow Recovery of Backlight Problem

Photographer Edwin Setiawan explains in this simple Photoshop tutorial how to fix backlight problems.

2. Skin and Facial Enhancing

Learn how to enhance and glamorize a face in Photoshop with this easy to follow tutorial.

3. Professionalizing low quality photos

Turn your low quality discolored photos to professional looking photos with this simple and easy to follow tutorial.

4. Glamor Retouch Tutorial

Learn how to smooth skin and add those glamorous glow using this simple and short tutorial.

5. Reducing Wrinkles In Photoshop

This tutorial shows how Healing Brush, by far the best photo retouching tool in Photoshop, and how we can use it to easily reduce distracting skin wrinkles in an image.


6. How to Slim a Face in Photoshop

This Photoshop retouching tutorial is about making someone’s face look naturally thin under the best possible conditions.


Photo Restoration

1. How To Repair Scratches, Tears, and Spots on an Old Photograph

This PSD Tuts+ tutorial will teach us how to repair cracks, scratches, and spots so this photo of the Swedish Nightingale, Jenny Lind, looks just like new.

2. Professional Photograph Restoration Workflow

Once again, PSD Tuts+ shows us in this tutorial in-depth professional workflow for restoring old photographs to their former glory.

3. Restoring Colors of Old Photographs

Here’s a quick fix tutorial on how to fix and restore colors of old photos using Photoshop Elements.

4. Coloring an Old Black and White Photo

This tutorial demonstrates in very simple and easy to follow step by step procedures on how to add some colors to old black and white photos.

5. How to Restore a Damaged Photograph (Advanced)

Here’s another photo restoration tutorial in Photoshop showing how to work on badly damaged old photos.


6. Hand-Coloring Black and White Images with Photoshop

Here’s another photo coloring tutorial in Photoshop to restore old black and white pictures to make them full of colors and life.



  1. Nate 4 August, 2010 at 06:58

    The torn one ended up cross-eyed. The person who did it must have been cross-eyed not to have noticed.

  2. Jess 5 August, 2010 at 01:27

    The torn retouching is horribly fudged, having the eyes way too close together in the end. Poor effort.

  3. Graphire 5 August, 2010 at 08:30

    Thanks for the comments guys. Yes I did noticed that cross-eyed photo and some so-so final results. But considering the process and procedures done on these tutorials, overall it’s still a good way to learn photo retouching and restoration, most especially for novice Photoshop users. And for experts like most of you, I know you can produce much better results. Enjoy!

  4. Bridget 7 June, 2011 at 16:58

    Fantastic work. I have been searching for tutorials like these forever. THIS is the BEST I have found.

    Is there anywhere where I could purchase these tutorials from – I’d like to keep them for future reference.

    Many thanks for your time put into these tutorials to help me. I really appreciate it very much.


  5. BHS 1 January, 2012 at 02:44

    Your man with the corected tear looks cross-eyed. One might consider adjusting the iris and pupil of the repaired eye a fraction to make the restoration complete.

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  7. Alphonso 14 April, 2012 at 04:20

    Just saw your site.
    Anyway, amazing what can be with an image, especially an image that you thought was lost to you for good!
    I loved retouching old photos, and seeing how happy this makes people,
    it makes the work all worth while.
    Thanks for the examples

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