Retouch skin like a pro with these Photoshop actions that will let you heal, mattify, and airbrush skin with one click. It also includes actions for brightening eyes and increasing contrast; the former reduces redness and increases brightness in the eyes while the latter increases contrast without clipping highlights/shadows. These actions by SparkleStock are easy-to-use. Simply play the action then paint over the areas that you want to retouch.

Skin Retouching Actions Preview

To retouch skin, simply play an action then paint over the areas that you want to retouch. They’re extremely easy to use and a rough paint will work – you don’t need to be too precise.

The skin airbrushing action makes skin look smoother without losing skin details.

Note: The video uses the SparkleStock version of this action that contains 20 retouching actions rather than 5.

Download the Retouching Actions

  • Mattifier
  • Skin Airbrushing
  • Brighten Eyes
  • Redness Reducer
  • Clipping-Free Contrast
  • Ultra Mattifier
  • Skin Airbrushing (Lite)
  • Skin Airbrushing (Sharp)
  • Skin Blur
  • Plastic Skin
  • Lip Enhancer
  • Teeth Whitener
  • Freckle Remover (Light-Brown Freckles)
  • High-Pass Contrast
  • Local Contrast
  • Shadow Contrast
  • Midtone Contrast
  • Highlight Contrast
  • Emphasize Skin Flaws
  • Diffused Glow

38 thoughts on “Freebie: 5 Skin Retouching Photoshop Actions”

  1. Hi Photoshop Tutorials.

    I purchased a Photoshop action bundle from Etsy and I’m here to tell you that they stole your free skin actions and selling it in their bundle. I sent you a message through the contact form but did not hear back yet.

  2. I couldn’t get the zxp to work… it gives me an error eventhough I have the latest version of Photoshop CC.

    I used the atn and it worked. But do I need the zxp?

  3. Very happy with these actions. Basically the actions use frequency separation but call it airbrushing. Layers are organized and I can go in to the filter and change the settings.

  4. I have been doing more portraits lately and I struggle when I see all of the “work” I have to do to make the skin look right. Even when my models are getting makeup done professionally I am not liking what I see in the end. Thanks for the tips!

    1. Denny Tang

      Yes it works with Photoshop CC 2018. In Photoshop, open the Actions panel (Window > Actions). Drag and drop the ATN file to the Actions panel.

  5. Thanks for giving lesson to time saving tricks. But could you help me how to use these actions. I just downloaded action, could you tell me what to do now…….

    1. Denny Tang

      The GraphicRiver version is the same as the current one. However, there is an upcoming update which includes many new actions that will not be available in the GraphicRiver version. If you want this update, please purchase it from CreativeMarket instead.

  6. i don’t know why, but when i first used the airbrush action, it worked fine, but now, when i play the action, and paint over faces, it’s looking more sharp rather than smooth skin. What am I doing wrong? or what feature do I have turned on that needs to be off??

    1. Photoshop Tutorials Editor

      The one being old on GraphicRiver is a premium version. This action set is sold on multiple websites including SparkleStock, GraphicRiver, Creative Market, DeviantART, and Adobe Exchange.

  7. Thank you for these actions. Id love to see a tutorial on how to retouch skin without actions if you could.

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