Im a graphic designer and youtuber who wants to improve the overall quality of my thumbnails. What skin retouching/effects could i learn to achieve this effect on the subject. Any learning resources or tutorials?

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    Hi. I don't think there is any significant skin retouching in that image to be honest. Maybe a little extra contrast/levels/curves tweaks to make it pop. As for the rest it's a photomanipulation. There are many techniques, using images from elsewhere, layer masking, etc.
    – Billy Kerr
    Feb 24, 2022 at 23:39
  • Thank you. Im familiar with some of them. But for the most part. I thought maybe someone knew of a technique or tutorial to make those tweaks that make it "pop".
    – Karl Rico
    Feb 25, 2022 at 1:22
  • There's a useful tutorial here: youtube.com/watch?v=33-Ai-50Nes
    – Billy Kerr
    Feb 25, 2022 at 14:52
  • Thank you so much!
    – Karl Rico
    Feb 27, 2022 at 5:39

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If you look for an easy solution you may be happy with the G'Mic Mighty Details filter:

Original Mighty Details Source: Wikimedia Commons

Above is Mighty Details filter set to Amplitude 100 and defaults in the additional settings.

These filters are available as a plugin for GIMP, Krita, Photoshop, Affinity Photo, PaintShop Pro, PhotoLine and Paint.NET, or as an online version to try them out.

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