Skin Retouching with Wavelets on PIXLS.US

Anyone who has been reading here for a little bit knows that I tend to spend most of my skin retouching time with wavelet scales. I've written about it originally here, then revisited it as part of an Open Source Portrait tutorial, and even touched upon the theme one more time (sorry about that - I couldn't resist the “touching” pun).

Because I haven’t possibly beat this horse dead enough yet, I have now also compiled all of those thoughts into a new post over on PIXLS.US that is now pretty much done:

PIXLS.US: Skin Retouching with Wavelet Decompose

Of course, we get another view of the always lovely Mairi before & after (from an older tutorial that some may recognize):

As well as the lovely Nikki before & after:

Even if you've read the other material before this might be worth re-visiting.

Don't forget, Ian Hex has an awesome tutorial on using luminosity masks in darktable, as well as the port of my old digital B&W article! These can all be found at the moment on the Articles page of the site.

The Other Blog

Don't forget that I also have a blog I'm starting up over on PIXLS.US that documents what I'm up to as I build the site and news about new articles and posts as they get published! You can follow the blog on the site here:

There's also an RSS feed there if you use a feed reader (RSS).

Write For PIXLS

I am also entertaining ideas from folks who might like to publish a tutorial or article for the site. If you might be interested feel free to contact me with your idea! Spread the love! :)


  1. Hello,

    I read your tutorials but I have one question. The wavelet decompose plugin is from 2008 and the script-fu is from 2009 both doesn´t work with gimp2.9.2 and 16 to 32 bit. Do you have a solution for an high bit image workflow other than doing the retouche at last step in 8bit?


    1. Yes, the WD plugin is old and doesn't work on high bit depth images. :(

      I did, however, convince G'MIC author David to recreate the algorithm for us in G"MIC! So, if you have G'MIC ( installed, you can find it under "Details -> Split Details [wavelets]".