In this tutorial I will show you how to use different filters in photoshop to smooth out skin and leave it looking natural, while giving you complete control.
There are many techniques to smooth skin in photoshop, you can even buy software such as Portraiture, but the technique I’m about to show you is the method I prefer most. The technique for smoothing skin allows for more control, and leaves the skin looking editorial, without making your subject looking to overdone.
Here is an before and after example of the picture we will be working with.
1. Duplicate the original layer in Photoshop
Start by opening your image in photoshop and Duplicate the original layer. Duplicating the original layer is very important, without this step the rest of the process will not work.
2. Blur blemishes and pores
Once you have your new layer, go into your filters menu -> Blur -> Surface Blur
Set your settings similar to what I have below, you want your skin to look almost like plastic, and make sure the blemishes and pores are gone.
Next you want to adjust your settings, the goal is to have enough noise back in your picture to add a little bit of texture.
Make sure “Uniform” is selected… Set your amount to the same as I have below.
3. Add a mask layer for natural skin
The next step is very important to remember, you’re going to add a mask layer.
Make sure you press “alt”, or “option” on a mac, while you choose the mask layer. This makes it black and reverts your image to its original, while the image with all of your adjustments is under the mask.
Avoid all edges of the face, including right at the edge of the eyes mouth and nose, and right before the hairline.
4. Adjust opacity to get the smoothing you want
And once again you have your final image.
I hope you find this tutorial useful, please come back for more helpful tutorials and tips coming soon.
View video version of this tutorial Video Tutorial How to Smooth Skin in Photoshop.