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Retouch Skin in Photoshop

Posted on 21st September 2018
 For this tutorial, you will need a portrait that needs some retouching.

1 - In Photoshop, open the image you chose.



2 - “Duplicate” your Layer twice (Command/Control + J) and “Hide” the top-most duplicate by clicking on the small eye icon to its left in the “Layers Panel”.





3 - Select the first duplicate, go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur… and move your “Radius” lever until the skin seems even (for us it was 7.0 Pixels).





4 - “Turn On” your Top Duplicate and go to Image > Apply Image…, use your Document as the “Source” and the First Duplicate (the one you applied the “Gaussian Blur” to) as Layer. Use “Subtract” as “Blending Mode”, a “Scale” of 2 and an “Offset” of 125. Then, change the “Blending Mode” of the Layer to “Linear Light”.







5 - Select the first duplicate again and with the “Lasso Tool” (L) and a “Feather” of 30 px, make a selection of the forehead area trying not to be too close to the eyebrows and hair line.





6 - Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur… and this time use a very high “Radius” value (we used 29 Pixels). The idea is to get rid of as many imperfections as possible.





7 - Do the same with the cheeks and to repeat the “Gaussian Blur” go to the Filter Menu and the last applied filter should be on top. You can “Hide” and “Un-hide” the selection by clicking the “H” key.









8 - Repeat with other areas of the face that need fixing like, chin, nose and eyelids. Remember to “Deselect” (Command/Control + D) after you are finished with an area.













9 - Use the “Spot Healing Brush Tool” (J) to remove some of the “Freckles” and other spots. Use a medium and soft brush.









10 - To fix other areas, like the nose, use the “Clone Stamp Tool” (S). Hold the “Alt/Option” key and click on top of the area you want to use as “Source” and then, use a medium brush with an “Opacity” of around 30% to cover the spots that need it.







11 - You can Turn Off and On your Layers to see the Before and After.



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