Sep 13, 2008

Photoshop Quickie Part 3 : Smooth Skin Galore!

  • Hey girls.. welcome to the 3rd part of our photoshop quickie series.
  • In our first tutorial, you learnt how to transform this :

    to this by adjusting the contrast and colour levels:If you missed the first tutorial, you can find it here.

  • In the second tutorial.. you learnt how to erase pimples and moles, wrinkles.
  • Today you will learn how to make your skin so much more smoother... your result will look like this :
  • If you compare this picture to the one above, you can see that this photo, her skin is very very smooth, especially the neck area. What we are going to do is we are going to blur the whole skin area to get that smooth look.

    ok let's get started-------------------


  • Open up Photoshop.. you'll see this..


    Go to File > Open to open your photo, or the one we are using.


    Choose the photo from the dialogue, the name will be different depending on what you name it.


  • If you look to your right, you can see a tab of stuff in your right bar..Click on the layers tab, you will either see it drop down or recline up. you want it to drop down, so if it reclines up click on it again.
    You can see a layer named Background there. Click on it.

  • right click on the Background layer, and this will pop up.
    Click on duplicate layer.

  • This will pop up. just hit OK.

    You will have another layer on top of your Background layer called Background Copy.
    Click on Background Copy to ensure that whatever you will falls on this layer only

  • Click on filter>blur>gaussian blur

    You don't want it to be too blur.. just blur enough to cover all the skin flaws..
    Pull the slider until you are satisfied with how blur it is.
    We use 7.2 pixels.


  • Click on the Eraser tool

    Your photo looks like this now. all blured

    Rub away the background : all the leaves and her clothes. We just want her skin blurred only.

    Rub away her eyes, nose and mouth.. and the diamond as well


    Most importantly, rub away her jawline to get back that sharp line ... do that to the ears and nose as well.
  • If you do it right, only ur skin is blurred, all the other details are preserved.

  • Now, you know that all photos have noise. those dotted coloured pixels. when we blurred our photo, all the noise is lost. We want them back or people will realized that we have blurred the skin.
    Go to filters> noise> add noise
    match the noise value to the photo noise level..
    Pull the slider and get the best option.
    We use 1.65

    This is your result. Smoother skin!

Here is the breakdown of the process