In this video tutorial, Michael shows us how to remove blemishes & smooth skin with Photoshop. If you do not want to watch the video, you can find the complete instructions below the video.
How To Remove Blemishes & Smooth Skin with Photoshop
This tutorial was written using Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud (CS6) but the method should be similar across most versions of Photoshop. There are many different methods for removing blemishes and smoothing skin in Photoshop but this is just one of the more simpler techniques.
Open Photoshop and then open the image that you wish to remove blemishes and smooth skin.
First start by selecting the ‘Healing Brush Tool’
Using the ‘Spot Healing Brush Tool’ click on the areas of the face and skin where there are blemishes such as pimples, moles, freckles, wrinkles, etc. This tool can even be used to remove hair from the face.
Next, right click on your layer and select ‘Layer from Background’.
Right click on your layer once again and this time click ‘Duplicate Layer’. For the rest of this tutorial we will be working on this layer.
Select the ‘Brush’ tool.
Click the Quick Mask icon or press ‘Q’ on your keyboard to enter Quick Mask mode.
Start painting the skin areas in your image with the brush tool (this should already be selected as you selected the brush tool before entering quick mask mode). Try to avoid the non-skin areas of your image such as eyes, eyebrows, lips, etc. You will notice the active color in your paint palette is black even though the paint is coming out red, this is normal. If you make a mistake and you want to erase some of the painted area, simply change your selected color to white and this will remove the red selection area that you have painted.
Once you have painted in all of your skin areas, press ‘Q’ on your keyboard to exit Quick Mask Mode or press the Quick Mask Mode icon once again to leave the mode.
Once you have left quick mask mode you will notice your skin area has been traced out by the moving dots. At this stage press CTRL + SHIFT + I on your keyboard or COMMAND + SHIFT + I on a MAC. This will invert your selection ensuring only the skin areas are selected.
Now that we have our area selected, click on the ‘Rectangular Marquee Tool’ and then right click on the selected skin are and select ‘Layer Via Copy’.
With this newly created layer selected please proceed to click on ‘Filter’ (top toolbar) then ‘Blur’ and then ‘Gaussian Blur’. At this screen play around with the blur settings until the skin area is quite blurry.
Your skin area should now appear smooth although at this stage it could be a little too blurry. To make the effect look more realistic, play around with the opacity of this layer until you get a good final result.
That’s it, all done. We hope you found this tutorial to be helpful. If the text version of the tutorial was hard to follow, please watch the video above and you can see the whole process unfold step by step.
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