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How To Smooth Skin in Affinity Photo With The Inpainting Tool

Last Updated on November 1, 2020 by Devaun Lennox

Hello my friends so today we’re actually gonna be talking about how to smooth out skin and do some basic retouching on the photo in iPad you can do the same exact thing that you can do on Photoshop on an iPad as long as you have an iPad Pro now it doesn’t matter if people did newer generations the iPad pro or the older generation the iPad pro from last year the year before last as long as you have an iPad Pro and an Apple pencil and the software called affinity photo

Is basically similar to Photoshop does almost exact same thing as Photoshop but they’ve actually translated that app to iPad it’s been totally optimized and it works exactly the same way you can actually do it on affinity photo on the iPad so for me personally I actually edit primarily on iPad I don’t really use Photoshop a lot

I did learn on Photoshop so I I’m technically trained on how to use Photoshop but affinity photo is literally exact same thing so today we’re gonna be really going through this image that’s here on screen we’re gonna be focusing just on the face So let me zoom in right now we’re gonna be basically smoothing out this area of the face this is the final image after about 6 or 7 minutes of just the technique that we’re gonna cover today and then this is the original image right here so if i zoom in you can see all these blemishes I will zoom into some of those blemishes that we’re going to actually move with a simple tool that you can actually find in Photoshop or affinity photo on iPad so that’s exactly what we’re gonna be covering and we’re gonna be smoothing out all of that content to get rid of all those blemishes there on the face

so let’s jump over into affinity photo right now and we get started so here’s the photo in affinity photo so first things first default setup I literally just loaded the photo into the program that is all I’ve done the first thing I’m gonna do is tap right here new pixel layer we’re gonna make that a blank pixel layer the blend mode is going to be normal and then we’re gonna go over into this side over here and we’re gonna attack right Here and we’re going to be using the inpainting brush so the in painting brush is basically basically the same exact thing as the spot healing brush in Photoshop affinity photo has changed their algorithm so it functions a little bit differently I don’t know all the technical jazz behind the difference between the Spot Healing Brush in the inpainting brush but are sparse functionality when it comes to retouching skin

and what we’re gonna be doing today they function the exact same way this tool is really bad when it comes to edges ideally you want to make sure that this tool is set to the the settings that are on screen right now so a medium size with You want to make sure that brush is set to a medium smaller kind of width so somewhere between 10 to 50 pixels opacity 100 flow 100% hardness I’m actually gonna put that to 100% the hardness is something I’m gonna modulate and kind of change as I as I do retouching for the most part if you want a lot of texture keep the hardness at 100%

if you don’t want a lot of texture you’re working mostly on the tone or color and a blemish at that point it makes more sense to move the hardness down over to 50% 20% 0% depending on how soft you want be the replacement of the surrounding skin after you brush and you do a stroke over how soft you want that to actually blend in that’s really what the hardest is controlling for the most part I leave it at a hundred percent and then if I’m working a little bit more on color and more of a tone and kind of issue if I’m just doing only this technique then I will change it to below 50% but like I said mentioned before this tool is really really bad when it comes just the edges

But we are just going to we’re going to on this blank layer right here we’re going to just do all of our editing so to do that you actually need to change the source of the tool to current and below so that it actually samples both this pixel this both of these layers are here that I’m tapping but as far as settings that those are kind of the settings I just use a pretty small brush size usually about 10 to 15 maybe 20 pixels and the past 300 400 hardness hundred percent Laure below this was supposed to set to default I don’t know what happened why the more are changed but you can just ignore that it’s just a default herb brush that you find right here that’s all we’re gonna do so it’s 11:17 right now we are gonna spend basically six or seven minutes and we’ll see how far we can get you can be literally in ten minutes do a whole photo with this technique

I mean it’s super freakin easy it’s one tool you don’t need to change tools you don’t have to change a lot of settings you just like tap away at it and you zoom in so you’re nice and close and that’s it you know it was super freaking easy this is definitely the way I was retouched with photos for a really long time but so 11:18 we’re just gonna spend the next six six minutes and see how far we get so I will kind of give you guys some talking points as I go along the brush right now was way too big so we’re gonna kind of zoom in a little bit more even still a little bit

too big but literally all you’re doing with the end painting or aka the Spot Healing tool same thing the Spot Healing tool is just what it’s called in Photoshop in paintings what it’s called it’s called an affinity you are literally just with every brush stroke it’s going to sample sample all the neighboring pixels and then analyze texture tone and color of the surrounding pixels

And then basically use an algorithm to blend as little what what it’s doing based on the flow that you have set and the the hardness that you have set so since I’m not really doing anything that needs a lot of softness as far as edges I’m working primarily on just blemishes and that some of this stuff has some colors well instant own issues but for the most part leaving it a hundred percent and just just doing exactly what I’m doing right now will get you probably about 90 to 95 percent of the way in here in your skin smoothing and your basic retouching which

is literally what we’re doing now this is the technique like I said before is is kind of the technique I’ve used for a very long time when I first started doing fashion and beauty and editorial work and since I’m my medium was primarily posting on and I wasn’t doing a lot of prints back in those days it didn’t really matter that I wasn’t able to edit basically the raw image this is just a JPEG that I exported from Photoshop with the resampling setting in Photoshop and the high resolution so it’s not gonna be the same resolution that you’d see and if you’re editing the

same in the jump over shop I just posted a tutorial on how to do this the same technique in Photoshop you can see the differences in terms of quality between both videos if you like a comparison but it’s not nearly as it’s it’s not nearly from a quality standpoint it’s not very good it’s really just not as good but if you’re just posting on Instagram I mean dude you’re editing on iPad what you see on the iPad is literally what you’re gonna get on iPhone regardless of what model it is granted the color there might be some color differences between every iPhone out there but for the most part where you’re seeing on these devices is what you’re going to get across all the devices iPhone and just the app Apple I guess some ecosystem overall it’s pretty good when it comes to consistency of how it displays images when it comes to lips on that so

what you’re seeing right here is literally what you didn’t get on Instagram and how it’s gonna translate across all devices so we’re at 11:20 that’s just two minutes and we’ll just kind of go back over here a little bit for the most part I’m just leaving the brush size the same as i zoom in and out I will change the brush size like for this thing Because bigger blemish right here I’ll kind of change that may actually drop the hardness down and make it a little bit bigger just soften up this entire area make sure it’s not doing anything funky one of the things with this tool you don’t go over multiple areas it starts to get really funky in terms of its results so ideally you want to just go over at once and then just kind of see its amount really like in the weight that that might just use a harder harder I’m not really liking that it’s just the tool would as you get

bigger in terms of size it starts to get really weird in the sampling it’s not really the greatest I’m on that front that you’re probably better off use other tools that we’ll talk about in future YouTube videos for example the patch tool the healing brush or just dodging and burning to be honest with you But for the sake of this video we’re just gonna keep on using this tool and just basically see how far we can get we’re just this one table with basic settings here I’m not even really changing the settings we’re still at the same settings I talked about before past three hundred percent below 100 percent can that work all that jazz nothing really revolutionary there to really get out removing cares no problem it does get a little bit blurry and it’s not great when it comes to edges still at about 14 pixels don’t really need to change your size but as you

use this tool more and more Fit this is gonna be one of the default tools you guys kind of use just a bit of quick result in five minutes so far we’re at four minutes and it’s just you can just kind of you’ll learn the intricacies of it and you’ll kind of know when it’s gonna give you a funky result but for the most part is kind of just tap away and just kind of go ham and you don’t even really need to be that careful especially since this image is gonna be posted on Instagram it doesn’t matter that much people are not going to zoom in to those levels to really see a lot of this detail and you can also use sharpening tools and brushes To to enhance the detail where you want that detail to be enhanced but we’re done I mean seriously I really seriously I’m not really totally jumping out there’s some texture stuff like kind of up here but the tools not gonna

be able to handle that’s gonna be a whole nother tool but dude I mean we started at eighteen five minutes guys look at this thing please please let me zoom in look at this seriously five minutes one tool I barely even change the settings guys seriously look at this are you kidding me five minutes if I spend like another three or four minutes I’d be to finish like all of all of this down here like all of this jazz over here I wouldn’t be able to fix the whole shirt situation that’s a whole nother tool but and there’s some other color issues with this photo but like that’s literally

it guys when it comes to basic spin skin skin smoothing With this specific technique this one technique this is what you can do in five minutes I will show you guys some other techniques both in terms of Photoshop and the fitnah P photo ipad that are gonna give you different results that you know may use blurring may use a variety of different tools there’s a lot of ways to do the same the same process my goals really just kind of just show you each one of those individually so that you guys can ideally just be able to pick and choose whichever

techniques that you person like the most I use this technique personally I don’t use this technique quite to the levels that I’m showing you right now because I do do frequency separation and I kind of altered my technique this but this is what I was doing for a long time on on all my posts to be honest with you because it’s just like if you zoom in far enough and you’re like you’re you’re zoom in to this level and you make your brush size that big I mean you can get to pixel detail and you can get really really I mean dude you can get really really nitpicky if you want

to to get rid of detail granted X after a certain point it is Gonna get kind of blurry but you can see right here it’s gonna it’s gonna get kind of blurry you’ll start to lose detail after some point but I mean if you need to get that closer you can get that close and you can just tap away it doesn’t take a lot of effort doesn’t take a lot of time it’s very very simple just in ten minutes we can knock out this entire photo and you can be totally good and send off the client if your color was already good and the lighting looks great and whatever this technique works both

inside and out doors if you’re shooting remote locations or you’re shooting in the studio Same thing doesn’t make a difference but that’s really it guys that’s kind of the only technically I wanted to show you on my pad just so that you guys know this is possible and when it comes to doing editorial or beauty or fashion work like this can still give you the same level results granted since I am anyone and sucking via the high quality that you would expect on you know a pro-level desktop or laptop situation with an external monitor it’s not gonna be as good as that

but if you’re posting online it’s I mean dude like you’re cool man you’re good you’re totally fine but that’s kinda wrap up today’s video I I hope that technique was beneficial to you guys I hope you kind of learned something especially on the iPad for you guys I have an iPad pro already my nose will whip it out man and start editing on the go you can just you want to bring around the laptop anymore you don’t bring around the the tablet and and and all that stuff and this stylus and have all these tables you know how to do with that any of that stuff anymore and little just have your iPad and just an Apple pencil and you’re cool man like you were totally fine so I hope that helps you guys

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Devaun Lennox

I'm a fashion, beauty, and commercial photographer turned impromptu photojournalist. Based in Las Vegas, my images are graphic, bold, and full-on contrast.