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How To Smooth Skin in Photoshop In One Simple Step – Spot Healing Brush

Last Updated on November 1, 2020 by Devaun Lennox

Hey what’s going on guys so today we’re gonna learn how to do basic skin editing or skin smoothing using Photoshop the technique that I’m gonna show you guys is applicable to a lot of different versions of Photoshop myself personally I’m using cs6 and we’re just gonna kind of get right into it so this is the image that we’re gonna be editing I’m going back and forth to see some of the elements that we’re gonna be fixing we’re focusing specifically on the face right here all these lines and wrinkles and blemishes if you’re looking at where my cursor is going this is the stuff we’re gonna just focus on unfixing and we’re gonna go and we’re gonna get this done in about ten minutes with one tool super super easy

So we’re just gonna get right into it that’s the image right there there’s my face what’s up let’s hop right into Photoshop so that’s the before and after we’re gonna delete that first things first let me get my face up here so you guys can see me actually new Photoshop as well so yes since my face hello but first things first though so what we’re gonna do this entire tutorial is gonna be based on just one tool I am using a what way come or Wacom tablet which is

basically a stylus in and touch sensitive tablet a lot of people that are people that do photography retouching that do drawing that do painting digital inking are writing that are doing cursive strip a lot of people use Wacom tablets just because the stylus here actually has some quick quick select buttons that are right here quick select buttons that allow you to actually do programmable keys well you whether you want to do say for example this could be the alt to sample this could be the undo button you can customize those but I’m even gonna be using the

Wacom tablet there would be another future visit video explaining kind of how you can customize and use the Wacom tablet but long story short it’s already customized already good to go that’s what I’m using and we’re gonna be using Photoshop the version of Photoshop that I have is right here so 17 here’s some information on it wherever that may be so nothing special there the the tool that I’m talking about right now is Spot Healing tool it is applicable to pretty much every single version swelter shop I don’t know why you’d be using Photoshop to see us

forward and below but should be there as well just a caveat so the tool that we’re gonna be using is gonna be right over here we’re gonna be using the Spot Healing Brush it’s popular English so what the Spot Healing Brush allows us to do when we’re adding an image editing an image it allows us to quickly select a sample and Photoshop is going to use its algorithms to it do an analysis of color tone and texture and then basically based on the sample area do its best to do analysis of those three things to sample that area and automatically color correct it

so that it looks similar to other neighboring pixels this tool I’m gonna give you guys a caveat is not really good at edges it is terrible when it comes to edges do not put this tool up in hedges I’m gonna show you guys some techniques right now as far as how you can tackle some of the edges but we’ll go through another video as far as editing in Photoshop that you guys can use when it comes to edges there’s better tools in Photoshop when it comes to edges so if you’re trying to get rid of a blemish or you’re trying to smooth some some kind of weird area

and it’s on the edges on the line it’s the hair it’s it’s like a nose and eye it’s not gonna be good guys I’m just gonna let you know right now but that’s what we’re gonna be using today the settings that it’s set at I’m just using a normal brush nothing special there here’s the settings size 100 hardness 100 you can vary you can adjust the size the hardness if you need to if you want the sampling of how the Spot Healing Brush is actually going to when it actually actually en’t does its analysis how softer hard is the sample that is going to put in place that’s just gonna

be adjusted to the hardness I usually leave it a hundred but if it’s something that I’m working a little bit more on color and something like that and I’m only using this tool and I will just that as we kind of go along but this tutorial though we’re just keeping that under so I’m just letting you guys know that the blend mode is just on normal we’re not changing the blend mode it’s on proximity match and the important thing right here that you have to select its sample all layers okay so we’re gonna leave the background layer right here locked we’re gonna create a

new layer leave this on normal as well we’re not gonna change the layer blending mode that’s not applicable and then what we’re gonna do is we’re gonna get started we’ll put a it’s 10:09 p.m. right now we’ll see how far we can get literally in like five six seven eight minutes so on the Wacom tablet I’m using some shortcut keys here to kind of adjust the brush size and the hand tool to help me pan I’m recording a video right now so it’s gonna be a little laggy I apologize but we’re just gonna get right into it man so one of the things you’re look are you looking for

when you’re using this tool and you’re actually going through when I when I do this and this is really kind of what I would call the getter way to do photo editing or skin smoothing there’s a lot of different techniques I will go through on our YouTube channel how to do a lot of those techniques I don’t necessarily use all those techniques personally I only use the technique that I’m showing you guys right now along with frequency separation I don’t really use a lot of those stuff because I don’t personally like the results but I will show you guys just so you’re

aware of what is really out there and what’s available and then you can basically make an educated decision which one whichever one that you want so yeah I’m just going through right now when just any blemish that I see just just kind of just hitting right at it super super easy tool to use biggest advice and tips I can give you a preventative you’re gonna do blemish removal with this specific tool just know that it’s depending on how you’re sampling at how large of an area it can get kind of blurry I will do another video explaining how you can actually basically

sharpen an image selectively there’s a tool that actually has that’s actually in Photoshop you can use specifically for sharpening it’s called a sharpening brush or sharpen tool great algorithm works really well and it’s very selective you can play around with a couple of settings and get some of that detail back so not really something to worry about when you’re coming to edges right over here the however what I normally do is I just make the brush a little bit smaller and then you can just zoom in but this is this is really it you’re gonna I’m just gonna do this

whole thing live just to see I’m going to show you guys how you how far I can get literally ten minutes would be one tool it’s not super complicated and it gets you semi-professional level results it’s not the most professional technique out there this is really if you’re just gonna be you just want something quick and dirty I mean you don’t want to spend more than twenty minutes on the photo you’re not gonna be you know editing a photo here for three or four hours and getting in every single pore this is the kind of one of those techniques you can use to do that I

mean it works totally fine no one would know that this is the technique that I actually use a lot of my photos just like they need something quick and dirty like them clicking dirty gets a job done we’re kind of getting into an area here where there’s a lot of texture it’s not gonna be great when it comes to getting but if some of this stuff it’s it’s doing okay so far but it’s not fantastic it doesn’t normally do good if they’re if you’re in a area that has a lot of fine texture there’s just better tools to use them the Spot Healing Brush unfortunately when it comes to that

stuff but the focus in today’s video is really just to just to show you guys how far you can actually get with Spot Healing tool literally just on basic settings and just changing the brush size every two or three minutes I gotta even change the brush size that much you really don’t need to it will have some issues kind of coming up here there’s a lot of texture it probably won’t be very good right now and it’s not really that great there’s other tools to get with this some of this stuff needs a patch tool use Healing Brush D Street music separation at home all that stuff

would work but we’re not coming on that sub right now oh and you don’t even need to really be that specific when it comes to this I mean dude if you’re zooming into I don’t know what the magnification is right now but if you’re a one-to-one or timing shoot dude man like if you’re if you’re zoomed into this level or higher you really you’re you’re being zoomed and Nick enough where you really don’t even need to focus on on being very very accurate you will notice if you go over multiple areas too many times with a Spot Healing Brush you will have a tendency of

getting blurry you definitely want to make sure you do cover all of the areas you’re actually trying to patch in in one stroke swipe you see it has some issues right here it’s getting kind of it’s getting kind of weird right here yeah that’s gonna I’m gonna I could be undo a couple of times to kind of move back just don’t really like what I was doing right here yeah this is kind of stuff I’m talking about like it’s just it’s not really the greatest depending on the situation I mean it was able to kind of fix it right there but there’s there’s another way to fix that could’ve easily use

the patch tool but moving on we’re pretty much almost done we’re getting pretty close to finishing this image already I’m just focusing on the face right now and not really anything else you can literally use this one tool to do an entire image this is just basic skin smoothing and that’s not just blurring the skin because you could also blur the skin which I will do a video on that as well so you guys can see how you can actually use Gaussian blur surface blur or whatever to actually blow the skeleton skin selectively you can actually use that as a tool and it

works decently there’s some techniques you can kind of amplify and make it a little bit better but but this is just more selective than just a plug-in or using just a blur that’s pretty much it I mean we are looking good I’m not really seeing anything else there’s kind of like this right here – far enough about that little bit of speckle right here comes some makeup there’s some jazz right here but I’m not gonna focus on that it’s like it is important right now and yeah it’s pretty much that man so yeah that’s okay let’s kind of zoom out and just focus on face starts a little

lagging yeah this is like very very processing power intensive and I do that on a laptop so like okay let’s talk this here you have more important thing to do um but yeah this is just a before and after we spent I started at 10:09 not even 10 minutes like and those are all the blemishes that we’ve gotten rid of if you look over here especially and you can see a lot of its left is smoother and this is really I mean you guys seem to spend 30 minutes using just this one tool to like get rid of everything I’m gonna show you guys layers after layers on basic photo editing and

stuff like that we’re gonna start at the beginning level but this is one tool that you can use however to get started you can literally just use this one tool and spend 15 minutes on your photos and they will look awesome it doesn’t matter if it’s shot in studio it doesn’t matter if it’s shot outside you can use this to arm backgrounds it does the same thing you can use this to long hair that’s not the focus of today’s video but this tool does actually work really well on hair and then also when you kind of zoom out to this level as well you can kind of start to get a little bit

larger with the brush strokes to start to also fix on the bit color there’s a lot of color issues and not necessarily texture issues with this image this image is literally draw straight out of the camera so have some other issues it has some decent contouring and some other guys but yeah I mean that’s that’s really it man so what else can I give you guys as far as tips on using the Spot Healing Russian Photoshop or its Spot Healing Brush tool technically ideally do this with a stylus or tablet just because the pressure-sensitive is gonna make it easier so you don’t

actually have to adjust the brush size as much I’ve done this with a mouse it works perfectly fine with the mouse the only difference is you’re gonna have to kind of just tap as opposed to like stroking doesn’t work as well with the stroking so keep that in mind as far as when you’re getting into areas that you want a little bit more blending all you could use just go up here and just change the hardness right now it’s at 100% and that’s kind of my default but can easily just turn it to 20 percent and and kind of go into some of these other areas and it’ll soften it up

pros and cons when it comes to this this is usually better if you’re trying to smooth out color when it comes to texture it’s gonna make this whole area really blurring and I’m not really a super huge fan of the results it just makes it really blurry there’s other tools that you can use to kind of fix that as far as the hardness is concerned but it does really it works really well if it’s had a lower hardness when it comes to removing discolorations and skin and it works really well at doing that if you wanted to turn now to hardness otherwise leave the hardness all the way

up just because that’s gonna allow it to also replicate the texture better and actually fill in the similar textures in the surrounding area it will work better in that situation for that purpose but if you’re just work its work it’s working I guess mostly on just color then it will also it will work well there it’s giving me some funky results right now it’s kind of picking up somehow it’s picking up the finger right here and that’s kind of one of the caveats with using the Spot Healing the Spot Healing Brush it has a tendency of picking up edges so even if I go over here

sometimes they’ll pick up the edge right here and I’m not even sampling on that edge it just it’s just funky but it’s a great tool to get started with I mean this is literally how’s everything photos for like a long time like a long time just this in just color correction that’s pretty much it we will go in future future videos will kind of a little bit more deep as far as how we can start pitching tone and color and do some dodging and burning and some more advanced techniques but for this the purposes of this video I just want to show you how to just basic skin smoothing

just using literally one tool you can do the entire image with one tool just by changing like two settings doing it on a separate layer so you can go back and forth and you can erase that’s kind of the benefit you could do this on this this layer right here the main layer if you want just by unlocking it that’s good to man but that’s kind of wraps up today’s video just kind of want to give you guys a little bit of a little glimpse of photo editing and retouching stuff that will be kind of doing so you guys have an idea of how to tack this in this there’s a lot of great information

on YouTube but not everyone kind of gives you some of the instant ins and outs in the tips and then also gives you all the different techniques that they’ve seen and so that you guys can have the best choice when it comes to finding a workflow that suits you it’s not everyone that’s the I know like the Spot Healing tool not everyone’s gonna like some of the other tools I’ll show you in future videos but yoyoyo as you go through and you start editing photos you’ll be able to figure that out personally I think it’s great but you may not think it’s great but hopefully that helps

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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.