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How to Get Perfectly Smooth Skin in Photoshop

Last Updated on November 1, 2020 by Devaun Lennox

Hello my friends welcome to photography px I’m your host Devon Lennox and in today’s video I’m going to show you guys in one simple tool how to smooth skin in Adobe Photoshop

Alright so here we are let’s kind of scroll over to Adobe Photoshop alright I have the image loaded up before I’m going to show you guys the before and after right now of what we’re gonna be doing we’re gonna be using the blur tool today but I’m gonna show you guys a couple of tips and tricks with using the blur tool to maxify maximize its efficient as’ and let’s knock this out in a couple of minutes here so let me move head over to layers panel and show

you guys the before and after so scroll over here and before and after before after before after before after so I did this technique on the entire skin so you guys can see the whole thing but yes the today we’re gonna be using Gaussian blur to do this so a couple of caveats before I get started here I am using a Wacom tablet this is the medium size and I have the Wacom tablet set up so that it’s it’s got some function keys that are already set up so you’ll you’ll see me as I start getting into this occasionally changing the brush size which I’m going to be doing

using the Wacom tablet and then I’ll also be zooming and using the hand tool doing that so you won’t really be seeing you do a lot of stuff any time that I go over here and I’m doing something on the computer I will let you guys know though all right so let’s let’s get this set up I’m gonna just kind of minimize that so the first thing that you guys gonna need to do after you load in your photo is going to be able be to duplicate your background layer so we’re gonna go right here right click duplicate layer the next thing you’re gonna go up here let me actually

come out of full screen because I need to see the blur so you’re gonna go into filter and we’re gonna scroll down to blur and we’re gonna do Gaussian blur the biggest thing that you’re doing when you’re using Gaussian blur you’re going to set the radius here in terms of pixels and I would definitely encourage that you zoom in and you look at the face here you’re gonna set the radius by default it’s going to be at point 1 you’re going to set the radius to a point where you actually see any more of the pores on the model or the subject skin for me basically five

point six the six was kind of where I felt that it was good but basically you’re just setting the blur amount in terms of pixels the radius to a point where you can’t see any of the blemishes the spots the pimples any of that stuff the pores you can’t see any of that stuff so for me five point six is what I said it to we’re gonna go over here and hit okay the next thing after you do that we’re gonna actually go up here to the blend mode we’re gonna change that from normal which is what it’s set to by default and we’re gonna set that to multiply the next thing after that

and I’ll explain why I’m setting it to multiply here shortly the next thing we’re gonna do is go down here and we’re gonna hit our mask sorry we’re gonna actually hold down the Alt key or option key on Mac and make sure we hit the mask button so that we’re setting a black mask so the reason why I’m setting this layer to multiply which I’m then a change later is because I want to when we start brushing on the mask to basically show show or reveal the layer underneath if you set it to multiply it actually once you start painting on the subject space and it allows

you to basically see an overlay of where you’re actually applying effect and I’ll show you that guys I’ll show you guys that right now so we’re gonna do I hit the B key on my keyboard to go into the brush tool by default it’s gonna be just set to this this round brush right here hardest 100 percent opacity hundred percent flow 100 percent all of those values are totally fine the only thing that we’re gonna do is adjust the the size which I’m going to be doing on my Wacom tablet as we kind of go along by default 80 pixels is fine so you’ll notice as I start brushing

you’ll you’ll start to see this word overlay that kind of has this orange color that’s why I set the layer to multiply it allows us to basically see and get a better idea of where we’re actually applying the effect so your your now you’re just gonna see me to start applying effect essentially what we’re gonna do is we’re gonna paint in all of the areas of the skin that we want to blur the biggest thing with doing this technique you want to make sure you don’t apply it to edges you don’t apply to hair you don’t apply to eyebrows you do not apply to the eyes or the outer of

the eyes do not apply to the line here on the nose do not apply to the nostrils do not apply to the lips or the other surrounding lips or teeth and you don’t want to apply it to just literally any edges so over here where my mouse is do not apply it to these edges of the fingers because it will blur the edges and it will look really obvious that you’re applying this effect so we want to be very careful you cut you guys will kind of see me as I as I go along how I am applying effect from top to bottom I’m not going to apply it to these edges I’m not gonna hit the eyebrows

and I’m going to skip the eyes I do not walk the eyes so what I’m doing here with the brush tool at it by default it’s set to white and you can press the X key on your keyboard to change it from white to black so I’m painting on the mask layer we have over here math layer I’m painting white to reveal the contents of the mask which is our Gaussian blur and I’m just gonna apply it to the face you don’t have to be very very super careful with this just kind of apply it rigorously rigorously wherever you want the apply the effect to be applied which is gonna be all of this

again honestly all the skin and yeah you guys are gonna just kind of see me just kind of go through and I will show you what I did here I’m not going to do it absolutely perfectly just because I want to save some time here and I want to bore you guys with with me just brushing away but I will show you exactly the areas where I do actually apply this effect so you know where to apply them and I think that’s super important you can see that I’m missing lips I’m not hitting the flowers in her hair I’m gonna scroll down and we’re gonna start to hit the lower body I’m

down over here we can increase our brush strata size a little bit to make it a little bit easier I’m actually gonna hide the layers too so you guys have a better idea what’s going on I’m not doing anything else besides just painting so you guys won’t need see the layers you didn’t totally hide that okay and just brushing away there are faster techniques to do this however this is by far the easiest way there’s a lot of the techniques that get you better results but that takes significantly longer than doing this this literally takes it’s just a little bit slow cuz I’m recording a

video but this literally takes like three or four minutes just super fast ooh okay I’m gonna fix that here shortly totally hit that flower wasn’t paying attention okay and we’re gonna do it to the arm a little bit over here as well okay so if you end up making a mistake and you you had an edge they say right here I hit an edge we’re gonna do is you can put press X on your keyboard and then you’re going to basically use black which is gonna erase that area so I’m going to just hit X and then X again and now we’re gonna paint white yeah we’re gonna just paint I’m

kidding I’m not gonna hit the edge of her arm in her chest because that would cause some issues as well cool beans Coolio brew leo all right so something sort of like that should be good maybe paying a little bit on this on right here all right cool cool cool cool cool all right so let’s open up our layers panel again what we’re gonna do is we’re gonna go back to our layer blend mode and we’re gonna change this to lighten all right so what lighten actually does it’s it’s going to lighten the the Gaussian blur layer that we did but with that it’s not going to affect the

texture as much and the reason why I choose to do this rather than just leaving it on normal it’s because I find that the effect is a little bit more realistic and it doesn’t really I don’t know it doesn’t it doesn’t look as superficial I’ll show you guys this is more of a close-up let me see let me zoom in right here and you guys to see the difference when I change it from lighten to normal so that’s lighten this is normal you see I’m saying it just keeps more of the texture so if you guys don’t want to do it that way that’s fine but that’s the way that I end up doing it so I put

this here at lighten and I leave it at a hundred percent opacity you’re welcome to adjust and change this if you think the effect is too strong but now if you’re saying to yourself like okay well you know this is this looks good this is a big improvement but like what if I want it to be even more like soft and even more blurred and even smoother what you’re gonna do then is you’re going to right-click on the layer and you’re gonna hit duplicate layer and then the next thing you’re going to do the next thing you’re gonna do is you’re gonna actually set this from light into

normal and then now it’s going to have more of a porcelain type effect and then you’re gonna just reduce the opacity of that that normal layer and that’ll get you the maximum blurriness or however much blurriness that you want for me I did the combination of both of these and I set it to about forty forty percent opacity and that’s how we ended up getting that result right there so there you go that’s that’s the way to do that yeah I think I said it to about maybe 40% oh I left it 100% to make it easier for you guys see it but yeah you could just set that to 40% and

boom you are good to go so I will show you guys let me group this in what we did right now and show you the before and after before after before after and scroll down after before after it’s mostly apparent on the face cuz that’s where we’re kind of really going really hard alright that wraps up that that wraps up that okay so I hope this value that there was some value added in this technique for you guys I hope this added another quiver to your tool belt when you’re editing photos and you’re out there in the field and in the hunt just try to figure out how to do

stuff by all means if you’re new here consider subscribing if you haven’t already please leave a like comment in the description let us know you know what are your thoughts for this technique is there anything that I missed leave that in the comment description down below and as always my friends peace out and we’ll see you in the next one

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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.