How to Soften Skin in Photoshop

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Introduction: How to Soften Skin in Photoshop

Let's set up your file first. Open up the image in Photoshop. If your Background Layer is locked, double-click to unlock it.

Step 1: Duplicate Layer

Right-click on the layer and select "Duplicate Layer..."

Step 2: Keep Yourself Organized

It's good Photoshop practice to keep your layers organized. Rename them to reflect what they are.

Step 3: Change Layer Style

Select the Softened layer and change its style to "Overlay".

Step 4: Apply a Filter

From the menu, click on Filter > Other > High Pass.

Step 5: Set High Pass

This step will vary a little bit depending on your file size and nature. I set my radius to 6.0 pixels. If you're using a higher-resolution image, set your radius to 10.0 pixels. When you get a decent pass, click OK.

Step 6: Invert

From the menu, click on Image > Adjustments > Invert.

Step 7: Add Layer Mask

With your Softened layer selected, click on the "Add Layer Mask" icon. It's located below your layers palette, third icon from the left. The icon looks like a circle in a rectangle.

Step 8: Change to B&W

From the menu, click on Image > Adjustments > Black & White.

Step 9: Erase the Excess

This step is a little tedious. In your Softened layer, there should be two boxes. Click on the white one. Using the Eraser tool, erase anything that is not skin. Use the Zoom tool to get into the little spots.

Step 10: Almost There

Your image should start to look a little something like this.

Step 11: Final Step: Changing Opacity

One more step to go! Change the Opacity of the Softened layer to 75%. Ta-da, you're done!

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    6 Comments

    user

    I have try this today. It's alway too much blurry. more than 75% opacity look bad, less than 75% render the effect useless, so it's not an problem with the opacity.
    Maybe my skin is too much white. Ahah.

    Did you find that photo by searching Flickr for "girl"? :)

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    Actually, its me :P

    user

    Make more instructables with your pictures please :)

    If that's a picture of I'd surely like to meet you.

    Or smear Vaseline on the lens...

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