For a group of photographers, it may be inevitable to shoot models, female friends or wives! In today digital SLR’s have high pixels, sharp lenses, and large computer screens. No matter how many SK-II or Neutrogena masks are used on the model’s face, pores will be more or less exposed if the contrast is high. The situation is even worse with insufficient makeup. I will teach you how to make the model’s skin smooth and flawless in 5 minutes!

For this tutorial you need:

  1. A model photo
  2. Adobe Photoshop CS2
  3. 5 minutes

Let us first look at the original phase:

The original phase is not modified (click to enlarge)

The original phase is not modified (click to enlarge)

The original model has a few acne marks and pores. Let’s remove them one by one!

Step 1: Open the Photo

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I think this step needs no explanation, right?

Step 2: Remove the Acne Marks

We will use PS’s powerful automatic repair tool to remove the acne marks. Click to remove the tape-like tool (Figure 2-You can click and press for 2 seconds to see more options. What we want is to have one in the small circle), use the “Brush” tool option above to adjust the size of the brushes. Please adjust the size according to each acne mark. Do not make it too large or too small. Enlarging the screen can make you see more clearly. If you make a mistake, please press Ctrl-z to undo immediately.

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Figure 3-Complete removal of acne marks

Step 3: Duplicate the Layer

First select the background layer, then drag it to the second little button on the right below. This will duplicate a layer, as shown in Figure 4.

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Figure 4

Step 4: Eliminate Pores

The next step is to eliminate pores and make the skin smoother. Select [Filter] > [Blur] > [Surface Blur] (Figure 5), and then enter the option (Figure 6). Radius (total) controls the degree of softening and Threshold (high contrast) controls how much the difference is affected. Basically Just try it yourself and see the effect. I’m using Radius = 8 and Threshold = 9 here. Pay attention to any settings and don’t overdo it, otherwise the model will become a “Barbie Doll”.

Figure 5

Figure 5

Figure 6

Figure 6

Step 5: Keep Sharp

The Surface Blur from the previous step will blur the eyes, eyebrows, hair, etc., so we want to retain its details. We click on the Eraser tool , select ” Erase to history ” (important!) On the top, adjust the brush to a moderate size (Figure 7), then apply it to the eyes and eyebrows (Figure 8-the red range, when in production you won’t see the red color), you will notice the changes when you look carefully, you can enlarge the screen for easier work.

Figure 7

Figure 7

Figure 8-The red range (you won't see red when actually making it)

Figure 8-The red range (you won’t see red when actually making it)

Step 6: Preserve Details Beyond the Face

This step preserves details other than hair and other faces. We first use the “Quick Selection Tool” (Figure 9) to quickly select places other than the face. Please adjust the brush size yourself (Tips: Press Alt to change to “Delete”). When finished, it will look like Figure 10.

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Figure 9

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Figure 10-Outside the selected face

After selecting a place other than the face, please select the Erase tool in the left toolbar, select “Erase to history” on the top, and adjust the brush with a moderate size as in step 5, and then paint on the area just selected, because The work you do will only affect the selected area, so you can increase the brush size and paint with ease (this is why you need to select areas other than faces).

Final step: Adjust Layer Transparency

In order to keep some skin textures to prevent the model from becoming a “doll”, we adjusted the transparency of the layer just modified to 60%-80% (Figure 11). You can adjust it according to the photo to achieve the desired effect.

Figure 11

Figure 11

The step is almost complete! Let’s see the before and after the modification. Is the skin much more beautiful?

Done-click to enlarge

Done-click to enlarge

 

Author: Alex Tam