Photoshop Tutorial: How to Quickly Smooth Skin and Remove Blemishes & Scars


Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. I’m going to show you how to create
smooth, blemish-free skin from a photo. This isn’t update of a tutorial I did on an earlier version of Photoshop. Open a photo you’d like to retouch. I downloaded this one from Shutterstock.com. The first step is to make a selection of
your subject’s skin. There are many ways to do this, so choose the method that works best for you. For example, you could use your Quick Selection tool and drag over the skin to select it. To remove areas at the selection, press
and hold Alt or Option as you drag over it. Go to Select and Refine Edge. I did an in-depth tutorial on Refine Edge, so I won’t be going over all the details here. Check Smart Radius and increase the Radius a little bit. Brush over the areas where the hair overlaps the skin and output it as a “New Layer with Layer Mask”. Click the box next to your original photo to make it visible and go to Filter, Blur and Surface Blur. For this image, I’ll make the Radius: 16 and the Threshold: 12 levels, however, you may want to adjust these amounts
depending on the size and resolution of your photo. Choose a combination
that smooths out the skin just enough to hide most blemishes and imperfections. Don’t be concerned about its texture yet.
We’ll take care that in a minute. Next, we’ll restore back the areas of
the face that we don’t want smoothed out, such as the eyes, eyebrows and lips. To do this, click the Layer Mask to make it active and open your Brush tool and your Brush Picker. We’ll take care of the size in a moment.
Make the Hardness: 0% and the Opacity and Flow: 100%. Than, press Enter or Return. To make your brush larger or smaller, press the right or left bracket key on your keyboard. Brush over any areas you want to reveal back the original unretouched photo and adjust the brush size accordingly. I’ll brush inside the eyebrows, eyes and eye lids lips and fine hair overlapping the forehead. If you have areas of the face where the
skin pores didn’t smooth over, let’s blur them a bit, so they’ll blend into the face. Make the face layer active and open your Blur tool. Make its Strength: 100% and adjust its size accordingly. Brush over those areas to blend them in. Next, we’ll remove any spots left on the face. Open your Spot Healing Brush. Make sure the Content Aware button is active. Adjust the size of your tool a bit larger than the blemish and brush over it. Continue until all the blemishes, scars and other imperfections are removed. When you’re done, go to Filter, Noise and “Add Noise”. Tick “Gaussian” and check “Monochromatic”. Drag the sider to an amount that results with the grain that matches the rest if your image. I’m using an amount of approximately one
and a half percent, however, your image may require a different
amount depending on its size and resolution. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. Thanks for watching!

100 Replies to “Photoshop Tutorial: How to Quickly Smooth Skin and Remove Blemishes & Scars”

  1. Awesome tutorial. I had just one thought you could mention.  When you go to the alpha channel created and use the brush to bring back the eye brows, eyes, lips etc.  Make sure to turn your brush to the color black and not white.  By default, seems to stay white. If you  don't then you are just brushing white over white. I know it may be obvious to many, but just thought I'd put it out there. Thank you again.

  2. 2:15 my brush wouldnt remove the smoothness from the parts i marked with the brush why? i couldnt see a my "face mask" on the right lose holes i did the same steps until 3:00 im using CS6

  3. This video truly gets down to the point. I recommend this technique in its entirety! Word for word of course.

  4. I've been finding solutions to change the ruler type, but wow! I finally got it through this video tutorial. I didn't know at first that it's just that so simple. Thank you so much! Great help!

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