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9. Photoshop Skin Smoothing Action

With the image newly-opened in Photoshop, the Layers panel shows the photo on the Background layer. Before smoothing the skin, start by removing any unwanted blemishes. To protect the original image, you'll want to work on a separate layer.

9. Photoshop Skin Smoothing Action

If we were sharpening the image, the High Pass filter would allow us to sharpen the edges (the details) without affecting the skin. But for smoothing skin, we use High Pass for the opposite reason. We'll detect the edges not so we can sharpen them but so we can smooth and soften everything except the edges. Let's see how it works.

To limit the smoothing effect to just the skin, add a layer mask. Back in the Layers panel, press and hold the Alt (Win) / Option (Mac) key on your keyboard and click the Add Layer Mask icon:

Then paint over the skin to reveal the smoothing effect. A soft-edge brush will work best. We already know that we can change the brush size from the keyboard using the left and right bracket keys. Add the Shift key to change the brush hardness. Press Shift and the left bracket key to make the brush softer, or Shift and the right bracket key to make the brush harder.

Next, I'll paint over her nose, her cheeks, and around her eyes to reveal the skin smoothing in those areas. Adjust your brush size as you go to avoid painting over details that should remain sharp. If you do slip and paint over the wrong area, press the letter X on your keyboard to set your brush color to black, and then paint over the mistake to hide the smoothing effect. Press X again to set your brush color back to white and continue painting to smooth and soften the skin:

This switches your view from the image to the layer mask. The white areas in the mask are where you've painted to restore the skin smoothing. Black areas are when the smoothing effect remains hidden. It looks a bit creepy, but viewing the mask is a great way to make sure you haven't missed any spots, and you can paint directly on the mask if needed. To switch back to your image, once again press and hold Alt (Win) / Option (Mac) and click on the layer mask thumbnail:

Using these Photoshop actions you can easily speed up a long portrait editing process, color grading of baby, landscape and interior pictures. Besides, you can get rid of skin defects, work with skin texture or smoothness, add artistic effects as matte, pastel, orange & teal, etc.

This Photoshop actions set was created specifically for portrait photographers who constantly need to smooth the skin of the model and eliminate various defects. Just one mouse click is enough and the action will do everything for you.

With this set of actions you can eliminate any skin defects in photos of babies, make the skin smoother and lighter while keeping it natural. These actions work very accurately and provide an amazing effect. For making newborn color correction in Lightroom, use these Lightroom presets.

With this set of free actions for Photoshop you can not only edit the skin of your model professionally but also achieve a dodge and burn effect, change eye color, brighten whites of eyes, improve the saturation of makeup colors and brighten the portrait.

These actions can improve the skin tone, remove various defects from it, change the color tone of the photo. The peculiar feature of the set is the possibility to achieve a vintage effect and increase contrast. To add grains to your old-fashioned photos, use Photoshop overlays.

Firstly, The Luxe Wedding Photoshop Actions collection is a trendsetting Wedding & Portrait collection containing 33 wedding photoshop actions and the Luxe 40 action toolkit. This set uniquely combines warm and cool tones to create rich, moody and dramatic effects.

Luxe Digital Retouching goes from modest to High Fashion Magazine Digital Retouching in just one action set! With these 40 actions, you can create perfect skin that retains texture, or add beautiful highlights to the face & legs. These actions are perfect for any portrait or wedding photographer.

A set of Photoshop retouching actions developed specifically to edit skin: heal, mattify, airbrush, remove redness, brighten eyes, increase contrast, etc. Once you choose an action, click on Play and paint over the desired areas. The 5 actions included in this set are as follows:

Preserving natural skin texture can be one of the most challenging parts of retouching people. Fortunately, we make that process a whole lot easier with a custom Photoshop action that allows you to separate skin texture and place it over any edits you make.

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