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Several of our Photoshop Action collections come with skin brushes that will beautifully smooth and soften your subject's skin, and do so quickly and easily!
These collections are:
In this video and in the written steps below, we will show you how SIMPLE it is to use the Photoshop brushes to reveal beautiful, creamy skin. You will also learn to adjust opacity and individual layers within your action for a custom and polished look!
Specifically, we will go over how to use the Oh So Soft Skin Brush from the Pure Color Workflow Collection. Let's take a quick look here:
Here are the written steps for smoothing skin in Photoshop using the Oh So Soft Skin Brush:
Before making any skin adjustments, its generally a good idea to fix exposure, the contrast, shadows and highlights first. In other words, make sure you have a nice, clean looking image before you start editing skin.
The Pure Color Workflow Actions are set up to guide you through this, which is another reason I love this collection!
Here is the before image that I will be using:
Once you have the Pure Color Workflow Collection installed, scroll down until you see our mini re-touch set. Then select the Oh So Soft Skin action and press play.
When you run this action, the prompt will say "paint with a soft white brush to reveal smooth, creamy skin". Press continue. You will want to make sure your brush is selected. If it isn't already, type "B" to select it.
White should be the default foreground color. If its not, bring white to the top. Tip: when working with layer masks, keep in mind that black conceals and white reveals.
Make sure your brush opacity is set to 100%. I like to keep my flow around 85% and the layer mask should also be selected by default (that's the little black triangle right here next to your action folder).
Now that you have the brush selected, you can start smoothing by brushing on your subject's skin. Tip: you can make the brush larger and smaller with the left and right bracket keys - it is normal to make your brush larger and smaller quite a bit throughout this process.
You will want to brush over the majority of the skin, especially areas with wrinkles, around the eyes, eyelids and forehead.
When smoothing skin on the rest of the body I usually like to bring my brush opacity down to about 50%. I find it looks more natural when the skin on the face has a little bit more smoothing effect than the rest of the body, but that's my personal preference.
At some point it may get hard to tell exactly where you brushed on your image. If this happens, just press the backslash key to turn on and off a mask (shows as red on your image) which will make it easier to see where you have already brushed.
If you make a mistake and brush over an area that you didn't mean to, its very easy to fix!
To remove the smoothing effect from a particular area, just bring black to the foreground color (remember black conceals and white reveals). Make sure your brush is the appropriate size and the opacity is set to 100%. Then brush over the area you want to correct. Super simple!
This skin action is meant to subtly smooth and enhance your subject's skin. It does not give an airbrush effect, which would be a much more DRASTIC change. If you want even MORE dramatic smoothing you can adjust the action to give that effect by bringing up the opacity to 100% from the current 70% that the action normally plays at.
This also works the other way around. If you want LESS of a smoothing effect, bring the overall action opacity down or you can open it and click on the layers and bring those down as well.
Here is the before and after and I'm really loving the change:
These actions are super simple to use and I hope this tutorial helps you with learning how to use and customize the Pretty Presets & Actions skin smoothing brushes!
If you missed our previous portrait editing tutorials check them out now! They build on the basic but necessary and important things you need to know when editing portraits in Photoshop:
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I'm a momma of four who, like a lot of other moms, found my love of photography through photographing my own beautiful children. Since first picking up a camera over 9 years ago and having professionally photographed all sorts of subjects and venues, I have come to learn that I am most passionate in newborn and child photography and I am lucky enough to be able to specialize in this area!