How to touch up skin on portrats

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  1. prodigy2k7

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    How (without face make up) can you use photoshop to make a face/skin look flawless...like perfect skin? What are some tools to use and play around with and other features of photoshop?
     
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    I know the clone-stamp tool works pretty well. I believe that is part of the methods used by professional portrait companies like LifeTouch.
     
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    You can use healing brush or like mentioned clone tool & surface blur. These are few ways. If you want it to be real fine then you'll need several layers.
     
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    Zoom in real close to the blemishes and clone them, or heal them which ever works best. Run unsharp mask, it helps to sharpen up skin. If your exposure is perfect the skin should be silky smooth after that..
     
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    Ya im familar with the clone tool, but i mean for overall skin look. Not just specific pieces of the skin. Ill look into the heal tool, havent played with it much yet...
     
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    A technique I've use before in Photoshop is to make a duplicate layer erase everything on the new layer except for the skin that needs smoothing (it will look like a mask after you've done this). Next use the Median filter to make that layer look as smooth as possible without completely blurring it. Next bring down the opacity of that layer to where it looks natural.
     
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    Hardly enough time or energy for me to break it all down, but I'll offer one piece of advice: Do not use blur. It has a few specialized applications and is rarely used in the professional world by people who know what they're doing.
     
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    It can work if it's used in the right way. The retoucher in the link I posted uses surface blur and then puts some of the texture of the skin back on with a high pass filter. And if you know a great way to do it why not invest some time and energy and post a small tutorial.
     
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    I would like that as well. I agree, I've used surface blur a lot of time but just not directly on the default image, which i don't think should be done. But using surface blur as a top layer should be fine as long is done correctly. Of course any tip from a pro would be awesome.
     

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