portrait shot - smoothing skin

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  1. nagoshua

    nagoshua TPF Noob!

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    I have only just got into photography so this is the first time ive got round to taking some portait shots. I have tried smothing the skin by using a gaussian blur then erasing to reveal details below but it hasnt smoothed the skin enough, all my other attempts at smoothing it out have ended up looking really fake and pretty much crap. Any advice on this and also, what do you think of the photo!

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    My suggestion, if you're using PS, is to try the spot healing tool and the clone tool.

    Good luck.
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Smoothing skin can be simple or very complicated. Do a Google search for 'Photoshop+skin' and you will have enough to keep you busy for a few weeks.
     
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    healing bandage tool!
     
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    Here's what I came up with and how I got it

    Opened it up in Photoshop and created a new layer

    On top layer: Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur, Radius 5.4
    On top layer: Added a layer mask, then masked off everything that should retain it's detail (clothes, bracelet, hair, eyes, lips, nose piercing, background)
    On top layer: Reduced opacity to 50%

    On bottom layer: Sharpened the underlying layer just a little bit

    It wasn't quite that easy, but there wasn't much more to what I did, just was careful with masking the right things off

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    Nice edit, Mr E. I'm going to try using that method.
     
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    Mr E,

    That was a nice job you did. I really like it.

    My approach was quick and dirty. The whole image softens, but it can be done with very little time. You need to search the Internet for Auto FX Dreamsuite Software. There is a free download - I just can't remember where it is. You can run this software on it and use sliders to get the desired affect. After I did that, I simply sharpened it a little.

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    Can this type of editing also be done with Photoshop Elements 5.0? I would love to be able to smooth skin like that in my photos.
     
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    I have not used Elements before. Anybody??
     

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