I just wrote a blog post about how to smooth skin in Photoshop, and thought I'd share it. It covers some of the basics of: The different blur techniques (gaussian, surface, and smart blur) used to actually make the skin smoother. Different layer blending modes used to help make the effect look more natural and believable. Masking/erasing parts of the effect to control which parts of the image are blurred. It might be a bit basic for the Photoshop pros out there, but for anyone else who wants to get his/her hands wet with the basics of how to achieve smooth, glamourous skin, it should do the trick. The post is called: Skin Smoothing in Photoshop Also, if you have any questions, or especially suggestions about what you'd like me to write about in future blog posts, I'd be very appreciative for the feedback. I love writing about what my audience wants to learn about. Hope it helps!