This is a nice and easy technique for both skin smoothing and blemish removal.
The tools used with this technique are:
Ready to go?
If you are using a Wacom pen then you will find it easy to lightly tap away these blemishes. If you are mousing then it will be more challenging. You will have to do the best you can do by pre-setting the opacity.To be as accurate as possible it is best to zoom in a lot - have your blemish or blotch filling most of the screen and work on it that way. I zoomed in all the way to eliminate these blemishes, selected a small brush and set the source in an area that was very close to the color around the blemish.
As the radius gets larger, the Gaussian Blur becomes more intense. Blur to your taste but don't go overboard. Values in the range of 1.5 to 2.5 seem to work well.
That little window above the radius slider is very helpful. If you tap and hold on it with your pen (left click with your mouse) the window will cycle between the blurred image and the original image and you can pan around the image by moving your pen (or mouse) around. This allows you to check to see how the little lines around the eyes (the crows feet) are reacting to the blur.
When you are happy, click OK.
So now you have an image with no blemishes and smooth skin, right - but something is just not right.
When you look closely you will see that the eyes are blurry as are the lips and hair and nostrils and that is not what you want. To fix that you need the History Brush - Y. This brush will step back in time which is very helpful here.
Select the History Brush and if you are using a Wacom Tablet make sure the brush is set to change it's size with the pressure you apply. If you do not have a tablet either get one now or you will be constantly running up to the keyboard to change your brush size. If you do not change it then your history brush will bring back parts of the skin texture in small places - and that looks nasty!
Now start painting in the eyes and watch as they pop out nice and sharp like the original image. After the eyes are done do the eyebrows, the area around the nostrils, the lips, any jewelry or clothing and the hair.
The only thing that you want to remain blurred is the skin.
This really is a simple and fast technique. There are no layers to worry about as you are just working on a copy of the original.
The more care and time you take with the technique, the better your final results will be.
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