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Jan 05, 2018 00:37 |  #1

Can I get some tips on skin smoothing or refer me to a thread on it. I am doing an OK job at the moment but feel I want to step up my skills. (My skills at the moment is just using Gaussian blur but I look at some peoples work and know I can do a lot better)

Also are there any good PS actions free or inexpensive that will make my life easier? I am doing weddings and now getting asked to do headshots and really need to get better at this.

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Jan 05, 2018 01:35 |  #2

I followed the tutorial by Elena Jasic on frequency separation. At the time, I downloaded an action she had created that helped make it easier, but the links to her actions seem to no longer work.

Here is the Vimeo (external link) of the tutorial. It explains how to do it, but it is much easier to do it with the Photoshop action she created. If no one who is more experienced in photographing people points you in a direction that is better, this is a good starting point.


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Jan 05, 2018 02:58 |  #3

I like this one from Phlearn.

https://youtu.be/ldhG9​fmgC7o (external link)




  
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Jan 05, 2018 06:52 |  #4

Nogo wrote in post #18533824 (external link)
I followed the tutorial by Elena Jasic on frequency separation. At the time, I downloaded an action she had created that helped make it easier, but the links to her actions seem to no longer work.

Here is the Vimeo (external link) of the tutorial. It explains how to do it, but it is much easier to do it with the Photoshop action she created. If no one who is more experienced in photographing people points you in a direction that is better, this is a good starting point.

I use this as well. very helpful.

It's a shame you can't get the action any more.


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Jan 05, 2018 11:10 |  #5

Good for you for wanting to get better than just using a Gaussian blur.

Something that's important to note is that there's not a single action that will work well for every face. Real skin retouching can't be done by a handful of clicks or a quick action. You can use an action to set up layers for your frequency separation, but even this is not a universal solution; you may need to build different actions for different sizes of portrait (e.g. a headshot will need slightly different setup than a full-body shot).

The most important task to learn is to look at a portrait and identify what needs to be fixed or retouched. Is it...
- Acne?
- Heavy or uneven skin texture?
- Wrinkles?
- Uneven coloring, splotchiness, red spots?
- Shiny spots or oily skin?
- Yellow or veiny eyes?
- Hair problems such as thinning, unevenly coloration, many flyaways, distractingly bright hair part?
- ....etc

Since these things are unique to every face, and to every photo of every face, there's no one-size-fits-all action that will automatically give you high-end results.


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Jan 05, 2018 11:21 |  #6

If you dupe the base layer & apply the blur to it, you can use a Layer Mask (external link) to hide some of that blur & fine tune the resulting PP.


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Jan 05, 2018 19:49 |  #7

Thanks fellas.

If either of you has time to email that action to me, it would be greatly appreciated.

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