Photoshop Tutorial: How to Quickly Smooth Skin and Remove Blemishes & Scars

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Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV.

I'm going to show you how to create smooth, blemish-free skin from a photo.

This isn't update of a tutorial I did on an earlier version of Photoshop.

Open a photo you'd like to retouch.

I downloaded this one from Shutterstock.com.

The first step is to make a selection of your subject's skin.

There are many ways to do this, so choose the method that works best for you.

For example, you could use your Quick Selection tool

and drag over the skin to select it.

To remove areas at the selection, press and hold Alt or Option as you drag over it.

Go to Select and Refine Edge.

I did an in-depth tutorial on Refine Edge, so I won't be going over all the details here.

Check Smart Radius and increase the Radius a little bit.

Brush over the areas where the hair overlaps the skin

and output it as a "New Layer with Layer Mask".

Click the box next to your original photo to make it visible

and go to Filter, Blur and Surface Blur.

For this image, I'll make the Radius: 16

and the Threshold: 12 levels, however,

you may want to adjust these amounts depending on the size and resolution

of your photo. Choose a combination that smooths out the skin