Tuesday, September 16, 2008

How to look 10 years younger? - Part 2

After Part 1, we are going to do today is to add in some natural airbrush to make the skin more vibrant and yet natural-looking. More often than not, most air brushing technique will give a unrealistic feeling as the skin are way too smooth and totally covering the pores on the face. If you take very high resolution photos, skin pores can often be seen and you would want to preserve some of those pores for a more natural look.

Get rid of the black spots on the face

1. Using the healing tool, we get rid of the black spots on the face. If you forget the technique of healing, you can revisit Part 1 here.

2. After healing, we will duplicate the layer twice. Name the lower duplicated layer "Blur" and the Top duplicated layer "Pores".

3. With the "Blur" layer selected, go to Filter > Blur > Surface Blur. Adjust the Radius and Threshold together until the images are blurred but still visible. Then slowly lower the Threshold until you can see the edges of the face. Next lower the Radius until the skin are smooth. This two adjustment are totally up to your judgement.

4. Next select the "Pores" layer and go to Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal All. With the mask selected(beside the "Pores" main image), go to Image > Apply Image. Make sure the source is from the "background".

5. Next select the "Pores" main image, go to Filter > Other > High Pass. Adjust the radius until the pores become visible and until the whole skin look natural.

6. Create a new layer and Fill it up with red. Adjust the opacity for that layer to 50%.

7. Group all three layer together. With the Group selected, Go to Layer > Layer Mask > Hide All.

8. With the Mask selected( Click on the mask box in the Group layer), using a large round soft brush with the foreground color "white", brush the skin area.

9. Make the red layer invisible. Duplicate the Group. Right Click the new Group and select convert to Smart Object. Right Click again and Rasterize the Layer.

10. Change the layer blending to "Soft Light".

11. With this layer selected, use the heal tool to heal the area below the eyes to make it more natural. This is again up to your discretion because i just want the skin below the eye to have more texture.

Our Progression


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my god, i've never seen such a simple and beautiful technique. Simply amazing!

September 19, 2008 at 11:02 PM  
Anonymous Admin said...

Thanks for appreciating~~~ :)

September 19, 2008 at 11:28 PM  
Anonymous Business Cards said...

I love it, absolutely amazing! I can't wait to try this on some of my photos and remove those unwanted baggies! :) Thanks for sharing this awesome tutorial!

April 8, 2009 at 12:42 PM  

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