In this Part 3 of my Beauty Retouching series we’re going to be smoothing our model’s skin.
Now, over time I’ve used countless techniques for smoothing skin, all of which involved using a Blur Filter of some description. Although all great techniques, I was never 100% happy with the smooth/realistic combination; however that was until I was recently exposed to the following technique demonstrated in today’s video which makes use of the High Pass Filter.
Strange at first I know to think of using High Pass to smooth skin, but all will be revealed when you press ‘Play’ 🙂
There are literally countless techniques out there for retouching and smoothing skin to choose from so all I’m doing here is showing you a technique I prefer because:
- It’s incredibly simple
- I feel it retains a strong element of realism in the skin (pores, texture etc)
I used to use techniques with the Gaussian Blur or Surface Blur filters until fairly recently when I saw this technique again by Master Retoucher, Calvin Hollywood so this (for now) is my preferred method for smoothing (female) skin; I say ‘female’ skin because as a rule I don’t apply any smoothing to male subjects.
Tomorrow in Part 4, we’ll be enhancing eyelashes and adding highlights to hair so until then,