Create smoother skin textures with basic Photoshop filters

Blotchiness on skin is very common in studio-shot images, especially under harsh studio lights with contrasty processing and after long days spent standing in awkward poses. When correcting blotchiness, it’s best to use the Healing, Clone Stamp, Dodge and Burn tools first, to deal with the most glaring blotches. After that, a subtle skin-smoothing process can be applied to perfect the image. If the results are too unsubtle, it’s easy to tone down and tailor the effect.

The process may feel a little fiddly, but it suits being recorded and turned into a Photoshop action, so you can then set up a whole skin equaliser section at the touch of a button whenever you encounter a surface that needs smoothing. This technique can also be used to smooth hair and fabrics.

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