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Smoothing skin and pores with the High Pass filter

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Video: Smoothing skin and pores with the High Pass filter

After removing the blemishes and softening the wrinkles in a portrait, we are going to use a great technique to just smooth the overall skin. In order to do this I could flatten all of my layers, but that would be a permanent change, so what I will do instead is I will use the Select menu to select the Entire image and then choose Edit>Copy Merged. That copy is like a flattened version of the file to the clipboard, so that when I choose Edit>Paste, I get a composite or a flattened version at the top of my layers stack.

Smoothing skin and pores with the High Pass filter

After removing the blemishes and softening the wrinkles in a portrait, we are going to use a great technique to just smooth the overall skin. In order to do this I could flatten all of my layers, but that would be a permanent change, so what I will do instead is I will use the Select menu to select the Entire image and then choose Edit>Copy Merged. That copy is like a flattened version of the file to the clipboard, so that when I choose Edit>Paste, I get a composite or a flattened version at the top of my layers stack.

I am going to rename this to smooth skin and tap the Enter key in order to apply that, and now I'm going to run the High Pass Filter, so I will choose Filter>Other>High Pass. Typically when I run filters, I want to do that on a Smart Object, so I would have changed this layer to a Smart Object before running the filter, because that would have given me a Smart Filter. But I actually need to invert this file when I'm finished running this filter, so I can't use a Smart Object.

When I choose High Pass, I am going to bring down the Radius to something between maybe 1 and 2.5, and you can see what I'm getting is a sharpening effect. This is actually the exact opposite of what I want, and that's why I am going to need to invert the layer in just a moment. So we will select the amount that we want, click OK and then I'm going to change the layer's blend mode, because right now it almost looks like we've got a solarized image, but you can see that Photoshop has found all of the edges and it's increased the contrast.

I want to remove that gray however, so choosing the Overlay Blend mode will remove that. Let's zoom in by using Cmd+1 to view our image at a 100%. You can see the before and after, so this is without the layer, the skin is much softer, with the layer, we've really over sharpened the skin. That's why we need to invert it. So I will select Image and then Adjustments and then Invert. Now instead of sharpening the layer, it's smoothing the layer, but it's smoothing the entire layer and I only want to smooth the skin.

So I'm going to add a layer mask, but when I click on the Layer Mask icon at the bottom of the Layers panel, I'm going to hold down the Option key on the Mac or the Alt key on Windows, and that will add a mask that is filled with black. So we are hiding the contents of this smooth skin layer. So right now toggling the Eye icon on and off won't change anything, because the mask is hiding it. But what this allows me to do is grab my Paintbrush, so I will tap the B key and let's make sure that we've got a soft edge brush, so we want the Hardness to be set to 0, and I will select a little bit larger of a brush, maybe around 34, 35 pixels and I'm going to bring the Opacity of the brush down to like maybe 20% or so.

What I want to do is I want to paint multiple strokes with white in my mask, so let's also make sure that my foreground color is white. If it's not, you can tap the D key to get your default colors, which will be a white foreground color, and now we can simply paint multiple strokes over the area in the skin that we want to be sharp. I will use the spacebar in order to reposition the portrait and then keep painting.

The reason that I have set my Opacity for the brush down so low is because I want to make sure that it takes multiple paint strokes in order to paint in the smooth softening, that way I won't get any abrupt edges where you can see where the softening or the smoothing layer is applied and where it's not. We also want to make sure that we don't go over areas that we don't want to be smooth. So for example, I don't want to paint over the eye area or the eyebrow area here.

I might want to get a little smaller of a brush though and just kind of smooth in this area around the eye. And of course, if you wanted to, I mean we could take this up to a higher percent, I just tap the 6 key, so now I'm painting at 60% in the areas that I know that I really want to smooth out the skin. All right, again, we probably don't want to soften the nostrils there, but I do want to soften the lines here underneath, and around the nose and around the lips, and of course, if you do go too far, you can always tap the X key.

The X key will exchange your foreground and background colors and that way you could paint out this layer wherever you have over-painted it. So for example, if you paint into the hair accidentally, you could just tap the X key and exchange those and paint it out. And then don't forget you want to use the Eye icon, you want to toggle on and off that icon to make sure that you didn't go too far. We will use the Spacebar again to move around in the image.

Make sure we didn't forget any areas here. We'll do a little bit more on the cheek. And again, just toggle on and off the Eye there to make sure that we're softening just the skin area and not the eye area or the eyebrow area or any of the little hairs. So I can go ahead and soften in here, but I don't want to go up into the individual hair area. All right, and when you're finished, if you have found that you have softened it a little bit too much, don't forget, we can always change the opacity of this layer and bring that down a bit, to maybe bring back a little bit of the detail in the skin.

You want to make sure that you use the Eye icon just to make sure that you're not over retouching, you still want some texture in the skin, but this is a nice way to just quickly smooth the majority of small little imperfections.

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Photoshop CS6 Essential Training

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  1. 1m 42s
    1. What is Photoshop?
      1m 42s
  2. 1m 11s
    1. Welcome
      1m 11s
  3. 32m 15s
    1. What is Adobe Bridge?
      2m 49s
    2. Getting photos from a camera
      4m 27s
    3. A tour of workspaces in Bridge
      5m 32s
    4. Customizing how thumbnails are displayed
      3m 44s
    5. Changing file names and batch renaming
      2m 58s
    6. Adding basic metadata with metadata templates
      5m 10s
    7. Creating and applying keywords to images
      4m 58s
    8. Viewing images in Full Screen Preview mode
      2m 37s
  4. 27m 1s
    1. Using Review mode to filter out rejected images
      4m 18s
    2. Saving images in collections
      4m 23s
    3. Rating and labeling images
      3m 46s
    4. Using the Filter panel to view different subsets
      4m 16s
    5. Using smart collections
      4m 18s
    6. Viewing final selects in a slideshow
      2m 21s
    7. Organizing groups of images into stacks
      3m 39s
  5. 32m 8s
    1. Comparing RAW and JPEG files
      6m 10s
    2. Starting in Camera Raw instead of Photoshop
      3m 12s
    3. Touring the Camera Raw interface
      9m 13s
    4. Previewing before and after adjustments
      3m 58s
    5. Toggling onscreen shadow and highlight clipping warnings
      3m 11s
    6. Choosing output settings
      3m 36s
    7. Saving a copy without going to Photoshop
      2m 48s
  6. 38m 37s
    1. Using the nondestructive Crop tool
      4m 42s
    2. Correcting a horizon line with the Straighten tool
      2m 41s
    3. Fixing color casts with the White Balance tool
      3m 50s
    4. Fixing blown-out highlights
      2m 56s
    5. Revealing hidden shadow details
      3m 7s
    6. Correcting lens distortion
      3m 25s
    7. Making perspective corrections to images
      2m 40s
    8. Removing color fringing and chromatic aberrations
      2m 28s
    9. Sharpening the details
      7m 45s
    10. Making an average photo great
      5m 3s
  7. 51m 2s
    1. Using the Graduated Filter tool
      6m 57s
    2. Making local adjustments with the Adjustments Brush
      10m 19s
    3. Retouching blemishes with the Spot Removal tool
      3m 41s
    4. Exploring a quick portrait retouching technique using Clarity
      4m 31s
    5. Converting to black and white
      2m 36s
    6. Editing images directly with the Targeted Adjustment tool
      3m 21s
    7. Creating selective color effects with the Adjustment Brush
      6m 5s
    8. Using sepia and split-tone effects
      3m 33s
    9. Adding digital film grain texture effects
      2m 20s
    10. Adding vignettes and border effects
      3m 59s
    11. Saving variations within a single file with the Snapshot command
      3m 40s
  8. 15m 13s
    1. Copying and pasting settings across files
      2m 4s
    2. Processing multiple files in Camera Raw
      3m 22s
    3. Saving and using the library of Camera Raw presets
      6m 48s
    4. Using Image Processor to batch process files
      2m 59s
  9. 30m 24s
    1. Opening files from Bridge
      2m 7s
    2. Opening files from Mini Bridge
      2m 51s
    3. Customizing the Mini Bridge panel
      3m 59s
    4. Using the Application frame
      3m 34s
    5. Managing panels
      5m 14s
    6. Switching and saving workspaces
      4m 39s
    7. Switching tools using the keyboard
      2m 47s
    8. Customizing the keyboard shortcuts
      5m 13s
  10. 10m 25s
    1. Working with tabbed documents
      1m 34s
    2. Arranging documents
      1m 52s
    3. Stopping Photoshop from tabbing documents
      1m 32s
    4. Panning and zooming
      3m 14s
    5. Cycling through different screen modes
      2m 13s
  11. 15m 44s
    1. Understanding file formats
      4m 36s
    2. Choosing the resolution you need
      4m 39s
    3. Understanding Resize vs. Resample
      4m 11s
    4. Working with print sizes and resolution
      2m 18s
  12. 32m 53s
    1. Using Undo and the History panel
      3m 7s
    2. Using crop options
      3m 54s
    3. Understanding Hide vs. Delete for the Crop tool
      1m 46s
    4. Bringing back hidden pixels with Reveal All
      40s
    5. Making the canvas bigger with the Crop tool
      3m 31s
    6. Making the canvas bigger using the Relative option in the Canvas Size command
      2m 18s
    7. Using the Perspective Crop tool
      1m 27s
    8. Straightening a crooked image
      2m 29s
    9. Scaling, skewing, and rotating with Free Transform
      5m 46s
    10. Making nondestructive transformations with Smart Objects
      2m 34s
    11. Warping images
      2m 48s
    12. Preserving important elements with Content-Aware Scale
      2m 33s
  13. 30m 41s
    1. Exploring layer basics
      11m 16s
    2. Loading, selecting, and transforming layers
      8m 4s
    3. Organizing layers using layer groups
      5m 3s
    4. Merging, rasterizing, and flattening layers
      6m 18s
  14. 43m 11s
    1. Using the Marquee and Lasso tools
      5m 43s
    2. Combining selections
      4m 4s
    3. Converting a selection into a layer mask
      5m 29s
    4. Using the Quick Selection tool
      4m 35s
    5. Selecting soft-edged objects using Refine Edge
      9m 42s
    6. Touching up a layer mask with the Brush tool
      7m 22s
    7. Changing the opacity, size, and hardness of the painting tools
      3m 17s
    8. Blending images with a gradient layer mask
      2m 59s
  15. 34m 36s
    1. Introducing adjustment layers
      3m 47s
    2. Starting with a preset
      2m 18s
    3. Improving tonal quality with Levels
      5m 31s
    4. Increasing midtone contrast with Curves
      6m 44s
    5. Removing a color cast with Auto Color
      2m 30s
    6. Changing the color temperature with Photo Filter
      2m 29s
    7. Shifting colors with Hue/Saturation
      4m 41s
    8. Making washed-out colors pop with Vibrance
      2m 48s
    9. Converting color to black and white
      1m 47s
    10. Controlling which layers are affected by an adjustment layer
      2m 1s
  16. 19m 33s
    1. Adjusting shadows and highlights
      5m 44s
    2. Replacing color using Selective Color
      3m 49s
    3. Using fill layers to create a hand-painted look
      6m 5s
    4. Using a gradient fill layer to add a color wash
      3m 55s
  17. 52m 9s
    1. Removing blemishes with the Spot Healing Brush and the Patch tool
      12m 42s
    2. De-emphasizing wrinkles with the Healing Brush
      4m 52s
    3. Smoothing skin and pores with the High Pass filter
      6m 19s
    4. Making teeth bright and white with a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      3m 21s
    5. Brightening eyes with Curves
      7m 0s
    6. Taming flyaway hair with the Patch tool
      3m 44s
    7. Removing unwanted details with Content-Aware Fill
      5m 49s
    8. Body sculpting with Liquify
      8m 22s
  18. 24m 12s
    1. Creating panoramas with Photomerge and Auto-Blend
      4m 48s
    2. Combining multiple frames in an action sequence
      8m 44s
    3. Swapping heads in a family portrait
      10m 40s
  19. 38m 26s
    1. Overview of filters
      2m 52s
    2. Applying filters nondestructively using Smart Filters
      5m 18s
    3. Creating a soft glow with the Gaussian Blur filter
      3m 35s
    4. Creating an infrared look with Diffuse Glow
      2m 14s
    5. Adding noise with the Add Noise filter
      6m 27s
    6. Sharpening an image with Unsharp Mask
      5m 11s
    7. Giving an image texture with the Texturizer filter
      1m 49s
    8. Using the Field, Iris, and Tilt-Shift Blurs
      6m 1s
    9. Creating a painting with the Oil Paint filter
      1m 34s
    10. Applying a filter to multiple layers
      3m 25s
  20. 22m 16s
    1. Cycling through the blending modes
      6m 42s
    2. Adding a lens flare effect with Screen
      2m 40s
    3. Scanning or photographing paper to add a deckled edge
      3m 1s
    4. Making a cast shadow more realistic with Multiply
      5m 21s
    5. Sharpening an image with High Pass and Overlay
      2m 26s
    6. Adding a realistic off-center vignette
      2m 6s
  21. 20m 9s
    1. Exploring character (point) type
      7m 6s
    2. Adding paragraph (area) type
      3m 38s
    3. Adding type on a path
      4m 44s
    4. Clipping an image inside type
      3m 3s
    5. Warping type
      1m 38s
  22. 15m 57s
    1. Adding a drop shadow effect
      6m 15s
    2. Adding edges, textures, and color overlays using layer styles
      4m 27s
    3. Creating a transparent logo or watermark
      2m 42s
    4. Knowing how and when to scale layer effects
      2m 33s
  23. 15m 45s
    1. Creating contact sheets
      2m 49s
    2. Using the Output workspace in Bridge
      5m 32s
    3. Exporting web photo galleries
      4m 20s
    4. Saving for the web
      3m 4s
  24. 23m 38s
    1. Working with video clips
      9m 29s
    2. Adding special effects to video
      5m 45s
    3. Adding pans and zooms to still images
      8m 24s
  25. 1m 10s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 10s

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