Discover the fundamentals of skin smoothing with BeFunky.
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- Skin smoothing is handy for all sorts of things, obviously it's helpful for texture, but it's also helpful for color and I'm gonna show you how that works right now. I have this shot of Chris right here and here's the original, here's the duplicate, and this is one that we're gonna work on and you'll be able to compare them. So I'm gonna double click on it to open it up. I'm gonna hit the return key to go to edit mode. And we'll choose Befunky from our extensions and I'm gonna zoom in just a bit, so I'm gonna use this.
Now to re-position, all I have to do is click and drag. Zoom in just a bit more. So what happened here to Chris is that he spent a day at the amusement park and he had his hat on backwards and he got sunburned. His nose caught it right here, he's got some burn here on the forehead and it's just not ideal for a portrait session. So, what can I do about that? Well, actually, skin smoothing is a very helpful tool for situations like this.
So I'm gonna go ahead and click on him. Now we have four sliders right here, we have the texture amount, and the smooth amount and these two really work in tandem, we'll use them back and forth. And then you have the brush size itself, I don't wanna go too big, and then you have brush hardness, which is the feathering. So we don't want to go too hard, we'll go something like this. So we can just start out anywhere, and I'll show you why.
And I'm just gonna smooth this area a bit, and we're just trying to bring those tones together because really what makes a sunburn look bad are the lines, the sunburn lines, where you see that it's really sunburned here and then right next to it, not there. Same thing here, we'll just smooth this out a little bit. Not go too crazy. See those bright areas, too? See how we can work on the bright areas also? And we can go right underneath the eyes there, he's got some bright areas.
There's a bright spot there. Here's a bright spot. Okay, just like that. Now, once we've made our selection, we can continue to adjust with the sliders. We'll do it with texture. See, if I bring the texture up, a lot of that comes back. I'll zoom in even a little bit more to make that easier to see.
See if I bring the texture up, you see it. If I take the texture down too far, then that gets fake looking, so what you want to do, you just want to find that in-between spot. Okay. There's a good in-between spot right there. I'm not seeing a whole lot of difference of smooth amounts right now. But I'm gonna keep it more at the lower end. And again, like with most retouching, you don't want to be too heavy-handed. You just want to make things a little bit better.
So let's go ahead and apply this and we can do some before and after. So we'll go to undo. There's where we were when we started. And there's where we are right now after the skin smoothing. It's nice, huh? I mean, it's really quite an improvement and let's go ahead and take this down so we're not zoomed in all the way. And if you looked at that, I'm hoping that you wouldn't think, wow, he really retouched the skin tones there, with skin smoothing.
I hope that's not what you're thinking. I hope you're thinking, oh, that portrait turned out okay, yeah, I like the way he looks. So anyway, that is skin smoothing, I think it's very helpful. Not only for texture, but also for color.
In this course, photographer, author, and educator Derrick Story demonstrates his favorite editing extensions for performing local adjustments. These tools round out what already exists in Photos, providing the photographer with a complete image editing toolbox. Step-by-step, he selects an image from the library, explains how he wants to change it, and then chooses the appropriate editing extension to complete the job.
- How extensions for Photos work
- Applying color effects with Color Filters for Photos
- Split-toning an image with the Tonality extension
- Creating a black-and-white image with Tonality
- Retouching a portrait with Snapheal
- Using external editors like Photoshop with Photos