Photoshop Video Tutorial – Soften Skin with Surface Blur

I’ve been asked by quite a few of you on how to soften skin in Photoshop. So I thought that I’d show you the steps I use to soften skin. Contrary to what many photographers use which is the Gaussian Blur filter, I prefer to use the Surface Blur filter.

I actually show both techniques in this photography tutorial so that you can try both and see the results side by side. If you’re using Lightroom 2, you can also check out my video tutorial on soften skin using the clarity brush.

If you’d like more Photoshop tutorials on portrait retouching, you can view them here, here, here and here. 🙂

11 responses on "Photoshop Video Tutorial - Soften Skin with Surface Blur"

  1. thanks,

    this is very beautifully education in this site

  2. Thanks,

    This is a very simple method and easy to learn. For years I’ve used an Eddie Tapp method I learned from Monte Zucker where you use the gaussian blur with two different layers in two different blend modes. I would then use the eraser tool around the eyes, mouth and nose.

    Your way is much quicker.

    Thanks again!

  3. This is a very good tutorial!
    I take many years to the Gaussian blur will, but now prefer to use the Surface Blur filter!

    Thank you!


  4. Thanks, another nugget of wisdom to add to my arsenal.
    Makes sense.


  5. thank’s for tihis tutorial, its so helpfull me to learn retouch photoshop..

  6. Thank you very much for this tutorial, it was very helpful.
    Muchas gracias!

  7. Thanks man your tuts are so helpful. coz im studying subjects at uni on this and you are like a second teacher. you explain it better than my real teacher. haha.

    so thanks again.

  8. That is soo cool! I appreciate the tutorial because I always take the easy way out with an action, now I know how to do it manually. Thanks!!


  9. @ Scott

    Too funny! 🙂 Yah.. I know what you mean. It’s on my “to do ” list for early 2009. 🙂

  10. Yanik: I have enjoyed and learned from several of your tutorials. Now we just need to find you a “theme song”. Most folks who do videos like this have some music playing at the beginning, and every time I start one of your videos, I find myself reaching for my speakers to see if the volume is turned down or something!

  11. Nice tutorial Yanik.
    Thanks for showing both Gaussian Blur and Surface Blur I had never used the Surface Blur tool so thanks for helping me learn something new.
    Thanks again,

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