How to Create Movie Star Skin
One thing we all dream about having is porcelain smooth skin. That is, for the models on our design layouts! Here is a great technique for giving any model that “movie star skin” makeover that doesn‘t require hours with the clone stamp and healing brush.Next: The Shutterstock Scoop
Here is an example of an image for an ad layout. Although the model looks good, we are looking to give the model a smoother complexion.
The first thing to do is duplicate the background layer. Run a filter on the newly created layer – Filter -> Blur -> Surface Blur. The settings you choose will depend on the resolution of your image, but you‘ll want to blur the image until you can no longer see the individual pores and inconsistencies in the skin texture. In this case, I used a radius of 11 pixels and a threshold of 10 levels. Click OK.
Open up the channels palette. Click through the Red, Green and Blue channels and find the channel which offers the greatest contrast between the background and the face‘s skin. In this image, the Red channel gives us the best contrast. Holding CTRL (PC) or CMD (Mac), click on the thumbnail of the chosen channel, and you will load the luminosity of that channel. We will use that selection to create our layer mask.
Head back over to the layers palette and select the blurred layer. Click the “Add a layer mask” icon.
This process might sound complicated at first, but once you have done it once or twice, you will find it is a very easy method of giving skin a complexion anyone would be proud of.