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Smooth Skin

Author: serpentis

Tools Needed

  • Photoshop

Introduction

Sometimes the skin we render in Poser just doesn't look “right.” Ya know what I mean? Well, there's a simple post work solution to that. :) Of course, this doesn't fix having bad textures to start with or other major flaws, but if there's too much of a shadow or blotchiness to your skin, this is how I take care of it.

What You Need:

Photoshop

Your Poser render (or photograph with bad skin)

Used in this tutorial:

Poser 4 Pro Pack

Victoria 3 by DAZ

Breonna by serpentis

Alicia Curls by RDNA

Alicia Stylez by serpentis

Jewelry from Freestuff at Renderosity

Photoshop

This image was written in Photoshop 7, but can translate to most Photoshop versions. I'm not sure if this way can be done in Paint Shop Pro or other similar photo editors.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to e-mail me or contact me at any of the sites I frequent (3D Commune, Renderosity, Poser Pros and DeviantArt), username: serpentis.

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Step 1 -

Open your image in Photoshop. Duplicate the background layer (Ctrl+J).

400-00271.jpg

Step 2 -

Invert (Ctrl+I) the layer copy and desaturate (Ctrl+Alt-U). Your image should look similar to this now:

400-00291.jpg

Step 3 -

Add a layer mask to the duplicate layer. (Layer/Add Layer Mask/Reveal All)

Step 4 -

With the layer mask selected, go Image/Apply Image and use the following settings:

Source: filename

Layer: Background

Channel: RGB

Blending: Normal

Opacity: 100%

Invert: Unchecked

Mask: Unchecked

Step 5 -

Set the layer's blend mode to Soft Light.

Your image should look like this:

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Step 6 -

To soften the image a bit more, I've added a Gaussian Blur to the duplicated layer. (Filter/Blur/Gaussian Blur)

Step 7 -

Now that we've lost a wee bit of depth, let's create a Curves Layer to bring some of those shadows back. Click on the background layer and then on the little Circle that's half black, half white at the bottom of the layer palette.

Step 8 -

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You should have a fairly smooth looking image now and can finish it up however you'd like. If you want to tweak the image a bit more or add a border to it, go right ahead. :) I can't stress enough how important just playing around with Photoshop and your image is.