Because we all start to lose that healthy glow of youth somewhere in our twenties this next tool is of great importance if we want to flatter the people we photograph. It also helps when you take a picture in low light and get a grainy effect on what would otherwise be a nice smooth surface.
I will not embarrass anyone by showing a before and after picture of any of my friends.
(The after I could get away with but if I value my friendship the before is taboo.)
Give this a try on a portrait of someone over 40. For this tutorial I will go with a baby picture taken without flash so as not to wake the baby. The light was too low so it needs some fixing up.
The "Edge Preserving Smooth" tool.
I could have gone a lot further with the smoothing and made the face absolutely perfect but this is a new born baby and I did not want him to look like a doll. This shows how selective you can be to get just the right result.
Still more to do so click HERE to carry on.