Portrait Magic Lite

A Free Skin Smoothing Action for Photoshop

FREE: Realistic Skin Smoothing Photoshop Action

Photoshop skin retouching – the good, the bad, and the downright scary! One of the most challenging aspects of retouching portraits is maintaining a natural appearance when retouching skin. It’s easy to blur skin, but that looks far from natural. I’ve even seen some methods of blurring out the skin to smooth it, and then creating a faux texture to add over top of the blurred skin!

The secret to successful skin softening in Photoshop is to blend any uneven tones in the skin while still retaining the original skin texture. This means blurring the skin is out of the question – sort of. We need to blur the skin tones without affecting the texture of the skin. Possible? Absolutely!

In the following video, I demonstrate our free PhotographyBB Portrait Magic Lite Photoshop Action, which performs a beautiful skin smoothing process while still retaining all-natural skin detail and the texture of the skin. The result is gorgeous and easy to customize for a variety of different looks and levels of smoothing, and is all accomplished in ONE SINGLE CLICK. View the video demo to see Portrait Magic Lite in action (no pun intended!), and then download your free copy below!


FREE ACTION: Portrait Magic Lite

This free Action for Photoshop will allow you to perform a realistic skin smoothing effect in one simple click. All layers are left un-flattened to allow for greater adjustment and control. Enjoy!

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15 Responses

    1. Mary

      I figured out how to add a black mask and paint on white to allow it to shine through. However, is there a way to have one mask that will impact both the details and smoothness layers without having to create a separate mask for each? Sorry, I am new to PS. I love your action though!

      1. Dave

        Excellent question Mary. The answer is… sort of. You can create the entire mask on one of those layers, and then just easily copy and apply it to the other layer by holding down the option key (Mac) or Alt key (PC) while dragging it to the other layer. That will basically duplicate it to the layer you are dragging it to. :)

    2. Dave

      Great question! We’ve actually created a mask automatically so that this only gets applied to skin tones in the image. You can either delete that mask, or refine it to your liking by paining either black/white to best suit your image. :)

  1. Mary

    I am so sorry for the questions. Why does it create a copy of my image instead of working off the original? I really don’t want to have an extra copy. Is there a way to stop that part?

    1. Dave

      Hi Mary,

      No problem at all! I’m glad you are finding a good use for this Action. It creates a duplicate because we strongly believe in not altering original image files. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve accidentally saved over an original file when doing a quick edit or testing some effects out. This way, the original file will always remain intact.

      If you really wish to turn that feature off, you can open the action steps in the action panel (just click on the little “>” to the left of the Action’s name), and UNcheck the checkmark beside the first step that says “Duplicate first document”. That will turn off the step that creates a duplicate file. Use with caution!

      Thanks again and have fun with it!

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