Smooth Photoshop Tutorial Smooth and reduce details without losing edges. This
contemporary effect is great for hiding flaw in portraits.
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Step 1
Open a photo you would like to edit. Or, you may use the photo used in this tutorial .
Make sure that the image is in RGB color mode. To switch to RGB color mode, click
on RGB Color under the Image> Mode menu.
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Step 2
Duplicate the current layer (Layer> Duplicate Layer or Ctrl+J).
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Layer Duplicated
Step 3
Select the top layer and apply a Median filter (Filter> Noise> Median). In the Median filter tool, use a Radius that will blur most of the detail without losing the shape of the objects.
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Filtering the Effect
The effect is applied, but it’s applied to the entire image. Now we need to filter
it so that it’s not applied on the edges.
Step 4
Add a layer mask to the top layer (Layer> Add Layer Mask> Reveal All).
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Layer Mask Added
Step 5
Make sure the layer mask is activated. The thumbnail of the layer mask in the layers window should have a white border around it. If it doesn’t, click on the thumbnail to activate the layer mask.
Step 6
With the layer mask activated, use the Apply Image tool to apply the following
Layer: Background
Channel: RGB
Blending: Normal
Opacity: 100%
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Photoshop Apply Image Tool
Step 7
Apply a Find Edges filter (Filter> Stylize> Find Edges). The image should now appear to have its edges restored.
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Find Edges Filter Applied
Step 8
If you look closely at the image, you’ll be able to notice the outline on the edges. To remove this, we’ll simply apply a gaussian blur with a radius of 1 pixel.
Smooth Photoshop TutorialEdge Outline Final Results
Rollover to see the before and after effect.
Final Results

Smooth Photoshop Tutorial