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Airbrush Tutorial I

posted by mindfreak, Jun 28, 2006 6:33 PM — 160 comments



Airbrushing is always subject to a lot of discussion. Mostly the discussion ends up dividing people into two groups. Those who hate it, and those who simply love it!

In my oppinion the last group of people is the worst :) Mostly because many in this group tend to 'over airbrush' their models.

In other words its a balance to eliminate blemishes, errors and still keeping the model looking alive and healthy - and not something from a Wax museum.

Therefore Upon popular request i took some time to make a small tutorial on some of the techniques used in this forum post

In this tutorial im assuming that you as reader know the basic functions in Photoshop CS+ and words such as 'filter' 'gassian blur' and 'heal tool' aint too unfamiliar too you.

Anyways.. For this little tutorial we need a model - found this picture which is somewhat suitable:


A lovely women, with some birthmarks, minor blemishes, etc.

Again.. in my oppinion this girl really don't need airbrushing - but for the sake of the argument...lets say she does :)

1. Removing blemishes, etc.
Start off by duplicating your layer.
Photoshop CS+ comes with a great little tool called the 'spot healing brush' which it's great for removing minor scratches, errors and in this case blemishes.

for best results use a small hard brush

Here is the result after using only the spot healing tool & and some minor brightness / contrast adjustments:

Not much of a difference, but this is mainly due to the downsized images i had to use in this blog. And because Jenna hasn't really gotten that many blemishes :)

2. Removing 'dust & scratches'
The dust and scratches filter is a great tool to get that creamy looking skin effect. For this photo i used the following settings:

Experiment with this setting - it will vary from picture to picture (resolution), but what your looking for is a setting which will provide a creamy soft look.

Dust and scatches filter is found in the filter > noise > dust and scrathes.

Results of dust and scratches:

3. Gaussian blur

Gaussian blur is simply used to 'clean up' after the sometimes obvious smoothing of dust and scrathes.

Settings used:

Again settings may vary a lot - so experiment with it.

Results of gaussian blur:

4. Bringing back some 'noise'
This is a key step of the process - bringing back a little life to the skin. Without noise the skin ends up to barbie looking and with no life. A simple way to make some noise is using the filter specifically made for this task.

Noise filter is found in the filter > noise > add noise..

Here is settings used:

The result of adding noise:

Zoomed view:

As you can see its not a huge difference, but enough to bring the skin back to life.

5. Reskinning the model
At this point we have created a lovely blurry photo with pretty much no detail - but thats all going to end a litte bit.

1. Create a mask on the edited layer.

2. Fill the mask layer with black

3. All our edited changes should now dissapear and leave you with the original photo.

3. Now choose a fairly small brush - like say 30px and with no or little hardness level.

4. Start paiting all the skin areas - and only them. Try to avoid detailed areas like lips, eyes, shadows around the nose, nails. Working in small areas like hands or around eyes, an even smaller brush might give a better result.

Finally the magic is almost done:

6. Finishing up
The photo is basically finished now - and the next couple of photos are just other examples of the final result.

For more information about playing around with overlays, curves and histograms keep an eye on my blog :)

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1. posted by theRIAA, Jul 13, 2006 6:10 AM

am I the only one that thinks freckles are sexy?

2. posted by sensifreak, Oct 28, 2009 3:31 AM

http://www.photoshop-tutorials.de/photoshop-tutori- als

3. posted by ChaosKaize, Jul 16, 2006 4:53 PM

nice tut XD 8

4. posted by konel34, Jul 15, 2006 2:35 PM

nice work...good tut...

5. posted by lazwah, Jul 15, 2006 12:11 PM

you would have got a very similar result if you just played around slightly with the levels, just a tad, then duplicated the image layer, and on the top one, changed it's layer properties to hard light and then also gaussian blurred that top layer at like 3.5 or something and then just did a straight sharpen of the bottom image layer, you would likely return the same sort of results much quicker hehehe...maybe anyway! i could be wrong :S

6. posted by mindfreak, Jul 5, 2006 10:01 AM

Thank you for all your comments - i'm working on an updated version and a brand new tutorial on layer adjustments and curves techniques :)

7. posted by scrappy, Jul 5, 2006 9:34 AM

Great tutorial. Worked for me!

8. posted by knedlicek, Sep 2, 2006 5:41 PM

super work

9. posted by aigphoto, Sep 2, 2006 8:22 PM

In the interests of non-destructive editing, it's a good idea to create a new blank layer for the spot healing brush, clone stamp, etc., set the option to "Sample All Layers" and do all the "repairs" only on the new layer. This allows many fine adjustments that aren't possible when you paint right on the layer. For example, in protrait retouching, I often want to reduce the opacity of the repairs, set the blend mode to "Lighten" or "Darken", etc. It also means you can go back later and remove or adjust repairs that hindsight says don't work.
The blur technique works well as described, and again it's often desirable to reduce the opacity of the blur layer a bit to avoid the "too perfect" look, even when you throw in 2 or 3 percent noise (The main trick with noise is to match the overall noise level in the rest of the image.)
The shortcut to creating a black layer mack is to Alt-click (Option-click on the Mac) the layer mask icon in the layers palette.

10. posted by mindfreak, Jul 14, 2006 1:42 PM

Did you fill the mask with black?

11. posted by Elementh, Jul 14, 2006 12:49 PM


Only problem is the last step. After masking the image, is there suppose to be any changes when you start painting?

12. posted by mindfreak, Jul 14, 2006 10:52 AM

#16/17 - Yes Dust & Scatches and Gaussian blur are relative to both image size and light conditions. Ny only recommendation is to try try and then try again :)

13. posted by lm913, Jul 13, 2006 8:53 PM

Ooh as a corallary I would set the brush to 50% opacity and go over some of the hard transitions that occurred after the first brushing.

14. posted by lm913, Jul 13, 2006 7:57 PM

Is the Dust & Scratches and Gaussian Blur relative to the image size or are the pixel radii you listed constant? I believe the latter would apply and if so what is the relation?

15. posted by bies, Jul 13, 2006 9:47 AM

thanks for this tutorial. I always used the gaussian blur and then the history brush for eyes and lips etc. , (ps7), but now I will try this one on cs2.

16. posted by poetul, Jul 12, 2006 12:18 PM

Who gave him the 9 rating, huh? :)
Great tutorial for every one of us to know

17. posted by cloud-no-9, Jul 12, 2006 3:58 PM

Lovely tut!!! I'm really sorry I'am still stuck with PS 7.0!!!

18. posted by nevit, Jul 11, 2006 7:01 PM

Nice and useful tutorial. :)

19. posted by ruari, Jul 12, 2006 5:58 PM

Yeah! really nice simple way of achieving the results of that partucular task.

20. posted by IronHeel, Dec 2, 2006 1:08 AM

Thanks for this tutorial, I never realised how simple it could be to make rough pics look good; its the steps that count here, the filters and percentages can be played with even those horrible pass port pics can be polished up pronto. thank you again....ps to fill layer mask with black, click on layer mask icon while holding ALT; without ALT white with ALT black.

21. posted by rrss, Jun 28, 2006 11:10 PM

Nice Tut.

Used the Gaussian Blur method before, but never thought of using 'Dust & Scratches', and adding noise is a great idea.

Thanks very much indeed.

22. posted by kymmie_xox, Jul 6, 2006 6:50 AM

brilliant! thanks for the tutorial. Very useful :o)

23. posted by dlaureano, Jun 28, 2006 11:16 PM

Mee too, i'd ever used 'noise' but never 'dust & acratches'.

Nice tip.


24. posted by ltill, Jun 29, 2006 12:06 AM

Excellent tutorial! Short, sweet and to the point. I too have not used Dust & Scratches, nor have I used Add Noise, for the purpose of airbrushing, but now I'm looking forward to trying out these methods. Thanks!

25. posted by Inferatu, Jun 29, 2006 1:19 AM


26. posted by isaj, Jun 29, 2006 1:55 AM

Excellent, the one that knows, knows.

thank you to share it

27. posted by torli, Jul 3, 2006 12:56 AM

Thanks so much! I've had lots of fun playing with this tutorial.

28. posted by cynthiab, Jul 16, 2006 8:44 PM

I am off to try it out, it looks wonderful the result hopefully mine will look a little bit like it

29. posted by JoB1, Jul 18, 2006 11:15 AM

Excellent tute - Now all I need to know is how to do all the bad stuff like skinny up the model etc! But seriously - I like your methodology and the picture was a good choice, you could see the difference without it being too blunt. :)

30. posted by zk0, Jul 18, 2006 11:39 PM

Great tutorial. You also made it to easy webbers !

http://easywebbers.blogspot.com/2006/07/airbrush-t- utorial-for-photoshop-cs.html

31. posted by miaomiao, Jul 19, 2006 7:51 PM

very useful, thanks for sharing and the turtorial is easy to follow. I have tried and I like the result, but mine picture didn't look as sharp as yours. Mine is lack on contrast and the sharpness????

32. posted by yesimtauru, Jul 20, 2006 8:15 AM

i just want say it's Super Work ... keep it up... if u creat some thing more so tell me in this id


thankyou ... takecare bye

33. posted by lation789, Jul 23, 2006 4:50 PM

very cool, thaks!

34. posted by Yez, Jul 24, 2006 12:22 PM

Nice tut! But I got a problem. When I paint (step 4) nothing happens. The only change I can see is at the small layer picture, where I can see the black spots I painted. Can somebody figure out what I have done wrong?

35. posted by Yez, Jul 24, 2006 2:48 PM

As youu can see at my previous post; I did something wrong. I tried producing the same result in a much more simple way.
- First I used the healing brush tool on the skin
- Secondly I used the blur tool
- Finally some noise
I think I got very much the same result...
Please take a look at the result here: http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a163/yez/Stolen/- air_edit.jpg

36. posted by mindfreak, Jul 24, 2006 2:51 PM

#30 sounds like you forgot to fill the mask with black :)

You need to fill the entire mask with black, and then 'paint' with a white brush :D

37. posted by mindfreak, Jul 24, 2006 2:55 PM

#31 that is an way to do it - and a method i have used before - the downside to it however is that you cant go back and undo or edit a particular blemish or other moderation. By using masks and layers you have much more editing power and endless possiblities as to coloring, amount of airbrushing applied etc.

38. posted by mindfreak, Jul 24, 2006 2:57 PM

#21 Thats the wonderful thing about photoshop - there is always atleast 3-4 ways to create very simular results.

As a graphics designer its sometimes a nightmare taking over someone elses work though. Because they might have a totally different workflow in photoshop.

39. posted by Yez, Jul 24, 2006 8:15 PM

I did paint the mask black, but I didn't use a white but a black brush. I will try that and coome back here.
You are completely right... there's no way back in "my" method. Amd I'm keen to do it your way, hope it succeed!
Can't disagree on that!!

40. posted by Yez, Jul 24, 2006 8:39 PM

@32 Yeah!! That was the problem; I painted with black and not white... anyway it worked! That was great. Thank You Very Much mindfreak!
Ha' en god sommer!

41. posted by jgiroux, Jul 25, 2006 1:37 AM

great tut, I look forward to trying out your suggestions.

42. posted by chux, Jul 25, 2006 3:48 AM

hey!! Thanks!
I used spends looong hours fixing detail by detail... this it´s very usefull!!

43. posted by rrss, Jul 26, 2006 1:10 AM

Hi Mindfreak. You also appear on the 'Stumble upon' plug-in for FireFox.

Again nice work and look forward to your next tuts.

44. posted by Styler2000, Jul 29, 2006 7:58 PM

Your Airbrush Tutorial is very usefully for many photoshop users, thanks a lot.

45. posted by pukalski, Jul 31, 2006 4:02 PM

Thx Make!
Easy and usefull, good indeed.

46. posted by fbrandao, Jul 31, 2006 4:20 PM

Tanks for this tutorial!
Its always nice to have free lessons like this!

47. posted by velns, Aug 1, 2006 10:29 AM

nice work!

48. posted by takebo, Aug 1, 2006 2:55 PM

Thanks alot Mindfreak, i made mine.

49. posted by ryzal99, Aug 2, 2006 5:58 AM

hey, mindfreak. brilliant tut you have:) thx

50. posted by woodbridge, Aug 7, 2006 7:16 PM

Fantastic Tutorial! You didn't forget a thing... few pro's that write books & tutorials know how to communicate so well. Keep it up! I will keep track of your blog and would love to know if you have a blog on any other sites.

51. posted by reginybee, Aug 7, 2006 8:00 PM

great tut... i'm off to try it

52. posted by krullan, Aug 8, 2006 1:25 AM

This is the best tutorial yet!

53. posted by djem12, Aug 10, 2006 12:59 PM

Hi! nice tutorial.. but i saw Airbrush tut 1 is there more than just one becouse i cand find it

54. posted by mcarmona, Aug 14, 2006 7:39 PM

lovely tut, but i'm even more "radical" than you. i believe that if you have to retouch your raw -appart from basic stuff like light, colour, etc, which sometimes is ok- is just because you are a bad photographer. and for God's sake! the girl here doesn't need any fixing :)

55. posted by mindfreak, Aug 15, 2006 1:06 PM

#49 Tutorial II hasen't been made yet :) but im planning a second release ;)

#50 To some extend i agree, but in the world we live in, everyone apparently needs to have silky smooth skins, and no blemishes to get in a magazine :)

#46 Thanks, i do have a personal blog on http://norsted.dk/thomas/ , however i must admit it is somewhat neglected at the moment.

# rest - thank you for all your comments

56. posted by cerdoski, Aug 17, 2006 12:18 AM

Adobe Photoshop ... made in heaven :D
(maybe your tut too..) :)

57. posted by zackboomer, Aug 19, 2006 5:15 PM


58. posted by lex17, Aug 19, 2006 7:44 PM

i use median, i find it works better then dust and scratches :)

59. posted by adys, Aug 21, 2006 10:14 AM

Ouahou !
Nice Tits ! Uh... Nice Tut, sorry =P

60. posted by aldore, Aug 21, 2006 11:54 AM

yeah, Pretty Girl!!! :D

61. posted by peterpixo, Aug 22, 2006 1:44 AM

Very good work from you!!! Many readers will found it helpful. There is a few good techniques and this is one very close to them.

For addition, my piece of ADVICE:
NONE of good or better techniques will be nice if you will overdraw. So play with and use it with feelings.

regards, Peter Kytlica (SVK)

62. posted by mindfreak, Aug 31, 2006 8:19 AM

#59 When you fill the mask with black - all changes will dissapear and leave you with what looks like the original picture. However when you start to 'paint the new skin' with a white brush in the mask - the new skin should appear.

Hope that explains it :)

63. posted by coyuntura, Aug 26, 2006 7:53 PM

Simply Excellent!

Very nice Tutorial!
Thanks for all

64. posted by DeeJaY1974, Aug 28, 2006 10:38 AM

Hi Mindfreak, great work, the difference is amazing, i have tried to follow the instructions and do pretty well till i get this the point.. "Reskinning the model", all i seem to end up with is a picture the same as before i started and can get no futher, any help is much appreciated. DJ :)

65. posted by kioffi, Aug 29, 2006 11:44 AM

wow... great tutorial! i just showed the magic to my colleagues, they were impressed! same goes to me, i've always wanted to learn! now i've learnt, thx dude!

66. posted by rakesh1601, Aug 30, 2006 5:49 PM

excellent work,

keep it up dude

67. posted by Denty6, Sep 8, 2006 11:17 PM

Ficou muito legal

68. posted by plao, Sep 5, 2006 8:25 PM

Who's that beautiful model??? My compliments 4 your great work...

69. posted by MKNancy, Sep 7, 2006 7:37 AM

lol nice :D would never have thought hof that....then again i never use the filter....x.x...maybe thats why my projs sucks so badly lol..x.x

70. posted by jkulqxtry, Sep 8, 2006 1:50 AM

plao, her name is Jana Semradova. She's a Czech porn star. Most commonly found under the alias Ashley Robbins.

This picture came from a set titled "Ashley Robbins Red Shirt."

Don't ask how I know that off the top of my head.

On topic, nice work - nothing too fancy... now to figure out use your steps in Krita.

71. posted by arela, Sep 8, 2006 12:38 PM

okay, I get lost around step 5.2 and 5.3 because my color is not black but it's white even though I put a black, and it doesn't look good when I start to drag a brush and this step: '3. All our edited changes should now dissapear and leave you with the original photo.' does not appear to me.. thanx..

72. posted by mindfreak, Sep 11, 2006 9:51 AM

#67 nicely spotted - except it came from a set in our content store (cool-content.com) :)

73. posted by boost06, Sep 12, 2006 11:08 AM

I prefer the 'before' shot, you have over-done the airbrushing IMO

74. posted by universou1, Sep 12, 2006 8:36 PM

It great people like you who share their skills that help people like me! I really would like to thank you!

75. posted by mindfreak, Sep 13, 2006 11:34 AM


Like i said in my initial post - i dont really think this girl needs airbrushing at all, but it was the best picture i could find that day. And like i also said - airbrushing is a dangerous path, there will always be someone who thinks its over airbrushed :)

So you just proved my point :)

76. posted by 2point71, Sep 15, 2006 10:56 PM

awesome. dust and scratches, never knew about that. very helpful. thanks.

77. posted by lukaszj, Sep 17, 2006 10:39 PM

Well done mister. I've been doing it quite different way, but yours is swell. Keep up the good work.

78. posted by kinster, Sep 23, 2006 1:39 AM


79. posted by somf, Sep 28, 2006 4:03 PM

Here's a method I like to use. It's a little rushed but you get the point.. Took about 45secs.

Tools used:
Wacom Graphics tablet.
Photoshop CS2.

1. Auto Contrast

2. Paint skin with Smudge tool(airbrush 50% strength) using graphics tablet, careful not to go over lines and prominent shadows.

3. Unsharp Mask(100%, 0.5px, 0)

4. resize 5-10% to lessen artifacts from unsharp.

5. Done!

Example: http://vincelauro.com/temp/StckExchnge_touchup.jpg

80. posted by davyboy79, Oct 3, 2006 8:09 PM

@77, I like it! She looks almost like a china doll!

81. posted by rpineiro, Oct 5, 2006 10:25 PM

Muito bom,

82. posted by itz_steve, Oct 6, 2006 1:47 AM

whoaaa, thats amazing.

83. posted by albinomonk, Oct 6, 2006 5:45 PM

Awesome tutorial. I'd been trying to find a way to do just this sorta thing (and get professional-looking results). It tooks me a couple runs at it on my own before I understood how to fine-tune things like adding noise (which is probably relative to resolution anyways), and being careful to avoid prominent lines whe reskinning, but once I worked those out, it was a breeze!

84. posted by fsavanini, Oct 8, 2006 8:35 PM

oh fuck

85. posted by CrayolaRed, Oct 9, 2006 12:55 AM

This is great! I just can't seem to do it though. I also get stuck at step 5.2. All I get is a black screen. I am using PSE4 so does this make a diff? I can't seem to get the layer linked as shown in your screen shot. I highlight my edited photo and then click on new layer. Apparently that is incorrect. What am I missing/doing wrong. I really want to do this. Thanks for this tutorial!

86. posted by philly387, Sep 11, 2009 2:39 PM

Awesome information! Pictures are all wonderfully done up!


87. posted by nightwish, Oct 10, 2006 7:46 AM

Great tutorial, I usually go with the overused technique of duplicate, gaussian blur and then multiply for a dreamy look. But noise and mask brushing is amazingly good. Thanks for the tip. :)

88. posted by mindfreak, Oct 11, 2006 9:49 PM

#83 Not sure how PSE actually is different from PS but if i do recall correctly masking, levels, curves and etc. aren't availible in PSE? or am i mistaking totally?

89. posted by CrayolaRed, Oct 12, 2006 2:33 AM

That would make total sense to me cuz it sure feels like I am looking for something that isn't there. I kept thinking that it had to be there SOMEWHERE in the maze of options. But the more I look and try different things the more I get confused. Thank You.

90. posted by avgart, Oct 13, 2006 12:44 PM

severe noob here.. could u kindly explain how to fill in the mask.. and how to get the mask in the first place.. is it duplicate layer?
thanks =)

91. posted by sammm, Oct 15, 2006 2:06 AM

oh, :(

I tried doing it on a picture just now, and I thought I was following every step coreetly, but in the end it didnt work out.

Im not sure what I did wrong.

It was like, where i had used the spot healing brush tool, it showed up on the picture afterwards, it looks really bad.

92. posted by pablo13, Oct 16, 2006 2:29 PM

Thanks! Great tutorial...

Got any more tips?

93. posted by bonsai999, Oct 21, 2006 4:54 PM

Brilliant tut! Thank you for sharing.

One thing, I can't make the layer go black no matter what I do. I have C2 on a mac so any tips?

94. posted by mindfreak, Oct 23, 2006 2:16 PM

Seems to be a little bit confusion about filling the mask with black. Its pretty straight forward really:

1) Click on the add vector mask icon at the bottom of you layers menu

2) got to the 'edit' menu (or shift+F5 )

3) Select 'black' and click 'ok' - and voila! then it should be all black!

95. posted by juxyzzz, Oct 31, 2006 11:05 PM

Greeeeeeat tutorial! just love it!

thank U!

96. posted by tigone, Nov 10, 2006 10:52 PM

A great tutorial. Thanks for sharing.

97. posted by Mizfit, Nov 19, 2006 7:40 AM

Very Informative info...Ty. I'll have to give it a try myself.


98. posted by veyronism, Nov 20, 2006 2:55 PM

Already try it and yield a great finish.

99. posted by GeoDum, Nov 21, 2006 8:04 PM

Why post called Airbrush Tutorial? Here is no airbrush indeed. Here is Retouching by some another tools.
But it is nice tutorial. Add noise is good idea. Thank you.

100. posted by leo_marcal, Nov 28, 2006 6:51 PM

It´s a great tutorial, congratulations...
Is it that i was searchin for!

101. posted by MLCM, Dec 25, 2006 1:45 PM

If i paint with the brush by step 5.4 I don't see any difference.. AND YES I FILLED THE MASK LAYER WITH BLACK..

102. posted by MLCM, Dec 25, 2006 1:50 PM

oh w8.. i have it allready..
I don't know how.. but i did the same as before.. and now it works!,.
Great Tut btw!:D

103. posted by dozedoze, Jan 5, 2007 6:25 PM

Thank you for these tips. They'll be very useful! And congratulations. Your work is terrific!!

104. posted by xavez, Jan 15, 2007 2:06 PM


105. posted by VinnyPrime, Jan 18, 2007 11:37 PM

@ comment 14:

I too find freckles sexy.


btw, nice tutorial.

106. posted by mandy74, Jul 5, 2012 7:06 PM


107. posted by RAKZO27, Mar 3, 2007 12:18 AM

thkns for the tut :) very nice

108. posted by Fitzo, Mar 9, 2007 3:16 AM

This is a rip off another airbrushing tutorial....

See for yourself
http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php- ?t=171753

u cant say u made it first coz this guy made his on the 19th of May 2006 and u made yours on Jun 28, 2006.

If u dont think its a rip then read both the tutorials. Nearly word-for-word! Plus the technique is exactly the same..

Word of advise be more creative instead of stealing from others!


109. posted by mrspeedy66, Mar 23, 2007 2:37 PM

how do you step
5. Reskinning the model

im completetly lost in that one. how do create mask, fill it and etc. and could someone tell me step by step (lol yeah i know this is a turotial) how to get ot the end from there cause this is a reali excelent turtorial but im just lost atm how to finish it of from step 5

110. posted by toniakoush, Mar 28, 2007 11:17 AM

Hi! I am trying to make the moves as you do them. When i create mask at the edited layer and use the brush tool, i cant get the resault u have. Do i have to reveal the mask to have the (other steps again? (filters). Iam using photoshop 7. Is the first time i use the mask at the layers and iam not sure about their use. Thanks

111. posted by ezoeta, Apr 9, 2007 1:51 AM

wow, the noise and dust and scratches is such a great idea! very creative, and creates a much more realistic airbrush.

112. posted by Moondust01, Apr 11, 2007 12:54 AM

really awesome tut.I will try the noise/dust n scratches part.very awesome.

113. posted by lcs9, Apr 22, 2007 7:14 AM


114. posted by mindfreak, Apr 27, 2007 1:46 PM

Actually i read about it in a Magazine called Artistry, however it wasnt build as a tutorial so i made it into one. Where they got the idea from - i dunno, and honestly dont care - the point of this tutorial was to help others - not personal gain.

As for the name calling... grow up

115. posted by mindfreak, Apr 27, 2007 1:48 PM

As for the questions regarding the tutorial steps - i'll come around to them soon, i have so much work at the moment, and so little time.

But i think i will update the tutorial soon - with some steps for the absolute beginner.

116. posted by pinkviolet, May 6, 2007 2:30 PM

exactly what i was looking for! thanks for sharing...now i'm asking for photos to all my friends,and i'm erasing away all their spots and blemishes!!! :)

117. posted by mafdet, May 27, 2007 6:08 PM

Very useful, easy to follow tutorial. I'm still finding my way around PS (I'm more used to Paint Shop Pro) so many many thanks!

118. posted by living40, Jun 4, 2007 6:15 PM

Nice tut! Another good way which achieves similar results is to use a selection of the face or area to be 'brushed'. Feather the selection slightly, and apply a median filter to it. With the selection you can 'deselect' the eyes & other areas that need to stay sharp -OR - duplicate the layer and apply median to tthe new layer, then mask and paint to show eyes etc. I have a suspicion your way may be quicker. Good stuff!!

119. posted by jklatham, Jul 8, 2007 9:43 AM

Oh this is fantastic! =] But!... Whats a mask? Cause in layer i found vector & Layer masks but i couldn't apply because it wasn't useable (u know not clickable & hightlighted & stuff) Even right clicking my picture in the layers panel all the 3 types of masks were not clickable. Please help!

120. posted by IndyKet, Jul 14, 2007 8:25 AM

Man, this is great, I have to try this tomorrow, thanks very much.

121. posted by g_lady, Jul 22, 2007 4:47 PM

Thank you,very nice tutorial.

122. posted by ronnelsky, Jul 27, 2007 6:57 PM

Thanks! But there's a better way. :)

123. posted by morleys, Aug 1, 2007 5:58 PM

Neat, thanks. I forgot to change from black to white with my brush to start with so was a bit confused!! But got there in the end. Excellent though, can't wait to airbrush!

124. posted by gmurc, Aug 11, 2007 11:05 PM

aww you got rid of the frekels

125. posted by Daywalk3r, Aug 15, 2007 4:17 AM

Amazing techniques!!!
Really effective result =D

99/10 XD

126. posted by t-florie, Sep 11, 2007 4:16 PM

Bruger stort set samme teknik - det må ligge til os danskere ;)

God tut, nem at forstå og godt illustreret :) (og køn model)

127. posted by sxchuman, Sep 20, 2007 2:04 PM

aww you got rid of the frekels

128. posted by elp9946, Sep 23, 2007 4:14 AM

i can't even begin to tell you how many times i've used these techniques... they have not failed me yet.. thanks so much!

129. posted by xlollipopx, Oct 12, 2007 11:25 PM

i really love this it helped me out a lot thanks

130. posted by justfakeit, Oct 23, 2007 1:33 AM

Fantastic tutorial.
You keep as much detail in the image as you need.
Beautiful results!

Thank you for sharing.

131. posted by amiraslani, Dec 18, 2007 9:59 PM

fantastic ...

132. posted by Morcin, Dec 26, 2007 4:33 PM

Cool ! :>

133. posted by dolcevitaa, Jan 12, 2008 9:42 PM

Hey, how do I change the colour of the mask? It's white, and I've tried everything! T_T ...

134. posted by jtaylor401, Jan 16, 2008 6:02 PM


135. posted by mainhia, Jan 28, 2008 9:59 PM

How do you fill the mask layer with black?

136. posted by mindfreak, Feb 18, 2008 10:07 AM

To fill a layer mask you simply just select the layer mask - goto menu "Edit" >> "Fill" >> Select "Black" from the dropdown.. and thats it :)

137. posted by Shoin, Mar 29, 2008 6:34 PM

Agreed about this one -"in my oppinion this girl really don't need airbrushing " - but my fish pictures at http://saveourfishingproject.net/heb/ sure need some airbrush wotk.


138. posted by divxindir, Dec 4, 2009 5:29 PM

good job. thanks for share
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139. posted by gunase, Apr 26, 2008 9:18 AM

Fantastic tutorial.

Thank you for sharing.
give as more tutorial

140. posted by shaafi, May 17, 2008 6:56 PM

I have nt thought yet like this idea


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141. posted by odog50, Jun 12, 2008 8:12 AM

thank u dont need a plugin now

142. posted by blondie990, Jul 29, 2008 1:13 AM

got lost on step 5, not very clear

143. posted by jaygage, Sep 19, 2009 2:25 PM

great tut mane

144. posted by MikeRuiz, Jul 30, 2008 4:32 PM

You should really check out retouch Bianca Carosio's work. She seems to not use any of these Blur techniques and still creates amazing beauty images!

145. posted by sclass, Jul 31, 2008 12:16 AM


146. posted by bobkacio, Sep 20, 2008 11:09 PM

Very useful. My mother looks like Jenna now! :})Kidding, thanks.

147. posted by hisho1968, Dec 1, 2008 12:15 PM

It is very smart creating new layer with the effect you want, then hiding it by mask, then controlling which areas to reveal to interact with the underneath background ... I appreciate your effort giving us this. many thanks to you.

148. posted by Tapdancer, Dec 7, 2008 9:10 PM

Um.. hello. My name is Chelse. I have GIMP that a downloaded months ago. I actually joined this site just to ask you a question. =]

My question is what version of GIMP were you using when you made this tutorial?

My only problem is I can't find dust and scratches because it's simply not there. You made this back in 2006, so I'm sure I'm using a newer version. Any help whatsoever would be great! My email is cool_bird25@sbcglobal.net

Chelse! =]

149. posted by t66, Dec 23, 2008 11:03 PM

thank you for sharing! great job!

150. posted by sjhutton, Apr 24, 2009 1:11 AM

I tried it and my result was fairly good, but not quite as good as the example given - I need to experiment a little more with the techniques. Issues around the eyes with the eyelashes and fine lines.

One thing I did was play with the opacity and fill of the adjusted layer. That lets you fine tune just how airbrushed you want the final image to be.

Oh and to the last person who wanted to know which version of GIMP... it was pretty clearly stated that it was Photoshop CS+

151. posted by sohbet, Jun 20, 2009 3:07 PM

Thank you for all your comments - i'm working on an updated version and a brand new tutorial on layer adjustments and curves techniques :)

152. posted by JereManU, Mar 8, 2010 3:39 PM


153. posted by cnnic2009, Jul 30, 2009 10:19 AM

Christian Louboutin ShoesVery useful. My mother looks like Jenna now! :})Kidding, thanks.

154. posted by clippaths, Aug 8, 2010 1:44 AM

Nice tutorial, the result is wonderful.. thanks

155. posted by escan, Aug 18, 2010 8:54 AM

I'm gonna try it .

156. posted by teploshop, Aug 26, 2010 4:25 PM

Excellent tutorial! Short, sweet and to the point. I too have not used Dust & Scratches, nor have I used Add Noise, for the purpose of airbrushing, but now I'm looking forward to trying out these methods. Thanks!

157. posted by mr_iyost, Nov 2, 2010 2:13 PM

nice tutorial


158. posted by johnjac, Nov 5, 2010 10:35 PM

Thanks for this nice tutorial :)

159. posted by disenoweb9, Feb 22, 2013 8:01 AM

Thank you for sharing! great job!

160. posted by inizjall, Nov 6, 2013 3:21 AM

Thank you for this help

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