This is the first time I have tried to retouch skin. I tried an inverted highpass technique tutorial, and then I tried some adjustments of my own. I was sloppy with the cutting out and the background, I was concentrating on the skin, I don´t know I well I did, is it too exaggerated?
Thank you Paul! I saw that pixelation, but that came after I posted it here, it´s not like that on my computer. I don´t understand why this keeps happening, I must be doing something wrong with either resizing, or saving for the web or something.
Nice, especially for the first time. Only i would like to see small, little, tiny grain on skin.
I have seen lately some works/tutorial with that "removing everything" from skin style and i don't find it natural. But that's just me.
Thank you all, I found the tutorial in a magazine, but I can´t find it online, so I wrote down the steps for anyone who is interested.
After the last step, I then started using different color adjustment layers and things, and don´t really remember, I just tried things until I kind of liked it.
Inverted high pass technique
1: Duplicate image layer by pressing crtl/cmd+J
Select top layer, apply “Convert for smart filter” from the filter menu.
2: Set blending mode of top layer to Linear Light and the opacity to 50%.
Now add an Invert adjustment layer, and add it to your top layer as a clipping mask by holding Alt/Opt and clicking in-between the two layers in the Layers palette.
3: Next apply a high pass filter to your inverted layer, move the radius up until you´ve smoothed over the coarse details that you´d like to remove.
4: Now apply a Gaussion Blur filter to bring back fine details, not to far, or you will just get your original image back.
5: The clear areas of your image should now look smooth, but the edges are blurred and out of focus. To rectify this, add a Hide All mask to the inverted layer and then paint in the effect using a soft white brush, avoiding any edges or important details.