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Soften skin effect action

Action Description

A unique Adobe Photoshop Action to soften skin for a natural, cleaner appearance whilst retaining essential skin textures.

This skin smoothing action is really designed to be used in conjunction with Photoshop's layer mask. It can also be applied within selections. Running this action over an entire image will result in loss of detail. The procedural filtration methods blur, add film grain and then lower opacity of a selection or layer to create the effect of softened skin, whilst retaining some detail.

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How to use the Soften Skin action

Smooth skin video tutorial


  1. To install a Photoshop Action, locate the following folder : "*/Adobe Photoshop/Presets/Photoshop Actions";
  2. Create a new folder within the above address and call it - "TT actions";
  3. Start up Adobe Photoshop
  4. Open the Actions floating palette (menu: Window / Actions)
  5. Click on the small arrow within a circle at the top right hand corner of the palette and choose "Load Actions";
  6. Load your Action file (from the folder you created earlier) to complete.
  7. From the same menu you can also change to 'Button Mode', making it easier to access this action.

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