by Amy Palermo
When you’re retouching a portrait, you don’t want to over-do it. Not all wrinkles are bad and not every blemish needs removal. Admittedly, the common look of a great portrait includes soft, smooth skin. Blurring the skin area is an option, but it can make the rest of the image look fuzzy, as demonstrated in Figure A. We’ll show you how to utilize the History panel and the History Brush tool to selectively soften the skin tones and leave the rest of the image in focus.
Gather an image
To get started you’ll need an image to work with. For our example, we’ll use the same model shown in Figure A. To follow along with us, download the file history.zip from the URL given at the beginning of this article, and extract the file model.psd. (Images provided by PhotoSpin. Some images modified for educational purposes.) Then, launch Photoshop and open the file, shown in Figure B.
Apply the effect
The first thing we need to do is create an effect and then capture a snapshot in the History panel. For this technique, we’ll use Gaussian Blur to soften the[…]