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★ Glossy porcelain skin effect in photoshop

I’ve seen a few porcelain effect tutorials for photoshop but none of them really convinced me. So, I found a portrait and started a process of trial and error applying different filters and blending modes. Eventually I achieved the nice glossy effect you can see below.

Stock image used

Download from author’s page: http://faestock.deviantart.com/art/Portrait-of-a-girl-121627174

Full tutorial and source files here

The first thing you need is a portrait. I used a photo by *faestock which unfortunately is no longer available on DA because she took it off but you can find lots of portraits on sxc.hu or deviantART.

The quality of the photo is not very important here but I would suggest you get a higher resolution one. The details of the skin are not so important because we are going to apply a lot of blurring to make the face as smooth as possible.

Blur softening

Open your photo in photoshop and duplicate it to have one as backup.Turn the duplicated image to black and white and using the Levels, increase the highlights and middle tones, Basically increase the overall contrast.

We are going to use the Surface Blur to soften the skin because it keeps the edges sharp. So, go to Filter>Blur>Gausian Blur. Depending on the resolution of your image you must add more or less blur. Apply the blurring multiple times. You want to make the face as smooth as possible but keeping the edges as sharp as possible by using a small radius and threshold. Also use the Blur Tool (Shift R) with a big soft brush, strength 80-100% and Mode Normal. The advantage of the Blur Tool over the Surface blur is that the blur is only applied on the places that you want so you have more control over the edges of the face using smaller brush sizes.

Eliminate the eyelashes and eyebrows using the Clone Tool (S). This may be a little tricky and it can take a while because you have to be careful not to damage the surrounding areas. I spent about 15 minutes on this step and this is what I got.

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About Andrei Oprinca

Yep that's me :) I like Photoshop and Spotify 2 years ago I said to myself I will fill this with some useful info about me but I never had the chance to do it XDDD


  1. Hi, I can’t see any “Download” button here….. :( I’m logged in premium member of course.

  2. sir andrie where did you get some of your model images that you use. I have difficulty find my model images. Can you help me??

  3. Raymond L. Saint

    when hear Gossy Skin i think in something like this but
    this is Dope! Great work

  4. Andrei, can you please make a video that how you achived this glossy look. Please :)

  5. I recently apply that technique! Works perfectly :D . But spend more time to show step by step how you did it.

  6. Very clever technique, not sure where I would use it, but you never know!

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