Photography Amfo Connolly creates a quick video to show how to quickly retouch skin on a picture. There are other forms, however this is probably the simplest most accurate form of retouching possible. Unfortunately there is no commentary on the video. As this is a similar process I have used before, I’ve provided some descriptions below as to the tool I assume is being used in this video in the text below. Hopefully I assumed right.
Step 1: The tool being used is the clone stamp, it takes one section of your picture and simply places it exactly over another section of your picture. Hold down the alt button, click on the part you wish to copy, release, then go to the section you wish to copy it on, then press and brush. In this scenario, areas where there are no spots were copied over areas with spots. In any such case, when going for the area with no spots, go as close to the area with spots in order to acquire the same tone of shadow and complexion.
Step 2 (00:28): Going by assumption, I think the patch tool was being used here. It’s very similar to the clone stamp, but what this does is it smoothes out the texture of a targeted area. Again not to sure which tool was using there, but that is what I use to obtain that effect.
Step 3a: This is where your aim is to blur the image without destroying it. What you don’t want to do is blur the pink of the lips, the grey of the background or the black of the hair into the face. So you take the selection tool and cut around the area that needs blurring, in this case the skin. b: Not sure if he did, but I would advise once it is selected, you copy and paste it so it is a new layer, and then selection Gaussian blur (Filter–>Blur–>Gaussian blur), select a decent level of blurring, enough to smooth out all blemishes and spots. I recommend doing it on a new layer because after you can erase which contours you don’t need or areas of the blur you would wish to reduce. Also you can increase and decrease the overall opacity of the blurred layer to your comfortability. It is always best to have the blurred layer as an overlay to the original, otherwise your image ends up looking like plastic.
Step 4: The eye is stretched into shape, I’m sure you can figure that out. Modification of a face is really a matter of knowing what is beautiful or not, and that you can not be taught by process. Again in this case, I would rather copy and paste a wider section of the face which I wish to deform, which then give me a wider option to erase around the contours towards a perfect blend.
So now you know, good luck. Your job gets easier the more beautiful and professional the model is.