>> I've got a lot of grain in scanned photos -- or heavily mottled skin -- I need to smooth. Also, my scanner has a way of over-sharpening Any tip's or web site would be helpful...<<
Submitted by: William using Photoshop 7 with Mac OS X
Ah... the famous "Flesh Tones" tutorial again...
PS 911 Team says:
Here's the best tip to remove any kind of grain from skin and give it a nice smoothness.
Duplicate the background layer.
Apply a Gaussian blur to the whole upper layer. (Experiment, but 5 pixels for a 30 - 40 MB file. The larger the file, the more blur. )
Now, change the blending mode to Darken and adjust the opacity (Start around 30)
Next, make a layer mask and begin painting back as much detail as you desire. Pay particular attention to eyes, mouth and teeth.
Our database is showing a good tutorial on working with flesh tones at:
The reason we cite that tutorial is it includes a swatch pallette created from Prepress Target values for Skin which is generally accepted as the correct target values for litho printing.
See: Flesh Tones Palette which should open in a new browser window.
From Photoshop 911 Case #04029; Surry, CA