A Lesson in Skin Smoothing

My Beautiful Wife

With this portrait of my wife, Janet, I used the 'frequency separation' method among other things to retouch the skin. Overall, I am quite pleased with the results, but I can't help thinking whether the end result has moved away from the natural (real) beauty captured in the original photo. Although it is now cleaned up and smartened up, is it obvious that I had messed around with it? Maybe I'm just being too purist for my own good, and no one will notice anything untoward with this photo.

Below is a link from whence I forged my PS magic: 



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