3. Carry on using the Healing Brush to remove the lines around the mouth and along the cheek and chin, and then duplicate the layer by pressing Ctrl/Cmd+J. We will now soften the skin to remove any texture associated with older-looking skin.

Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and enter a radius value of 3 pixels in the pop-up Gaussian Blur dialog box. Click OK to apply the blur to the duplicate layer. Now apply a layer mask to the blurred layer by going to Layer > Add Layer Mask > Hide All.

This adds a black mask to the layer, completely obscuring the blurred layer and allowing the background layer below to show through.



4. Press the D key to ensure the default black-&-white foreground/background colours are selected, and then press the B key to select the Brush tool.

Right/control-click to open the brush picker, choose a large soft-edged brush, and then adjust the opacity to 30 per cent in the Tool Options bar.

Press the X key to make the foreground colour white and then paint over the nose, cheeks, and chin of the face to remove the mask, revealing the blurred layer and softening the skin.

Make sure you don’t paint over the eyes, hair, or mouth as these need to remain sharp and in focus. If any of these areas are painted over by mistake or too much of the blurred layer is revealed, simply press the X key to switch the foreground colour to black and paint the mask back in.