Make skin look perfect in one-click with these AI-powered Photoshop actions.
Step 7: Add a layer mask
We're almost done. The dramatic skin effect was added to the entire image and now we need to mask out the areas that are not the skin.
To start, click on the Add Layer Mask button in the Layers palette.
You should now have a layer mask for the layer.
Step 8: Mask the layer
Select the Eraser tool from the Tools palette.
Right mouse click on the image and the brush settings should appear. Use a large brush and set the Hardness to 0%.
Now begin to erase the areas around the skin.
Here's the final outcome of this photo effect. The skin now looks very dramatic like many sad photos of old or homeless people.Now that you know how to create this photo effect, try to use it sparingly. Many photographers become addicted to this effect and it becomes overused in their portfolios.
Before and after
Because we only applied the effect to the skin, you'll need to editing the surrounding as well to match the skin. In the image below, I darkened the surrounding, reduced the saturation of the blue hat, and added a strong vignette.