- Duplicate the layer you want to work on.
- Change the blend mode of the new layer (Layer 1) to “overlay”
- Apply the “high pass” filter to layer 1 (located under layer/other/)
- Invert layer 1
- Lower the opacity of layer 1 and fine tune the amount of skin softening
- Add a layer mask to layer 1
- select the brush tool
- paint over the details in the face to hide the softening effect
- Paint away the effect from the rest of the image.