Digital Toolbox: How-to Edit Portraits Flatter your friends with four easy Photoshop tricks for prettier portraits. By Debbie Grossman December 17, 2008 How To SHARE All-Over-Skin-Smoothing-Step-2-Go-to-Filter-Bl *Step 2*Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Set the radius to 50, and click OK. All-Over-Skin-Smoothing-Step-3-Now-add-a-black-l *Step 3*Now add a black layer mask to the Blur layer. Holding down the Alt key (Option on a Mac), click the Layer Mask button (circled). Bright-Eyes-This-trick-kills-two-birds-with-one-s This trick kills two birds with one stone — it brightens the iris and whitens the whites of the eyes.*Step 1*Zoom in so you can’t see much except the eyes. Choose the Adjustment layer button from the Layers palette, and select Curves. Bright-Eyes-Step-2-Hold-down-Ctrl-Command-on-a *Step 2*Hold down Ctrl (Command on a Mac) and click on a bright part of the white of one of the eyes. Then use your keyboard’s up arrow key to raise that point on the curve. Bright-Eyes-Step-3-Now-hold-down-Ctrl-Command *Step 3*Now hold down Ctrl (Command) again, but this time click on a darker part of the iris. Use the down arrow to lower that point on the curve. Then click OK. Bright-Eyes-Step-4-Since-we-made-an-adjustment-l *Step 4*Since we made an adjustment layer, there’s already a mask. Fill it with black by making sure that black is your background color, and holding down Crtl (Command) + Delete.Now hit B to get a brush, and paint the eyes to reveal your adjustment. Pearly-Whites-Step-2-As-in-Bright-Eyes-step-4-f *Step 2*As in Bright Eyes step 4, fill the layer mask with black, and use a brush to reveal your whitened teeth. If you brightened them too much in step 1, just lower the layer’s opacity. Before Before After After How to MORE TO READ RELATED Cold weather is the best time for night sky photography and starscapes Grab your coat and your camera, then head out under the stars. READ NOW RELATED Take better pictures by thinking like an old-school photographer Make every shot count. RELATED How to choose the right laptop for you Everything you need to know.