How do you get that really smooth effect on your sim edits? I really love it, it gives them an animated kinda feel!
Hi nonny! ✨❤️
hmm… there’s nothing specific about it, it is just a set of circumstances that makes the sims look smooth:
1. The skin
I really love skins that makes my sims’ skin smooth and soft, I use this default one by @madmono and then I usually use another skin as an “overlay” depending on the vibe of my sim, but all of them are very smooth/maxis match ones
My tip: to provide a smooth base, always use “mattifying” / maxis match skin, you can always add some glow later!
2. Topaz Clean
I always use topaz clean for all my edits, I haven’t found any tool that gives such smooth finish to my pictures, so if you haven’t used it, give it a try! Actually, I don’t use the same topaz settings for my edits, I go back and forth, depending on the sims, their skin details, hair… but If you’re curious, this are the settings that I used in my last post
3. Finishing touches
At this point your sim’s skin should be looking pretty smooth, but I really like to add some extra touches that gives it that “animated feel” as you said. I used to do contour and all that stuff, but lately I’ve been skipping that and focusing on highlight touches on the higher points, such as cheeks and shoulders. It can be as subtle as you want, I think it gives a beautiful finish to the skin.
The way I do it is by using the dodge tool in photoshop, and I pick the midtones range
here’s a before and after, as you can see just a few light touches (nose, forehead, cheeks, cleavage, shoulder) make all the difference, also I added some contrast to the picture, It really helps the glow to pop! ✨
well, I hope this was helpful nonny, there’s not much about it ❤️✨