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Smoothing skin when shooting raw


Active Member
May 16, 2012
Lightroom Experience
Lightroom Version
Im using lightroom classic cc on an iMac. I usually use noise reduction to help smooth out skin....If there is a better way please advise.
Anyway, Ive noticed that when shooting raw adding noise reduction have barely any noticeable affect even when adding 100%. But if I shoot in a jpeg format, it has a huge affect. Why is that? Is there a better way to smooth/soften skin.
Actually it seems like i have to drag the sliders much more when shooting raw as opposed to jpeg, what's the reason?
Thanks for the help.

Paul McFarlane

Photoshop Services
Staff member
Nov 5, 2017
Lightroom Experience
Power User
Lightroom Version
Classic 8
Totally agree with the above, negative clarity works well, especially as a local adjustment

raw vs jpg - the jpg files are already processed in-camera so will have some adjustments already applied, hence these are exaggerated more by a slider in LR than applying to a raw file (effectively) - this is why, for example, LR automatically applies some sharpness (40) to raw and not jpg


Senior Member
Jan 13, 2017
Lightroom Experience
Lightroom Version
Classic 8
That is good to know. You can use the brush to bring sharpening back to eyes, etc.