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Healing blemishes

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Video: Healing blemishes

One of the nice things that you can do for your family and friends is to use the retouching tools in Elements, to make their portraits look better. Here in the toolbar, there is a Spot Healing Brush tool and the Healing Brush tool that you can use to remove blemishes, wrinkles, facial hair, scars, bags under the eyes, and in general, to retouch your portraits so that your subjects look better. I am going to start by selecting the Spot Healing Brush tool, and I'm going to come into this image, and I am actually going to zoom in, so you can see the blemishes on the face better, by pressing Command, and then tapping the plus key Plus a few times.

Healing blemishes

One of the nice things that you can do for your family and friends is to use the retouching tools in Elements, to make their portraits look better. Here in the toolbar, there is a Spot Healing Brush tool and the Healing Brush tool that you can use to remove blemishes, wrinkles, facial hair, scars, bags under the eyes, and in general, to retouch your portraits so that your subjects look better. I am going to start by selecting the Spot Healing Brush tool, and I'm going to come into this image, and I am actually going to zoom in, so you can see the blemishes on the face better, by pressing Command, and then tapping the plus key Plus a few times.

Then I'm going to hold the spacebar down and pan down on this image. I see that the model has a few blemishes including this little freckle here and a scar over here. The Spot Healing Brush tool comes in really handy for cleaning up areas like this. Before I apply this tool, I like to make a new layer that will contain all the corrections that I make with the tool, and that way I can eliminate those corrections easily by throwing away the new layer, or it can reduce the opacity of the layer to make the corrections look more realistic.

So I am going to go over to Layers Panel, and I'm going to click the Create New layer button right here, and then I will name the new layer. I'll double-click the default layer name, and I'll call this layer 'retouching', and then I'll press the Return key on my keyboard. I'll make sure I have that retouching layer selected, and then, and this is important, I'm going to go up to the Options bar for the Spot Healing Brush and I'm going to click Sample All layers. This will cause the Spot Healing Brush to sample or use some good pixels from other layers in the image.

In this case from the background layer, but to lay down those sample pixels on the selected Retouching layer. So now, all I have to do to retouch the image is move into the image, place my mouse over one of the blemishes like this scar, use the bracket keys to make the brush tip just a little bit bigger than the area that I want to cover, and click. With just one click that scar goes away. I can do the same thing up here on this freckle, or I can click and drag over some of these scars on the boy's forehead, and like magic they disappear.

I can just quickly go through an entire image cleaning up blemishes like this. Now sometimes I want a little more control over where I'm sampling good pixels from. So let's say that I want to remove some of the hairs in the boy's eyebrow here. If I use the Spot Healing Brush, I'm not getting the best result, because the Spot Healing Brush is picking up some pixels that include some hairs, rather than pixels from the clean skin up here. So I am going to undo a couple of times pressing Command key and Z key together and I am going to go over and get another tool, the Healing Brush tool, which gives me more control over the area from which the good pixels are sampled.

With the Healing Brush tool, I'm going to go up to the Options bar, and again, check Sample All layers. I'm also going to check Aligned, so that the area from which I'm sampling moves with me as I lay down good pixels. Then I'm going to come into the image, and I'm going to hold the Option key down as I click on some clean skin on the boy's forehead. Now I'm going to move over these hairs and drag, and notice that cross that's moving with me, that indicates the location from which the good pixels are being taken. I'll just drag over the hairs, I'll do the same on the other side, and that's a quick way to shape the eyebrows.

I also like to use the Healing Brush tool when I'm trying to remove bags under the eyes like this, or when I'm trying to remove stray hairs, like those along the hairline here. The Healing Brush tool and the Spot Healing Brush tool come in handy for cleaning up lots of areas of portraits, and that will make your subjects feel a lot better about themselves. So I urge you to use these Retouching tools on your own portraits.

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Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac Essential Training

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  1. 2m 35s
    1. Welcome
      1m 18s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 17s
  2. 13m 0s
    1. Touring Elements
      7m 24s
    2. Starting from the Welcome screen
      5m 36s
  3. 16m 11s
    1. Importing photos from a camera
      8m 48s
    2. Dividing scanned photos
      3m 52s
    3. Capturing frames from video
      3m 31s
  4. 23m 13s
    1. Touring Bridge CS4
      7m 44s
    2. Opening files from Bridge into Elements
      5m 1s
    3. Rotating photos
      1m 17s
    4. Moving, deleting, and hiding photos
      4m 11s
    5. Renaming photos
      5m 0s
  5. 29m 16s
    1. Tagging photos with keywords
      6m 28s
    2. Rating and labeling photos
      5m 55s
    3. Sorting photos by filter
      6m 23s
    4. Finding photos
      4m 33s
    5. Organizing photos in Collections
      5m 57s
  6. 52m 52s
    1. Touring the Quick Fix workspace in the Editor
      8m 34s
    2. Applying Quick Fix lighting controls
      3m 33s
    3. Applying Quick Fix color controls
      6m 30s
    4. Applying Quick Fix sharpening
      3m 44s
    5. Using Quick Fix touchup tools
      7m 43s
    6. Fixing group shots in Guided Edit
      6m 25s
    7. Merging multiple exposures in Guided Edit
      7m 24s
    8. Applying the Scene Cleaner in Guided Edit
      6m 31s
    9. Running Automated Actions in Guided Edit
      2m 28s
  7. 30m 57s
    1. Touring the Full Edit workspace
      6m 5s
    2. Working with tabbed documents
      4m 28s
    3. Arranging panels
      4m 14s
    4. Using tools
      8m 15s
    5. Setting editing preferences
      3m 8s
    6. Adjusting color settings
      4m 47s
  8. 46m 0s
    1. Using Undo History
      6m 6s
    2. Zooming and navigating
      5m 38s
    3. Creating a blank file
      5m 43s
    4. Photo resizing and resolution
      8m 21s
    5. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 10s
    6. Cropping and straightening an image
      3m 12s
    7. Using the Recompose tool
      3m 23s
    8. Processing multiple files
      6m 16s
    9. Saving and formats
      4m 11s
  9. 23m 25s
    1. Understanding layers
      3m 30s
    2. Working in the Layers panel
      8m 53s
    3. Combining images with layer masks
      11m 2s
  10. 22m 24s
    1. Understanding selections
      3m 39s
    2. Manual selection tools
      7m 36s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      3m 9s
    4. Refining a selection
      3m 59s
    5. Modifying and saving selections
      4m 1s
  11. 55m 51s
    1. Using adjustment layers
      9m 21s
    2. Adding a Levels adjustment layer
      4m 49s
    3. Applying a Shadows/Highlights adjustment
      3m 24s
    4. Adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      5m 30s
    5. Adjusting with Color Curves
      4m 3s
    6. Removing a color cast
      3m 55s
    7. Correcting skin tone
      2m 10s
    8. Reducing digital noise
      3m 44s
    9. Sharpening photos
      9m 42s
    10. Working with raw photos
      9m 13s
  12. 18m 58s
    1. Using the Smart Brush tool
      5m 20s
    2. Using the Detail Smart Brush tool
      3m 30s
    3. Dodging and burning
      1m 49s
    4. Healing blemishes
      3m 51s
    5. Removing content with the Clone Stamp tool
      3m 15s
    6. Removing red-eye
      1m 13s
  13. 26m 26s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 6s
    2. Adding effects
      3m 0s
    3. Using layer styles
      3m 36s
    4. Using shapes
      8m 25s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      2m 54s
    6. Converting color to black and white
      3m 25s
  14. 7m 35s
    1. Creating text
      4m 7s
    2. Editing text
      3m 28s
  15. 27m 26s
    1. Making a photo collage
      7m 15s
    2. Stitching a photo panorama
      3m 43s
    3. Saving for the web
      6m 40s
    4. Creating web galleries in Bridge
      6m 47s
    5. Creating a PDF slideshow
      3m 1s
  16. 4m 34s
    1. Printing photos and contact sheets
      2m 49s
    2. Sending photos by mail
      1m 45s
  17. 23s
    1. Goodbye
      23s

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