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Retouching blemishes


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Photoshop Elements 9 Essential Training

with Jan Kabili

Video: Retouching blemishes

The Spot Healing Brush tool and Healing Brush tool are the tools to reach for when you're retouching a portrait. They both do a great job of covering up blemishes, wrinkles and other skin flaws. I usually start with the Spot Healing Brush tool which automatically selects good pixels with which to cover the areas that I'm retouching. After I select that tool, I go over to the layers panel and I'm going to make a new layer for my retouching marks. I'll click the Add New layer button at the bottom left of the layers panel and that creates a new layer that's named layer 1 by default.
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  1. 11m 0s
    1. Welcome
      1m 18s
    2. What is Photoshop Elements?
      3m 47s
    3. Touring the workspaces
      5m 55s
  2. 54m 16s
    1. Working with catalogs
      5m 22s
    2. Importing and using the exercise files
      5m 13s
    3. Importing files from your computer
      7m 31s
    4. Importing photos from your camera
      8m 57s
    5. Importing photos from iPhoto (Mac only)
      4m 44s
    6. Importing files from external drives/CDs/DVDs
      4m 44s
    7. Scanning photos
      6m 50s
    8. Dividing scanned photos
      5m 51s
    9. Importing from watch folders (Windows only)
      5m 4s
  3. 39m 10s
    1. Touring the Organizer
      6m 41s
    2. Viewing thumbnails
      6m 15s
    3. Rotating photos
      52s
    4. Renaming photos
      2m 55s
    5. Fixing photo dates
      2m 28s
    6. Hiding and deleting photos
      4m 6s
    7. Stacking photos
      4m 22s
    8. Moving files
      2m 43s
    9. Reconnecting missing files
      4m 53s
    10. Using Help
      3m 55s
  4. 54m 22s
    1. Rating photos
      3m 58s
    2. Applying and organizing keyword tags
      7m 4s
    3. Searching by keyword tags
      3m 35s
    4. Tagging with People Recognition
      11m 3s
    5. Using Smart Tags
      5m 57s
    6. Creating albums
      4m 41s
    7. Creating Smart Albums
      6m 28s
    8. Searching by text
      5m 28s
    9. Using the Find menu
      4m 19s
    10. Using the Timeline
      1m 49s
  5. 30m 14s
    1. Viewing slideshows in Full Screen view
      4m 21s
    2. Working with photos in Full Screen view
      9m 20s
    3. Comparing photos
      5m 56s
    4. Viewing by date
      3m 18s
    5. Mapping photos (Windows only)
      7m 19s
  6. 38m 36s
    1. Applying Photo Fix
      9m 0s
    2. The Quick Fix interface
      7m 9s
    3. The Quick Fix controls
      5m 22s
    4. Adjusting lighting in Quick Fix
      3m 46s
    5. Adjusting color in Quick Fix
      5m 39s
    6. Using the Touch Up tools in Quick Fix
      7m 40s
  7. 43m 43s
    1. Guided Edit basics
      8m 13s
    2. Making an Out of Bounds image
      10m 17s
    3. Perfecting a portrait
      7m 43s
    4. Adding realistic reflections
      5m 26s
    5. Applying a LOMO camera effect
      2m 0s
    6. Making pop art
      1m 31s
    7. Using Style Match
      8m 33s
  8. 1h 20m
    1. Full Edit workspace overview
      6m 51s
    2. Working with tabbed documents
      4m 51s
    3. Using tools
      7m 40s
    4. Arranging panels
      5m 18s
    5. Setting preferences
      3m 41s
    6. Using Undo History
      6m 39s
    7. Zooming and navigating
      7m 4s
    8. Creating a blank file
      5m 19s
    9. Photo resizing and resolution
      8m 9s
    10. Cropping and straightening photos
      7m 15s
    11. Recomposing photos
      8m 15s
    12. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 27s
    13. Saving and formats
      5m 46s
  9. 35m 4s
    1. Understanding layers
      7m 17s
    2. Working in the Layers panel
      5m 21s
    3. Using layer masks
      7m 43s
    4. Using layer masks to combine images
      6m 27s
    5. Building composites
      8m 16s
  10. 20m 58s
    1. Selection basics
      3m 22s
    2. Manual selection tools
      3m 19s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      7m 24s
    4. Refining selection edges
      3m 30s
    5. Saving selections
      3m 23s
  11. 1h 21m
    1. Color managing
      7m 14s
    2. Applying Shadow/Highlight adjustments
      2m 42s
    3. Using adjustment layers
      8m 24s
    4. Masking adjustment layers
      7m 38s
    5. Adding a Levels adjustment layer
      6m 8s
    6. Adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      5m 56s
    7. Adjusting with Color Curves
      4m 14s
    8. Removing a color cast
      3m 37s
    9. Reducing digital noise
      4m 7s
    10. Sharpening photos
      7m 32s
    11. Processing multiple files
      7m 59s
    12. Working with raw photos
      15m 57s
  12. 18m 34s
    1. Using the Smart Brush tools
      6m 16s
    2. Dodging and burning
      2m 29s
    3. Retouching blemishes
      4m 29s
    4. Content-aware healing
      2m 31s
    5. Removing content with the Clone Stamp tool
      2m 49s
  13. 25m 53s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 36s
    2. Adding effects
      2m 34s
    3. Using layer styles
      7m 23s
    4. Using shapes
      4m 46s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      2m 19s
    6. Converting color to black and white
      3m 15s
  14. 11m 25s
    1. Creating text
      7m 1s
    2. Editing text
      4m 24s
  15. 1h 25m
    1. Creating a photo collage
      8m 38s
    2. Fine-tuning a photo collage
      8m 3s
    3. Creating greeting cards
      8m 34s
    4. Creating photo calendars
      9m 28s
    5. Creating CD/DVD jackets and labels
      7m 43s
    6. Creating a photo book
      7m 44s
    7. Fine-tuning a photo book
      7m 11s
    8. Creating a slideshow (Windows only)
      8m 0s
    9. Fine-tuning a slideshow (Windows only)
      3m 23s
    10. Creating a flip book (Windows only)
      2m 47s
    11. End to end: Making a scrapbook page
      8m 15s
    12. End to end: Completing a scrapbook page
      5m 24s
  16. 49m 27s
    1. Printing photos
      8m 38s
    2. Contact sheets and picture packages (Windows only)
      6m 40s
    3. Sharing photos by email
      6m 38s
    4. Sharing photos by Photo Mail (Windows only)
      5m 8s
    5. Sharing to Flickr and Facebook
      4m 43s
    6. Saving images for the web
      6m 48s
    7. Signing up for Photoshop.com
      2m 55s
    8. Sharing online albums at Photoshop.com
      5m 4s
    9. Backing up
      2m 53s
  17. 38s
    1. Goodbye
      38s

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Photoshop Elements 9 Essential Training
11h 20m Beginner Nov 23, 2010

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In Photoshop Elements 9 Essential Training, Jan Kabili highlights the key features of this comprehensive image organization and photo enhancement application. She shows how to correct and enhance photographs, and how to organize a growing collection of digital photos. The course also explains how to use photos in creative projects like photo books, calendars, and greeting cards, and how to share work online and in print. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Downloading files from a digital camera
  • Importing photos into an Elements catalog
  • Applying keyword tags
  • Organizing photos into albums and Smart Albums
  • Automatically adjusting photos in Quick Fix
  • Walking through Guided Edit photo techniques
  • Understanding photo resizing and resolution
  • Cropping and straightening photos
  • Making and refining selections
  • Correcting photos in the Full Edit workspace
  • Applying image sharpening
  • Adding text and special effects
  • Creating photo projects, such as greeting cards and calendars
Subject:
Photography
Software:
Photoshop Elements Elements
Author:
Jan Kabili

Retouching blemishes

The Spot Healing Brush tool and Healing Brush tool are the tools to reach for when you're retouching a portrait. They both do a great job of covering up blemishes, wrinkles and other skin flaws. I usually start with the Spot Healing Brush tool which automatically selects good pixels with which to cover the areas that I'm retouching. After I select that tool, I go over to the layers panel and I'm going to make a new layer for my retouching marks. I'll click the Add New layer button at the bottom left of the layers panel and that creates a new layer that's named layer 1 by default.

To give it a more meaningful name, I'll double-click right on the layer name and I'm going to type retouching instead. With that retouching layer selected, I'll go up to the options bar and I want to make sure that there is a check mark next to Sample All layers. That means that the tool is going to look at the other layers in the file to find good healthy pixels with which to cover the areas that need some retouching and it will lay those pixels down on this retouching layer. That would give me the flexibility to reduce the strength of those retouching marks by lowering the Opacity of that layer or even to throw the layer in the trash if I don't like the results.

Notice that there is a new option in the options bar for the Spot Healing Brush. This is the Content-Aware option. I almost always leave this selected because it does the best job of covering up blemishes and other flaws in the photo and that includes things like telephone wires that may be crossing the entire picture. Content-Aware is a really effective and significant addition to the Spot Healing Brush tool. Now to use the Spot Healing Brush, all I have to do is move into the image and put my cursor over the spot that I want to remove and then I want to make the cursor just a little bit bigger than the spot, so I'll tap the Left Bracket key a couple of times to make that brush a little smaller and then I'll click right on the blemish.

The Spot Healing Brush makes that blemish almost invisible by covering with pixels that are sampled from nearby skin and blending the texture and the lighting and the color of those pixels almost perfectly. So I'll continue to do that around the face, making my brush bigger and smaller as necessary and just clicking on these blemishes. This tool works so well that it's often the only tool that I need. Here I see a little bit of a scar so I'm going to click and drag over the scar and that covers the scar, there is another bit of scar and another.

I can use the Spot Healing Brush to try to reduce the shadow from this fellow's mustache. I'm going to make another layer for that by going to the bottom of the layers panel and clicking the Create New layer button and I'll name this one mustache and then I'll come into the image. I'll make the brush a bit bigger by pressing the Right Bracket key and I'm just going to click a few times on the mustache. I prefer to click rather than to drag because dragging sometimes creates a visible line.

And to make that look more natural, I'm going to reduce the opacity of the mustache layer a little bit, so we can see a little of the five o'clock shadow. I'll move my mouse over the Opacity label and I'll drag to the left. The Spot Healing Brush tool works so well particularly with the new Content-Aware option that I hardly need to use the Healing Brush tool, but sometimes I want to sample the good pixels from a particular area and that's when I reach for the Healing Brush tool.

With the Healing Brush tool I also want to make sure that Sample All layers is checked, for the same reason that I checked this option for the Spot Healing Brush tool. I'm also going to check Aligned, so that the spot, from which I'm sampling good pixels, moves along with my cursor as I move to different areas of the image to retouch. In the layers panel I'll go back and I'll click on the retouching layer again, so that my touching marks are laid down on this layer and then I'll come into the image and I'll find some smooth skin here, I'll hold the Alt key, that's the Option key on the Mac and I'll click and the cursor changes to this target icon, meaning that it's sampling pixels from here.

Then I'm going to click on an area that I'd like to cover, the scar down here at the edge. I'll click a couple of times and the Healing Brush covers that area very nicely. So that's how to use the Healing Brush and the Spot Healing Brush to quickly and effectively retouch a portrait.

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