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Retouching blemishes

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Video: Retouching blemishes

When you're working on a portrait, whether it's a professional portrait, or a picture of a friend, you can try to make the skin look better by removing any unwanted blemishes. To do that, I'll use the Healing Brush tools here in the Full Photo Edit workspace. When I'm retouching, I like to be zoomed into 100%. So I'll get the Zoom tool, I'll go up to the options bar, and I'll click the 1:1 button there. Here I see a couple of blemishes I'd like to remove, so I'll go to the toolbar, and I'll click on the tool that looks like a band-aid. From the flyout menu, I'm going to start with the Spot Healing Brush tool.

Retouching blemishes

When you're working on a portrait, whether it's a professional portrait, or a picture of a friend, you can try to make the skin look better by removing any unwanted blemishes. To do that, I'll use the Healing Brush tools here in the Full Photo Edit workspace. When I'm retouching, I like to be zoomed into 100%. So I'll get the Zoom tool, I'll go up to the options bar, and I'll click the 1:1 button there. Here I see a couple of blemishes I'd like to remove, so I'll go to the toolbar, and I'll click on the tool that looks like a band-aid. From the flyout menu, I'm going to start with the Spot Healing Brush tool.

Then I'll move into the image and I'll find a spot that I want to remove, say this dark area right here. I'll make the brush tip just big enough to cover that spot. I'll do that by using the bracket keys on the keyboard, which are located just to the right of the P key. Each time I press the right bracket key, the brush tip gets bigger; each time I press the left bracket key, it gets smaller. When it's just big enough to fit over that blemish, I'll click, and when I move my cursor you can see that the blemish has disappeared. What's happened is that the Spot Healing Brush tool looks for unblemished pixels nearby, samples those, and places them on top of the blemish blending the sample in with the color, lighting, and texture of the skin.

This tool is pretty quick to use, so I can just move over another blemish, right here. I'll click the left bracket key once to size the brush, so it's just big enough to cover that, and I'll click, and that blemish is removed too. Now here is a bit more complex area where there are some lines in the skin. So rather than rely on the Spot Healing Brush to sample pixels from just the right area, I'd like to control the location from which the good pixels are sampled. So I am going to switch to the other tool: the Healing Brush tool. I'll go back to the toolbar and I will choose Healing Brush tool.

I'll move over the image on top of the spot that I want to remove, and I'll size the brush using the right and left bracket keys until it's just a little bit bigger than that spot. Then I am going to move right next to that spot here, and I'm going to hold down the Option key on a Mac, or the Alt key on a PC, and with that key held down, I'll click to sample pixels from that location. You can see that the cursor changes to a target. Now I am going to release my finger from the Option or Alt key, and when I move my mouse, you can see inside the brush tip exactly which pixels have been sampled.

You can see them better if I move over here. So now I'm going to move over the blemish, and I'm going to line up the pixels that I've sampled with the surrounding line in the skin, and when I have got that all aligned, I'll click. And that covers up that blemish with a sample that almost perfectly matches the surrounding skin. So that's how to use the Spot Healing Brush tool, and the Healing Brush tool, to remove unwanted blemishes from a subject's skin.

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