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It used to be that we did all of our image cleanup and retouching in Photoshop. Well now that's completely changed because of a new tool, which is located inside of Adobe Camera Raw. One of the advantages of working on your images in regards to cleaning them up or doing some retouching work is that it doesn't increase your file size, and there is no render time, and it's completely nondestructive. In other words, you can undo this at any time. Well, let's say that we want to clean up this portrait here. Well, let's first zoom in to 100%. We are going to do that by way of a shortcut.
The shortcut on a Mac is Command+Option+0. On a Windows operating system it's Ctrl+Alt+0. Next, press the Spacebar key and click and drag to reposition your photograph. All right. Well, here we can see that this image was captured with a really shallow depth of field, and I'd like to shoot that way. I like the look that it gives. Our near eye is in focus, which is really good. That's what you always want. Yet we have some small little skin variations that we can see, because this is such a close-up shot.
So we want to reduce or remove those, so we can really focus in on the eyes, and we are not distracted by anything else. What we are going to do is use the Spot Removal tool. You can select that tool by pressing the B key or by clicking on it here in the toolbar. Next thing you want to do is find a blemish that you want to retouch, say this little one right here. What we will do is we will click in the middle of this, and then click and drag out in order to extend that beyond the edge of the blemish. Next, we'll have this checkered circle, the green and white one, that is the sample area, so we want to position that over some good skin there, and here we have a nice correction.
It's also possible to see with all of these little circle overlays. Well, to toggle the visibility of those on and off, you simply press the V key. So those circles are now gone. Next, press the P key. That's our before and then our after. Press V one more time, and then it will show those overlay circles. Well, all that we need to do now is to make our way through and to work on a couple of other little areas. And so I am just going to go ahead and sample this area. Next, to change the size of the sample area, I am going to hover over the edge of the circle.
And you can see that I can do that here. I am just going to go ahead and click this time, and simply clicking on these blemishes in order to find a nice area to retouch. So sometimes you are going to click and drag, other times you may just simply click in order to sample a little area and to retouch that up. Now one of the things that's kind of nice to do occasionally is to zoom in really close to your photograph, because that can help you find all those little blemishes. So I'll do so now. I am going to press the right bracket key to increase the size of that correction area, left bracket key to decrease that size.
I'll go ahead and click on this. That's too small. Again, right bracket key increases it, left bracket key decreases it. The nice thing about that, of course, is it's the same shortcut that we have inside of Photoshop for changing our brush size. All right so, so far so good. We are making some nice little improvements here. If you ever want to just simple click and drag to make your brush the exact size that you need, press the Spacebar key and pan around your image, and we are just looking to try and reduce a lot of these little tiny skin variations that we are noticing here.
All right, just kind of move that one over a bit and make our way through this. That needs to be a little bit bigger. Also should point out that you can always overlap your retouching that you're doing here. If you ever find that you need to kind of double up something that you've done, you can always do that. All right. Well, I think that's looking pretty good. I am going to zoom out a little bit. Now that we have all these little circles, it's kind of hard to see if our work is any good at all. We press the V key to hide all those, and then we press the P key that toggles our Preview on and off.
Here is before, and then here is after. Let me zoom in a little bit more so you can see some of the areas we've worked on. How about right up here? Here we have before and then after. All right. You know that's looking great. I'll zoom out a little bit just to make sure we are in a good spot, and I think we are. And the beauty of this is that here we successfully cleaned up this image, and it didn't take a lot of work. And again, it didn't increase our file size, and it was a really seamless and easy process. And then finally to apply or to save all that we've done here, we don't really need to do anything.
We simply can move on to another tool, and then from there we can continue to work on the image. Or if we've completed with the file, all that we need to do is to simply click Done, and all of those settings and improvements will be saved with this file.
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