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Removing blemishes on a face

From: Photoshop CS5 for Photographers: Camera Raw 6

Video: Removing blemishes on a face

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.

Removing blemishes on a face

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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Photoshop CS5 for Photographers: Camera Raw 6

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Chris Orwig
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  1. 8m 57s
    1. Welcome
      54s
    2. Should I use Adobe Camera Raw or Photoshop?
      3m 22s
    3. What is Camera Raw?
      3m 45s
    4. Using the exercise files
      56s
  2. 21m 7s
    1. Bridge overview and preferences
      4m 9s
    2. Camera Raw preferences
      3m 17s
    3. Raw vs. JPG or TIFF files
      3m 5s
    4. Choosing a native raw file or a digital negative (DNG)
      6m 13s
    5. Converting or saving to the DNG format
      4m 23s
  3. 28m 44s
    1. Project overview: Cover photo shoot
      2m 6s
    2. Auto-toning and correcting white balance
      3m 3s
    3. Cropping and composing
      2m 35s
    4. Enhancing color and tone
      2m 39s
    5. Removing distractions
      2m 46s
    6. Sharpening and noise reduction
      2m 29s
    7. Converting to black and white
      2m 24s
    8. Adding a vignette
      2m 10s
    9. Making a localized correction
      1m 45s
    10. Creating snapshots of memorable looks
      3m 11s
    11. Re-editing Camera Raw settings
      57s
    12. Working with multiple adjustments
      2m 39s
  4. 16m 13s
    1. Navigating the interface and the toolbar
      5m 5s
    2. Image adjustment tabs and panels
      5m 8s
    3. Using the histogram
      2m 4s
    4. Previewing before and after different adjustments
      2m 4s
    5. Working with multiple files
      1m 52s
  5. 23m 17s
    1. Opening raw files in Bridge
      6m 3s
    2. Opening JPGs and TIFFs in Bridge
      3m 28s
    3. Accessing Camera Raw from Mini Bridge
      2m 57s
    4. Resizing in Camera Raw with workflow options
      3m 35s
    5. Saving from Camera Raw
      3m 5s
    6. Opening an image as a Smart Object
      1m 41s
    7. Creating a duplicate file
      2m 28s
  6. 13m 56s
    1. Using the Crop and Straighten tools
      2m 23s
    2. Working with the Crop tool
      3m 39s
    3. Cropping with an aspect ratio
      2m 26s
    4. Composing with the Crop tool
      2m 33s
    5. Creative cropping
      2m 55s
  7. 10m 29s
    1. Improving color balance
      2m 23s
    2. Using the White Balance tool and controls
      1m 35s
    3. Color correcting with white balance cards
      2m 31s
    4. White balance vision and creativity
      2m 22s
    5. Color balance resources
      1m 38s
  8. 30m 17s
    1. Deconstructing the basic adjustments
      3m 59s
    2. Recovering highlights
      2m 29s
    3. Making basic exposure enhancements
      1m 59s
    4. Making basic adjustments more quickly
      2m 18s
    5. The relationship between tone and color
      2m 40s
    6. Enhancing color and tone
      1m 9s
    7. Demystifying clarity
      3m 36s
    8. Increasing clarity
      3m 48s
    9. Understanding Vibrance and Saturation
      2m 28s
    10. Improving color with Vibrance
      2m 4s
    11. Using Vibrance and Saturation together
      1m 38s
    12. Color creativity
      2m 9s
  9. 8m 55s
    1. Learning about the parametric and point tone curves
      4m 53s
    2. Using the parametric curve
      2m 7s
    3. Using the point curve
      1m 55s
  10. 15m 29s
    1. Removing blemishes on a face
      4m 36s
    2. Cloning away small background distractions
      3m 37s
    3. Removing distracting background elements
      1m 55s
    4. Cleaning up a studio background
      1m 31s
    5. Removing dust on the lens or the camera sensor
      2m 25s
    6. Removing red-eye
      1m 25s
  11. 46m 13s
    1. Demystifying the Adjustment Brush
      3m 37s
    2. Correcting exposure by brightening shadows
      2m 23s
    3. Painting an effect into a photograph
      4m 41s
    4. Increasing visual interest by brightening shadows
      4m 3s
    5. Increasing visual interest by heightening saturation
      5m 0s
    6. Whitening teeth
      3m 33s
    7. Adding color to makeup
      5m 58s
    8. Changing color
      4m 12s
    9. Selective sharpening
      6m 8s
    10. Eye sharpening and skin smoothing workflow
      4m 28s
    11. Creating custom Adjustment Brush presets
      2m 10s
  12. 11m 33s
    1. Enhancing the foreground and background of an image with the Graduated Filter
      4m 55s
    2. Reducing exposure with the Graduated Filter
      3m 15s
    3. Creative effects with the Graduated Filter
      3m 23s
  13. 33m 26s
    1. Noise reduction
      6m 33s
    2. Reducing noise and sharpening
      6m 36s
    3. Sharpening more effectively
      7m 18s
    4. Edge sharpening in an architectural photograph
      3m 1s
    5. Sharpening a portrait
      2m 3s
    6. Using the Detail panel to soften skin
      7m 55s
  14. 16m 18s
    1. Introducing HSL
      3m 38s
    2. Modifying color and tone
      3m 52s
    3. Enhancing a fashion photograph
      3m 5s
    4. Enhancing color and tone with HSL
      3m 16s
    5. Getting creative with color
      2m 27s
  15. 13m 59s
    1. The black-and-white controls
      2m 43s
    2. A simple black-and-white conversion
      2m 5s
    3. Using multiple panels to create a black-and-white image
      3m 52s
    4. Creating a dramatic black-and-white landscape
      5m 19s
  16. 6m 40s
    1. Traditional black-and-white toning
      3m 26s
    2. Toning a color photo creatively
      3m 14s
  17. 11m 17s
    1. Deconstructing the Lens Correction controls
      3m 48s
    2. Correcting lens vignette
      1m 59s
    3. Correcting lens vignette more quickly
      1m 21s
    4. Correcting chromatic aberration and defringing
      4m 9s
  18. 16m 30s
    1. Understanding the Effects controls
      5m 54s
    2. Using the Post Crop Vignette for creative effects
      3m 23s
    3. Adding film grain to a black-and-white image
      2m 18s
    4. Adding film grain with Camera Raw and Photoshop
      4m 55s
  19. 14m 4s
    1. Introducing the Camera Calibration panel
      3m 39s
    2. Comparing color options with Snapshot
      2m 47s
    3. Creative color with the Camera Calibration controls
      4m 48s
    4. Camera Calibration resources
      2m 50s
  20. 9m 41s
    1. Introducing presets
      2m 27s
    2. Applying presets to multiple images
      3m 9s
    3. Preset resources
      4m 5s
  21. 10m 0s
    1. Quick raw processing of multiple files
      4m 38s
    2. Recording an action
      3m 15s
    3. Batch processing multiple images
      2m 7s
  22. 13m 52s
    1. Creative vivid color
      3m 30s
    2. Working with split toning
      2m 14s
    3. Applying soft and warm colors
      1m 25s
    4. Adding warm, muted colors
      2m 28s
    5. Adding and reducing false color
      4m 15s
  23. 7m 58s
    1. Additional resources
      3m 11s
    2. Camera Raw and Lightroom
      4m 19s
    3. Goodbye
      28s

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