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Removing blemishes on a face

From: Photoshop CS6 for Photographers: Camera Raw 7

Video: Removing blemishes on a face

So far we've looked at how we can use the Spot Removal tool in order to deal with background elements, yet here I want to transition to working on an area which is more important and that is the face. How can we retouch small little skin variations or maybe blemishes that we want to reduce or remove. Let's go ahead and zoom in on this image. To do so, I'll double-click the Zoom tool that will take this photograph to 100%. In this 100% view, I notice there are few little things that I might want to reduce or remove. To access the tool, in order to do this, we press the B key.

Removing blemishes on a face

So far we've looked at how we can use the Spot Removal tool in order to deal with background elements, yet here I want to transition to working on an area which is more important and that is the face. How can we retouch small little skin variations or maybe blemishes that we want to reduce or remove. Let's go ahead and zoom in on this image. To do so, I'll double-click the Zoom tool that will take this photograph to 100%. In this 100% view, I notice there are few little things that I might want to reduce or remove. To access the tool, in order to do this, we press the B key.

Next what you want to do is position the cursor over the problem and then go ahead and click-and-drag out to extend that, in doing that you can then reposition these little circles in order to remove that blemish. Once again, click-and-drag out in order to move that, and I'm just going to click and drag a few times here. In doing this I'm going to make all of these little circles and I'm going to go ahead and make my way through the photograph. Now that I have a nice brush size, I'm just going to click on a couple of these blemishes. If my brush is too big, I'll click-and-drag, and as we do this, what you'll want to do is you want to make your way around to different areas of your photograph, so that you don't retouch, well, just one part of the picture, and so that then the retouching would look lopsided.

Rather here, we want to be really careful with each click, making sure we're sampling good areas and then as we make our progress or as we make our way through our photograph, one of the things that we'll want to do is we want to turn off the view of all of these little circles. Because I don't know about you, but seeing all of these little circles, well, it doesn't really help me out very much. So once they start to become distracting, you'll want to press that shortcut which I talked about in the previous movie. Yet here I recommend that you write it down, you memorize it, because it's essential, it's the V key.

The V key allows you to hide all of those overlays. Next press the P key that will show you your before, and then press it again, and it will show you the after. Next, you can press the V key to kind of turn that back on to see where you're at in regards to your overall progress. And really a lot of this type of retouching is just about doing what we're doing here; it's about getting in close, focusing on little teeny details. Little teeny details that might not even seem that important if they were just by themselves, but what we're trying to do is try to build up the photograph the way that we saw it, because we didn't notice all of these little things when we captured the picture, because when you look at someone, you don't stop and stare at these little teeny problems.

So again, here we're going to reduce or remove a bunch of the little teeny variations. Next, press the V key in order to hide all of those overlays, then press the P key to look at your before, and then finally your after. I also recommend that you zoom out a little bit and press the P key as well, that will help you determine if you are going in a good direction, because there is nothing worse than a photograph which has been over-retouched. This is really delicate work. If you've realized that you've perhaps worked on a blemish in a way that doesn't look good, remember that you can press V, then you can just click on that area that you worked on.

Say this one here, then press the Delete key, that will get rid of that particular correction. All right, well after you've made all of your corrections, all that you need to do is to click Done in order to exit and to apply these settings to this photograph.

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Photoshop CS6 for Photographers: Camera Raw 7

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  1. 9m 3s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Should I use Camera Raw or Photoshop?
      3m 22s
    3. What is Adobe Camera Raw?
      3m 45s
    4. Using the exercise files
      54s
  2. 21m 13s
    1. An overview of Bridge and Bridge preferences
      3m 19s
    2. Setting Camera Raw preferences
      3m 9s
    3. Exploring RAW vs. JPEG or TIFF files
      4m 3s
    4. Choosing a native raw file or a digital negative (DNG)
      4m 25s
    5. Converting or saving to the DNG format
      6m 17s
  3. 29m 36s
    1. Project overview: cover photo shoot
      1m 33s
    2. Auto-toning and correcting white balance
      2m 19s
    3. Cropping and composing
      3m 21s
    4. Enhancing color and tone
      2m 44s
    5. Removing distractions
      3m 58s
    6. Sharpening and noise reduction
      2m 59s
    7. Converting to black and white
      2m 11s
    8. Adding a vignette
      1m 45s
    9. Making a localized correction
      2m 53s
    10. Creating snapshots of memorable looks
      2m 1s
    11. Re-editing camera raw settings
      1m 38s
    12. Working with multiple adjustments
      2m 14s
  4. 15m 2s
    1. Navigating the interface and the toolbar
      2m 15s
    2. Exploring image-adjustment tabs and panels
      1m 32s
    3. Using the histogram
      5m 12s
    4. Previewing the before and after of different adjustments
      2m 43s
    5. Working with multiple files
      3m 20s
  5. 29m 28s
    1. Opening raw files in Bridge
      4m 35s
    2. Opening JPEGs and TIFFs in Bridge
      4m 43s
    3. How to open a photo in Photoshop and skip Camera Raw
      1m 47s
    4. Accessing Camera Raw from Mini Bridge
      3m 9s
    5. Resizing in Camera Raw with workflow options
      6m 35s
    6. Opening an image as a Smart Object
      3m 3s
    7. Saving from Camera Raw
      3m 17s
    8. Creating a duplicate file
      2m 19s
  6. 11m 19s
    1. Recomposing with the Crop tool
      2m 58s
    2. Clarifying your voice by cropping
      3m 20s
    3. Straightening and cropping
      2m 54s
    4. Cropping creatively
      2m 7s
  7. 9m 9s
    1. Improving color balance
      4m 21s
    2. Color correcting with white balance cards
      1m 48s
    3. Using the White Balance tool and controls
      3m 0s
  8. 18m 32s
    1. Deconstructing the basic adjustments
      3m 33s
    2. Correcting overexposure
      2m 52s
    3. Correcting underexposure
      3m 13s
    4. Making exposure enhancements
      2m 52s
    5. Recovering highlight and shadow detail
      3m 38s
    6. A speed tip for making basic adjustments
      2m 24s
  9. 14m 14s
    1. Demystifying Clarity
      2m 36s
    2. Increasing Clarity
      3m 52s
    3. Understanding Vibrance and Saturation
      1m 50s
    4. Improving color with Vibrance
      3m 52s
    5. Making creative color adjustments
      2m 4s
  10. 11m 48s
    1. Learning about the parametric and point-tone curves
      4m 4s
    2. Using the parametric-tone curve
      2m 19s
    3. Using the point-tone curve
      3m 22s
    4. Creating a unique color look with the point-tone curve
      2m 3s
  11. 15m 38s
    1. Introducing the Spot Removal tool
      3m 42s
    2. Removing distracting background elements
      3m 12s
    3. Removing blemishes on a face
      3m 29s
    4. Removing dust on the lens or the camera sensor
      2m 58s
    5. Removing red-eye
      2m 17s
  12. 51m 20s
    1. Introducing the Adjustment Brush
      6m 18s
    2. Correcting exposure
      6m 23s
    3. Working with Auto Mask
      4m 16s
    4. Changing the background color
      4m 30s
    5. Changing the color temperature
      3m 15s
    6. Making multiple color and tone adjustments
      5m 47s
    7. Enhancing the color, tone, and sharpness of the eyes
      5m 11s
    8. Whitening teeth
      3m 20s
    9. Brightening shadows and darkening highlights
      2m 51s
    10. Creating a black-and-white effect
      5m 36s
    11. Removing moiré patterns
      2m 19s
    12. Creating Adjustment Brush presets
      1m 34s
  13. 10m 0s
    1. Enhancing the foreground and background of an image with the Graduated Filter tool
      4m 7s
    2. Reducing exposure with the Graduated Filter tool
      3m 0s
    3. Exploring creative effects with the Graduated Filter tool
      2m 53s
  14. 13m 23s
    1. Exploring noise reduction
      3m 27s
    2. Applying input sharpening
      4m 9s
    3. Using the Basic and Detail panels together
      3m 33s
    4. Edge sharpening an architectural photograph
      2m 14s
  15. 12m 53s
    1. Introducing HSL
      2m 8s
    2. Enhancing color and tone
      2m 7s
    3. Using the Basic and HSL panels together
      2m 24s
    4. Removing colors with HSL
      3m 1s
    5. Making color changes
      3m 13s
  16. 21m 57s
    1. Using the black-and-white controls
      1m 44s
    2. Exploring simple black-and-white conversion
      6m 17s
    3. Using multiple panels to create a black-and-white image
      6m 17s
    4. Creating a dramatic black-and-white landscape
      7m 39s
  17. 11m 1s
    1. Exploring traditional black-and-white toning
      3m 19s
    2. Adding split toning to color photographs
      3m 49s
    3. Creative toning of a color photo
      3m 53s
  18. 16m 49s
    1. Removing extreme distortion with a lens profile
      2m 2s
    2. Working with the manual Lens Correction controls
      2m 33s
    3. Improving a portrait with lens corrections
      3m 26s
    4. Adding a darkening vignette effect
      1m 28s
    5. Combining lens corrections with creative cropping
      3m 35s
    6. Adding distortion for a creative effect
      2m 29s
    7. Correcting chromatic aberration and defringing
      1m 16s
  19. 15m 10s
    1. Understanding the effects controls
      7m 8s
    2. Adding film grain and darkening edges
      3m 56s
    3. Cropping and brightening edges
      2m 32s
    4. Creating a defined edge
      1m 34s
  20. 9m 29s
    1. Introducing the Camera Calibration panel
      3m 41s
    2. Creative color with the Camera Calibration controls
      3m 25s
    3. Exploring camera calibration resources
      2m 23s
  21. 5m 14s
    1. Introducing presets
      3m 19s
    2. Exploring free and fun ACR presets
      1m 55s
  22. 10m 19s
    1. Quick raw processing of multiple files
      2m 21s
    2. Applying raw processing in Bridge
      2m 34s
    3. Recording an action
      3m 37s
    4. Batch processing multiple images
      1m 47s
  23. 7m 52s
    1. A creative color mini-project
      5m 12s
    2. Using Camera Raw controls in a non-traditional way
      2m 40s
  24. 6m 24s
    1. Additional resources
      1m 25s
    2. Camera Raw and Lightroom
      4m 19s
    3. Goodbye
      40s

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