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Photoshop CS5 for Photographers provides comprehensive Photoshop training targeting the needs of photographers. In this course, author Chris Orwig demonstrates the fundamental skills used to enhance digital photos, including managing and correcting color, sharpening, making selections and adjustments, retouching, and printing from Photoshop. In addition to teaching the techniques that enable photographers to refine and publish their photos, the course includes live-action segments that encourage thinking photographically and shooting with Photoshop’s capabilities in mind. Exercise files are included with the course.
Let's take a look at how we can reduce small skin blemishes, or in other words, how we can clean up the skin a bit. Now, with this image, we have this fun portrait of one of my friend's son. He has a couple of little blemishes on his skin. He also has some dirt on his face. So let's see if we can clean this up. We'll, what we're going to do is copy this Background layer. So let's press Command+J on a Mac, Ctrl+J on a PC. I'll name this one c1 for cleanup 1. Next, I'm going to zoom in a little bit closer here. Then I'm going to select one of my Healing Brushes. In particular, the Spot Healing Brush.
Here, all that I'm going to do is simply click over these small little blemishes. Now, a lot of the best skin retouching really starts off with good cleanup work. Good cleanup work typically happens really, really close. So you zoom way in. You work on all these small little blemishes one at a time. A lot of times what you want to do is put on some good music, get comfortable, and really just focus in on the small details. You want to think of kind of inching into this versus making really big huge adjustments, because the smaller adjustments allow you to disguise your retouching a little bit better.
When you make big adjustments with big brushes, a lot of times it becomes too noticeable. It doesn't look very realistic. So again, I'm just making my way through here with this brush. As you can see, the brush works incredibly well. We'll just remove some of the more prominent areas that need to be touched up here and we're almost there. A couple of more little areas. One of things that's really important to do as well is to zoom out and to make sure you're going in a good direction. Sometimes when you're zoomed in this close, you can overdo it because you're not really thinking of the entire image.
I think we're doing a pretty good job here. Let's see how we're doing. All right, so far, so good! I'm going to zoom out for a minute. Look at the before and after to see if it's going in the right direction. Also, just hit a couple more little areas here that I'm noticing and then let's take a look at that. Here, we have our before and then our after. Let's zoom in a touch. Once again, here we have the before and after, all with using this really simple and quite strong tool, the Spot Healing Brush.
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