Join Derrick Story for an in-depth discussion in this video Retouching blemishes, part of Portrait Retouching with Aperture.
Retouching blemishes is very easy in Aperature. We have a great tool for doing that. And I'm going to touch up this portrait of Mindy just a bit. And we're going to make some decisions also as to what to touch up and what to leave alone. But first let's go to our Retouch tool which is right down here at the bottom. And I'll go up to Retouch. And we have 2 options here, Repair and Clone. And Clone makes an exact copy of whatever we choose as a source in a new place.
And Repair sort of reads the information. Around where we're doing our work and does it's best to fix that. Most of the time, if we're working on blemishes, we're going to use the Repair tool, and we have an option also to automatically choose source, which works many times. But if we decide that we don't like what Aperture is doing then we can choose the source ourself. So we will start with this setup right here with repair and automatically choosing source.
And then, we can make the radius of our. Repair tool a bit bigger so that we can work on these specific areas. And if we want to add a little bit of softness in other words further around the correction itself we can control that with this slider right here. Now, we might want a better look at what we're doing here, so I can just put my mouse pointer where I want to work, and hit the Z key and move in for a bit closer look.
And we can see that we have some blemishes here, we have A little work that she's done herself, and then, if I hold down, the space bar, I can navigate around here. A few more blemishes. And a couple birth marks, so we have all sorts of stuff here. This is a playground for our retouch brush. Hit the Z key to back out. Now, my general rule of thumb is that unless the client or subject asks, I leave birthmarks, like we have here, because this is the person, right? And obviously, this is jewelry that she's chosen to have, so Unless that needed to come out for a different reason, then that's going to stay. And on the minor blemishes, the very small ones, I tend not to worry about and focus on the ones I find distracting.
And in this case, we have a couple right here. We have one here. And we have one up here. So let's work on those. So we'll start up here, and I'll hit the Z key to zoom in a bit on this. And I'm just going to use my mouse to control the radius. And we'll automatically choose a source. And generally speaking, you want to go just a little bit larger than the area that you're correcting. Just click. And take a look at it.
Now, I like to zoom back out, to make sure in real world view, that it's working, and in this case it does. It actually match those tones quite well. So now, let's go down to the cheek area here. I'll just zoom in. And we have a couple here. Now we could take these as one or do them individually I prefer to do them individually. I'm going to move my softness down a bit.
Take that one right there. And this one right here. Just like that. It works very well. While we're in the neighborhood we can go ahead and take a look at this one right here. I'm going to hit Cmd+Z on this one. I didn't like the way that it cloned. It cloned from. An area that I didn't like so I'm going to pick the area now. So I'm going to undo automatically choose source.
I'm going to Option-Click on a tone that I feel is pretty close. Hold down the Option key, click and now let's try that again. That's a lot better. Sometimes you do have to pick your source. Come here, I'm going to hold down the Option key, pick my source. Come here. And I'm going to get this right here too. Just go above it, hold down the Option key, come back, there we go. Now I'm going to hit the Z key to bounce back out.
See how we're doing here. I think I want to go ahead and, tackle this one and this one. And then I think we'll be in pretty good shape for the moment, at least in terms of repairing blemishes. So hit the Z key, we'll come in, for this little spot right here. It's interesting how they change characteristically when you zoom in and zoom out. And I think I'm going to go ahead and I want to choose my source on this one.
I don't want it to pick up this dark area on an automatic, so I'm going to hold down the Option key, choose that, come right here. Very nice. The Z key g/. And then last one right up here, this little guy. We have a hair going through it but I don't think that will be a problem, so I'm just going to choose my source right about here. Hold down the option key. There we go like that.
This you're not going to see, really this little bit remnant of a hair. But if it really did bother you, you can go to automatically choose. Just kind of trace right along it right here. There you go. And you don't have to worry about it. You can have a hair ending, you just don't want a gap (LAUGH) in the middle of where a hair once was. Okay. So, we're going to hit that Z key, come back out, now we've gotten the major blemishes right here, we can do other bits and bobs on this shot, but, in terms of blemishes, I think we're in pretty good shape.
- Assessing your image
- Retouching blemishes
- Enhancing skin texture
- Adding highlights to the hair
- Adjusting clothing and backdrop color
- Brightening and sharpening eyes
- Converting to black and white