Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Removing blemishes, dark circles, and shine, part of Enhancing Photos with Perfectly Clear.
- Now, most folks start to develop areas that they're a little bit sensitive with. Me? I get dark circles very easily. They run in my family and with a portrait, I might not want those to be there. I've also got skin that tends to be a bit oilier. I have a lot of Mediterranean nationalities in my genealogy and that's kinda typical. But maybe it's just a sweaty day, in any case, a bad night of sleep or something that's a family trait, can get in the way and lead to things that are distracting. Perfectly Clear does a very nice job on enhancing eyes as well as removing blemishes.
Let me show you. Let's move this particular area up and if we look at our subject here, her eyes are very nice. She's wearing makeup that's well applied but we do have a little bit of darkening there. So if we take a look here, with the Eyes, you'll see that we have Dark Circles. Well, if I turn that off, you see that the dark circles were definitely there. When it's turned back on, it did a nice job of gently lightening those areas, but not being too heavy.
Now, you can overdo it and it gets extremely aggressive in fixing. Before and after. So this is really a matter of personal taste. For me, I like a little bit of shadow in there so it's not so intense. So I'll set that right about there. It's looking pretty good. And as we take a look at the rest of the skin there, we see a few blemishes. They're natural but you do have control. You could increase the Blemish Removal slider to pick some of those up and you see it's a little more aggressive there.
Let's go to our next image, and this one has more blemishes on the skin. I shot with a little bit of higher contrast here and harsh lighting, going for a bit of a distressed look, but I'd like to soften it a bit. So by increasing the Blemish Removal, you see that some of the blemishes on our model's skin are cleaned up. Now, I'm going to reduce Perfectly Smooth here but instead leave the Blemish Removal up. Before and after.
Let's bop that a little bit there and that's improving it quite a bit. If we go over here to our last image, and we take a look at our skin here, let's push in a little bit more to 100%, you'll notice that the use of Blemish Removal can be quite useful. Look at the cheek. Some of the blemishes right here are softened up, again, they're not removed.
The goal with this type of retouching is to still make somebody look their age but to remove the more distracting blemishes. Now if your subject wants it, you can increase the smoothing but I don't recommend going too far. This is starting to look very unnatural so a little bit less on the Blemish and let's cut down on the shine due to the harsh light and you see now that the skin tones are looking much more even. Same thing on that previous photo, let's punch out a little bit.
We'll take that shine down, and some of the areas on the skin are nice and softened and you see that those hot spots are nicely smoothed over. That's looking really good.
- Installing Perfectly Clear
- Applying Perfectly Clear in Photoshop and Lightroom
- Choosing presets
- Refining adjustments manually
- Controlling exposure
- Restoring and removing color
- Sharpening images
- Removing noise
- Retouching skin, eyes, and other features
- Working with raw files
- Using the Lucid desktop and mobile apps