People want to look their best in portraits, but also do not want themselves to look overprocessed. Retouching can be subtle adjustments that help make the subject look their best. How do you remove acne? In this video, instructor Richard Harrington demonstrates how to remove acne from a subject in Lightroom CC Classic.
- Lightroom offers a series of retouching tools that are useful to remove common problems with people's skin. One of those problems is acne. Let me show you how easy it is to remove an unwanted blemish from someone's skin. First up, I suggest opening up the navigator and then clicking the one-to-one so you can clearly see image details. If you examine areas like foreheads and noses, you'll often see slight blemishes that people often want removed. To do this is pretty simple. Just activate the develop module and you'll find a tool here called the spot removal tool. When you click on it, you'll see two options, clone versus heal. We're going to favor the healing option. What you'll notice is that the brush can be adjusted in size. If you press the right bracket key, the size gets bigger. Left bracket, it's smaller. You'll also notice feathering. With no feather value, the brush has a hard edge. A higher feather value creates a nice transition and is generally a good idea. Let's get a slightly smaller brush and just click on one of the blemishes. Lightroom automatically selects another area for the pixel replacement, and with each click, it will continue to add. You could also paint a stroke and it will attempt to adjust. If you want, such as in this case where it's sampling the hair, I can pull that to a new area and let it update. Let's go ahead and continue to apply the adjustments. You see with each click it continues to remove blemishes. There we go. And as needed, feel free to move that to a new sample point. Let's scroll over using the navigator. Take a look at the rest of the forehead. Looks pretty good. I just see a small blemish. And another little one there. And we can sample from a new place. If I choose to click on that tool again, you'll see that all the dots disappear and it's easy to judge the fix. Let's go ahead and scroll down and take a look here on the cheeks. This particular one should definitely be removed. But you don't want to remove all blemishes because then the skin looks unnatural. Let's go ahead and sample from a little higher on the cheek there. That looks good. And you can even do a second pass on the same area so it blends twice. There we go. If necessary, get a smaller brush and you can do some detail work. Now, in the case here of the beauty mark on the nose, I'm going to leave that put. That's really something that is part of the character and should stay. But cheeks, chin, and forehead tend to be the problematic zones. So if you see a few blemishes, feel free to continue to paint those out. There we go. Leaving beauty marks or small moles in those cases. I can then click fit and take a look. Let's click to see the tool removed. And now what I could do is click to see a side-by-side view. On the left is the before and on the right is the after. And if we zoom in here a little bit, what you'll really notice is that a whole lot of the blemishes have been nicely cleaned up. Looking at the forehead, it's much more blemish-free, but still looks quite natural. All right, let's take a look at another example. In this case, you'll see an individual, and this young man has a few blemishes, as well as some beard stubble and ingrown hairs. Again, it's a good idea to go to one-to-one and inspect the areas. Let's grab that spot removal tool, get a little bigger brush, and I'll just quickly paint. If you add a blemish and it looks close, but not quite natural, remember you can actually adjust the opacity to blend these together. Looks good. And taking a look here, we have a couple of ingrown hairs. So let's just get these here. We'll touch up a little bit there on the mustache, manually telling it where to sample from. And a little bit here on the chin. Now, you can continue to practice as you see fit. Remember, take advantage of the size and the feather to keep natural results, and just continue to paint. Periodically click on the tool to hide the dots so you can judge what's happening, and if necessary, you can use the side-by-side view here and you'll see either before and after side by side or a nice split screen that you can drag through to really see what's happening. And in this case, those repairs are looking quite natural. If I see an area that needs a little bit more touch-up, I can continue to paint and refine, and sometimes a second pass at a lower opacity works quite nicely to build it up or adjust it. All right, in this case here, it looks great, but feel free to continue to practice to refine the blemish removal.
- Sizing an image
- Fixing perspective problems
- Adjusting an image that is too bright or too dark
- Removing haze
- White balancing a photo
- Changing the color of an object
- Fixing red eye and dark circles
- Retouching blemishes
- Blurring backgrounds
- Sharpening photos
- Controlling raw files