Retouching: Blemishes

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This tutorial will teach you how to go from this:

into this:

Obviously this was done quickly, but it gives you the general idea of what to do.

So lets start. This is the image that I'll be using.

The first thing you want to do is create a duplicate layer of your image. You can do this by right clicking on your original layer in the layer palette and selecting duplicate layer. You should have something looking like this:

Next you want to select your spot healing brush (see image below) and click the areas on your subject that you wish to get rid of. I have something like this:

As you can see, the image can still use a little work. So we're going to select the healing brush tool (see picture below). To use this the best way, hold down alt and click on a spot on your subject that you would like to use to cover up the blemish(es). The spot that you are using to cover up your blemish should be a clear, clean spot on the subject. Obviously if youre covering up a blemish in a dark area, you arent going to pick a light spot to cover it up. You want the lighting and colors to work together. After doing this, I have something that looks like this:

After this, you should be done. If you have more spots to cover that you missed, simply go back to the spot healing brush tool and resume the same process. If you feel your picture is too plastic barbie looking, simply lower your opacity on the duplicate layer.

If you have any questions, feel free to PM me.

Tutorial Comments

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Wow, this is really handy! Thanks so much for this tutorial! :)

By NewRayne on Aug 9, 2011 1:26 am

OMg his skin's SO bad . oh lord. proactiv RIGHT NOW

By georgejetKins on Aug 8, 2009 6:23 pm


By L0V3M4K3UP on Aug 7, 2008 4:33 pm

the number one solution for acne is to wash your face.

By gbrlbball12 on Jun 8, 2008 11:57 pm

theres a plug in that does this automatically, a kodak airbrush one, im not sure of the exact name because its on my other computer...

By surenarr on Apr 8, 2008 7:25 am

that dude has some serious skin problems

By Shepryan007 on Mar 25, 2008 11:20 pm

that is a nasty case of acne..

By Lauren-O-Saurus on Feb 29, 2008 8:54 pm

very good, i just recently submitted a tutoria like this, and for some reason it was rejected. It was almost the same picture too...

good job though

By elrene06 on Feb 28, 2008 1:07 pm

oh dear, that poor person looks like they're on accutane. I feel their pain.

By takle_monster on Feb 28, 2008 1:49 am

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Author carolannexbh View profile
Submitted on Feb 26, 2008
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Reviewer MissHygienic View profile
Approved on Feb 27, 2008

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