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Retouching Acne

Last update:  12-31-1969

Submitted by Jakaleena

Yep, we've all seen 'em. Heck, most of us have been IN 'em. Those horrible, teenage pictures where our faces look like they've been set on fire and then put out with an ice pick. Fortunately, we usually outgrow the problem. Unfortunately, the photographs of us at that age don't. Here's the permanent cure

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Retouching Acne

Tutorial by Jakaleena

Yep, we've all seen 'em. Heck, most of us have been IN 'em... Those horrible, teenage pictures where our faces look like they've been set on fire and then put out with an ice pick...

Fortunately, we usually outgrow the problem.

Unfortunately, the photographs of us at that age don't...

Here's the permanent cure:

A Tutorial on How to Retouch Facial Blemishes!

1. Open your image and make a snapshot of it


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2. Run Dust & Scratches (Filter > Noise > Dust & Scratches).

The trick to the Dust & Scratches filter is to find a happy medium between Radius & Threshold. Radius cleans up the apparent defects (such as dust, acne or whatever). Threshold holds the texture of the original image.


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3. Once you decide on your settings for Dust & Scratches, make another snapshot of the image. Holding down the Alt key (PC) while clicking the snapshot button will allow you to assign a name to the snapshot.


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4. Activate your original snapshot and point your history brush (at 100% opacity) to the D&S snapshot. Choose a brush tip that just covers the blemish spots and begin clicking - one click over each spot you want to clean up. Keep choosing spots and clicking on them until the blemishes have disappeared.


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Now the face looks much better, but the skintones may be a bit uneven.


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We'll clean up the skintones thanks to a tip offered by Chiquitita.

5. Make a new Selective Color Adjustment Layer and adjust the colors/sliders until the skintones are even

For this same image, her adjustments were:

Reds = Magenta -20 and Black -10

Yellows = Magenta +20


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Copyright 2002 Jakaleena
The image is courtesy of RP member Jon