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Saturday, April 24, 2010

How to retouch a portrait picture and make it blemish free?

There millions ways to retouch an image and make it appear flawless and blemishes free. One easy procedure that I can suggest is the use of Photoshop CS3 or lower.

This effect covers the basic retouching of a typical head or face shot. Use blurring, quick masking, and History Brush techniques for overall corrections, as well as utilizing layer modes to effect changes in the highlights and shadow areas.

  1. Open the image file that you need to retouch.
  2. Choose the Filter/Blur/Gaussian Blur and enter a setting of 3 pixels . The 3-pixel setting works great for low-resolution files. Use higher pixel setting for high-resolution images. These setting vary from images to images. What you are trying to achieve is making the dust and speckles blend into the rest of the image.
  3. Select History Brush. Go to the History Options bar and change the Mode to Darken. Choose Windows/Show History.
  4. In the history palette, click once on the word OPEN (the first entry in the history list) to highlight it, then click the History Brush sourc slot to the left of the words "Gaussian Blur."
  5. Use History Brush to cover the white speckles from the model's shoulder and neck.
  6. Switch to Quick Mask mode by double-clicking the toolbar's Quick Mask icon on the bottom right. In the Quick Mask Option window, check Selected Areas and set Opacity to 50%.
  7. Use a soft-edged brush to select the areas you want to modify(wrinkles, freckles, and so on). Be sure not to make your selection too close to the hard edges around the eyes and chin because this might make these edges too soft and unreconizable.
  8. Press Q go back to Normal mode view.
  9. Press Control J to put the active selection on its own layer.
  10. Appply the Gaussian Blur filter with the radius set to 3. You can see hou this softens the selected areas and removes the undesired wrinkles and freckles from the model's face, neck and chest. You will notice that even after we have removed the wrinkles, there are still some dark areas just below the eyes and under the lower lip.
  11. Open the Layers palette and choose Flatten Image from the pull down menu. Select the Rubber Stamp tool and, in its Option bar, set the Mode to Lighten, the opacity to 20%, and select Use All Layers. Press Alt+ click on the image just below the dark areas, and use the Rubber Stamp tool to clone these parts away.

2 comments:

alwaves said...

i have very simple step on how to remove
blemishesand pimples on the face.

amir said...

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