Utilizing Your Retouching Toolkit

In Figure 11.9, you see the unretouched version of this photo. Each number on the photo refers to a step in the process of retouching corresponding to the area of the photo that requires that retouching. The numbers that follow indicate which tools I utilized to fix the imperfections.

Figure 11.9

Here you can see the unretouched version of the photo. Each number corresponds to a retouch adjustment I made (discussed in detail next).

Figure 11.9

Here you can see the unretouched version of the photo. Each number corresponds to a retouch adjustment I made (discussed in detail next).

1. Remove larger blemishes and spots using the Spot Healing Brush. Adjust the size of the brush to completely cover the blemish, and then click to remove.

2. Reduce the darkness and texture of the bags under the eyes. Use Clone Stamp at approximately 25 percent opacity. Sample from the skin just below the bag. Apply repeatedly if necessary to reduce bag appearance. Each time you clone, select a slightly different sample point so you are not reusing the same skin textures.

3. Utilize the Patch tool to remove any large blemishes and unwanted skin. In this image, I used the Patch tool to remove the wrinkles in the subject's neck and smile lines beside her mouth. Select the unwanted wrinkle or skin, and then drag this selection to the area of skin you want to replace the wrinkle or blemish.

4. Use selective skin softening to smooth out skin using Portraiture (see "Imagenomic's Portraiture," later in this chapter). Using this plug-in, select the skin tones to be smoothed, and then apply the amount of smoothness you require.

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