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Remove Freckles and Blemeshes with Photoshop

AvP

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In this tutorial I will show you some really easy techniques to remove freckles and blemeshes from a photo using blurring, blending modes, and layer masks.

Go from this
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to this
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First save this picture and open it in photoshop
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Then duplicate the layer and hide one so you have a backup copy.

Now on your image add lens blur by going to filter>>blur>>lens blur and use these settings
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Here is what that looks like
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Now duplicate your original layer that has freckles and move it above your blurred layer.

Add a layer mask to it by hitting the layer mask icon or by going to Layer>>Layer Mask>> Reveal All
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Once you do that a little icon will pop up beside your layer
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Now grab a soft brush with the color black and I am using the size 35px.

Now zoom in and paint away all the freckles. Try to leave some of her facial lines in tact.
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If you mess up and remove something you don't want removed just hit x on your keyboard to make your foreground color white and you can paint back in what you removed.

Here is what I have after I am done removing the freckles
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I think that looks pretty good but I think it looks a bit too fake for my liking. So all I will do is dupliate the original layer again and move it right below the layer with the mask.
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Now I will just use a large eraser brush and erase certain parts of the image and leave a few of the freckles so it does not look totally fake. I will use a 65px soft brush for this.

And here is my final image
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Oh look, AvP knows how to cover up the acne on his Facebook picture! :lol:
 

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I tend to favour the healing tool for blemishes, as it helps avoid the more obvious blurring of certain areas. It's a bit harder for freckles, as there's so many of 'em, but a quick test run...
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PSP12 has a remove blemish function that works really well on things like this.
 

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Ghostcut said:
Oh look, AvP knows how to cover up the acne on his Facebook picture! :lol:

Sorry GC i dont think this would remove your BIG nose :p
 
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