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Old Nov 26, 2006, 2:48 PM   #1
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OK, that title was fun. However, I have a serious question. We try to get portraits done of our kids every year around Christmas. This year, my wife decided that since we have a "real" camera we would try doing them ourselves. Some four hundred frames later, I have some shots that I think might work.

The issue I am trying to solve is my daughter's acne.The poor kidis 13, self concious about it, and I assured her I could do a lot to fix it in post processing. Last year, the Sears photography studio's solution was to soft focus her so much she looked air brushed rather than photographed. I know the answer will probably involve layers, which I have not yet played with, but I would be grateful for any suggestions about possible ways to tackle this problem. My goal would be to minimize the worst of her acne without making major changes to the entire photo. Any help would sure be appreciated.

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Old Nov 26, 2006, 3:12 PM   #2
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In PSE there is a tool marked with a band aid as a symbol. It works great to remove dust specks, maybe it works to cure acne as well.

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Old Nov 26, 2006, 3:30 PM   #3
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You can try with the clone stamp/brush. Also the smudge tool can work wonders. Doesn't have to be done on seperate layers as long as you remember not to work directly on the original. Always keep the original and resave with a different file name for the file you are working on.
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I have used the clone/ stamp tool to remove blemishes etc. Be careful to review where you are cloning from otherwise it can start to look a little patchy. Also, don't forget that there is always the undo button. I have found that using the smudge tool to blend can show when printed so I use this sparingly.

Best thing to do is go and have a play, but be warned you might get hooked.

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can you post the pic somewhere. the original would be best. i'd be willing to work on it and keep a list of what was done in PS.

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Old Nov 26, 2006, 4:20 PM   #6
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All excellent suggestions. I do the same here, I take my kids to a nice place(Park etc) and photograph them. After i Find the picture i like, I send it off To "Shutterfly" and get Various size Pictures and all of our Xmas cards.


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Old Nov 26, 2006, 8:11 PM   #7
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a cheap soft focus option is to stretch a nylon stocking over the lens

it may cut down the amount of post processing needed
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Old Nov 26, 2006, 8:32 PM   #8
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This program works wonders on acne and wrinkles and other facial imperfections:

http://www.portraitprofessional.com

You can try it free, and it's on sale for $30 for a lifetime subscription. I'm just a happy customer.

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OK, that title was fun. However, I have a serious question. We try to get portraits done of our kids every year around Christmas. This year, my wife decided that since we have a "real" camera we would try doing them ourselves. Some four hundred frames later, I have some shots that I think might work.

The issue I am trying to solve is my daughter's acne.The poor kidis 13, self concious about it, and I assured her I could do a lot to fix it in post processing. Last year, the Sears photography studio's solution was to soft focus her so much she looked air brushed rather than photographed. I know the answer will probably involve layers, which I have not yet played with, but I would be grateful for any suggestions about possible ways to tackle this problem. My goal would be to minimize the worst of her acne without making major changes to the entire photo. Any help would sure be appreciated.

Thanks,

Tim
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For PP , cloning out the undesirable is the best option
http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/a...t.php?id=84217
I cloned out the 'zero' to make it look like it is K10D
Feel free to email me a bad one to see if I can achieve the result
Besides using the cloning tool , try using wider aperture of your lens .
I believe you have M50mm1.7 if I am correct. Use 2.4 or 2.8 to give your pict a creamy touch.
It works really well particularly when you are indoor and and short of light. All women will be happy

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I do a lot of retouching for wedding photographers, so I would be willing to work on it too if you like.

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