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theproff Oct 23, 2005 8:47 AM

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I have a photo of my teenage daughter when she was 13, unfortunately she was a victim of teenage spots.

I have tried myself to get rid of these in Photoshop Elements 4, comments would be appreciated, as would any improvements.



the first photo is the original

theproff Oct 23, 2005 8:49 AM

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this one is my fix

TD Cole Oct 23, 2005 3:01 PM

Here are my two feeble attempts but had trouble with the bright spot on her forehead...
Just added a correction layer and used a simple program called Makeup Pilot to remove blemishes. She's a beautiful young lady:-)


theproff Oct 23, 2005 3:31 PM

This is a BIG WOW, what a beautiful job you have done to this Wagaboo, thanks very much.

a utility I MUST have, is this a plug-in to Photoshop?


Stevekin Oct 23, 2005 4:12 PM

Using CS2, same as Wagaboo ( nice edits Wag !!), but you can do it with Elements4 as well.

First I corrected the levels, which brings out the shiny bits a bit more :roll:.

To get rid of the spots, I used the Spot Healing Brush, no pun intended. Oh alright, just a little one :-). Moving to the Healing brush when the Spot one couldn't cope.

Next click on Create new layer and set the mode of the layer to Darken. Take the eyedropper tool and click on some 'clean' skin next to the bright areas, then get the brush and set the opacity of the brush to around 15/20 per cent.

This allows you to build up the effect as you go. Paint the bright areas, sampling other areas of 'clean' skin nearby as you go, to help it blend in better.

You will see thatsetting the blend mode to darken means that the effect will only be applied to areas that are lighter than the sample point.

Flatten the image when done and press Ctrl + J on the keyboard to duplicate the layer. Now apply a Gaussian Blur of .8 pixels to soften the whole image slightly and take the eraser and very carefully erase the blur from the eyes and mouth.

You can further enhance the sharpness of the eyes if you wish by selecting the eyes and mouth, feather the selection by 5 pixels and apply Unsharp Mask at a setting of, Amount- 50 to 70 percent and a radius of 1.5 pixels.

theproff Oct 23, 2005 4:22 PM

Nice job Stevekin, a lot of helpful tips on using the tools in PS.

I did use a few of those to get my edited version.

thanks for your help


VTphotog Oct 23, 2005 8:29 PM

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I see I'm a bit late in replying again, but here is my attempt, using PSE 3. I find the shadow/highlights tool is a good place to start. I increased shadow about 35%, darkend highlights 5%, and increased midtone contrast 25%. Used healing brush to clean up skin tones. Hue/saturation used- increased saturation overall +10 and red channel saturation an additional 4, green sat +5.

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theproff Oct 24, 2005 12:50 AM

Nice job, VT, thanks for the tips, I will give that a go with the settings you have suggested.

All new experience for me, being a reletive newbie to photography.



dragondad Oct 24, 2005 6:44 AM

I still like your fix better, theproff. It was well done.

theproff Oct 24, 2005 7:03 AM

Thanks for that, DragonDad, Appreciated, it took over an hour to do it.


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