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How to Get Rid of Acne in Photoshop

Learn how to get rid of acne in Photoshop from certified trainer Scott Strong of The Training Farm in NYC in this Howcast Photoshop tutorial.


Hello. My name is Scott Strong, and I'm a Certified Trainer for the Training Farm in New York City. Today I'm going to show you how to remove acne from a photograph.

We have this image here of a young man who's got a pimple on his face. So we're going to remove that. Photoshop has a really cool tool for this. It's called the Patch Tool. You can find it right here in this pull-down menu, or you can hit J on your keyboard and then Shift-J until it shows the Patch Tool in the window.

I'm going to select the Patch Tool. What I'm going to do is I'm going to circle the area that is giving us a problem. Once I have that complete, you can see that the area is selected. I'm going to click inside of that area and drag over to an area that is not giving us a problem. When I let go, there's a little calculation that it does, and then Photoshop does a bit of fixing here.

I'm going to de-select that area, and then I'm going to use the Healing Brush Tool. I'll start off by hitting Option on my keyboard. I'll select an area over here. This is the area that I'm going to sample for the texture. What Photoshop is going to do is, as I paint in here, it's going to bring the texture over to the area that I'm trying to fix.

I'll start off by enlarging the brush size, hitting bracket on my keyboard. This is the right bracket. Then I'm just going to paint right over that. You'll see Photoshop does a little calculation, and there it is. Now you wonder why the kid is pointing at his chin.

That's how you remove acne from a photograph.

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