Photograph Retouching Tutorial

When photo newly opened in Photoshop then we can see in the Layers panel which we presently have one layer and the Background layer:

Here, Background layer contains the unusual image.

Even though our purpose is to make sure the photo look superior, we still desire to protect the original, so add a new blank layer on top of the background /backdrop layer. We always try to do all of our spot healing effort on this different layer. So, click on the icon of new layer at the bottom in the Layers panel:

Selecting on the New Layer icon.

Step 2: Chose Rename for the New Layer

Now Photoshop adds the new blank layer on top of the Background layer, but it names the layer (Layer 1). That doesn’t inform us much concerning what the layer is being used, so directly double-click on the layers in the Layers panel and chose rename it "spot healing". It’s very common when retouch images ending up with a lot of layers, and charitable each one a descriptive name makes it easier to find them controlled. Click/Press (Enter) bottom for Windows/ (Return) for Mac.

Rename the new layer.

Step 3: The Spot Healing Brush Selecting

Fast, select the Spot Healing Brush from the Tools panel. You will locate it grouped in with the other healing tools. If you see one of the other tools is screening in place of the Spot Healing Brush, then click on the tool and hold your mouse button down until a small fly-out menu appears, then pick the Spot Healing Brush from the list of options / menu:

Spot Healing Brush is grouped in list with the other healing tools.

Step 4: Choose the “Sample All Layers” Option 

After selection, the Spot Healing Brush works simply with the layer that’s presently selected in the Layers panel. That will create some problems if we try to utilize it right now since we have a empty layer chosen, which means all we’d be able to perform is change nothing with different way. We need to inform Photoshop to appear at the image on the Background layer as well. To complete that, choose the sample all layers option from the Options Bar along the top of the display:

Selecting the Sample All Layers option in the Options Bar.

Step 5: “Content-Aware” option Select

For using Photoshop CS5 or later, then make sure you have selected “Content-Aware’’ options in the Options Bar. This feature is totally new in CS5 which allows the Spot Healing Brush to more astutely choose good alternate texture for the quandary area you’ve clicked on, by using texture from the surrounding area. But if you’re using CS4 or earlier, there have no Content-Aware options available. In those cases, you select Proximity Match which can still provide you great output:

Now select Content-Aware for better result or Proximity Match for CS4 and earlier users.

Step 6: Press On the Spots to Heal Them

With the help of Spot Healing Brush, Content-Aware and Sample All Layers or Proximity Match chosen, all we want to do now is click on difficulty areas in the image to fix them! Zoom in on an area of the girl’s face and you can see the problem spots more plainly, then I’ll move my cursor brush over one of the pimples and also adjust my brush size with the left and right bracket keys. And it’s just faintly larger than the pimple itself (For more clearly, show circled the brush cursor in red in the screenshot):

You can also use the keyboard shortcut to make the cursor a bit larger than the problem spot.

Click on the pimple with the help of Spot Healing Brush, just like on screenshot that it’s gone and replaced with good texture from the area:

Once click is the solution to remove the pimple.

As I already mentioned previous, sometimes the Spot Healing Brush create a mistake, so if that occurs, you just press Ctrl+Z (Win) / Command+Z (Mac) to undo it and try to solve again. Each time you try again and again, you will get a different outcome. I’ll continuing clear up other pimples in the area by moving my brush, adjusting its range with the left and right and clicking:

All pimples have been empty up with just few simple clicks of the mouse.

Let’s move downward to her chin and other place where we see some larger problem areas:

Larger clusters of pimples is the more challenges.

To retouch these areas and start by clicking on the pimples to heal them first and get them out of the way:

Remove the isolated pimples before moving on to the better areas.

Then, instead of attempting to repair an outsized space with a brilliant wide brush and one click, I’ll approach and retouch it in smaller sections, starting from the surface and creating my means inward. Together with clicking the Spot Healing Brush, you'll be able to conjointly click and embroil short strokes. As you drag, your brush stroke can seem black:

Spent a short difference of opinion stroke across the area.

Free your mouse button where Photoshop attempts to heal the region with surrounding texture:

Release the brush to cure the area.

You can continue clicking and exhausted over the world one tiny section at a time, going back over any downside spots as required with extra clicks, and when simply a handful of minute’s price of effort, Photo will able to do a reasonably smart looking.

In the screen of area on the right is now looking better.

You will do identical issue for the realm on the opposite facet, employing a little brush and a series of clicks and short brush strokes to tackle the realm to a small degree at a time. Here’s the result, once more once simply a handful of minute’s price of effort:

Here we can see, her chin is now free of pimple for the Spot Healing Brush.

There are shows a larger problem area left over, and it’s directly below her nose:

There have some more pimples left for retouching.

Now you can start again by clicking on the individual, isolated pimples to cure them, keeping the brush just little bit larger than the pimple itself:

Continuous healing the smaller areas first.

Then apply a combination of clicking and dragging with a small brush to heal the residual area:

Clearing up the final pimples of the screenshots.

Now the area is pimple-free and show with healthy skin texture in its place:

Lighten Brush Mode

If you’re victimization the Spot Healing Brush to get rid of skin condition or alternative skin issues as your thinking. Here, you’ll usually get even higher results by dynamic the comb Mode within the choices Bar from traditional (the default setting) to Lighten:

Try to use Lighten brush mode when fixing the skin troubles.

Here the brush mode set to Lighten, Photoshop can solely replace pixels that square measure darker than the nice texture information. Pimples and additional skin blemishes are generally darker than standard skin tone; here only the pimple or blemish itself gets replaced and leaving more of the original image contiguous it intact. If a blemish happens to be lighter than the conventional skin tone, use the Darken mode. Now you can quickly change between all of the brush modes for the Spot Healing Brush from your keyboard by holding down the key of Shift and pressing the + or – keys.

Here, once again show the screenshots, is what the original photo looked like: