Remove Acne or Freckles By Retouching

Acne. Those annoying pimples that grow on your face when you don't wash it or when your dehydrated. Once they're there, it's very difficult to get rid of them. Pimples clog up the pores on our face and if left untreated; they'll get bigger and bigger. Even worse, when you take a selfie or snapshot it shows up in the picture! Yuck! 

Luckily, there is a solution to this issue and today we're going to be going over how you can get rid of any unwanted spots on our pictures by using a process known as retouching in Adobe Photoshop. 

Retouching is simply removing all of the irregularities from an image or logo to a point where it is crisp and clear. There are two ways that I know of you can use to retouch images in Photoshop: by using the spot healing brush or the clone stamp tool. 

You could achieve the same effect using the eyedropper tool and using a brush to paint over it, but this not faster than the latter. For this first example, we’re going to be using a picture of someone with acne.

Clearing Things Up

The first thing we're going to want to do is go to our spot healing brush tool, which allows us to essentially replace or wipe over all of the spots or marks in our picture with the pixels to match her face. 

This should relatively easy to do with the spot healing brush and it makes everything appear more natural or if nothing was really there at all. We can even use the spot healing brush to more pixels to her face or make her face appear larger if you increase the size of the spot healing brush.


Another tool we can use for retouching is the clone stamp tool and I mainly use it for hair and to duplicate parts of the picture in different areas of the image. In this case, we're going to use an image of a boat and duplicate or clone the boat somewhere else in the image to make two boats.

What I did here was I picked up the pixels of where the boat started and the clone stamp tool selected those pixels. With them we can draw out the rest of the boat from start to finish.

Really the spot healing brush and the clone stamp have their pros and cons and it just depends on the situation you intend to you use it for. All in all, these are among the most frequently used tools we can use in Photoshop and it adds a new dimension in how we can go about manipulating a picture.

Thank you for reading.
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