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  • Removing Blemishes?

    I recently took this photograph and absolutely love it! All except for the blemish under her nose. I did change the coloring, and love how it makes everything else look, but it just brings out the spot under her nose... Does anyone know what I could do to help hide it or remove it? Feel free to let me know what you think about the crop and coloring as well.

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    File Name: Haley.jpg (rename)
    .jpg ok cancel
    File Size: 63 kb - 672 x 495
    Camera Make: OLYMPUS OPTICAL CO.,LTD
    Camera Model: E-10
    Date/Time: 2009:10:13 09:46:43
    Resolution: 672 x 495
    Flash Used: No
    Focal Length: 15.0mm
    Exposure Time: 0.025 s (1/40)
    Aperture: f/2.0
    ISO Equiv.: 80
    Metering Mode: matrix
    Exposure: program (auto)

  • #2
    A post processing program like Photoshop is the ticket. Photoshop is expensive. BUT there are several free photo editing apllications you can download and experiment with.

    gimp is one
    GIMP - The GNU Image Manipulation Program

    also check out these for having fun with your photos...
    Picnik - Photo editing the easy way, online in your browser
    FotoFlexer - The world's most advanced online photo editor
    Picasa 3: Free download from Google
    "They call me Bruce."
    www.brucebphotography.com

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    • #3
      I think its a cute image, but on my monitor it looks way to over saturated..

      I did a quick edit. I dupped the layer, and cloned the blemishes out some, then erased the areas I didn't want effected.

      Then I adjusted the saturation on the entire image -28, then I adjusted just the saturation on the background by -45.

      Haley

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      • #4
        Hi Miss Lissy, cute little girl here. I am new at editing myself so I gave it a go, I just removed the blemish without adjusting any colors.

        I too am new so I do not feel comfortable giving any critique, except that I do like it. Hope you like my edit, take care.
        Cindy,

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        • #5
          Are you using photoshop? If so you can use the clone tool and it does wonders. The colors seem a bit overly saturated. As for the crop - it can work.
          CJ Wilkes ~ Cindy
          Wife to Nathan, Mother to 5, Photographer

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          • #6
            cloning

            The clones submitted so far are losing the shadow definition needed on that upper lip and so that's why they're coming out not looking quite right. It is a hard area to clone since it's not flat. You have to add some definition back in. I use CS4 so not sure how to do it in other programs, but the patch tool is my fave, or copying layers and masking the skin back in. I rarely use the clone tool except to minimize wrinkles anymore. If you post the original I could give it a go (we always do retouch before playing with colours and exposure).
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            • #7
              combination of ways...

              I use Photoshop Elements 7. To fix blemishes, I use a combination of the self-healing tool, the sampled self-healing tool, and the sampled clone tool (at a lower opacity). it takes a while for things that are this pronounced, but if you are patient, you can make it look just right with the original shadows in the right places. Many times, I will use the clone tool (watch your opacity), then use the self-healing to fix any strange edges.

              If you don't use Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, then I can't help you except to say that there are great ways to fix blemishes in every program - you just have to know your program well enough.

              The color is pretty saturated, and while it makes most of the colors pop, it also brings out the red around the blemishes and around the eyes, making this sweet child look rather sad, IMHO. In this case, I would select certain areas of the face or the whole face and make a new layer to reduce the RED saturation...and then go back and use the self-healing and clone tools.

              NOTE: ...All the while making sure the opacity of the layer is just right...you literally have to play with the opacity of your tools and layers to get it JUST right. And it will take some time, as I mentioned before. A quick fix will work, but, as stated above by someone else, it will look..."not right."

              I hope you figure it out!! Let us know what program you used once you get going.
              best wishes,
              j

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              • #8
                Here's my attempt at it...using CS4:
                1) desaturated slightly
                2) duplicated layer
                3) Used healing brush extensively to remove blemishes and uneven spots around nose, mouth, eyes and for a couple other spot blemishes.
                4) Used dodge tool to lighten dark areas under eyes, lower lip and facial creases.
                5) Adjusted vibrance settings
                6) Applied warming filter to warm up facial skin tones
                7) Used dodge tool to slightly lighten irises
                8) Used dodge tool to slightly lighten whites of eyes.


                iHaley

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                • #9
                  Here is a link to the original image.
                  PA132908.jpg picture by MisLissy - Photobucket

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                  • #10
                    Here is my attempt using Photo Studio 6. I like using the airbrush to remove blemishes even though my package does have a Face Beatify function. The automatic function tends to soften the details to much, but that is only my personal feeling.

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                    • #11
                      Here's my effort.

                      Hi,
                      This is my first post. I've been "watching and learning and getting inspiration" for a little while. I purchased CS3 a few years ago when I was a college student. I used the Clone Stamping tool with a bunch of different opacity levels to take care of the blemishes. (took about twenty minutes) A quick selection around the sweater, a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to tweak the colors a bit (+14), a selection around the eyes for a touch of Sharpening (Unsharp Mask) and finally, the Burn tool set at 15% to darken the background. I hope its O.K.

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                      • #12
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                        Hope this helps anyone in need, Terry
                        Terry Day, Mstr. Photog.,FP.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by ronjack5 View Post
                          Hi,
                          This is my first post. I've been "watching and learning and getting inspiration" for a little while. I purchased CS3 a few years ago when I was a college student. I used the Clone Stamping tool with a bunch of different opacity levels to take care of the blemishes. (took about twenty minutes) A quick selection around the sweater, a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to tweak the colors a bit (+14), a selection around the eyes for a touch of Sharpening (Unsharp Mask) and finally, the Burn tool set at 15% to darken the background. I hope its O.K.
                          This is the best fix up of what I have seen here so far. But I do believe the tight cropping of the original post makes for a more interesting photograph.
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