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Advanced skin cleaning
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Published: April 20, 2006
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The tutorial
I've wanted to do a tutorial on skin cleaning for quite a while now - it doesn't go into all the details, but it should help to get started :) Feel free to tell me what you think or if you have suggestions on how to improve it. Done in photoshop, 7 hours, 800x5673px. Yay!

Contents
Currently, the tutorial covers the following techniques:

- Using the healing brush and spot healing brush tools
- Using the clone stamp tool
- Using the dodge and burn tools
- Using the blur tool
- Using the Dust & scratches filter
- Using the remove noise filter

Resources
If you want to try out these techniques while reading, I suggest you grab a copy of Banshee696's "New hair style 2" deviation that I used in the tutorial. You can have a look at the final result of the cleaning in my "Lizards rule" deviation.
Image size
800x5673px 1.53 MB
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Comments (39)
leka1231's avatar
leka1231|Student Photographer
Thank you sharing! ;)
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AeonOfTime|Professional Interface Designer
Sure thing, glad you like it!
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Mazarde's avatar
Mazarde|Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for this tutorial ! I'll have a try with my next portraits ! :)
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HollyGordon's avatar
Great tutorial! I really needed this. Thank you so much.[link]
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AeonOfTime|Professional Interface Designer
You're welcome! Glad it manages to actually help some people :giggle:
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Ragster's avatar
Ragster|Hobbyist Photographer
Very useful tutorial.
Will try it out when I'm retouching photos
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AeonOfTime|Professional Interface Designer
Thanks :)
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super-fly-rules's avatar
has the exact same tutorial.
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AeonOfTime|Professional Interface Designer
Thanks for telling me!

They have my consent to publish it :)
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super-fly-rules's avatar
lol, no problem. Ok.
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GypsyNymph's avatar
Healing brush is in PS7, though :]
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Takei's avatar
Woo this is a very good tut!
Thanks for doing this tut!Help me alot!
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AeonOfTime|Professional Interface Designer
You are very welcome, glad it could help you!
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clummis's avatar
Great deal of informative information. Excellent tutorial. You covered everything.

One tip not mentioned and one that I use all the time because I like the level of non-destructive control is to utilize a layer masks. (Sometimes I have a layer mask attached to every layer) It allows me to fine tune those layers if needed. And always experiement with the masks already included when using an adjustment layer (always use adjustment layers for curves, levels, etc.)

OK...now for the tip. You may already know what I am about to say

1. Duplicate the layer you want to blur.

2. Choose your filter of choice (i.e., the dust and scratches)

3. Run the filter and do not worry if some of the areas other than those you want to retouch are blurred too much. We are going to correct that in the next step.

4. While holding down the "ALT" key (option for MAC), click the "Add Layer Mask icon" This will add a layer mask filled with black. This will hide the blur filter you just applied.

5. Then paint white on the layer mask using a soft or hard brush (depends on your needs) with an opacity of 10%. Make sure you select the mask before painting, otherwise you will paint on the image itself.

Now you can gradually bring back the blur in a selective way.

If you are scared of the dodge and burn tools, then duplicate your layer prior to dodging and burning. Do not worry if you make a mistake by making something too dark or too light. Add a layer mask (filled with white rather than black). Now you can gradually reduce the mistake by using a soft low opacity brush by painting black on the mask.

I hope this little tip helps you in your retouching efforts.
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AeonOfTime|Professional Interface Designer
Thanks a lot for the constructive comment! Working with layer masks is indeed great if you want to have your edits separate from the original image. When I retouch photos for my clients, I often use that technique to bring out elements that need to have focus - works wonders :)

Thanks again, I'll see if I can add that to the tutorial without overloading it.
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clummis's avatar
Add my comments to your tutorial. I am speechless. That is quite kind and gracious of you.

You are welcome for the comment. That was an excellent tutorial and I am sure many have benefitted from it. :)

Take care.
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DMN-666's avatar
Nice tutorial.... do you have some more of this? :D
You did a great work, thanks a lot for the information :dance:
Saludos :wave:
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AeonOfTime|Professional Interface Designer
Actually this is the only tutorial for the moment. I have a few ideas, but no plans to make any for the moment. Thanks for the comment and the fav, I'm glad that you like it :)
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DMN-666's avatar
Well, I hope that some day your ideas will become into a more tutorials :chew:
Saludos :wave:
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GrayMoon's avatar
Thank you, It helpful!!
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AeonOfTime|Professional Interface Designer
Glad I could help :D
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Jiendo's avatar
Jiendo| Digital Artist
oooh *favs it* this will come in handy sometimes =D
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AeonOfTime|Professional Interface Designer
Thanks! If it can help you even just a little I'm happy ;)
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Jiendo's avatar
Jiendo| Digital Artist
ow it will :D even though i get lessons in photoshop @ my school (with a teacher wich can't teach *rolls eyes*) i saw you used a few things i never thought of using before :D
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