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Advanced skin cleaning by AeonOfTime Advanced skin cleaning by AeonOfTime
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.
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:iconleka1231:
leka1231 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Student Photographer
Thank you sharing! ;)
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AeonOfTime Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Sure thing, glad you like it!
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:iconmazarde:
Mazarde Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for this tutorial ! I'll have a try with my next portraits ! :)
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HollyGordon Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010
Great tutorial! I really needed this. Thank you so much.[link]
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:iconaeonoftime:
AeonOfTime Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
You're welcome! Glad it manages to actually help some people :giggle:
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:iconragster:
Ragster Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Very useful tutorial.
Will try it out when I'm retouching photos
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:iconaeonoftime:
AeonOfTime Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks :)
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super-fly-rules Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2007
has the exact same tutorial.
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:iconaeonoftime:
AeonOfTime Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks for telling me!

They have my consent to publish it :)
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:iconsuper-fly-rules:
super-fly-rules Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2007
lol, no problem. Ok.
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GypsyNymph Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2007
Healing brush is in PS7, though :]
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:icontakei:
Takei Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2007
Woo this is a very good tut!
Thanks for doing this tut!Help me alot!
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:iconaeonoftime:
AeonOfTime Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
You are very welcome, glad it could help you!
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clummis Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2007
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 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2007  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 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2007
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 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2006
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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:iconaeonoftime:
AeonOfTime Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2006  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 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2006
Well, I hope that some day your ideas will become into a more tutorials :chew:
Saludos :wave:
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GrayMoon Featured By Owner May 23, 2006
Thank you, It helpful!!
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:iconaeonoftime:
AeonOfTime Featured By Owner May 24, 2006  Professional Interface Designer
Glad I could help :D
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:iconjiendo:
Jiendo Featured By Owner May 20, 2006   Digital Artist
oooh *favs it* this will come in handy sometimes =D
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:iconaeonoftime:
AeonOfTime Featured By Owner May 20, 2006  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks! If it can help you even just a little I'm happy ;)
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:iconjiendo:
Jiendo Featured By Owner May 20, 2006   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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AeonOfTime Featured By Owner May 20, 2006  Professional Interface Designer
I guess it's up to some pupil teaches teacher time then ;)
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:iconjiendo:
Jiendo Featured By Owner May 20, 2006   Digital Artist
i thought him some things!!! the first class :| he was standing behind me..and was like wtf are you doing o.0
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:iconaeonoftime:
AeonOfTime Featured By Owner May 20, 2006  Professional Interface Designer
Argh... I hate that when someone stands behind me looking over my shoulder. I had quite a few exams where I had to ask my teachers not to do that ;)
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Jiendo Featured By Owner May 20, 2006   Digital Artist
LOL XD
I think everybody hates that...i can't consentrate when sombody is standing behind me...cause its my personal space..my buisness what im doing..eventhough its a teacher, i still dont like it :P when i need help ill aks for it XD...not really..im to stuborn to ask for help but yeh ^.^'
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AeonOfTime Featured By Owner May 20, 2006  Professional Interface Designer
;)
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JordanNMason Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2006
Impressive. great work :D
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AeonOfTime Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2006  Professional Interface Designer
:blushes: thanks!
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olb52 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2006
Very nice tutorial, helped me a lot.
Congrats on your work!
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:iconaeonoftime:
AeonOfTime Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2006  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks for the comment! :)
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ferrellmc Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2006
I use a few of the techniques regularly but found some new one's to try out. Very cool, thanks for preparing this and thank you for sharing!!
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:iconaeonoftime:
AeonOfTime Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2006  Professional Interface Designer
You're very welcome :)
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Grambo-Nitro Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2006
that was a cool tutoral, such a thing really does make a difference in the overall finished product. my method for this is slightly different but yours is more effective and makes more use of the tools in photoshop. i have been reading quite a few tutorals lately.
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AeonOfTime Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2006  Professional Interface Designer
Knowing I could help is the best feedback of all, thanks for the comment :D I'm curious however - how do you normally do it?
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Grambo-Nitro Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2006
I would copy an area that is unblemished and paste it underneath in a separate layer. then on the top layer, i would use a low-strength eraser until the area is erased and replaced (it rhymes lol).
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AeonOfTime Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2006  Professional Interface Designer
That's an original way to do it, I use that on occasion for larger patches - but mostly on backgrounds when I want to edit out something. And I don't put the layer below, I put it on top and soften its edges :D And that's what I like about Photoshop: there are a zillion ways to get to the same result...
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Rydia-Warrior Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2006
Wonderful, precise and to the point. I read the whole thing (<---short reading attention span).
Nice work.
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AeonOfTime Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2006  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks a lot Rydia :D I'm glad I could extend your short attention span :) Here's a big :hug: just for you!
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Shinetop Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2006
Looks good. Nice tutorial. Keep up the good work.
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:iconaeonoftime:
AeonOfTime Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2006  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks a lot for the comment :)
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