Easy Portrait Touch-Up in Photoshop

How To Easily Remove Freckles, Blemishes, or Unwanted Spots from Your Portrait

We’ve all seen plenty of photos of ourselves which we would love to touch-up. Maybe we don’t like our freckles, or our skin was particularly off-putting. Maybe we wish that a birthmark wasn’t so visible, etc.

Often we let this go, choosing to focus our energy on more important issues. However, if you decide that touching up your portrait must be done, there is one method in Photoshop which won’t require much time at all!

I’m talking, of course, about the Spot Healing Brush! If you take a look at your Photoshop toolbar, which by default appears at the left of your screen, the Spot Healing Brush is the seventh tool down from the top; it looks like a bandaid.

Now, to use this tool. Have your photo open in Photoshop. I recommend that you duplicate the background layer by going to the “Layer” menu and choosing “Duplicate Layer.” It will prompt you to give the new layer a name, which you can do if you choose to. Now you’ll see in your layers panel the original background layer, which may still be locked, and the newly created “background copy” (or whatever name you assigned it.) You’ll want to work with the duplicated layer, which should be on top. The locked background layer is only there so that you can compare it with the layer that will have your touch-ups later on.

If you’re working on the duplicated layer, which is the top layer, it will be highlighted. Select your Spot Healing Brush. You can adjust the size of your brush by using the bracket keys on your keyboard. The left bracket will make your brush smaller, and the right bracket will make it bigger. Otherwise, you can adjust the size in your tool options menu bar at the top.

You’ll want your brush to be only slightly larger than the spot you’re going to remove. Now, for the magic part. Hold your brush over the spot, freckle, or blemish, and click. Behold, your spot is removed!

It’s as simple as that. Remove as little or as much as you’d like, but it’s easy to get caught up, so remember you still want to look like you! When you’re done, you can turn on and off the top layer by clicking on the eyeball to the left of it. This way you can compare your original layer to the touched-up layer.

On the left: before, on the right: after

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