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Head Games: retouching portraits > Lessening Freckles or Facial Acne

Lessening Freckles or Facial Acne

This technique is popular with senior class portrait photographers who need to lessen or remove large areas of acne, pockmarks, or freckles from their subjects. This is especially useful when you have a lot of photos to retouch (such as a senior portrait retoucher) and don’t have the time to use the methods shown previously, where you deal with each blemish individually.

Step One

Open the photo that you need to retouch. Make a duplicate of the Background layer by going to the Layer menu, under New, and choosing Layer via Copy (or just press Control-J). We’ll perform our retouch on this duplicate of the Background layer, named “Layer 1.”


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