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Chapter 10. Photograph: Retouching Portraits > Removing Blemishes - Pg. 271

The Photoshop CS2 Book for Digital Photographers Method Three: The Lasso Tool Step One: Press L to switch to the Lasso tool. Find a clean area (no blemishes, spots, etc.) near the blemish that you want to remove (in this case, it's a mole on her right cheek). In this clean area, use the Lasso tool to make a selection that is slightly larger than the blemish. ©JUPITERIMAGES Step Two: After your selection is in place, go under the Select menu and choose Feather. When the Feather Selection dialog appears, enter 1 pixel as your Feather Radius and click OK. Feathering blurs the edges of our selected area, which will help hide the traces of our retouch. Feathering (softening) the edges of a selection is a very important part of facial retouching, and you'll do this quite a bit to "hide your tracks," so to speak. Continued Retouching Portraits Chapter 10 271