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Chapter 10. Photograph: Retouching Portr... > Lessening Freckles or Acne - Pg. 275

The Photoshop CS2 Book for Digital Photographers Step Six: To keep from simply painting in a blurry version of our photo, go to the Options Bar and change the History Brush's Mode pop-up menu to Lighten. Now when you paint, the brush will affect only the pixels that are darker than the blurred state. Ahhh, do you see where this is going? So, click on the thumbnail to the right of the word "Brush" in the Options Bar and choose a medium, soft- edged brush in the Brush Picker. Now paint over the blemished areas with the History Brush, and as you paint, you'll see the freckles diminish quite a bit. If they diminish too much, and the person looks "too clean," press Command-Z (PC: Control-Z) to undo your History Brush strokes, then return to the Options Bar, lower the Opacity of the brush to 50%, and try again. Before After Retouching Portraits Chapter 10 275