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The Photoshop® Elements 10 Book for Digital Photographers by Matt Kloskowski, Scott Kelby

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Removing Blemishes and Hot Spots

Over the years, we’ve learned lots of different ways to remove hot spots, blemishes, and other imperfections on the skin. I believe the technique you’re about to see here is the easiest and best way, though. It not only removes the blemishes, but it’s flexible enough so you can maintain the original skin texture, as well. That way the skin looks real and not like the fakey, smooth skin that’s always a dead giveaway the photo has been retouched in Elements.

Step One:

Open a photo containing some skin imperfections you want to remove (in this example, we’re going to remove a series of blemishes). Get the Zoom tool (Z) and zoom in, if needed, on the area you want to retouch, then get the Healing Brush tool (J) from ...

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