Removing Freckles

In this tutorial we’re going to show you how you can remove freckles easily and quikcly using gaussian blur and history brush.

Here are the before and after photos;

removing freckles

Step 1.)
Once you have opened your image, duplicate your background layer by choosing ‘layer>duplicate layer’ or simply drag your background layer to ‘create new layer’ button in the layer pallete.

removing freckles

Step 2.) Now apply gaussian blur (filter > blur > gaussian blur) to your background copy. Try to drag the slider slowly to the right until you see the freckles are no longer visible.

removing freckles

Step 3.) If you can’t find your history pallete on the screen, go to window > history to bring up the history pallete

removing freckles

Step 4.) Now click on the duplicate layer state to return your photo to what it looked like when you haven’t applied the gaussian blur. Also click in the first column next to gaussian blur state.

removing freckles

Step 5.) Choose the ‘History Brush’ from your tool pallete. Change the History Brush’s Mode to ‘lighten’ to keep from simply painting in a blurry version of our photo.

removing freckles

Step 6.) Start to paint your photo to remove the freckles. If you find that the person looks ‘too clean’ you can always undo your step, and lower the opacity of the brush and try again.

removing freckles

See also: Photoshop Tutorials

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