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More Quick and Easy Clean-Up Methods by dperceful

By Adam Thur     July 29, 2003

Application: Photoshop (apply the same theory for PSP, Painter, etc)

So here we are again. As I stated before in a previous lesson, I use three different methods to clean up an image, all depending on time and the image. Sometimes I might use all three, but for the most part you can easily get the effect you want by using just one or two of these methods. Let me show you the other methods I use to clean up a less than perfect image. Here we go.

Our test subject will be Christian Bale (American Psycho, Reign Of Fire, Equilibrium). Please note, this image is not that bad. But you will notice that you can see some minor pixelation on the face, some blemishes here and there, and the background has it's issues.



Let's get started!


Create a copy of the original layer by either dragging the copy down to the new layer icon (it looks like a torn page) or just press Ctrl+J.


Now go to Filter>Noise>Dust & Scratches.



Your threshold setting needs to be at 0. If it is anything higher it adds "dust" to the image. Try it out, you'll see what I mean. Your radius setting is going to vary, you don't want to go to high, you lose all definition of the image. I find that anything between 3 and 10 works for me. However with this image 3 does not work, try it, you will still notice some graininess to the flesh. That's what you want to get rid of, for this image I used a setting of 8. Take some time, play around with the settings.



You're almost done. Change the layer mode and opacity of the layer you just applied the filter to. Here are some examples of various layer modes and opacities.

Just as the last lesson, you might want to erase the eyes so that the original eyes show, otherwise they will be a little hazy. Be warned, you don't want to erase the whites of the eyes of the screen layer. Why? The original whites of Christian's eyes do not match up with the new brightness that the screen layer gives you. What to do you ask. Just erase the pupils and iris areas and leave the white areas alone. Also you might play around with the lighting, levels, contrast, etc and see what you get. For the most part the more experimenting the better the results.

Not bad, huh?




Okay, now for another way to clean up an image. You didn't know there were so many ways to fix an image did you? This one is pretty much the same thing as last time just some different filters.

For this method our test subject will be Rachael Leigh Cook (She's All That, Josie & The Pussycats, voice work in Batman Beyond).

Let's get started.


Create a copy of the original layer by either dragging the copy down to the new layer icon (it looks like a torn page) or just press Ctrl+J.


Now go to Filter>Noise>Despeckle.


Look at the before and after. There is a subtle difference, but it's an improvement. We lost the spottiness of the flesh, the background is cleaner, and her top is a touch smoother. For what little work was put into it, not bad.



Don't pat yourself on the back yet, we have more stuff to do!

Go to Filter>Noise>Median.

Just like with the Dust & Scratches filter, you want to just smooth out the copied image. Play around with the settings to get what you want. For this example I used a setting of 6. Just like last time, change the layer mode and opacity of the layer you just applied the filter too.


Here are some examples of various layer modes and opacities. As you can see, you will get different results with different layers modes. Notice the lower right hand pic, just taking a few extra steps really makes the image bright, smooth, and full of life.

Again, be aware of the eyes. If they need cleanup, breakout the eraser.

There you go. You should be a master at cleaning up skin. As I have said before, experiment, experiment, experiment. You will improve and learn so much by playing around and checking out all that Photoshop has to offer.

Well that's about it. I hope this tutorial helps you out if your having trouble with skin. If you have questions, comments, or need help with a manip feel free to email me at dperceful@yahoo.com

Thanks for taking time out of your day to go through this tutorial. Please take time to look or try out all of the lessons in the Art School to increase your artistic horizons.

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