Has anyone ever asked you to edit a photo of them with cuts and bruises on their face because they like the way they look, and they want to use it for a formal picture? No. Of course not. Photos like that are best hidden far away or burnt. However, by working on a badly bruised and scratched up face, you will undoubtedly be able to remove a pimple or wrinkle or cover a black eye on a photograph with ease.
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When “cleaning up” photographs I usually follow 4 steps:
- Remove stuff that can be removed
- Cover up stuff that can’t be easily removed
- Use the Liquify filter
- Work on small details and Finalize
This article explains how to use the content aware tool to remove stuff and the healing brush tool to cover stuff up. My next article will go into using the liquify filter. The photo used in this example is meant to be used for a domestic violence advertisement and I think it works as an excellent example of how to use these tools.
- Open the image in Photoshop.
- Click on the Content Aware Tool.
- Select the object to be removed.
- Press Shift + F5
- Be sure Content Aware is in the Contents field.
- Click OK or Press Enter.
- Control + D removes the marching ants.