I don’t know if it’s part of Murphy’s Law or what, but without fail, people develop a zit or pimple the night before a photo shoot. This is especially true with brides. As a photographer, you are expected to somehow make this all better and make the subject look absolutely perfect. Of course, as a photographer, you know this is impossible. Never fear, you always have Photoshop and digital skin care is so easy you’ll wonder why you haven’t done it to all your photos.
For the average user, you will not need to worry about spacing. The brush size is up to you, depending on how big the blemish is and how zoomed in you are. I usually err on the side of smaller brushes because if you select too big of a brush, you may end up with weird side effects. The hardness option changes how hard the edges are. If you are really good at it, you can leave it at 100. For starters, try dropping it down somewhere between 70-90.
Place the brush over the blemish, click and hold and make a small counterclockwise circle over the blemish. Let go of the mouse. Your blemish is gone! That easy.
Why did you have to go in a circle? You could have just clicked, but sometimes that leaves a weird effect that’s very obvious. By going in a circle, you use more of a sampling area for the tool and it looks more natural. Be careful not to make too big of a circle or you will ruin other areas of the photo.
Press and hold the Alt key on your keyboard and click on the good area. Let go of the Alt key and now click on the blemish. Your blemish will be replaced with the good area. It’s called a Clone Stamp Tool because it’s basically making a clone of the area you sampled and stamping it over the blemish.
One technique you can use is the blur tool. I know what you’re thinking: “I don’t want to blur my photo.” Sure, nobody does, and honestly, this is kind of a cheating method. I don’t use it unless I have to, but sometimes it’s your best option. Select the Blur Tool on the Tool Palette (it looks like a raindrop). Now, go the tool option underneath the menu. The default mode is normal. Click on where it says Normal and select Darken. Now, use the Blur Tool to go over the dry, cracked lips. You need to click and hold the mouse button down while you drag it over the area. You may have to go over the same area multiple times. If the picture is in very high-definition near the lips, this may not work. If not, you should see the lips start to “heal” themselves.
It may leave certain dark areas. Now you can use those other tools to clean up the darker areas with greater ease.