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How To Get Rid of Zits With Photoshop

Remember when you were going through puberty and your mom tried to make you feel better by saying that zits aren't permanent? Did you remind her about pictures? Because photographs are forever, and zits shouldn't be. I don't have any great tips for prevention (go to Bella for that), but I do have some good post-production advice: Photoshop!

Since so many of you copped to using Photoshop to improve pics of yourself in some way, I though I'd share my favorite tool for getting rid of zits. You just need basic familiarity with Photoshop to do this, so step into my lab of narcissism!

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My favorite Photoshop tool is the Clone tool — it's key for erasing zits and blemishes by simply taking a small patch of another part of the picture, and using that to "erase" other patches. Here are the super easy instructions, and I've even included a video of me getting rid of a cursed zit to guide you.

  • After you've dragged your photo into Photoshop, select it and make sure you're working on that layer. If the layer is locked, double-click on it to unlock it.
  • At the bottom of the canvas, increase the percentage so that the area you want to work in is much larger, (and therefore easier to work with).
  • Select the Clone tool.
  • At the top toolbar, adjust the size of the clone tool so it's a workable size, and make sure it's a feathered brush.
  • Find a patch of your beautiful, unblemished skin and option+click it. Choose a patch that's adjacent to the zit you're going to cover up so that the lighting and skin tone are the same. This will be the "paintbrush" you'll use to cover the zit.
  • Then, simply click over the zit and the nice, unblemished patch should cover the blemished patch. Depending on the size, you may need to click more than once, and with this tool, I find it's easier to click once and let go, rather than clicking and dragging. (If you start to see parts of the picture come into your "paintbrush," then just re-option-click a new patch.
  • Save your work, and admire your gorgeous mug the way nature intended it!
Join The Conversation
ikitty13 ikitty13 9 years
Healing works too, but the clone tool is tops. It's amazing. Since I can't seem to be able to get rid of the zits and inperfections in real life, I am grateful for photoshop! :-D
Kaori Kaori 9 years
Wtf. The end of my comment got cut. Well. It was supposed to say, "Oh Photoshop, How I love thee~"
Kaori Kaori 9 years
Yeah. I've been using the healing brush a lot. I'll test out the clone tool again sometime though. And when I feel like getting a really glam pic, I airbrush my face too =) Oh Photoshop, how I <3 thee.
glam-sugar glam-sugar 9 years
I use either the clone tool or healing brush or a combo, depending on what the image is like.
SweetnLow SweetnLow 9 years
I'm a cloner, too. Quick blot, a little skin glamorizing with guassian blur and viola! Instant Supermodel.
vanillabeans vanillabeans 9 years
Forget the clone tool! If you have Photoshop, why not use the healing brush? The icon for it is a little band aid icon - it works so much better than the clone tool.
dkaanoi dkaanoi 9 years
instead of paying a small fortune for photoshop they have the same tool on photobucket when editing pictures. Its called "Beautify" And it removes blemishes and smooths wrinkles with just a click of the mouse!! Way easier then all these steps! I love it!
Rozenaut Rozenaut 9 years
No kidding. Acne feels pretty permanent to ME. I'm 25 and still have to use prescription creams and stuff to fight it. And it doesn't always help. Bleh.
kcwebgirl kcwebgirl 9 years
what i really need to know is how to get rid of zits in real life! haha. adult acne is the pits. no pun intended. haha.
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