How to Airbrush Photos Using Photoshop

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To airbrush a photograph in Photoshop, using the healing brush to even out the area as much as possible, and then use the eyedropper tool to pick up the desired color and airbrush over the blemishes. Find out how to transform a photograph using the airbrush tool with help from an experienced graphic designer and illustrator in this free video on using Photoshop.

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Hi, this is Deb Cikovic with Dual Dot Media. Today, I'm going to show you how to airbrush in Photoshop. That's the finished product. Here, we have our test subject. This is how we started out, and yes, this is a real person. So we're going to make his picture bigger--200 percent--so we can get right into that skin tone. So first, I like to go in and I like to take the healing brush or the healing tool and just go in and go onto the--right onto the photography and just start cleaning up right from there. To do that, you always hit the Alt while on the tool, and you can see that it's already starting to clean up, but it's not going to be perfect doing it this way. It's kind of a painstaking process to clean up skin tone. Still kind of bumpy and lumpy. Now, I'm going to use a softer brush and I'm going to add a layer and I'm going to pick this skin color. And I'm basically going to start airbrushing to smooth out tones. And you can see, I'm starting to pick other colors off of his face. And again, I'm going to add another layer. I never like to work on the same layer because basically, that's where you get in trouble and maybe you can't undo. The best thing about Photoshop is once you start working like this, you can always go back and adjust and erase and just pretty much redo. And keep in mind, we are using a photo that we have up at 200 percent. So when it gets down to the regular size, it's going to look a little better anyway. And you can see, I'm working with a darker color but a smaller brush. Now, we're just going to put a little bit of a shadow there, but because I don't want it to look as deep, I'm going to erase some off. I'm going to re-highlight, and then I'm just going to merge those layers. And I'm going to take the fill down just a little bit to give his skin back some texture. And basically, that's it. This is Deb Cikovic. Thanks for watching.

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