Maybe it’s a birthmark, a chapped cheek, or a bruise. Whatever the skin discoloration, this technique is a Go-To for me when I’m editing photos.
In this example, we have a photo with a slight birthmark on the eyelid:
Here is the fix:
1. Create a blank layer above your image
2. Select your eyedropper tool (Shortcut key is ‘I’)
3. Use the eyedropper to ‘sample’ an area of skin that you want to replicate the color of (the ‘normal,’ non-red skin)
When you click the skin, your foreground color will change to the color you’ve chosen…
4. Select your Brush tool (Shortcut is ‘B’). Play around with the numbers. I usually use 20% opacity and 20% flow or 15% opacity and 40% flow. For this example I’ve used the latter.
5. Begin painting on your blank layer in small strokes over the birthmark (or other discoloration). The reduced opacity and flow really helps it all appear natural. Here is the after:
This technique works well on any discolored area if the Patch tool isn’t doing the trick. Give it a try next time!! Thanks for stopping by!