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How to Remove Blemishes in Affinity Photo

Last Updated on November 1, 2020 by Devaun Lennox

In today’s video I’m going to show you guys in one simple tool how to further fix and remove blemishes on today’s video we’re going to be hitting it with the blemish removal tool in affinity photo

So the photo that you see on screen is a photo I took about a month ago the sir model Sierra in the process of kind of retouching and editing its image right now but I kind of forgot to show you guys one more tool to add to your arsenal to add to your tool belt on how you can actually further kind of fix and clarify and tone up and and just perfect skin in one easy simple way so today like I said we’re gonna be using the blemish removal removal tool this is a

tip image I recorded a video recently on how to import TIFF images into affinity photo so refer to that video if you don’t know how to actually import TIFF images into affinity photo but long story short I am using the iPad pro 10.5 inch Apple pencil right here images already imported I already started kind of working on it so what you’re gonna need is to import the image into affinity photo from there this technique is going to be done using the frequency separation tool which is a filter right here in the filters tab I will do a future video on how to actually best

practices with using frequency separation but long story short I set this originally just at the default settings which is two radius threshold of 50% and then I just hit apply so once you do that you’re gonna get a high frequency and you’re gonna get a low frequency these two layers right here that I’m tapping on-screen what you’re gonna be doing is not touching this high frequency layer you’re just gonna specifically go down to the original and then you’re gonna use the blemish removal tool which is over here in the this tool this cloning and healing selection

blemish removal and we’re just going to be adjusting the width down here from 50 to 75 pixels I do want to say as a caveat before you get to this point I would definitely refer you back over to using the inpainting tool this Spot Healing Brush the Healing Brush because it’s important that you remove all the really big blemishes before you actually go over and you do fill frequency separation and then use a specific tool so check out that video if you haven’t on how to use the inpainting tool because you definitely want to make sure that you you hit a lot of those

things so I want to show you guys just kind of the before and after of what we’re gonna be doing because I for whatever reason I didn’t do that earlier so let’s do that right now so I’m just going to kind of just change the blend mode here or the opacity ignore the difference in color we’re gonna be specifically working on getting rid of some of those blemishes there I will just do a bigger one so you can see the media sea of the changes but that’s what the blemish removal tool is really good at it’s really good at removing those kind of spot enos in terms of color

and tone it’s not really super great at removing texture that’s part of the reason why it’s better to use the in painting tool as mentioned previously so it’s definitely better to remove texture in those ways and then use this tool but once you do that then this is what the blemish removal tool is amazingly it doesn’t make emily why so what you’re gonna do is on your original background layer right here go over into your brushes panel on this removal and i’m gonna just start right now with the the width that 50% so what we’re gonna do i’m gonna skip the the zoom

level to about right here so you can see the greater picture the greater face and then all you’re gonna do is literally just like with all tools you’re just gonna kind of tap away the blemish removal tool is definitely a tool that you’re gonna have to it comes with experience it’s one of those things where i can’t give you all the specific nuances with using it you just kind of have to use it and experiment with it to basically see how it works based on how you use it specifically but basically you’re just gonna tap and then just change the radius like I had mentioned between

50 to 75 pixels this is how I personally use it you may use it a little bit differently but that’s kind of what I’ve done myself as I’ve been using over the last year roughly and then you’re just gonna tap away so the part of the reason why I’m putting this on the low-frequency layer is because I only wanted to fix the tone I don’t want it to change the texture that’s part of reason reason main reason why I’m using frequency separation because I’ve already I’ve already tackled the texture stuff within the end painting and the patch tool that’s how I tackle all that stuff

already so there’s no reason for it to do texture as well and then we’re just gonna kind of just hit make it a little bit bigger and just even out this a little bit there hit that a little bit see what he can do right here and it’s getting a little weird so we’re just right there yeah that looks fantastic I like that where else it’s kind of weird over here I get that a little bit better yeah like I said it’s just it’s one of those tools you just kind of have to tap away I will kind of give you a rundown of what the blemish removal tool is doing it kind of functions the same way in painting

brush and the Spot Healing tool in Photoshop and that you’re you’re when you set the width it’s gonna basically as soon as you tap that width from the center part where you tap it’s going to analyze all the surrounding pixels and it’s going to basically do an algorithm to blend that area relative to the rest of the pixels in color texture and tone since I’m using on the low-frequency layer it’s just gonna be color in a tone it’s not gonna be any texture because there’s no texture it’s all blurred on this layer but that’s that’s literally what it’s doing and then yeah you just

kind of just tap away at it and that’s pretty much it it kind of got a little bit weird over here I’m not sure if it’s gonna be able to fix that and then my iPads gonna be a little bit light because I’m also recording a video but yeah I’m probably not gonna be a fixed that I shouldn’t undone dude that before didn’t really notice that on honestly but moving on this isn’t the final edit so I’m not really I cry myself to sleep tonight about that and we’ll just hit the neck a little bit as with all of these healing type tools these the sample selection tools is really what they’re gonna

be classified as they’re not good with edges so if you’re gonna start putting this up to an edge it’s not gonna be good just just like with the inpainting tool just like the Spot Healing tool just like the comb brush all of these tools are not good when it comes to edges granted you can kind of finagle the clone brush specifically to make it pretty good in edges but it does take a little bit of finagle and to get to that point by default it’s not really good at edges either so okay well we’ll see how far we got and kind of got ignore this little area up here that was my bad I

wasn’t paying attention when we we got that far so right there boom that’s how far we go so I’m gonna just kind of just undo I’m gonna just use the history selection tool to kind of go back and forth because I didn’t actually do this on the right layer so my bad there guys but you can let me zoom in a little bit more you guys can see that before and after so that’s the after this is the before it’s not gonna be a sudden because I don’t have the the amount of his undo history States all the way back to where we first started that was about that I was I was doing that

on the wrong layer but nonetheless you guys can see what’s what’s possible with the blemish removal tool and I did showcase how to do that the full before and after as well which is just up here so you guys can see that before and after it makes a huge difference and that’s just that one simple tool granted this works best when you’re using it on the low frequency layer because it’s just fixing color and tone as opposed to texture as well it does fix texture but it doesn’t work as well my experience granted depending how you guys use it it may work well when

it comes to texture as well depends how you guys are using it but for me when I when it comes to skin smoothing in fixing skin and retouching I think it’s just better left off in the low frequency and just call in tone so that’s just that’s pretty much how how to use this tool like I said before 50 to 75 pixels is what I’ve seen works great especially when you import a tiff it works great you don’t really need to change that much you only need to change it to 75 if you want it to be a larger area so we can smooth out a greater area of skin but outside of that that’s

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Devaun Lennox

I'm a fashion, beauty, and commercial photographer turned impromptu photojournalist. Based in Las Vegas, my images are graphic, bold, and full-on contrast.