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Help retouching breast surgery scars
Old 01-02-2007, 03:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I recentley shot some glamour shots for a female client that had scars around the areole from breast lift surgery. These scars show up as a light ring around the areole. Was hoping that someone has some advice on how I can touch these up in photoshop. I'm having problems because they are between the darker areole and the skin.

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Re: Help retouching breast surgery scars
Old 01-03-2007, 04:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Assuming you are using one of the newer versions of photoshop, here is some idea of one technique. Select your clone (or rubber stamp) tool. Go to the top menu bar and click the arrow next to "normal". A drop down menu will appear and select "darken". Lower the opacity percentage to about forty or fifty percent. Click on the darker area and then clone over the lighter area. Using the "darken" technique, you only darken what is lighter than what your target area was. By using the lower opacity, you can make a more seamless adjustment.
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Re: Help retouching breast surgery scars
Old 01-07-2007, 01:32 AM   #3 (permalink)
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My first thought would be to copy the layer and blur it, masking all the other areas. I've hidden all kinds of things that way.
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Old 01-07-2007, 05:46 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I often need help retouching breasts cuz, after the first time I grab them, I usually get smacked. Oh. WAM. Uuhhh.... That's not what you meant, huh. Nevermind.
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Old 01-10-2007, 12:11 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Try copying a section from the top or side, and mirror it, or transform it to position, and then blend it in if the lighting is a little different. This could be faster and better looking.

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Old 01-10-2007, 03:30 PM   #6 (permalink)
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If, as you say, the scars show up as 'rings', perhaps what you can do is to select the areolas, copy to seperate layers in the same location as the underlying ones. Then you could enlarge the copies which should effectively hide the rings. This will mean of course that the new areolas will be bigger than in reality but that may do the trick...as long as you don't enlarge too much.

Can you post a cropped image of at least one of the breasts...no need to include the woman's face but it would help to see just how much you have to rework.
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Old 01-10-2007, 04:06 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Here's a shot of what I'd like to correct.

Thanks for the help,

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Here's a shot of what I'd like to correct.
careful application of the clone tool. set the opacity to between 20% and 25% when applying in a separate layer. careful not to overdo it.
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It's not to hard to do. Photoimpact pro has a healing brush you can use that easily resolves the problems you have.
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If you have a version of PS that has the Healing Brush tool it should be very simple
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