How to Remove Red Cheeks in Photoshop

Written by filonia lechat
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A bit too much blush powder, an embarrassing situation or a really cold day may result in red cheeks. In the past, if your overly ruddy complexion was captured in a photograph, you were stuck with an unflattering picture. However, Adobe Photoshop allows you to reduce the red on-screen. With Photoshop, you can sample your natural skin tone and change the red-cheeked area to clear up the discoloured complexion.

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  1. 1

    Open "Photoshop" and click the "File" menu. Select the "Open" option and browse to the picture with the red cheeks. Double-click the image.

  2. 2

    Click the "Magnify" tool at the bottom of the "Tools" palette, and zoom in on one cheek, with the red part and a small bit of the natural skin colour next to the red showing on the screen.

  3. 3

    Click the "Lasso" tool on the "Tools" palette. Draw an outline around just the red part of the cheek.

  4. 4

    Pull down the "Image" menu, click "Adjustments" and select "Hue/Saturation." Move the "Hue/Saturation" menu off so you can see the selected cheek area and the window.

  5. 5

    Slide the "Hue" bar to the left or right to change the cheek colour to match its surroundings -- the slide direction will vary per natural skin tone. Slide the "Saturation" bar to the left slightly to reduce any brightness or shine on the cheeks. Write down the numbers in the "Hue" and "Saturation" boxes, and click "OK."

  6. 6

    Repeat the "Lasso" process to circle the other red cheek. Repeat the "Hue/Saturation" process, but instead of sliding, type in the numbers to get the two cheeks exactly the same colour. Click "OK" when satisfied.

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