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Retouching Portraits with Smart Filters in Adobe Photoshop CS3

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The Photoshop CS3 Beta has changed a lot of things about the way you use Photoshop, but perhaps nothing is as dramatic as Smart Filters. David Cross demonstrates how to use this tool to retouch a photo in a very nondestructive, editable-anytime manner.
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Applying filters has always been a pretty permanent function in Photoshop: you run a filter and save the document. It’s pretty difficult to change your mind the next time you open that document. But thanks to Smart Filters in the Photoshop CS3 Beta, that situation has changed—in a BIG way!

Here’s the original photo:

First, you’ll deal with any small blemishes that might be apparent to users.

Step One

Add a new layer above the Background. Click on the Spot Healing Brush Tool; in the Options Bar, make sure that Use All Layers is checked. Click on the blemishes you want to fix.

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