Picture perfect

If you've got a shedload of digital photos from your holiday but they're far from perfect for your photo album, fear not. Using software you can touch these up so they look professional and make you look good at the same time. While Adobe Photoshop is the photo-editing package for professionals, Photoshop Elements 6 is great for novices. It's easy-to-use and packs a fantastic punch – here we show you how to get to grips with the basics.

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By  Windows staff Published  September 15, 2008

2. Skin tone and colour

You might have the perfect photograph, except for that wretched blemish that ruins your look. If you're going to nit-pick, you might even want to consider touching up details like freckles or skin blotches.

The two ladies pictured already have near perfect blemish-free skin, but with a couple of minor steps, it's easy to change a couple of things.

The Spot Healing Brush Tool, which can be found on the left-hand toolbar in the form of a band-aid with a dotted circle, offers a quick solution to blemishes and blotches. Simply click on the tool and go to the point you wish to remove, be it a freckle or a pimple.

One simple click on the problem area and it's gone. If you have the tool selected and right-click, you can change both the type of brush you use and the size of it. Try experimenting with different types for the best results.

To modify the colour of the entire photograph, go to Enhance>Adjust Color>Adjust Color For Skin Tone. The cursor will change to a dropper icon, and using this you click on a part of the skin you wish to use as a benchmark skintone for the entire photo.

More precise colour settings can be made using the sliders for Tan, Blush and Temperature.

NB: The Guided tab under the 'Edit' section of the right-hand menu bar makes several popular features easy to perform such as Red Eye Correction, Adjusting Skin Tones and Lighting effects.

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