Thursday, May 16, 2013

How To Reduce Wrinkles With The Healing Brush in Photoshop - New or Improved Skill Day 16

sphynx cats

Photoshop makes it easy to reduce the appearance of a few wrinkles or tone down dark circles under the eyes. I had no good human subjects in my photo files so I found this wonderful photo of Sphynx Cats at Funny Cat Wallpapers.

This is the retouched image: the one below is the original photograph.

sphynx cats

Make a blank layer in your Layers tab over the original photograph. Click on the new layer icon next to the trash can at the bottom of the Layers area. This is where the magic will happen.

healing brush tool screen shot

Select the Healing Brush Tool. The brush size can be quickly changed by clicking the [ or ] on your keyboard.

healing brush tool settings screen shot

The default on the toolbar is probably at Current layer, you want to check All Layers. There are no pixels on the new layer, this setting allows you to make changes while keeping the image below it intact.

Option + click on an area that you want to sample the pixels, then drag your brush along the area you want to alter. The brush should be slightly larger than the width of the area you are working on. I like to start at the smallest spot and go to the larger area. I you make a mistake press Command z.

sphynx cats

The cats look a little odd smoothed out, since just like people, their wrinkles give them character.

Lower the opacity to 50%. You can still see the wrinkles but they are a bit more subtle.

sphynx cats

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