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Photoshop Elements 11 Essentials: 02 Editing and Retouching Photos
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Reducing wrinkles and circles


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Photoshop Elements 11 Essentials: 02 Editing and Retouching Photos

with Jan Kabili

Video: Reducing wrinkles and circles

Reducing under-eye circles and wrinkles can make your subjects look younger and fresher. The trick is to keep the subject looking natural rather than perfectly airbrushed. Let's see how to do that using the Healing Brush Tool and the Clone Stamp Tool in the Expert edit workspace. I'm going to start with the Healing Brush Tool. To select that tool I'll click on the Spot Healing Brush Tool in the Toolbar and then I'll go down to the Options and there I'll click on the icon for the Healing Brush Tool, that's the icon without the little dots. The Healing Brush Tool is similar to the Spot Healing Brush Tool that we saw in the last movie except that the Healing Brush Tool lets you choose the good pixels that you'll use to retouch an area.
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  1. 6m 14s
    1. Welcome
      1m 10s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 30s
    3. Overview of the editing workspaces
      3m 34s
  2. 43m 14s
    1. Touring the interface
      4m 21s
    2. Making the most of the tools in Elements
      4m 6s
    3. Arranging the panels
      4m 32s
    4. Zooming and panning
      4m 3s
    5. Viewing multiple photos
      3m 51s
    6. Undoing
      5m 15s
    7. Cropping
      3m 46s
    8. Resizing
      7m 18s
    9. Saving images and examining formats
      6m 2s
  3. 19m 23s
    1. Understanding layers
      7m 59s
    2. Managing layers in the Layers panel
      4m 33s
    3. Creating new layers
      6m 51s
  4. 38m 28s
    1. Why use selections?
      4m 20s
    2. Selecting with the marquee tools
      3m 56s
    3. Selecting with the lasso tools
      6m 40s
    4. Selecting by color and tone
      6m 22s
    5. Refining a selection
      4m 51s
    6. Selecting hair
      5m 42s
    7. Hiding content with a layer mask
      6m 37s
  5. 46m 54s
    1. Why use adjustment layers?
      5m 15s
    2. Adjusting color with a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      4m 32s
    3. Correcting lighting with a Levels adjustment layer
      3m 32s
    4. Adjusting part of an image with an adjustment layer
      5m 19s
    5. Exploring auto adjustments
      3m 55s
    6. Improving shadows and highlights
      2m 14s
    7. Removing a color cast
      1m 47s
    8. Fine-tuning with Color Curves
      3m 16s
    9. Converting to black and white
      2m 26s
    10. Correcting camera distortion
      5m 32s
    11. Reducing noise
      2m 56s
    12. Sharpening
      6m 10s
  6. 20m 51s
    1. Creating a panorama
      5m 6s
    2. Merging bracketed exposures
      6m 0s
    3. Removing people from a scene
      5m 25s
    4. Combining group shots
      4m 20s
  7. 29m 24s
    1. Removing blemishes
      3m 42s
    2. Reducing wrinkles and circles
      4m 16s
    3. Enhancing eyes
      5m 19s
    4. Removing red-eye
      3m 15s
    5. Adjusting skin tone
      2m 21s
    6. Removing dust spots
      4m 7s
    7. Removing content
      6m 24s
  8. 52m 36s
    1. What is Camera Raw?
      5m 18s
    2. Using the latest Camera Raw controls
      3m 16s
    3. Camera Raw basics
      6m 22s
    4. Making use of the histogram
      3m 45s
    5. Setting white balance
      3m 44s
    6. Adjusting lighting
      4m 28s
    7. Adjusting color saturation
      2m 9s
    8. Cropping and straightening
      3m 58s
    9. Reducing noise
      3m 33s
    10. Sharpening
      3m 38s
    11. Synchronizing edits to multiple photos
      3m 36s
    12. Outputting from Camera Raw
      6m 14s
    13. Using Camera Raw with JPEGs
      2m 35s
  9. 48s
    1. Next steps
      48s

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Photoshop Elements 11 Essentials: 02 Editing and Retouching Photos
4h 17m Beginner Nov 07, 2012

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Go beyond the automatic editing features in Adobe Photoshop Elements and find out how to make sophisticated edits using the Expert Edit mode. In this course, author, teacher, and photographer Jan Kabili explores the core features of the Expert Edit mode, from making exposure adjustments, retouching, and compositing images, to adding text. The course also takes a close look at adjusting photos with Adobe Camera Raw, included with Elements 11.

Topics include:
  • Arranging the panels and interface
  • Cropping and resizing photos
  • Creating new layers
  • Refining selections
  • Hiding content with a layer mask
  • Using adjustment layers
  • Correcting color, lighting, and contrast
  • Converting a color photo to black and white
  • Creating a panorama from multiple photos
  • Retouching blemishes and wrinkles
  • Making adjustments in Camera Raw
Subjects:
Photography Retouching
Software:
Photoshop Elements Elements
Author:
Jan Kabili

Reducing wrinkles and circles

Reducing under-eye circles and wrinkles can make your subjects look younger and fresher. The trick is to keep the subject looking natural rather than perfectly airbrushed. Let's see how to do that using the Healing Brush Tool and the Clone Stamp Tool in the Expert edit workspace. I'm going to start with the Healing Brush Tool. To select that tool I'll click on the Spot Healing Brush Tool in the Toolbar and then I'll go down to the Options and there I'll click on the icon for the Healing Brush Tool, that's the icon without the little dots. The Healing Brush Tool is similar to the Spot Healing Brush Tool that we saw in the last movie except that the Healing Brush Tool lets you choose the good pixels that you'll use to retouch an area.

The Spot Healing Brush Tool chooses the good pixels for you. As I explained in the last movie I like to do retouching on a separate layer whenever possible, so that I have the most editing flexibility. So I'll make a new layer in the Layers Panel by clicking the Create New Layer icon, and double-clicking its default name, and calling it heal, and pressing Enter or Return on the keyboard. I'll make sure the heal layer is selected. In order to make use of both the empty heal layer and the photo on the background below, I'll go down to the Options Bar for the Healing Brush Tool and I'll check Sample All Layers.

In the Options Bar I'll also make sure that the Aligned is checked, so that the sampling point tracks my cursor. And I'll click on Brush Settings, and I'll make sure that I have a relatively hard-edged brush, maybe I'll put this at about 90%. I'll check the size of the brush tip. I want it to be just a little bit bigger than the area that I want to cover. I think that the default size is pretty good in this case. Then, I'll move into the image and I'm going to hold down the Alt key, that's the Option key on the Mac, as I click in an area of good or unblemished skin to sample from just under that target icon that appears. Then I'll move over the under-eye circle that I want to reduce, and I'll click and drag.

The Plus symbol that's moving along with me indicates the area from which the tool is sampling good pixels, and the brush tip shows me where it's laying those pixels down. I'll often have to sample and drag more than one time, for example over here and down here. So I'll hold down the Alt or Option key again and sample some good pixels and click and drag over this area, and I'll do that again right here and right here. And then I'll do the same thing over the laugh lines over here on the right. I'm going to make my brush tip even smaller by pressing the left bracket key on the keyboard, and then I'll hold the Alt or Option key and click on some more good pixels and run my cursor over this line, and this line, and this line.

Now I don't like a result that looks too perfect, because I really think that looks unnatural, but because I added my healing pixels on a separate layer, I have the opportunity to lower the opacity of that layer to bring back a bit of the circles and wrinkles to make the model look more real. So I'll go up to the Opacity label at the top of the Layers Panel and I'll click and drag slightly to the left, keeping my eye on the image as I go. Maybe I'll put it about there. And I see there is a little more work to do here, so I'll Option+click or Alt+click one more time, and I'm going to click over this area right here.

Now sometimes when you're retouching with the Healing Brush Tool, you get a result like this, a little dark smudge. Let me zoom in to show you that more closely. Here I see a little smudge right under her eye. A quick way to remove that is to get another tool, the Clone Stamp Tool, right here, and set its mode in the Options Bar from Normal to Lighten. Then I'll make my brush tip smaller and I'll Alt+click, that's Option+click on the Mac, to sample some pixels with this tool, and then I'll just drag them over that dark area right here to lighten it just a bit.

The Clone Stamp Tool differs from the Healing Brush Tool in that the Healing Brush Tool tries to blend the good pixels that it lays down with the color, the lighting, and the texture of the surrounding photo. The Clone Stamp Tool doesn't do that, it just lays down the pixels without doing any blending. Although the mode that I chose is giving me a nice blended result with the Clone Stamp Tool. Just reducing the under-eye circles and some of the laugh lines around the subject's eyes have made her look a lot better. There's a lot more to enhancing a model's eyes. I'll show you some more tips and tricks for doing that in the next movie.

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