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In this video, we're going to learn how to lessen the appearance of wrinkles. So, with this couple, I want to zoom in. I'll use Cmd+1 or Ctrl+1 to zoom to 100% and then hold down my space bar in order to scoot them over. Now in order to just de-emphasize the wrinkles, as oppose to trying to remove the wrinkles, which I really don't want to do in a case like this. Because we want to make sure that when we have a photograph and a portrait of a couple that we keep their age in mind, when we're removing distracting elements.
So from the Layers panel, I'm going to click on the New Layer icon so that I can do my retouching on another layer. What that'll enable me to do is lower the opacity of this layer, so that we're not removing the wrinkles completely. We're just hiding them a little bit. So I'll select the Spot Healing Brush from my toolbar. And I need a little bit larger of a brush, so I'll use the right bracket key and I want to make sure that up in my Options bar that I'm sampling all layers. Otherwise, if I use this Spot Healing Brush right now, nothing is going to happen because I'm telling it to try to heal a blank layer. So we'll turn on Sample All Layers and then I'll just draw right over this wrinkle, come up a little bit.
We can draw over this one, and this one too, and you can see how it's starting just to look a little bit odd without any wrinkles. So that's why we're doing this on its own layer, because remember, I'm just trying to de-emphasize the wrinkles, not remove them altogether. And one of the reasons that the wrinkles are so dominant right now is, of course, because they're out in this bright sunshine. Now all I need to do on the Layers panel is simply decrease the opacity then I'll bring it back up, just slowly until I'm just softening the appearance of the wrinkles due to the harsh light in this portrait.
So there you go, a quick way to de-emphasize wrinkles when retouching.
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