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De-emphasizing wrinkles with the Healing Brush

From: Photoshop CS6 Essential Training

Video: De-emphasizing wrinkles with the Healing Brush

After we remove the blemishes from a portrait, the next step would be to lessen the wrinkles, if they're distracting from the portrait. So I am going to ahead, and zoom in using Cmd++ and then I will hold down the Spacebar which will give me the Hand tool, so that we can see the wrinkles that we want to remove. So not only do I want to remove the wrinkles under the eyes, I also want to remove these lines right up here. But, I don't want to remove them altogether, I don't want them completely gone, I want to make sure that the portrait stays realistic, and that the person looks age-appropriate.

De-emphasizing wrinkles with the Healing Brush

After we remove the blemishes from a portrait, the next step would be to lessen the wrinkles, if they're distracting from the portrait. So I am going to ahead, and zoom in using Cmd++ and then I will hold down the Spacebar which will give me the Hand tool, so that we can see the wrinkles that we want to remove. So not only do I want to remove the wrinkles under the eyes, I also want to remove these lines right up here. But, I don't want to remove them altogether, I don't want them completely gone, I want to make sure that the portrait stays realistic, and that the person looks age-appropriate.

So in order to do this, I'm going to create a new layer on my Layers panel. I will click the New layer icon, and we will rename this, wrinkles. I will tap the Enter key in order to apply that, and I am going to select the Healing Brush tool from the Toolbar. When I remove the wrinkles, I'm going to be removing them at 100% right now. So I am going to be completely removing them. But, the reason that I'm doing this on its own layer is that so we can lessen the opacity of that layer when I'm finished.

So before I start, let's go to the Options Bar and make sure that we are sampling all of our layers, otherwise, we would just be working with the blank layer, and we wouldn't get any results. Then, I will hold down the Option key or the Alt key on Windows in order to set the sample point or the area that I want Photoshop to sample from or get the information from. I will click once, and then let go of the keyboard modifier, and then click and paint over the wrinkles. You can see I'm doing this with just short small strokes, and we're completely removing the wrinkles, which looks very unrealistic, but we're going to decrease the opacity of the layer in a minute, and bring those back.

In order to remove this wrinkle here, I want to change the point from which I'm sampling. So again, I will hold down the Option or the Alt key, change my sample point, and then drag over to remove that. I will drag up to remove this one, and again, I am going to Opt+Click again, just to reset the sample point. I don't always want to be sampling from the same location or we're going to see repeating patterns when we use these tools. Then we'll move up to the forehead. Again, Opt+Click or Alt+Click to set the sample point, and then drag down, and I'll set my sample point again, and drag down on the right-hand side.

Again, we could be doing this with the Spot Healing Brush, but I just find that I like a little bit more control to set the sample point. Let's move over here to the right-hand side and I will Option+Click, and then drag to remove that wrinkle, and this one. Again, I'll reset my sample point here underneath this wrinkle, and drag along. And you can see that when I set my sample point, I'm trying to set a sample point from an area that is very similar in tone and texture.

I wouldn't want to come down to the cheek and Opt+Click down here, otherwise I am going to pick up the texture in the cheek, which is going to give me unwanted coarse pores up here in the eye area. So you do want to be sensitive to the area that you're sampling from. Especially over here, you'll notice that most people have little fine hairs here. So again, if I was going to try to get rid of a wrinkle over here, I wouldn't want to select my sample point from the cheek or even under this area in the eye, you want to make sure that you're setting the sample point from somewhere close to the area that you are retouching.

And then there is a slight wrinkle over here, so let's just remove that, again, right down here, and one more time right down there. So now, I think you can see that it really looks a bit fake. I mean, there should be wrinkles there, because the woman is smiling, and therefore there should be some laugh lines. Over on our Layers panel, we're going to take the wrinkle layer and we're going to select the Opacity slider, and we're just going to decrease the opacity of this layer until we bring back the amount of laugh lines that we want to see.

So if we bring it down to 0%, that's like the before. But, we can go ahead and increase the Opacity, until we reach the area that we think that we like. And again, you can use the Eye icon on the Layers panel, clicking once to toggle it on and off. To make sure that we haven't overdone it, we want to make sure that they still look age-appropriate and realistic. We just want to soften those lines a little bit. Just remember, this is an aesthetic choice. You don't really want the client to know that they've been retouched.

So you need to make sure that you dial back some of the reality by lessening the opacity of that layer. But, that opacity number is going to differ for each individual.

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  1. 1m 42s
    1. What is Photoshop?
      1m 42s
  2. 1m 11s
    1. Welcome
      1m 11s
  3. 32m 15s
    1. What is Adobe Bridge?
      2m 49s
    2. Getting photos from a camera
      4m 27s
    3. A tour of workspaces in Bridge
      5m 32s
    4. Customizing how thumbnails are displayed
      3m 44s
    5. Changing file names and batch renaming
      2m 58s
    6. Adding basic metadata with metadata templates
      5m 10s
    7. Creating and applying keywords to images
      4m 58s
    8. Viewing images in Full Screen Preview mode
      2m 37s
  4. 27m 1s
    1. Using Review mode to filter out rejected images
      4m 18s
    2. Saving images in collections
      4m 23s
    3. Rating and labeling images
      3m 46s
    4. Using the Filter panel to view different subsets
      4m 16s
    5. Using smart collections
      4m 18s
    6. Viewing final selects in a slideshow
      2m 21s
    7. Organizing groups of images into stacks
      3m 39s
  5. 32m 8s
    1. Comparing RAW and JPEG files
      6m 10s
    2. Starting in Camera Raw instead of Photoshop
      3m 12s
    3. Touring the Camera Raw interface
      9m 13s
    4. Previewing before and after adjustments
      3m 58s
    5. Toggling onscreen shadow and highlight clipping warnings
      3m 11s
    6. Choosing output settings
      3m 36s
    7. Saving a copy without going to Photoshop
      2m 48s
  6. 38m 37s
    1. Using the nondestructive Crop tool
      4m 42s
    2. Correcting a horizon line with the Straighten tool
      2m 41s
    3. Fixing color casts with the White Balance tool
      3m 50s
    4. Fixing blown-out highlights
      2m 56s
    5. Revealing hidden shadow details
      3m 7s
    6. Correcting lens distortion
      3m 25s
    7. Making perspective corrections to images
      2m 40s
    8. Removing color fringing and chromatic aberrations
      2m 28s
    9. Sharpening the details
      7m 45s
    10. Making an average photo great
      5m 3s
  7. 51m 2s
    1. Using the Graduated Filter tool
      6m 57s
    2. Making local adjustments with the Adjustments Brush
      10m 19s
    3. Retouching blemishes with the Spot Removal tool
      3m 41s
    4. Exploring a quick portrait retouching technique using Clarity
      4m 31s
    5. Converting to black and white
      2m 36s
    6. Editing images directly with the Targeted Adjustment tool
      3m 21s
    7. Creating selective color effects with the Adjustment Brush
      6m 5s
    8. Using sepia and split-tone effects
      3m 33s
    9. Adding digital film grain texture effects
      2m 20s
    10. Adding vignettes and border effects
      3m 59s
    11. Saving variations within a single file with the Snapshot command
      3m 40s
  8. 15m 13s
    1. Copying and pasting settings across files
      2m 4s
    2. Processing multiple files in Camera Raw
      3m 22s
    3. Saving and using the library of Camera Raw presets
      6m 48s
    4. Using Image Processor to batch process files
      2m 59s
  9. 30m 24s
    1. Opening files from Bridge
      2m 7s
    2. Opening files from Mini Bridge
      2m 51s
    3. Customizing the Mini Bridge panel
      3m 59s
    4. Using the Application frame
      3m 34s
    5. Managing panels
      5m 14s
    6. Switching and saving workspaces
      4m 39s
    7. Switching tools using the keyboard
      2m 47s
    8. Customizing the keyboard shortcuts
      5m 13s
  10. 10m 25s
    1. Working with tabbed documents
      1m 34s
    2. Arranging documents
      1m 52s
    3. Stopping Photoshop from tabbing documents
      1m 32s
    4. Panning and zooming
      3m 14s
    5. Cycling through different screen modes
      2m 13s
  11. 15m 44s
    1. Understanding file formats
      4m 36s
    2. Choosing the resolution you need
      4m 39s
    3. Understanding Resize vs. Resample
      4m 11s
    4. Working with print sizes and resolution
      2m 18s
  12. 32m 53s
    1. Using Undo and the History panel
      3m 7s
    2. Using crop options
      3m 54s
    3. Understanding Hide vs. Delete for the Crop tool
      1m 46s
    4. Bringing back hidden pixels with Reveal All
      40s
    5. Making the canvas bigger with the Crop tool
      3m 31s
    6. Making the canvas bigger using the Relative option in the Canvas Size command
      2m 18s
    7. Using the Perspective Crop tool
      1m 27s
    8. Straightening a crooked image
      2m 29s
    9. Scaling, skewing, and rotating with Free Transform
      5m 46s
    10. Making nondestructive transformations with Smart Objects
      2m 34s
    11. Warping images
      2m 48s
    12. Preserving important elements with Content-Aware Scale
      2m 33s
  13. 30m 41s
    1. Exploring layer basics
      11m 16s
    2. Loading, selecting, and transforming layers
      8m 4s
    3. Organizing layers using layer groups
      5m 3s
    4. Merging, rasterizing, and flattening layers
      6m 18s
  14. 43m 11s
    1. Using the Marquee and Lasso tools
      5m 43s
    2. Combining selections
      4m 4s
    3. Converting a selection into a layer mask
      5m 29s
    4. Using the Quick Selection tool
      4m 35s
    5. Selecting soft-edged objects using Refine Edge
      9m 42s
    6. Touching up a layer mask with the Brush tool
      7m 22s
    7. Changing the opacity, size, and hardness of the painting tools
      3m 17s
    8. Blending images with a gradient layer mask
      2m 59s
  15. 34m 36s
    1. Introducing adjustment layers
      3m 47s
    2. Starting with a preset
      2m 18s
    3. Improving tonal quality with Levels
      5m 31s
    4. Increasing midtone contrast with Curves
      6m 44s
    5. Removing a color cast with Auto Color
      2m 30s
    6. Changing the color temperature with Photo Filter
      2m 29s
    7. Shifting colors with Hue/Saturation
      4m 41s
    8. Making washed-out colors pop with Vibrance
      2m 48s
    9. Converting color to black and white
      1m 47s
    10. Controlling which layers are affected by an adjustment layer
      2m 1s
  16. 19m 33s
    1. Adjusting shadows and highlights
      5m 44s
    2. Replacing color using Selective Color
      3m 49s
    3. Using fill layers to create a hand-painted look
      6m 5s
    4. Using a gradient fill layer to add a color wash
      3m 55s
  17. 52m 9s
    1. Removing blemishes with the Spot Healing Brush and the Patch tool
      12m 42s
    2. De-emphasizing wrinkles with the Healing Brush
      4m 52s
    3. Smoothing skin and pores with the High Pass filter
      6m 19s
    4. Making teeth bright and white with a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      3m 21s
    5. Brightening eyes with Curves
      7m 0s
    6. Taming flyaway hair with the Patch tool
      3m 44s
    7. Removing unwanted details with Content-Aware Fill
      5m 49s
    8. Body sculpting with Liquify
      8m 22s
  18. 24m 12s
    1. Creating panoramas with Photomerge and Auto-Blend
      4m 48s
    2. Combining multiple frames in an action sequence
      8m 44s
    3. Swapping heads in a family portrait
      10m 40s
  19. 38m 26s
    1. Overview of filters
      2m 52s
    2. Applying filters nondestructively using Smart Filters
      5m 18s
    3. Creating a soft glow with the Gaussian Blur filter
      3m 35s
    4. Creating an infrared look with Diffuse Glow
      2m 14s
    5. Adding noise with the Add Noise filter
      6m 27s
    6. Sharpening an image with Unsharp Mask
      5m 11s
    7. Giving an image texture with the Texturizer filter
      1m 49s
    8. Using the Field, Iris, and Tilt-Shift Blurs
      6m 1s
    9. Creating a painting with the Oil Paint filter
      1m 34s
    10. Applying a filter to multiple layers
      3m 25s
  20. 22m 16s
    1. Cycling through the blending modes
      6m 42s
    2. Adding a lens flare effect with Screen
      2m 40s
    3. Scanning or photographing paper to add a deckled edge
      3m 1s
    4. Making a cast shadow more realistic with Multiply
      5m 21s
    5. Sharpening an image with High Pass and Overlay
      2m 26s
    6. Adding a realistic off-center vignette
      2m 6s
  21. 20m 9s
    1. Exploring character (point) type
      7m 6s
    2. Adding paragraph (area) type
      3m 38s
    3. Adding type on a path
      4m 44s
    4. Clipping an image inside type
      3m 3s
    5. Warping type
      1m 38s
  22. 15m 57s
    1. Adding a drop shadow effect
      6m 15s
    2. Adding edges, textures, and color overlays using layer styles
      4m 27s
    3. Creating a transparent logo or watermark
      2m 42s
    4. Knowing how and when to scale layer effects
      2m 33s
  23. 15m 45s
    1. Creating contact sheets
      2m 49s
    2. Using the Output workspace in Bridge
      5m 32s
    3. Exporting web photo galleries
      4m 20s
    4. Saving for the web
      3m 4s
  24. 23m 38s
    1. Working with video clips
      9m 29s
    2. Adding special effects to video
      5m 45s
    3. Adding pans and zooms to still images
      8m 24s
  25. 1m 10s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 10s

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