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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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