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Quick wrinkle reduction with the Patch tool

From: Photoshop for Photographers: Portrait Retouching

Video: Quick wrinkle reduction with the Patch tool

In the previous movies, we gained some valuable techniques and tips that we can use in order to reduce and remove wrinkles. Yet all of those techniques required a lot of time. What about those situations where you just don't have a lot of time? Well, here that's what I want to focus in on. So let's go ahead and zoom in on the image and then let's reposition the photograph so we can focus in on the face. And in this movie, I want to share with you a technique which will involve using the Patch tool and also a fade shortcut in order to reduce wrinkles.

Quick wrinkle reduction with the Patch tool

In the previous movies, we gained some valuable techniques and tips that we can use in order to reduce and remove wrinkles. Yet all of those techniques required a lot of time. What about those situations where you just don't have a lot of time? Well, here that's what I want to focus in on. So let's go ahead and zoom in on the image and then let's reposition the photograph so we can focus in on the face. And in this movie, I want to share with you a technique which will involve using the Patch tool and also a fade shortcut in order to reduce wrinkles.

This technique works on all sorts of images; color, black, and white, subjects that are young or old. And the way that you use this technique is you first duplicate your background layer. Press Command+J on a Mac or Ctrl+J on Windows to do that, and let's name this new layer wrinkles. Next, we're going to go ahead and select the Patch tool. You can choose that by pressing the J key and then by pressing Shift+J until you get to the Patch icon here, or you can click and hold and then just select the tool. Next, we want to choose a Patch option of Normal and then also Source.

Well, here how this works is we're going to make a selection around a wrinkle. What you'll need to do is make that selection, you want to make the selection pretty close to the area that you want to remove. In other words, it's a selection that helps us focus in on the area that we want to correct. And then once we have that, we're going to click and drag this to a new part of our image. In doing that, it will then patch out that area. Yet if we zoom in a little bit more closely, we're going to see that this just looks kind of unnatural. Well, immediately after we've done this patchwork, what we can do is we can go to the Edit menu or we can press the shortcut to open up our Fade dialog to fade what we've just done.

This works with other tools as well; yet here we'll focus how we can do this with the Patch tool. So when you go to the Edit menu, you can see that it now reads Fade Patch Selection. Let's click on that and here you can see that Fade dialog and now I can decrease that Patch amount and then click OK in order to apply that. Next, we'll go ahead and make another selection around another area of our image, click and drag, and then this time rather than going to that menu, let's use the shortcut in order to open up that Fade dialog.

The shortcut is Shift+Command+F on a Mac, Shift+Ctrl+F on Windows. To be really quick with this technique, you just have to know that shortcut, so jot that one down. And then once again, we'll go ahead and fade this back and then click OK. We can work on other areas of the face as well. I'll work on the wrinkles on this area of the image and then click and drag down, and then again, press Shift+Command +F or Shift+Ctrl+F and then we can fade that back, and then click OK. As you start to work on the wrinkles, one of the things that you'll discover is that the marching ants which show you the area which you've selected; in this case, this wrinkle here, well, it's going to be a little bit distracting.

Once I apply the patch healing here, I can't really see my edges. Well, there is a nice shortcut that you can use which allows you to hide the edges. That's Command+H on a Mac or Ctrl+H on Windows. Now that doesn't remove the selection; rather it just hides those edges. So that now with those edges hidden, I can then press Shift+Command+F or Shift+Ctrl+F and then I can decrease my opacity. In this way, I can kind of see this without the marching ants distracting me. All right, next click OK.

Then to turn back on the visibility of the marching ants, just press Command+H on a Mac or Ctrl+H on Windows. Next we'd go ahead and make another selection and here we're going to make a selection in this part of our image. And as we do this, we'll press that shortcut again to open up the Fade dialog, Shift+Command+F or Shift+Ctrl+F.In doing this, you can start to see how we can slowly reduce or remove these wrinkles. And as we do this, you also want to think about how you want to do this at a level that's higher than you're comfortable with, because by doing that you can then have extra flexibility when it comes to changing the opacity of this layer.

It's always a little bit better to do more rather than less because if you do less, you then have to go back and do more patching. Well, here we don't have to because we've done quite a bit. We can then control the amount with our opacity slider, and here I'll bring this up so that I can reduce those wrinkles in a way that looks realistic and nice. All right! Well, now that we see that, we can click on this Eye icon. There is our before and now here is our after of using this speed technique for reducing or removing wrinkles, which involves using the Patch tool on a duplicate layer and also fading all of those patch selections so that our retouching looks its best.

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Photoshop for Photographers: Portrait Retouching

85 video lessons · 23834 viewers

Chris Orwig
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  1. 1m 58s
    1. Welcome
      1m 4s
    2. Using the exercise files
      54s
  2. 6m 49s
    1. Initial retouching considerations
      3m 51s
    2. Using a Wacom tablet
      1m 8s
    3. Exploring resources and finding inspiration
      1m 50s
  3. 37m 21s
    1. Where to begin?
      1m 19s
    2. Reviewing the basic cleanup tools
      3m 59s
    3. Removing small distractions
      2m 41s
    4. Using selections and cloning to remove distractions
      4m 26s
    5. Simplifying the background with the Clone tool
      5m 12s
    6. Removing a garment strap
      5m 17s
    7. Removing a distracting logo
      3m 43s
    8. Removing lint from a T-shirt
      3m 40s
    9. Cleaning up a backdrop with Content-Aware Fill
      2m 58s
    10. Cleaning up a backdrop with the Patch tool
      4m 6s
  4. 22m 31s
    1. Extending a real-world scene, part 1
      4m 6s
    2. Extending a real-world scene, part 2
      4m 20s
    3. Removing distractions for a creative effect
      4m 31s
    4. Using selections and Free Transform to rebuild image elements
      3m 44s
    5. Moving a person with Content-Aware Move
      5m 50s
  5. 28m 48s
    1. Removing small details from the face
      4m 50s
    2. Retouching skin
      4m 35s
    3. Reducing hotspots, part 1
      4m 32s
    4. Reducing hotspots, part 2
      4m 36s
    5. Reducing brightness with selections and curves
      3m 26s
    6. Using Hue/Saturation to minimize variations in skin color
      3m 45s
    7. Removing tan lines
      1m 53s
    8. Leaving imperfections in portraits
      1m 11s
  6. 37m 15s
    1. Correcting tone with curves and masking
      5m 39s
    2. Fixing exposure and color with curves
      4m 14s
    3. Correcting tone with blending modes and masking
      5m 22s
    4. Using Shadows/Highlights to improve exposure
      5m 28s
    5. Using Soft Light layer blending to burn and dodge
      4m 37s
    6. Exploring the burning-and-dodging workflow
      6m 35s
    7. Using multiple techniques to improve shadows and highlights
      5m 20s
  7. 22m 42s
    1. Reducing wrinkles with the Healing Brush
      7m 21s
    2. Working on wrinkles and details
      6m 51s
    3. Fine-tuning and making final adjustments on wrinkles
      3m 44s
    4. Quick wrinkle reduction with the Patch tool
      4m 46s
  8. 43m 27s
    1. Enhancing eyes with adjustment layers and blending
      4m 7s
    2. Adding sparkle to the eyes
      4m 38s
    3. Increasing color with Colorize and blending modes
      5m 37s
    4. Rebuilding the edge of the eye
      6m 34s
    5. Whitening eyes, part 1
      3m 54s
    6. Whitening eyes, part 2
      5m 42s
    7. Removing eye veins and sharpening eyes behind glasses
      7m 8s
    8. Correcting color and tone behind glasses
      5m 47s
  9. 11m 26s
    1. Trimming eyebrows
      5m 25s
    2. Darkening eyebrows
      2m 48s
    3. Adding mascara to darken eyelashes
      3m 13s
  10. 16m 47s
    1. Enhancing lip color and tone with curves and masking
      4m 23s
    2. Using Color Balance and blending modes to improve the look of lips
      7m 41s
    3. Improving the look of lips with the Burn and Dodge tools
      4m 43s
  11. 13m 49s
    1. Teeth whitening made easy
      2m 33s
    2. Exploring advanced teeth whitening
      5m 0s
    3. Automating teeth whitening with actions
      5m 9s
    4. A note on retouching facial features
      1m 7s
  12. 35m 22s
    1. Covering and correcting hair discoloration
      5m 48s
    2. Fixing the color of hair roots
      3m 3s
    3. Making creative color adjustments to hair
      2m 44s
    4. Patching a gap in hair
      4m 27s
    5. Removing flyaway hairs
      6m 18s
    6. Fixing flyaway hairs with a complicated background
      5m 57s
    7. Adding accents and creative color to a fashion photograph
      7m 5s
  13. 27m 22s
    1. Brightening shadow areas on the face
      4m 22s
    2. Adding color to the cheeks and eyelids
      4m 30s
    3. Modifying eye makeup color
      3m 52s
    4. Increasing color saturation and variety
      4m 17s
    5. Enhancing color with the Lab Color space
      5m 44s
    6. Using Selective Color to create vibrant color
      3m 29s
    7. Additional makeup resources
      1m 8s
  14. 23m 15s
    1. High-pass skin softening
      6m 48s
    2. Creating a mask for the skin
      4m 23s
    3. Softening and adding even texture to the skin
      5m 36s
    4. Adding a soft glow to the skin and details
      6m 28s
  15. 34m 36s
    1. Adding dimension using curves and masking
      3m 50s
    2. Reshaping a jawline with Liquify
      4m 30s
    3. Reshaping a shirt with Liquify
      3m 13s
    4. Reshaping a shoulder with Liquify
      3m 22s
    5. Reshaping the body with Liquify
      2m 35s
    6. Using the Warp tool to reshape a jawline
      3m 33s
    7. Modifying the body with the Warp tool
      3m 35s
    8. Changing shape with selections and masking
      8m 32s
    9. Tips for thoughtful portrait retouching
      1m 26s
  16. 36s
    1. Goodbye
      36s

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