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Here, we're going to take a look at how we can both reduce and remove wrinkles. We're going to be working on a portrait of my mom. My mom has a great sense of humor, and she always says to me, oh, can you please remove all my wrinkles in Photoshop? She has all these funny things to say about it. So we're going to go ahead and reduce and remove some of my mom's wrinkles. All right! Well, let's zoom in on this image, and here we are celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary. She brought her shawl. I love her expression and my mom is a wonderful person.
So, what I want to do then is perhaps reduce or remove some of these wrinkles. I'm going to click on the New Layer icon, and I'm going to go ahead and call this one reduce. Here, what we're going to do is select the Clone Stamp tool and take this to a blend mode of Lighten. What this Lighten blend mode does for us is it really helps us to just lighten darker tones. So, I'm zooming way in. With the Clone Stamp tool selected, I'll hold down the Option key to sample a nice area of the skin. I'm just going to start to paint over these small little wrinkles.
You can see that what's happening here is I'm starting to pull these out. What you want to do is think of this as happening in increments, rather than something that you're going to do in real bold, dramatic moves. The more you paint over something, the more you're going to remove it. The other thing you have to keep in mind when working with wrinkles is that they become deeper and longer with age. So, a lot of times, you want to start on the outer edge, kind of as I'm doing so here, and then push them back towards the eye. That can look really good. All right! Well, again, so far, just kind of reducing the brightness or the intensity, I should say, of the shadow. Not really the brightness, but the density would work better.
Again, over here, I'll start on the outer edge and then move that in and go ahead and just make my way through the photo. All right! Let's move over here. Wrinkle reduction, as we're doing here, is a subtle task. Using this technique really is about burning and dodging, and we're just looking at light. Now, if you ever want to move a little bit more quickly, we'll just increase your Opacity here. What we can do then is we can really knock these down a little bit more significantly.
Yet, what I'm trying to do with this movie and with this demo, in regards to the reduction side of things, is to get you to think about how when you're working with skin you do really want to take your time and that good retouching takes a lot of time. I'm friends with a retoucher who's really one of the best retouchers in the world. I'm always amazed at how much time he spends. It's not that it's overly tedious, but it's that he is an artist. He's just looking to try to create images that look really compelling.
Let's take a look at how we're doing here. I think we're just about ready to examine our progress. Again, I'm just going to do a little bit more work, a little bit bolder, in a couple of these areas here. I think that looks good. Here we have our before, and then our after. Again, as we're making those wrinkle changes, it didn't even really look like we're doing anything. If we zoom in now though, here we have our before, and then our after, really subtle, really nice wrinkle reduction. All right! Well, what if you want to remove wrinkles altogether? Well, we already know quite a bit about this, but what we can do is create a new layer.
On this layer, I'm going to go ahead and name this remove. We can use one of our other tools like the Healing Brush. With the Healing Brush, I want to then go in and just start to really work out these wrinkles. Again, zooming in when you're doing stuff like this really helps out quite a bit and just keeping in mind that what we're going to do is it's not going to look very good initially. We're going to go back and clean up this area that we've healed and make it look even better. We'll need to do that with the Clone Stamp tool. So, I'll just go ahead and work these wrinkles out here a little bit, trying to find good areas of skin to sample.
You can see that I'm sampling different areas as I go, so I'm not creating any repeating patterns. I want to be really careful about that. While I'm removing wrinkles, I also want to hit other small skin blemishes in order to make this look consistent, because it looks strange if you have really smooth skin in one area and not another. So, let's just make our way through this and start to again remove some of these wrinkles, just using this tool, sampling different areas. It's pretty simple stuff. It just takes that artistic eye, I think, to really develop the practice of this.
All right! Well, once I've done that, I want to go back to the Clone Stamp tool, and here on Lighten, I'm going to go back and just lighten up this transitional area, because again this tool tends to smudge things out a little bit. So I want to try to create a little bit better of a transition. Then of course eventually what I'm going to do is lower the Opacity of this layer. I'm also going to work a little bit on the top of the eye here, just to try to have a little bit of consistency. All right! We're getting close here, just a little bit more.
Of course, we could spend a lot of time on this. Next step, lower the Opacity here, as we look to remove these wrinkles and just try to find just the right spot for their removal. Here we have before, and then our after. Let's zoom in a little bit and look at the overall before and after. First, here is the removal and with this removal we can dial this in however we see fit, and then also the reduction underneath, but here's our overall before and then after. Now, whenever I do something like this, I always like to group these layers and then modify either the Opacity of the overall group, or create a mask.
Let me show you what I mean. So, here I'm going to go ahead and click in both layers while holding down the Shift key. Next, press Command+G on a Mac, Ctrl+G on a PC, then click on the Add Layer Mask icon. Select your Brush tool. In this case, I'm going to paint with black, a real low Opacity, and make my brush a little bit smaller here by pressing the left bracket key. I'm just going to simply bring back a little bit of the texture and the shape underneath the eyes right here by painting with black.
So that mask is just bringing back a little bit more of the character of her face. Yet I've still really removed the wrinkles. If we look here, before and after, but I haven't gone too far. You want to think that what you need to do many times is you need to leave a few wrinkles in there. Again, you don't want to remove everything. Rather, you want to leave a couple, leave a little bit of texture, and let's zoom out a bit, so we can see our before and after. Here we have it, before and then after. I think my mom would be very happy and also very proud. All right! Well, that wraps up our look at wrinkle reduction and wrinkle removal.
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