Reduce and Remove Wrinkles

In this Photoshop Elements tutorial we'll see not so much how to remove wrinkles but reduce them.

You can take years off of a person's age by removing wrinkles. But like bad plastic surgery you might end up with a picture that barely resembles the person.

We will add an extra step at the end that will help make it look more natural.

STEP 1
Open an image you want to minimize the wrinkles on.






STEP 2
Duplicate the Background layer and zoom in.

Duplicate the Background layer by pressing Control (Mac:Command) J. A new Layer called Layer 1 will appear in the Layers palette.

Zoom in on the wrinkles you want to remove by using the Zoom tool from the toolbox (it looks like a magnifying glass). I like to zoom in at 200 or 300 percent.




STEP 3
Choose the Healing Brush tool from the Toolbox.

It might be nested under the Spot Healing Brush. If so, click on the tiny triangle next to it and you will be able to get to the Healing brush.


Go up to the Options bar and click on the tiny triangle next to the Brush field.

Make sure the Hardness slider is all the way over to the left side so that the Hardness amount is set at 0%. This will give you a soft edged brush so that the transition to the surrounding area is gradual.






STEP 4
Brush away the wrinkles.

Use the left and right bracket keys[ ] on your keyboard to size your brush just slightly larger than the wrinkle you want to remove.

Hold down the Alt (Mac:Option) key and click on an area of the face that is clear of wrinkles. That will pickup the texture from the place where you clicked. I try to sample a clear area as close to the wrinkle as possible.

Now move your brush over the wrinkle you want to remove and hold down your mouse button as you brush over it.


The cross indicates the area that is being sampled and the circle indicates the area that is being brushed away.


Here's what it looked like after I brushed away the wrinkles.
I think you can tell it's been "Photoshoped".





STEP 5
Lower the Opacity.

Go to the Layers palette and in the Opacity field click on the tiny triangle to use the slider to reduce the Opacity of the Layer.

This will allow some of the original wrinkles from the Background layer to show through. Just play around with the Opacity until you get the look you like. This makes the photo more natural looking and believable.

Here's a look at the before and after:

That wraps up this Photoshop Elements tutorial on how to remove wrinkles. Click on the following link for lots more tutorials. Photoshop Elements Tutorials .

Until next time,
Rick


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