Softening Dark Circles Under the Eyes: Recipe 7 - The Photoshop CS4 Companion for Photographersby Derrick Story
This excerpt is from The Photoshop CS4 Companion for Photographers . Many photographers, including the pros, feel overwhelmed by all the editing options Photoshop provides. The Photoshop CS4 Companion for Photographers not only shows you which tools you'll need most often and how to use them, the book walks you though an enjoyable and efficient workflow that makes it easy to process your images using new user-friendly features that come with Photoshop CS4.
Most subjects will have some darkening under the eyes. Generally speaking, I think it looks unnatural to remove this characteristic completely. But you can do your subject a great service by softening those "bags under the eyes."
- Create a duplicate of the background layer (Layer➝Duplicate Layer or use the keyboard shortcut ⌘-J/Ctrl-J).
- Click the Patch tool in the Tools panel. It's in the same cluster as the Spot Healing brush, Healing brush, and Red Eye tool. Check the Control panel to ensure the source radio button is selected.
- Carefully draw a selection circle around the darkened area. Then drag the selection to an area of skin that has the tonality you want.
- At this point, the correction will look unnatural. But you can bring some reality back to the situation by selecting the Fade command (Edit➝Fade Patch Selection). Move the slider so that it sits between 40 percent and 60 percent to restore some of the original tonality.
- Once you're pleased with the correction, press ⌘-D (Ctrl-D) to deselect the area.
This technique doesn't completely remove dark circles under the eyes, but it does soften them dramatically. You can also use this recipe to correct hot areas on the forehead, and a variety of other imperfections.
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