With Photoshop Elements, you can easily remove wrinkles, cover gray hair and even out skin tone. In this tutorial, I will show you how to take years off a person’s face in a matter of minutes.
- Select [File]-[Open] from the menu bar. The Open dialog box appears.
- Open the image
- Select the Clone Stamp Tool from the toolbox. In the options bar, set Size to 50 pixels.
- Hold down the Alt key and click on the patch of smooth skin below the right eye to create a clone.
- Click and drag the Clone Stamp Tool over the lines below the eye.
- Repeat steps 4 and 5 for the lines under the left eye.
- Repeat steps 4 and 5 for the lines on the forehead and around the mouth
- Select the Dodge Tool from the toolbox. In the options bar, set Size to 200 pixels and Exposure to 30%.
- Click and drag the Dodge Tool over areas that appear brighter due to the lighting (for example, the forehead, the nose bridge, and the upper-left cheek). This brightens up the skin tone. The higher the Exposure value for the Dodge Tool, the brighter the results.
- Select the Burn Tool ( ) from the toolbox. In the options bar, set Size to 60 pixels and Exposure to 30%.
- Click and drag the Burn Tool over the shadows on the face (for example, over the eyelids, the area below the jaw line and the right side of the face). This enhances the shadows and gives more dimension to the face. The higher the Exposure value for the Burn Tool, the darker the results.
- Next, let’s change the hair color. First, select the Brush Selection Tool from the toolbox. In the options bar, set Brush Type to Soft Round, Size to 100 pixels, and Mode to Mask.
- Click and drag over the hair to mask it.
- In the options bar, set the Brush Size to 30 pixels to select the hard-to-reach sections of the hair. If you inadvertently dragged the mask beyond the hairline, hold down the [Alt] key and drag over the unwanted to remove them from the selection
- Change the Mode to Selection to select the unmasked areas.
- Press [Ctrl] + [shift] + [I] to invert the selection and select the hair instead.
- Select [Select]-[Feather] from the menu bar. In the Feather dialog box, set Feather Radius to 10 pixels. Click OK. This softens the edges of the selection.
- Select [Enhance]-[Adjust Color]-[Color Variations] from the menu bar. In the Color Variations dialog box, click the Increase Green button. Click OK and press [Ctrl] + [D] to deselect. This changes the hair color to green.
- Select the Sponge Tool from the toolbox. In the options bar, set Size to 350 pixels, Mode to Saturate, and Flow to 30%.
- Click and drag the tool once over the entire face to give it a healthy glow. To ensure that the change in saturation looks natural, use a large sponge size so that the effect is more spread out. You will only need to sponge the face once or twice. At a low Flow value, the Sponge Tool saturates an area slightly, producing a soft effect. A high Flow value, in contrast, will produce stronger colors.
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About the Author: Justin Belden is a freelance web & graphic designer with over 15 years' experience. He is also an Avid member of the Design/Development community and a Serial Blogger who loves to help people by sharing interesting and informative tips and trick related to computer and technology.