How to remove dark circles in Photoshop

February 14, 2013

Unless you’re extremely lucky, then you probably like me get dark circles underneath your eyes. So here’s how to get rid of those annoying dark circles. If you are used to Photoshop, you have attempted to do this using the Clone tool (on normal) or patch tool. This in effect just moves ares of skin. You then lose the shape of the eye.. which results in it looking fake. Something we don’t want. If you look closely at your eye, you will see the skin change as you get closer to the eyelash line. So if you use skin from your cheek and clone it under the eye.. It’s not going to look right. Here’s a really simple way to do it. {I’m using Photoshop CS5}

+ Open photograph up in Photoshop and select ‘ CLONE STAMP TOOL’ (See photograph below)

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+ Change the setting at the top to ‘LIGHTEN’ (See below)

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+ Change ‘OPACITY’ from anything between 30%-45%. This is so the clone won’t be too heavy and look fake! (See below)

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+ By using the ‘ALT’ key on your keyboard, you can pick up an area of skin. So… select ALT > CLICK MOUSE on the spot you want to clone from. Release the ALT key and now you are free to clone an area. (See below) Carefully use the brush and cover over the dark circle. You will see the dark circle start to go! (Hurray!) TIP!  Remember using the keyboard shortcut [ and ] makes the brush bigger and smaller. 

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+ Done! Here’s a before and after. You can also use this trick on lines along side lips.

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Hope you are all having a fabulous Valentines day!

Stay creative,

kp.

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