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Jan 22, 2014

How To Remove Bags and Blemishes In Photoshop

Using the Patch Tool

The patch tool is perfect when you need to retouch a large area. After you have created a Stamp Visible (Shift+Alt+Optn+E), make a selection around the area you would like changed.

These areas will include skin blemishes, under eye bags, wrinkles, dark spots, scars etc.

After making your selection, click and drag inside of the selection to a similar area that does not have any blemishes.

The Fade Tool

The Patch Tool is not perfect, sometimes the blending won’t look uniform. In this case the best option is to face out the patch effect until it does blend smoothly.

You could use things like the eraser tool or a layer mask, but the Fade Tool is the best option. You will be able to see your changes in real time and it will allow you to continue patching on the same layer.

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    Bradford A. Ciecko

    I used to use the patch tool quite extensively but have switched to other methods. I’ve not thought to use the fade tool with it. I may have to revisit the patch tool with the fade tool. Thank Aaron–great technique.

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    Ruud van Gaal

    Nice trick. I actually used the Fade with the spot healing brush, but it’s good to try the patch variant one on larger, darker areas, which is a bit cumbersome with the Spot Healing brush.

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    Jeff Kennedy

    That’s how I do it minus the fade tool. I simply lower the opacity of the layer. You seemed to be fading by the same percentage each time which in essence is lowering the opacity. Is there something I’m missing here? It seems quicker to make all your “heals” and then lower the opacity once rather than fading each “heal”. Is there an advantage to fading or is it 6 of 1 a half doze of the other?

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      Bradford A. Ciecko

      I think you’re right… So many different ways and one isn’t better than another, just different. I see many tutorials here and I already do something similar. It’s good knowing different ways you know–pick and choose what works best for each of us.

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      Aankhen

      Doing it this way gives you more control and changes the way multiple uses of the tool interact, I think: when youโ€™re using a single layer and controlling its opacity to change the effect, multiple uses of the Patch tool involving the same area will all be at full opacity, and only the opacity of the end result will be lowered, which produces different results from a scenario where each individual use is faded out separately. Do correct me if Iโ€™m wrong.

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        Jeff Kennedy

        That is true. I guess since in this example he pretty much faded by the same amount every time it wasn’t any different than an opacity change would be….except that it would take twice as long to fade each patch.

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          Aankhen

          Well, again, there would be slight differences if the same area were patched multiple times. The second use would pick up 60% of the first use, the third would pick up 60% of that, etc. In the alternative scenario, every use would pick up 100% of the previous uses and only the end result would be faded.

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    Lisa Mac

    Great tip Thank you so much. Aaron, you the Phlearn Phamily are my Photography school. Love your work!

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    Anela

    Hi there! I am a beginner in photography. First of all, I want to say that for me, it’s kind of sad part of this art that (mostly) photos without PS are not welcome anywhere (nor successfull), everyone wants to make a “perfect” photo, BUT at the same time it encourages me to learn, understand and try harder in PS and this is where phlearn jumps in. THANK YOU for posting all of these free video tutorials and making it available for beginners like me. You’re my saver!

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    Michael

    I was going to leave a comment about how to remove bags under the eyes, then did a search. Awesome technique an I will be using this.

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    Kim

    I can’t find the Fade Patch Selection in edit in Photoshop CC… It just isn’t there… ๐Ÿ™

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    kira gutierrez

    had a great and simple windows photo shop.. since I updated windows.. it is gone .. I have tried MANY different photo shops and all to complicated.. to much work.. with one i knew you Lasso the wrinkle click.. and gone.. sometimes a little more work than other times.. but..simple.. and I could rid eye wrinkles.. blemishes…even take out logos from businesses.. many of my photos are during Orleans events.. and I am not representing PJs coffee house or anyone else unless they are paying me..

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    Free Games Download

    She doesn t even have what I would call blemishes. I d like to see a real tutorial on how to cover up actual blemishes in a video. Thanks