Dec 11, 2014

How to Retouch Mature Skin in Photoshop

Who wouldn’t want to spend time retouching handsome, mature men!? In today’s episode, learn how to eliminate wrinkles and pores, and add color back to the skin!

Keep the Handsome AND the Mature

Before you begin, remember that it is easy to get carried away with editing out elderly imperfections. You want the skin to be smoother, but not completely devoid of texture. The goal is not to turn a 60 year old man into a 20 year old! Experiment with lessing the intensity of layers, and playing around with how much you edit out.

1. On a copy of the background layer (Cmd+J), go to Image -> Adjustments -> Shadows and Highlights. This dialogue is very helpful for editing older subjects, because you can control the shadows for a less harsh face.

2. To begin lessening the appearance of things like wrinkles and pores, duplicate the background layer again. Use the Spot Healing Brush Tool on this layer to paint over unwanted lines. Be sure that “content aware” is selected at the top of the screen. Once you’re finished, don’t hesitate to lower the opacity of this layer. There’s a good chance your subject will look too plastic if you remove every single imperfection from the face.

3. As time goes on, we tend to lose some color and life in the look of our skin. To add some color back into the image, create a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer and crank up the saturation. Put a layer mask on this layer, and fill it with black to invert it. Now, with a white brush, you can paint some color into the eyes and lips.


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  • user image

    What if you want to accentuate wrinkles in an elderly person? How would you retouch it then?

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      Peter Cuevas

      I would use dodge and burn adjustment layers with masks, in order to carve and accentuate each wrinkle 🙂

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    Thank you! SO much!
    There are just about enough „how to make a woman look like plastic and porcelain“ tuts out there and some rare really well done female retouch tuts and tips. But men are dealt with so rarely, so just… Thank you!

  • user image

    Hey Aaron ! Great tutorial as always ! I never use “shadows and hightlights”, since I’m so much into adjustments layers … Could you tell me if there is anything that couldn’t be achieve using curves or dodging and burning on a soft light layer and that could be ONLY achieve using “shadows and highlihts”. Thank you in advance.

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    charles sweigart

    In early November your videos lost the bar at the bottom which allowed fast forward, seeing the time elapsed and volume control. I can no longer return to a place to review the steps shown without viewing the entire video. I can, however leave the site and view on YouTube but it makes no sense to drive the viewer away from your site to achieve this.
    Please return this feature.
    Thank you

  • user image

    Great tute Aaron, but have you ever thought that maybe there was more to life than being really really really rediculously good looking? 😛

  • user image

    Yet another great tutorial , as always.
    Will the Phlearn team ever do a tutorial on the Photoshop touch? Would be great to see what professionals can do with the app.
    Keep up the great work.

  • user image

    Hi, thanks for functional training, I wanted to ask why you better not exercise your images to download?