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How to Remove Wrinkles in Photoshop

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Learn how to quickly remove and reduce wrinkles in Photoshop!

How to Remove Wrinkles in Photoshop

Retouching wrinkles on someone’s Face can be a very *touchy* matter! Today we show you how to both completely remove wrinkles as well as reduce them in a more subtle way.

Complete Removal

The Healing Brush Tool is our best friend in terms of removing wrinkles! Be sure to use a Brush Size that is slightly larger than the wrinkle, and then sample a Color right below the wrinkle to paint over it (Alt/Opt + Click). Make sure to select “Current & Below” for the sampling.

This technique must be used very carefully, as it is easy to make an elderly Face look too smooth.

A More Subtle Approach

For a more natural approach, we can use the Clone Stamp tool. Duplicate the Background layer (Cmd + J) to work on a layer with pixels. If you are on a New Layer rather than a duplicated one, this technique will not work. Also, be sure to select the “Lighten” Mode; this paints over the wrinkle in a less obvious manner to conceal the lines.

This tends to be a quicker process than using the Healing Brush Tool, because it simply Lightens to darkest parts of the wrinkles and does not pull Skin Texture from other parts of the Face.


  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Great tutorial. Direct and to the point. Very helpful. Thank you!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Please run a brief class in Layering…in particular, blending or layering one image on top of another. (I have an image of a mountain that I wish to use as the “bottom” layer. On top of that layer, I want to place/superimpose a barn.) How to I select and remove unwanted parts of either image, and end up with a new image, one layer on top of the other…Thanks

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Great way to reduce wrinkles in a natural way… been using PS so long and set in my ways, I woulda never thought of this on my own. Thanks!

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