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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.

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Reviews

  1. 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

  2. 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!