Re­duce un­der-eye bags

Re­fresh­ing the area un­der your model’s eyes can make the world of dif­fer­ence to your por­traits. Kirk Sch­warz ex­plains how to do it.

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Smooth wrin­kles and tone down those dark cir­cles for en­er­gised por­traits.

WE’VE ALL HAD THOSE MORN­INGS where we just don’t look our best, and gen­er­ally it’s our eyes that give it away. Dark cir­cles and heavy bags un­der the eyes can make peo­ple look older and/or more fa­tigued than they ac­tu­ally are. The good news is, re­mov­ing cir­cles and bags is an al­most un­be­liev­ably sim­ple process that uses a cou­ple of very ba­sic tools, such as the pow­er­ful Clone Stamp Tool and the equally use­ful Heal­ing Brush Tool.

In this step-by-step, we’ll be us­ing a non-de­struc­tive dodge and burn tech­nique to blend the ef­fects in nat­u­rally with Layer Masks, mean­ing you can go back and ad­just the im­age at any time. As with many of the tech­niques we’ve shared dur­ing this por­trait se­ries, the key to a nat­u­ral fin­ish is to make small and in­cre­men­tal changes. Leave some de­tail and tex­ture in the skin for au­then­tic and re­al­is­tic re­sults.

BE­FORE

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