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.
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.