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Get Great Skin With This Highly Unknown Photoshop Tool

By Kishore Sawh on June 1st 2014

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Aging, I would venture to say, is good. Your gray matter, while maybe not as pliable, is probably more purposefully used; you have probably surrounded yourself with a group of people you care about after picking off the stragglers as the years move; you have money to spend on whatever you like whether it be bottles of brandy with just enough bon bois, to fishing trips; and you’re able to do things you can’t when you’re young, such as rent a car, and drink (not at the same time), and have sex (incorporating all three is your prerogative).

[REWIND: Quick Masking & Sharpening With Camera Raw & The Camera Raw Filter]

But there is a ‘yang’ to that ‘yin’. Mail has replaced the birthday cards and packages with bills and bigger bills; you realize your dream of being a fighter pilot is probably over; and your body begins to bloat and fall apart quicker than anyone ever told you. That last one is insidious and shows up first on the part of us everyone seesour face; bags, dark circles, lines, moles, rough texture, and blemishes. Time can be a cruel bastard. But there’s an app for that. Surprise surprise, it’s Photoshop. Here in this video tutorial Phlearn wizard Aaron Nace draws upon his well of Photoshop knowledge to show us a surprisingly fine way to turn back the clock on many of these pesky ailments.

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Thoughts

Specifically the focus is demonstrated primarily on removing bags under eyes, which can be done in a myriad of ways, but he touts a tool which not many actually know about. If you’re one of the ones who does, well you can chime in if you like, but the fact is, it’s not very well known. Which is sad, because it’s tremendously useful. It’s worth a watch, and will help you perfect some post processing portraits in probably record time.

If you like this, and would like to become quickly adept at Photoshop, I might suggest having a look around our site as we generally post tutorials like this often. And to have a look at the Phlearn Photoshop 101 & 201 as they are comprehensive and will have you doing things with Photoshop you may have otherwise thought too complex, or didn’t even know you could do

About

Kishore is, among other things, the Editor-In-Chief at SLR Lounge. A photographer and writer based in Miami, he can often be found at dog parks, and airports in London and Toronto. He is also a tremendous fan of flossing and the happiest guy around when the company’s good.

Q&A Discussions

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  2. Kurk Rouse

    Just subscribed to this guys channel excellent stuff

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  3. Bethany

    Out of all the YouTube Photoshop tuts, I learn the most from Phlearn. I love it!

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  4. Dave

    Who edits this stuff? “in a myriad of ways” is incorrect grammar.

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    • Smarter than Dave

      Oh?
      http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/myriad

      Of the myriad of grammatical errors that consistently plague the writing on this site, yours is an example of when someone is so often wrong in his own language that he misidentifies the correct language as an error. Take a break from your camera manual and try a dictionary, especially if you’re so eager to publicly display your ignorance.

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  5. Eve

    The link to Phlearn is broken, i.e. 404.

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  6. Jon Haverstick

    The beauty of Photoshop is that there are 20 different ways to do the same thing. Watching someone else do something I do day-in and day-out, I still learn something new.

    That said, I find it easier and more controllable to retouch eye bags / dark circles using the healing brush tool on a blank layer above the image layer. You have to set the “Sample” drop down for the tool to “current and below”, but this allows the correction to be made on a layer separate from the image, and then blended after the fact by adjusting the layer opacity of the repair layer. This enables re-editability further on in the process beyond what you’d be able to achieve with the “fade…” command.

    Again – cool to see a different way. Just seems less flexible than the healing brush method.

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    • Martin

      I have just learned more by reading this comment, than by reading the article (without watching the 6 minute video)
      Thank you sir!

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