We’re going to be using the healing brush for this tutorial, so check out my healing brush article if you don’t know where to find it.
Once again, I’m using a photo from everystockphoto.com. I was a little harsh on everystockphoto.com in my last article. They do have some good stock photos for free, you just have to sort through a few that aren’t so hot. You are more than welcome to use this photo to practice on.
Open your photo in photoshop.
Choose the healing brush as your tool, and click the icon next to the word “brush” at the top of Photoshop. Choose a brush diameter that will work well for your project. Make sure the rest of your settings match mine.
Now Press Ctrl-J (Mac: Command-J) to make a duplicate layer and turn the opacity down to about 50% in the layers palette. We’re creating a new layer because the healing brush can make your subjects face look pretty torn up and pushed around if you over do it. By creating a new layer and turning the opacity down, we’re allowing subtle changes to the skin, yet still showing many of the original features.
With the healing brush still selected, hold the alt (Mac: option key) key and click on a clean area of skin close to the wrinkles you wish to cover, this samples the area texture. Now paint over the wrinkles you wish to remove. Remember to sample several areas as you work. Always create a new sample which is close to the area you’re working in, but free of wrinkles. Continue until you are happy with the results. You can see my before and after work below.