There are tons of different ways and several products on the market that people buy to reduce the appearance of bags under their eyes. So it shouldn’t be a shock when a client asks you to help them out and reduce or remove the bags under their eyes in the photo. Just as there are many ways to reduce the appearance in real life, there are many ways to do it in Photoshop as well.
Depending if your subject is either male or female, Unmesh Dinda from PiXimperfect shows a different process on how he removes the bags under the subject’s eyes for each. His stance is for males you should reduce the wrinkles and folds but for females, you should remove. I don’t quite agree with that, when I retouch my subject I reduce no matter what their gender may be.
My method of removing bags under the eyes is similar to the technique he shows using the patch tool with fade patch selection to reduce the wrinkles but with a different tool very slightly combined with curve layers for dodging and burning. To wrap it up, I use Dani Diamond’s method to blend the skin tones under the eyes which I came across a few years ago here on Fstoppers. As I said before, there are several different ways to achieve the similar results but I see it as learning as many ways as possible and using the right one for the job.
Give it a try, test the different methods out and see which one works best for you. What is your favorite method for removing bags under the eyes?
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