I am excited to post a new retouching tutorial written by Amanda. Thank you so much Amanda!!! Please go check out her links on the bottom of this post. She has some amazing editing and blogging resources. And did I mention she is a PSE expert?
Today I am going to share how to lessen under-eye circles using two different approaches. The reason I am showing two techniques is because sometimes one works better than the other, and sometimes they work well together too.
Here is my shot, straight out of the camera.
Sorry I don't have screen prints for this, my program wouldn't record the brush circle.
Here it is after doing the above steps:
(I turned off the clone stamp layer for the tutorial, so you could see just the effects of the second technique).
Tip: you may need to sample the color for each under-eye circle if one side is shaded like on this picture. I used the eye dropper on good skin near one eye, brushed on the color, then activated my eye dropper tool and sampled skin near the other eye and brushed on that color.
Here is the picture after using the color technique.
Here is my final version of this picture after giving a good clean edit.
Meet Amanda! I am a "Pioneer Woman" of sorts, although not nearly as talented, witty or culinarily gifted as the real one. I grew up in the suburbs or on military bases, but ended up in country on a cattle and chicken farm an hour from any sizeable town. I am a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom to four children, ages 11 to 4.
My photography journey started last spring, and it has quickly become a passion. Most of my subjects are my kids, the cows, my mother-in-law's flowers and my weeds (they're prettier in a picture than in real life). I enjoy editing (with PSE 7) and continue to learn daily. The tutorials I write are very basic and well documented so that brand new users can learn how to use their editing software.
I recently started Everyday Elements, online workshops and video tutorials for PSE users. Also, I have a photography resource blog, PhotographyHaven where you can find lots of free actions, tutorials, workshops and more. You can view my personal pictures at Moving Forward or my Flickr stream.