It’s summer again – the most dreaded season of all. Time to store those black turtlenecks and huge fisherman sweaters and slip into a tiny summer swimsuit. But Uh-oh. You knew you shouldn’t have ordered that KFC special last night. Or wash down those cookies with almond milk lattes. You sit, sadly, thinking you won’t be sharing any photos from your summer vacation on Facebook this year. But wait! Cut yourself some slack. Nobody’s perfect. And as any photographer knows, beauty is an illusion masterfully created on on a computer screen. Why not recreate yourself on Photoshop?…
Photoshop Tip 1 – Nip/Tuck
Photoshop’s secret weapon? “Liquify”: a tool that lets you perform “virtual plastic surgery” on a photo and easily remove beer bellies, love handles, double chins, etc.
1. Open a photo on which you want to perform the “surgery”
2. Now open the “Liquify” tool
3. Get set. We’re about to push that anonymous tummy in (OK, it’s mine)
4. Make sure that the “Advanced Mode” option is checked, select the “Freeze Mask” tool and paint over the areas you DON’T want to edit
5. Select the “Forward Warp Tool” and use it to move around the area you want to edit, until you get the desired effect (TIP : use a large brush size, it’s easier)
6. Now just use the “Clone” or “Healing” tools to fix anything that needs fixing
7. And you’re done – no more sucking in that tummy!
Photoshop Tip 2 – Sunless Tanning
Getting a tan on Photoshop is cooler, cleaner and healthier than getting a tan on sunbeds or the beach
1. Select the skin areas to which you’d like to add a darker, tanned look . You can use any of Photoshop tools for this, but the “Quick Selection” tool works really well here – just try to be as precise as possible
2. Edit the photo’s “Levels”; you can do this by adding an adjustment layer or by using the shortcut CTRL + L
3. Now all you have to do is drag the sliders until you reach the desired “tan” you want
4. Done! Your picture is ready to be shared online and make everyone jealous of your beautiful “tan”
Photoshop Tip 3 – Removing Incriminatory Evidence
So you spent a sunny weekend in Guadalajara and woke up from a drunken stupor to find… your new tattoo. Your family and potential employers won’t necessarily approve and you’re already Googling how to remove a tattoo from a photo. It’s actually pretty simple. And btw, the same trick applies to sunspots, moles, freckles, skin blemishes, etc.
1. Open the desired file
2. Select the tattoo using the selection tool that you are most comfortable with (Lasso Tool, Quick Selection, Magic Wand, etc :)
3. Remove the tattoo in a single step, using the “Fill” tool. Hit Shift + F5 and select the “Content-aware” option; this will cover the tattoo with the surrounding area, which, in this case, will be the un-tattooed skin:
4. And you’re done, no more tattoo!