Diet’s Not Working? How to Photoshop your Swimsuit Photos

Photography | July 31st 2013

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”

Photoshop's Liquify Tool

2. Now open the “Liquify” tool

Photoshop's Liquify Tool

3. Get set. We’re about to push that anonymous tummy in (OK, it’s mine)

Photoshop's Liquify Tool

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

Photoshop's Liquify Tool

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)

Photoshop's Liquify Tool

6. Now just use the “Clone” or “Healing” tools to fix anything that needs fixing

Photoshop's Liquify Tool

7. And you’re done – no more sucking in that tummy!

Photoshop's Liquify Tool

Photoshop Tip 2 – Sunless Tanning 

Getting a tan on Photoshop is cooler, cleaner and healthier than getting a tan on sunbeds or the beach

Creating a Photoshop suntan

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

Creating a Photoshop suntan

2. Edit the photo’s “Levels”; you can do this by adding an adjustment layer or by using the shortcut CTRL + L

Creating a Photoshop suntan

3. Now all you have to do is drag the sliders until you reach the desired “tan” you want

Creating a Photoshop suntan

4. Done! Your picture is ready to be shared online and  make everyone jealous of your beautiful “tan”

Creating a Photoshop suntan

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

Removing skin blemishes in Photoshop

2. Select the tattoo using the selection tool that you are most comfortable with (Lasso Tool, Quick Selection, Magic Wand, etc :)

Removing skin blemishes in Photoshop

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:

Removing skin blemishes in Photoshop

4. And you’re done, no more tattoo!

Removing skin blemishes in Photoshop

5. Phew!

Removing skin blemishes in Photoshop

 

 


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