6 Replies Latest reply on Mar 17, 2006 7:02 AM by (Bob_Carruth)

    Airbrushing & getting rid of double chin

    Level 1
      I am having difficulty finding the right tool to tighten up a double chin or remove a little from a person's waistline in a photo. Does anyone know the best tool(s) to use??? Thanks for your help!

        • 1. Re: Airbrushing & getting rid of double chin
          Byron Gale Level 1

          Maybe the Liquify filter will help - perhaps using the warp or pucker

          • 2. Re: Airbrushing & getting rid of double chin
            hatstead-pbiq5w Level 3
            There are 2 tools which I can recommend:
            1. The free transform function - Image>Transform>free transform
            2. Liquify filter - Filter menu>distort>liquify
            • 3. Re: Airbrushing & getting rid of double chin
              Level 1
              Hi there

              Just removing the shadow can hide the double chin. You can use the healing brush or the clone tool set to lighten. After the shadow is removed the results from the liquifiy tool will look much better.

              • 4. Re: Airbrushing & getting rid of double chin
                falmouthcapecod Level 1
                This is a bit OT, but I had a great picture of our cat, but in the background there was a monster Dust Bunny under the table that was just amazing.
                So I just Photoshopped it out, and one of our kids was watching, and she said, "This is the way my Mom does housework!".
                I do have the before and after pictures.

                So the answer to this, is yes, you can do most anything to a double chin or shadows or things that you need to correct. Ice cream all over my grandson's chin, yes its gone.
                Just remember to zoom way in and go slowly and carefully on a duplicated layer. Dupe the whole picture just to be safe.
                Blur, clone, healing brush, liquify gently, go for it.
                • 5. Re: Airbrushing & getting rid of double chin
                  Level 1
                  Hi, Dian -- I'm a Smudge Tool fan myself for smoothing out excess chins or other wrinkles. (But then many of the artists who do the weekly Challenges know that that's one of my favorite tools.)

                  Because the Smudge Tool can create a "soft" edge where contrasting colors meet (where chin meets the background, for instance), I usually "select" the subject first and do a copy/paste to a new layer, then clean up the edges of the pasted object with the Eraser Tool, before using the Smudge Tool. If the edge gets too soft, I can use a hard-edged Eraser Tool to tighten the edge back up. I start with a very low setting on the Smudge Tool and work my way up to what feels right. The Smudge Tool gives you the feel of pushing the pixels around. The Dodge Tool set at a very low level can sometimes be used to lighten the chin shadows prior to using the Smudge Tool. You would need to experiment with the Range on the Option Bar (Midtone or Shadow) to get the right result.

                  Depending upon the background near the person's waist and the type of clothing, you can also sometimes narrow a waistline by making a selection of both the background and the waist area, doing a copy/paste of the selection, and then using the Move Tool to gently reposition the selection in a bit (repeat on both sides). With the Move Tool selected, in addition to your mouse, which is sometimes hard to control for very small movements, you can use your arrow keys to move the selection in tiny increments, left, right, up, or down. The selected background covers up the fatter area of the waist :) When you're happy with the waist size, you can use a variety of tools to blend the selection with the original (Clone, Smudge, Eraser) so it's difficult to tell that the waistline has been altered. I've used this technique for a too wide jaw with good results, also.

                  And as Jane said above, ALWAYS work on a copy of your original. Create the copy BEFORE you start making any changes.

                  • 6. Re: Airbrushing & getting rid of double chin
                    (Bob_Carruth) Level 1

                    If you can get access to any one of Scott Kelby's "Photoshop Elements Book for Digital Photographers" there are two excellent sections (Retouching Portraits and Body Sculpting) that have made me very popular with the senior ladies in our circle of friends. :)

                    Try your local library.