The great thing about Photoshop is that it can fix nearly everything that is wrong in a photo. Is your photo too blurry or too sharp? Is the eye color not bright enough? Is the background too busy? Just about anything you can think of that you want to change in a photo you can in Photoshop, no matter what version you have.
When dealing with pictures of people, there are also a lot of things you can change as well. You can change hair color, eye color, remove blemishes and wrinkles, and much, much more. One thing you can also do is remove dark circles or bags under the eyes of a person using Photoshop. It’s a relatively simple thing to do in Photoshop too, so even if you’re a beginning Photoshop user, you can check this tutorial out.
In this tutorial I will be using the Patch Tool (which can be found on the vertical menu bar. The Patch Tool works by retouching an image using sampled pixels. When you use the patch tool, you will have to drag it to a designated spot that has similar pixels/color/texture to where you want to replace what you’re using the Patch Tool on.
In order for this tutorial to work properly for you, make sure you find an appropriate image to work with. Preferably, open up a picture of yourself, a friend, or a random person with dark circles under the eyes. If you don’t have your own picture, try browsing free stock picture websites such as sxc.hu and morguefile.com.
So let’s begin!
Step 1) Select your image by going to File > Open and searching for your picture.
Step 2) Make sure your image is flattened completely before you start. Simply press CTRL + E on your keyboard.
Step 3) Since you never want to work on the original photo, make a copy or a duplicate layer by going to Layer > Duplicate Layer. You’ll now have two layers of your photo on the Layers drop down menu box.
Step 4) Zoom in by clicking Z on your keyboard so that it’s zoomed in on the first eye. Working with your picture zoomed in will be much easier when you’re working with the Patch Tool
Step 5) Now it’s time to use the Patch Tool. Select the Patch Tool from the vertical menu bar on the left hand side of the screen.
Step 6) Holding down the Patch Tool, go around the dark circle underneath the eye until your circle fully connects and makes a loop around the dark circle.
Step 7) Drag the circle below where it originally was and let go of the mouse. This will remove the dark circle completely. Make sure that when you drag the Patch Tool circle below, it’s not anywhere hovering over the original dark circle under the eye.
Step 8) Repeat steps 4-7 on the other eye.
Then you’re done! And you no longer have dark circles underneath your eyes. The Patch Tool works wonders for that and now you have a nice, normal photo that you can continue editing in any way you like! Check out this tutorial on how to Remove Blemishes and Unwanted Marks in Your Photos.