Patching and softening using the separate layer

You'll continue to do cosmetic work on the face image, using the patch tool and the duplicate layer you created in the previous topic. Make sure that the Retouch layer is selected in the Layers palette before you begin.

1 In the toolbox, select the patch tool (O), hidden under the healing brush tool (^). Then drag a marquee around the wrinkles under one of the man's eyes.

2 Move the patch tool inside the selected area and drag it to a smooth area on the man's forehead. Then use the same technique to erase the wrinkles under the other eye.

3 Continue to touchup the man's face with the patch tool until most of the wrinkles are hidden or at least softened.

It is especially important that cosmetic touchups on the human face look as natural as possible. There's an easy way to make sure that your corrections aren't too smooth or plastic looking. You'll do that now.

4 In the Layers palette, change the Opacity value of the Retouch layer to 65%. Now hints of the heaviest skin creases appear in the image, giving the enhanced image a convincing realism.

5 Click the eye icon (-) for the Retouch layer off and on to see the difference between the original image and the corrected one.

6 When you are satisfied with your results, open the Layers palette menu and choose Flatten Image.

Flattening the image reduces the file size, making the file more efficient. However, after you flatten the image, you cannot separate the two layers again.

7 Choose File > Save.

Now the image has just one layer, combining the unaltered original background and the partly transparent retouched layer.

Congratulations, you've finished your work on this lesson. Close any open files.

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