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How to Remove Dark Circles Under a Person's Eyes Using Photoshop

A ton of people have dark circles under their eyes, and if you shoot pretty much any genre with humans, knowing how to reduce them during retouching is a crucial skill. This excellent video will show you an easy and quick method for reducing dark eye circles using Photoshop.

Coming to you from Anthony Morganti, this great video will show you how to remove dark circles from under your subjects' eyes using Photoshop. Many of us these days have these sorts of circles, and while we mostly do not even notice them in person, they can look more prominent when frozen in a photograph. Luckily, they are not terribly difficult to reduce in Photoshop, as Morganti shows. 

Like any retouching technique, however, be careful not to overdo it. Notice how Morganti carefully dials it back a bit at the end. If you get rid of all the shadows under the eyes entirely, it can end up looking pretty unnatural. Be sure to dial in your settings, zoom out, and then walk away for a minute to clear your eyes, then make a final evaluation before exporting the image. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Morganti. 

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3 Comments

Barry Strawbridges's picture

Before going into this, I knew it was either going to be using the patch tool or the duplicate layer/ clone stamp/ lighten/ healing brush method.

Zoli Tarnavölgyi's picture

So sloooow...aaahh... this guy is almost sleeping in his every tutorial.
And why not using Patch Fade option, if using that damn patch tool?? You can fade it separetally. No sense to reduce the opacity of the whole layer. Really bad tutorial imho. Anyway, patch tool is the worst option for undereye bags, I hate it. So many better possibility.

Sam David's picture

I don't know about the other commentators, but I appreciated this one, Alex. Many thanks for posting.