Removing Shadows

Earlier this summer, I had a client who wanted some work done on one of her photos: removing the shadows under the eyes. I was sent the photo to correct the problem. There were many different steps and little details to this edit, but I just want to take you through a few of the major steps.

First, I had to deal with the shadow created by the hair on the left. First, I grabbed the right eyelid, and then cloned and reversed it. Then I masked and warped it to fit in. After that, I used a plain old paint brush to paint in some details, and cover up some more of the shadow. In the process of doing that, I also cloned in more eyebrow, and skin over the strand of hair hanging down. So, to make the hair look real, I cloned the end of it from the original, and moved it up so that it was out of the way. That completed my fix on the left side. Here is a before and after of that section:

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The next step was to deal with the shadows falling over the cheek on the right. To get rid of that I cloned and reversed the shadows from the left side over. Then I use a layer mask to do some blending. I also painted in over some shadows to even out the skin tones, and cloned directly on a new layer to remove some other shadows. After that, I used a few brightness and contrast adjustment layers to even out the lighting on the side of her face. Here is the before and after for the right side:

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After that, the only other thing I did to this image was to darken her shirt a little to finish off the edit. Here is the final before and after of this edit:

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-Graceson Aufderheide

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