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Photoshop Tutorial : Add some years to a person

This is not one of the easiest things to demonstrate in the written word – I really should stop procrastinating about doing video tutorials and get on with them ……. soon LOL

There’s quite a few things to consider when you decide to add a few years to a person, and if you can see an older member of the family or at least view some images, you’ll get a sense for what might happen to the individual as time marches on. You could also look for an image (of an older person) that has a similar pose to the image you’re working on, and borrow it to trace out a few lines on your image to give you a sense of where you will need to create some additional wrinkles.

As with taking away the years, adding years is done a little bit at a time. It may seem tedious, but the only way to get a realistic result is to take the time to build up effects rather than try and slap them on in one go, you’ll probably hear me repeat that over and over again 🙂

Your going to be using the liquify tool ….. and I’ll start nagging right here ….. turn the settings waaay down. Yes, it will take you more time to do, but it will be worth it. It might be wise to work on individual parts of the face and then Group those adjustments. So you might work on the right eye, do several layers and then place those layers in a group called right eye and then continue with left eye, mouth, nose, hair, brow – because it’s easier to discard the left eye edits (example) if you don’t like them than it is to have to delete all of your work.

Save your work regularly in case your computer has a hissy fit or the power goes down. Nothing worse than working for half an hour and doing some fabulous work and it all disappears. Remember to try and retain the look of the person i.e. try not to turn them into an alien 🙂 You should be able to still recognise the individual even though you’ve added a few years to them. How far you want to age a person is entirely up to you, the older you make them, the editing will be required.

You also have to consider the effects that ageing has on our faces – we get jowels, the skin loses some of it firmness, the corner of our eyes may turn down, our hair starts to turn grey or go salt and pepper, our eyebrows might thin a little and our colour may fade …… in other words …. it all starts to goes south. So with that in mind and with an image from sumeja over at the stock exchange site HERE lets get started. You’ll notice that I’ve reduced the image and done some editing to the original image (just some colour correction)

Open the image and duplicate it by pressing Ctrl + J on the keyboard. Go to Filer>Liquify and kind of referencing the image below use the Forward Warp tool to follow the direction of the red arrows. Brush size whatever you choose – Brush Density 50 – Brush Pressure 50. Do this in very small amounts, because you can always come back and add to it. Select the Bloat tool and referencing the green circles, bloat around the same areas. Density and Pressure at 50 – Rate at 30 – whatever brush size you choose. Click to enlarge the image below.

Ctrl + Shift + N and when the dialogue box opens choose soft light from the drop down menu and check the Fill with soft light neutral colour (50% gray). Grab the Dodge tool and in the top menu bar reduce the opacity to 10% and choose midtones from the drop down menu. Gently brush over the eyebrows, gradually lightening them until you get something you like. Do the same over the Irises of the eyes (because our eye colour fades a little bit with time) Ctrl + Shift + N again and choose the same settings. Using the dodge tool gently go over the eyelashes to fade them a bit. Name your layers 🙂 You might end up with something similar to the image below.

Ctrl + Shift + N and choose the same settings from the dialogue box grab the Burn Tool and choose midtones and set the opacity to 10%. Start to burn in some of the lines under the eyes. Switch to the dodge tool and emphasis some of the highlights. Below is what my layer looks like

Ctrl + Shift + N and choose the same settings from the dialogue box. You are now going to dodge and burn the wrinkles between the eyes and at the side of the mouth. Below is what my layer looks like, but I’ve done a bit more work on one of the eyes as well (ignore that LOL)

Ctrl + Shift + N and choose the same settings from the dialogue box. You are now going dodge and burn the hair. With the Dodge tool set to 10% opacity and Highlights chosen from the drop down menu, gently go over the hair. Switch to the burn tool, set the opacity to 10% and choose shadows from the drop down menu and brush over the hair. You can see my dodging and burning layer below.

You can Alt + Click on the eyeball next to original b/ground layer to see your progress so far. Alt + Click to take you back to the composite view. You can see in the final image below that I have done a little more editing but because the file isn’t that large it has started to disintegrate a little bit. I would probably have done some more work on the forehead and lip area and maybe done a bit more with the liquify tool. I hope you got something out of this. Have fun!

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