Photo Editing: How To Remove Dark Circles Under Eyes

In photo editing, the process and methods of removing dark circles under the eyes in photos are endless. Dark circles underneath a model’s eyes can be a pain for both the subject and the photographer. When this happens, makeup artists use their crafts and skills in an attempt to conceal these flaws. Sometimes, this approach may not be enough and will require a little bit of tweaking in post production after the photo is taken.

There are many post-production techniques that editors can use in order to apply, fix and doctor a photo. The following methods are used to apply and remove dark circles underneath a model’s eyes.

Step 1: Understand Your Program’s Features

It must be noted that some programs have different names for their buttons and icons. Most photo editing programs have the same tools, but just refer to them with different titles. Please refer to your programs’ manual at anytime during these steps. Once you understand your program’s features, you are able to move onto the next step.

Step 2: Understand the Look of Your Photo

After you learn all the features on your programs, you must now plan out the look of your photo. Before you digitally alter your photo, be sure to understand the aesthetic appearance of your photo. It’s important to establish the look of your photo because all photo editors must draw the line at some point to not go overboard while altering their photos. In some instance, people tend to edit too much to the point where it looks unrealistic. This may fall under your category if you wanted a photo that appears to be realistic and organic. Once you understand the creative look of your photo, you are now able to apply the proper amount of adjustments to your photo.

Step 3: Apply Filters

For some programs, there are filters designed for instances in which the subject in has a particular facial flaw. For this example, the dark circles can be fixed by using a filter that most programs have categorized under effects. This is a faster approach to your project, but it won't let you tune and define the area specifically. This filter automatically generates what area needs to be fixed.

Step 4: Add Adjustments

If you want a more meticulous maneuver to alter your photo, the icons in the tool section of your programs will serve to be useful. One tool specifically has a purpose to clone an area selected by your own choosing. This tool can be applied to eliminate facial flaws. In this example, all you have to do is select a flawless part of the subject’s face. Once you have selected the area, you must now drag your cursor over the dark circles. After a few clicks, you will begin to notice the dark circles to diminish as they’re replaced with the area which you have selected earlier.

This gives your photo a more consistent look with the rest your subject’s skin, as this technique subtly corrects flaws in conjunction with the rest of its surroundings. Once you have corrected your photo, you will now have a model free of facial flaws.