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07/28/2004 04:07:50 AM · #1

I was wondering if anyone had any experience removing tan lines from a photograph using photoshop. Please share if you did!

07/28/2004 04:10:59 AM · #2
Never removed tan lines per se, have you tried the healing brush tool?
07/28/2004 04:22:43 AM · #3
Not an easy task, since the lines are seldom nice and sharp... Getting the blending right is difficult, as is matching the color exactly... Try using the fixed eyedropper tool (shift-click with the eyedropper) to set a number of reference points for the color which you can view in the Info palette.

For getting the selection and blending down... hmmm... try painting your selection on an adjustment layer - it's easy to adjust the intensity of the color adjustment and to paint and erase your edges (with soft brushes).

Good luck with it!
07/28/2004 04:23:56 AM · #4
the healing brush in PS might work but it does tend to change the texture of things. you might work with the clone brush set at a low opacity until you get the tones right.
07/28/2004 06:54:01 AM · #5
Best bet is to use the patch tool. Then, immediately after applying the patch, go to (I think) "Edit->Fade patch tool", and set it for around 50%. This way, the contour and detail of the original will show through.
07/28/2004 07:39:04 AM · #6
One of the things I love about photoshop...the ability to do one thing in many ways. Personally, I would first try using the clone tool. If that don't workt then on to the healing brush. Then if that don't work still, you can try the patch tool like what welcher suggested. There are so many ways to do it. I love photoshop! haha.
07/28/2004 08:17:48 AM · #7
I like using the tools mentioned here only for touch up work or removing blemishes and spots etc. For something like removing tan lines I'd first go with a method which doesn't alter too many pixels which in turn removes detail in the skin texture. I'd try using a combination of layer masks and paintbrush.
07/28/2004 01:39:41 PM · #8
Having not tried it, would it be helpful to select the untanned areas (in whole or part) with a feathering of the edges to match the distinction of the edges, then match the color?

07/28/2004 02:13:20 PM · #9
I would begin by using the clone tool & them the healing bruch to even things out. if you start with the healing brush first there will be inconsistent colouring.
07/28/2004 02:15:45 PM · #10
Originally posted by VisiBlanco:

Never removed tan lines per se, have you tried the healing brush tool?

Exactly!!!!! It duplicates the exact skin tones :-)
07/28/2004 02:28:16 PM · #11
If model is attractive female, recommend tanning in the nude and then reshoot the photo (preferably during said tanning session). Consult DrJOnes as needed. :-)
07/28/2004 02:59:17 PM · #12
The method I mentioned was more for the situation I've used it in - large areas of untanned skin... If it's just a bikini strap (thin line), then by all means, try the clone (patch) and healing brushes.

Those aren't going to cut it for larger areas, though, especially when considering subtle shifts in shading and shadow.
07/28/2004 03:08:05 PM · #13
solution: walk around naked outside for a couple of days.
07/28/2004 03:08:22 PM · #14
probably sampling the colour you want to 'tan' the skin up to, and painting liberally on to another layer set to colour blend only would give better results.

Either that or the new colour replacement brushes in photoshop CS.

Tanning is pretty much not a texture thing, just a colour change, so any of the clone or healing brush are likely to mess it up somewhat.

The mantra is to only change what you need to change.

Also - I've found an oblique, thin, slashlike / brush, though slightly more oval is great with the healing brush. It gives a much more raggeded, non-rounded edge to the brush strokes which helps make any blending work less obvious.
07/28/2004 03:27:35 PM · #15
Originally posted by Jacko:

solution: walk around naked outside for a couple of days.

Or keep the model in the studio for a couple of weeks until the tan fades to normal ...
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