The modern sleep-optional lifestyle means that more and more of us have permanent bags under our eyes, which in turn means being able to retouch them is a required skill. This great tutorial will show you how to do so in almost no time.
Like most things in Photoshop, there's a veritable plethora of ways to retouch eye bags, but I particularly appreciated Mathieu Stern's method for its simplicity and effectiveness. One tip to note: when you're selecting target colors using the color picker tool for the Curves adjustment, be sure to head up to the top left and change your sample size from "point sample" to something like "11 by 11 average." This will ensure that you get the color you actually intended in case you click on an imperceptible pixel-level light or dark spot. And as with most retouching techniques, keep the opacity low to start and build up gradually; it's very easy to accidentally overdo most any effect.
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