My Simple Trick to Fix Under Eye Circles in Lightroom

by: Cole's Classroom

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hey guys this is Betsy over at Cole's classroom and today I'm going to talk to you about how to fix under-eye circles in Lightroom so I'm going to go through a couple of different methods here today and the first one is my favorite it's the way that I typically will correct dark circles under subjects eyes and but I'm going to show you an alternate method as well the first one is using the clone tool and the second one is using a brush that I created but I'm going to show you exactly how I created it and you can make one for yourself so I'm going to go ahead and get started here I'm going to start with this picture I'm going to zoom in and you can see the circles under her eyes are not terrible but because of the lighting in this photo and they're just accentuated a little bit because she was in complete shade and didn't have very much light reflecting on her face so I'm just going to use this to show you how to do a really subtle edit of under-eye circles I'm going to start over here with the clone tool and notice I've got a ton clone and not heal and for this particular process I've just found that I like the look of the clone tool better than the heal so I'm going to go ahead and go right over here and I'm going to select this area right under her eye and for my source area I'm going to pull this over right here underneath her eye and the reason why I do that is because then we're pulling skin tones that are already right here near her eye and you're going to get a more subtle and true effect so it doesn't it looks more realistic this way and you'll notice over here on my brush that I have the opacity pulled way down right here it's at 22 just to show you I'm gonna bring it up way up here and you'll see that if we do that I mean we're pulling in the freckles everything and it's completely erasing everything under her eye and we don't want that it's going to look really fake it's going to look very strange so I pull the opacity down usually between 20 and 25 for this I'm going to pull it down to about probably right there at about 22 and I'm going to click done and I'm going to go over here and I'm going to do it on the other eye and this one is not as dark so I may even reduce the opacity even more over here I'm going to grab this here and pull it over it's pulling from way up there so I'm going to ask it to select a new source pull it up right here again to the skin right under her eye and pull that opacity down just a little bit more there okay so what I'm going to do here is just turn this off and on so you can see the difference right now those are on and I'm going to click this little button just to turn those off so you can see the difference there the difference is really subtle and that's what we want we do not want it to be a really extreme change we want the subject to still look like themselves and if you completely remove the circles under their eyes they're just not going to look like themselves and it's also not going to look realistic so keep that in mind when you're making edits like this so again that's what the change on and that's with the clone tool off so you can see just a small change I'm going to show you another method in order to do this one I'm going to turn these off and go back to our original image and for this one I'm going to use the adjustment brush right up here and I have actually created a brush for under-eye circles and you'll see that what I did was bring the contrast down to about negative 15 I brought shadows up to 24 and I brought clarity down to negative 26 these are just a starting place and for each person it's going to be it may require just a slight adjustment to these you'll also see that here on the temp slider I brought that up just to for brought it over just a little bit so when I use this brush I'm just going to start here on the inside make my brush relatively small and just start by kind of working that out here and you can turn this on to see where your brush is at if you'd like and turn it off to see how it's working and bring it over here you could also start a new brush for the other eye since each eye may be a little bit different in the level of darkness that's up to you and they go ahead and click done and you can always if you want to increase the effect you can always take that same brush and go over the area again so what I'm going to do here is I'm actually going to take a second brush just right here to this inside part where this circle is just a little bit darker so I'm going to brush just a little bit more on right there and again you can play with the sliders to just kind of increase your effect a little bit bring down the clarity a little bit more you can zoom out and see the difference there so those are my two favorite ways to adjust and to fix under-eye circles I prefer if I'm picking between the two I prefer to use the clone tool because I feel like I have a better chance of getting more realistic skin tones because the skin here under the eye can be kind of a bluish tint and I don't want to take that away too much and I don't want to mess too much with these sliders because you can end up getting really yellow skin or you can make it too green and it can look off I find that by pulling from skin that is already right here by the eye and just bringing it up here at a really low opacity I get more realistic skin tones and I've found that I have more luck getting a natural result using that method and sometimes the eyes can be a little bit tricky and it doesn't look quite right and that's when I may pull in with the adjustment brush so hopefully that helps you we'd love for you to give it a try

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