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Digital Nose Job

This very simple technique decreases the size of your subject’s nose by 15 to 20%. The actual shrinking of the nose part is a breeze and only takes a minute or two—you may spend a little bit of time cloning away the sides of the original nose, but since the new nose winds up on its own layer, it makes this cloning a lot easier. Here’s how it’s done.

Step One.
Open the photo that you want to retouch. Get the Lasso tool, and draw a loose selection around your subject’s nose. Make sure you don’t make this selection too close or too precise—you need to capture some flesh-tone area around the nose as well (as shown in Step Two).


Step Two.
To soften the edges of your selection, go under the Select menu and choose Feather. When the Feather Selection dialog appears, for Feather Radius, enter 10 pixels (for high-res, 300-ppi images, enter 22 pixels), and then click OK.

Step Three.
Press Command-J (PC: Control-J) to copy your selected area onto its own layer in the Layers palette.

Step Four.
Press Command-T (PC: Control-T) to bring up the Free Transform bounding box. Hold Shift-Option-Command (PC: Shift-Alt-Control); then, grab the upper-right corner point of the bounding box and drag inward to add a perspective effect to the nose. Doing this gives the person a pug nose, but you fix that in the next step.

Step Five.
To get rid of the “pug-nose” effect, release all the keys, then grab the top-center point (as shown) and drag straight downward to make the nose look natural again, but now it’s smaller. When the new size looks about right, press Return (PC: Enter) to lock in your changes. If any of the old nose peeks out from behind the new nose, click on the Background layer and use the Clone Stamp tool to clone away those areas: Sample an area next to the nose, and then paint (clone) right over it. Below, see the difference our 30-second retouch made in the image.





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