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Invasion of the Body Snatchers: body sculpting > Slimming Thighs and Buttocks

Slimming Thighs and Buttocks

This is a technique I picked up from Helene DeLillo that works great for trimming thighs and buttocks by repositioning parts of the existing areas. It’s deceptively simple and amazingly effective.

Step One.
Open the photo that you need to retouch. In this case, we’re going to reduce the size of the buttocks and thighs. (Note: The person in this photo doesn’t really need a buttocks or thigh reduction, but as I mentioned earlier, you don’t find many out-of-shape people in stock photos.)


Step Two.
Press the letter “L” to get the Lasso tool from the Toolbox and make a selection loosely around the area you want to retouch. It’s important to select some background area (as shown here) because that background will be used to cover over the existing area. The more you need to trim from the person, the more background area you need to select.

Step Three.
Once you have your selection in place, press Command-J (PC: Control-J) to put the selected area up on its own layer.

Step Four.
Press “v” to switch to the Move tool, click on the area you had selected (it’s on its own separate layer now), and drag inward (right) toward the rest of her body. You’re literally moving the edge of her body inward, thereby reducing the width of her thigh and buttocks.

Step Five.
When you do this, you usually have a small chunk of the old body left over that you have to remove from the original Background layer (you can see the small chunk just above her buttocks, as shown here). The first step to fixing this tiny chunk is to go to the Layers palette and click on the Background layer (as shown).

Step Six.
Get the Clone Stamp tool from the Toolbox, choose a small, hard-edged brush, and Option-click (PC: Alt-click) in an area very near where you need to retouch (as shown here, where I sampled from the area just to the left of the tiny chunk at the base of her lower back).

Step Seven.
To complete the retouch, paint (clone) over the little chunk to smooth out this area (a before and after is shown below). The fact that the photo had a relatively simple background made this retouch fairly easy. If you perform this retouch on skin (rather than pants), when you move the selected area in, you may have a visible hard line to deal with. The trick is to lower the Clone Stamp tool’s Opacity to 50% in the Options bar, sample just outside the hard line, and then clone over the line to make it blend in with the existing skin.





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