Project 2: Fast Forward
While some of us may want to look younger, others want to look older...old enough to drink, perhaps, or old enough to take advantage of the senior discount at the movies. The man in Figure 3.9 appears to be in his thirties. We can get him a lot closer to Social Security and Medicare overnight.
Figure 3.9 Thirty-something. (Photo courtesy of RubberBall.com.)
Let’s dull that brilliant smile a bit. Choose the Burn tool, which shares space with Dodge and Sponge. (Yes, they have a rock band called The Toners.) It is a darkener, just what we need here. Use a tooth-size brush with the default Range (Midtones) and Exposure (50%). Paint across the teeth until they are about as dark as shown in Figure 3.10.
Switch to the Dodge tool to give him some gray hairs. We used the Dodge tool to lighten the teeth in the previous project, remember? Paint over the eyebrows and moustache. This time start with the Midtones Range option and then switch to Highlights for some additional silvery strokes. You may need to use the Sponge tool to desaturate (remove excess color). Figure 3.11 shows the salt-and-pepper look.
Make a new layer that is exactly the same as the image, by dragging the background to the New Layer icon in the Layers palette, as shown in Figure 3.12.
Select the forehead and hairline with the Lasso tool, as shown in Figure 3.13. Use Free Transform (Command/Ctrl+T) to pull the top of the bounding box up. If you need to reposition one of the lower corners of the bounding box use the Command/Ctrl key as you pull a corner handle. Figure 3.14 shows the new position of the hairline.
Use the Lasso tool to make a selection for the bottom edge of the eye bags we’ll create, as in the left portion of Figure 3.15. The upper edge of the selection won’t matter. Feather the selection by a pixel or two for a subtler effect.
Choose the Burn tool. Reduce Exposure to about 30% and resize the brush as needed. Paint a shadow along the lower edge of the selection.
Switch to the Dodge tool and return to the default Range (Midtones). Paint a highlight above the shadow. For a subtle blending of skin tones, deselect and use the Blur tool. In addition to the usual shortcut for deselecting, Ctrl+D, version 4 lets you simply use the Escape key to deselect.
Choose either Dodge or Burn and the Soft Round 5 pixel brush from the Default brush presets menu, or use the bracket keys to get the size you want. Stick with the Midtones Range, but vary Exposure as needed.
Paint over any existing creases to emphasize them, and then add a few new ones. Observe the direction of the light source, so that your highlights and shadows maintain a visual logic as you work. Irregular lines will be more convincing than smooth ones.
That firm jawline will slacken with age. Choose the Clone Stamp tool again. Option/Alt click to establish some chin stubble for your source. Turn the Aligned option off and paint over the hard edge of his chin. Notice the crosshairs moving as you work, showing exactly where the pixels are coming from. Change opacity and source as needed to get the results shown in Figure 3.17.
Figure 3.10 Tall, dark, and dingy.
The Backup Plan
Before we attempt anything drastic, we’ll need a safety net.
Figure 3.11 Silver threads among the black.
Figure 3.12 Safety features.
Ready to lose some hair? There are at least two ways to do it, not counting having kids.
Figure 3.13 Prepare for a forehead-raising.
Figure 3.14 Smooth move.
Exaggerate the Imperfections
Put some puffiness under the eyes by using the Dodge and Burn tools in tandem; Dodge to make highlights and Burn to create shadows. Let any existing creases guide you. You’ll just exaggerate them.
Figure 3.15 Carry that bag for you, sir?
Would You Like Some Brow with that Furrow?
Paint some creases in the forehead with very small Dodge and Burn brushes at low opacity.
See Figure 3.16 for the effect of this technique on a completely different face.
Figure 3.16 Crease increase
Ears get bigger as we age, so I enlarged them using the same select and transform method used for the receding hairline.
Figure 3.17 Older. But wiser?