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Monday, April 26, 2010

Photoshop 101: How to resize the nose?

?So far we have made a huge stride to our photo retouching. But now we will have to perform a little plastic surgery on the nose. Sometimes the size of the nose look big and distorted especially when a wide angle lens is focused right to the nose area. In this particular procedure we will try to resize the size of the nose. The Transform function is one of the most essential tools when trying to resize and reshape with out altering the proportion. The Rubber Stamp tool is also as powerful as the Transform tool to seamlessly replace the old nose with the new.


  1. Open the portrait image file you would like to edit.
  2. Activate the Background Layer in the Layers palette. Switch to the Lasso tool, and make a selection around the nose. Make the selection fairly loose and do not include any parts of the eyes, and lips. Choose SELECT/FEATHER and change the setting to 2 pixels. Click OK.
  3. Press CTRL+J to put the selection on its own layer.
  4. Choose FILTER/BLUR/GAUSSIAN BLUR, and enter a setting of 0.5 pixels for Radius.
  5. Bring up the FREE TRANSFORM tool. Choose EDIT/TRANSFORM/PERSPECTIVE, and drag the bottom-right adjustment point toward the left to make the lower part of the nose thinner. Finalize the transformation by clicking ENTER.
  6. Using the ERASER tool, remove the excess image around the nose on Layer 2. You will start to see portions of the old nose behind the new one, but you will remove that with the Rubber Stamp tool.
  7. Choose Rubber Stamp tool. Set the mode to Normal and the Opacity to 50% in the options palette. Use the Rubber Stamp tool (on the Background Layer) to remove the old nose.
  8. Flatten the image using the command found in the Layers palette from the pull down menu.
  9. Do necessary slight Levels Adjustment to give certain crisp to the final look of the image. Choose IMAGE/ADJUST/LEVELS and move the white point adjustment slider until it reads 224. Then move the black point adjustment slider until it reaches 10, and click OK.


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