There are a few different methods for removing eye bags and dark circles under the eyes in Photoshop. But if you don’t want to spend an eternity doing it, PHLEARN has a technique that you’ll want to start using. It requires literally a minute of your time, yet it takes away an entire sleepless night from your model’s eyes.
You can see the technique applied in the video above, but here’s a short written description, too. Start by opening your image and creating a new layer. Then, select the Brush tool and choose a soft, round brush. Hold Alt/Option and click on the midtone on your model’s face. Then, brush over the dark eyebags on the new layer.
Now, double-click on the new layer. You’ll need to tweak the sliders on the Underlying Layer under Blend If. Adjust the Darks slider until eyelashes are visible. Then hold the Alt/Option key to split the Blend If sliders and adjust the color effect so that the texture of the skin is visible. And you’re done.
Since I don’t have Photoshop on my laptop I’m working from right now, I tried the technique in Photopea (remember, that Photoshop clone). I wasn’t too pleased with the result, but perhaps I didn’t choose the correct tone to paint over the eyebags. I used the same photo as I did for this one-minute technique I learned from Mathieu Stern. For me personally, Mathieu’s approach worked better. But I still encourage you to try PHLEARN’s technique, just make sure to choose the right tone. And let me know how it worked and if you’re pleased with it.