Photoshop Tricks: age progression made easy
If you’re curious about how you’ll look in 30 years’ time, then this Photoshop tutorial is for you! Here we will show you how to mimic age progression in Photoshop.
]The process is made simpler by borrowing some age details from another face. We’ll grab some of the dark colour of wrinkles from an older man and blend them into our model’s face. We’ll borrow some eyebrows, too, and use small brush strokes to add some longer eyebrow hairs.
Additionally, we’ll alter the skin colour to give the portrait a more sallow and aged look, then use the Liquify filter to enlarge some elements on the face that grow larger with age such as the nose and ears. Lips will be thinned, and the hairline receded.
Other changes that take place as we age are greying hair and age spots. We’ll take care of these using some adjustments and a painted layer. To make the process simpler, we’ll use masks where possible to blend in the effects without having to make complex selections.
How to perform age progression in Photoshop
01 Add the wrinkles
Open the portrait you would like to age and the portrait with an older face from which you would like to ‘borrow’. Target the old face, choose Window> Channels, press Cmd/Ctrl and click the RGB layer thumbnail. Choose Select>Inverse then Edit>Copy. Return to the young face and choose Edit>Paste. Click the Move tool, select Edit>Transform>Warp and distort the old face to match the young face. Set the Blend Mode to Luminosity, add a mask and paint out everything but the wrinkles.
02 Add age spots
Name the layer ‘Old_Man’. Use the Lasso tool to select more wrinkles from the old face and paste them in. Move them into position, warp and blend them with masks, reduce the layer Opacity and use the Luminosity Blend Mode. Create a new layer, set the foreground colour to R120, G70, B50 and paint some age spots. Set the Blend Mode to Multiply and then lower the Opacity.
03 Create the eyebrows
Copy the eyebrows from the ‘Old_Man’ layer and paste them as new layers. Place these layers in a group and set the group’s Blend Mode to Normal. Choose Layer>New Adjustment Layer> Saturation and reduce the Master and Yellow channel saturation. Add a new layer, set the foreground colour to grey, and with a very thin brush, draw in some extra hairs on the eyebrows.
04 Increase the contrast
Choose Layer>New Adjustment Layer> Curves. Increase the contrast with a strong S-curve. Choose Layer>New Adjustment Layer> Hue/Saturation. Decrease the saturation in the Master and Red channels and increase the saturation in the Yellow channel. Adjust the masks on the wrinkles layers if required.
05 Fix the hair
Select the hair and choose Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Curves. Set Output to 255 and Input to 35. Set the layer Opacity to 10%. Add a second Curves Adjustment Layer. Click the curve to anchor the shadows, then drag up the mid-tones and highlights. Add a Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer and reduce the saturation to -100. Adjust the layer Opacity to 75%.
06 Reshape the face
Click the top layer in the image and add a new layer by choosing Layer>New>Layer. Press Cmd/Ctrl+Alt+Shift+E to paste a flattened version of the image into this layer. Choose Filter>Liquify and use the Bloat tool to increase the size of the nose and the ears. Reshape the face to add jowls and to push the cheeks down. Push the hairline back and thin the lips.
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