Today I was reading some posts on a forum, and a photographer had a question. “How can I get rid of these terrible stretch marks on my client’s belly?” In real life I cannot say, but in Photoshop, it is a relatively easy task. Below I have shown you the before belly with dark markings. And my two after shots. In the middle shot, I fixed the marks and then brought them back very subtly so it would look natural. In the bottom shot, I made them disappear completely.
Tools used: 1st I used my “underexposure fixer” to brighten up the photo, as it was severely underexposed. This made them appear worse than they actually were. I then did a slight s-curve using a curves adjustment layer. I then flattened the photo. Next I used “powder your nose” from the “magic skin” action set. I painted the powder on the belly. I increased the opacity of this layer to 100%, which normally I never do. It helped a lot, but this belly needed more.
So I used the trick I taught you the other day in my video “skin tricks part 2.” I made a new blank layer, sourced a skin color with the eye dropper (of the lighter part of skin), and then with the brush set to an airbrush soft round at 18% opacity and 18% flow, I started painting on the belly. I let the effect build. Slowly you could see things getting almost perfect. I added a layer mask. And then used black paint at 30% opacity, 100% flow. And I brought back a little detail in shadows and at the belly button so it would not look too powdery. This resulted in the 3rd shot.
Then to bring back very light marks so it looked more real (as in the 2nd shot), I decreased the opacity of the “powder your nose” layer to 50%.
And there you get to the results below. I hope this helped and you could follow me. Feel free to save the photo and play yourself to see if you can duplicate the effect.