How to Make a Person Look Thinner Using Photoshop

By Carol Adams

Photoshop is a popular graphics program offered by Adobe corporation. It is used by business, government and educational institutions around the world. But one of the things it is most often used for is changing the appearance of a person in a photo. For example, if someone has a photo in which they appear a bit (or a lot) overweight, they may turn to a professional to help them change this image so that they appear thinner in the photo. But if you have a copy of Photoshop, you can easily do this yourself.

Step 1

Load the photo that you want to work with onto your computer by copying it from a digital camera or by scanning it in from a printed copy.

Step 2

Open Photoshop. Select "File" from the menu and choose "Open." In the dialog that appears, locate the file you loaded in step 1 and open it.

Step 3

Select "Filter" from the menu and choose "Liquify." In the the dialog that appears, choose the "Push" tool. Adjust the size of the brush. You want it to be fairly large.

Step 4

Hold down the right mouse button and begin pushing person's sides inward. Don't overdo it, since you want to produce a realistic effect, rather than a caricature.

Step 5

Reduce the size of the brush and use it to reduce the thickness of arms and legs as well. Reduce the size even further and push cheeks and any double chin inward and upward.

Step 6

Select the "Clone Stamp" tool from the tools on the left. Now look at the edges where your pushing may have smeared background pixels. Hold down the "ALT" key and click on an unchanged area near the damaged pixels and paint over the area. Repeat this with any sections that need fixing. Save your work.