How to Remove a Double Chin in a Photo

Photos are a big part of our lives, documenting the events and changes that have taken place over the years. But some changes are more welcome than others. And one change we might not care to see in our photos is the emergence of a double chin. It makes you reluctant to show such photos or to even allow yourself to be photographed at all. At one time if you had a photo like this you might have asked a photographer to retouch it for you--at considerable expense. Fortunately, if you have access to Photoshop, you can quickly removed the double chin in your photo yourself.

Young woman is dreamily looking at blueprint
A woman sitting at a table with her hands on her chin and staring off into space.
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Step

Bring the photo you want to remove the double chin from onto your computer either by loading it directly from your digital camera or by scanning it in with a scanner. If you use a scanner, make sure that you use a high-resolution setting (600 or so) to reduce any noise in the scan.

Step

Open Photoshop. Select “File” and click “Open.” In the dialog that appears search for the photo your brought in and open it.

Step

Select the “Zoom” tool from the toolbar and zoom in on the chin area. If the double chin is small, skip to step 4. If it is large and protrudes from the sides slightly, go to the menu and select “Filter” and then “Liquefy.” In the dialog box that appears, select the “Forward Warp” tool and make the brush size about the same size as the double chin in the photo. Now go to the area of the double chin and use the tool to start slowing pushing the double chin inward and upward toward the jar line. You will notice some blurring near the edges of the work.

Step

Select the “Clone” tool from the toolbar. Hold down the “Alt” key and select an area near the chin that you would like to use as a reference. Change the “Opacity” of the tool to about 40. Now start drawing over the area that is blurred. You will have to reselect the reference point many times as you work.

Step

Select the “Smudge” tool and make its strength about 25. Carefully use it to make downward stroke through the area you cloned to blend it in better. Save your work as a high resolution JPEG for printing.