How To Make Someone Older In Photoshop – Young To Old Tutorial

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Most people use Photoshop to make themselves look younger, healthier, and better looking; not many people are doing the opposite (unless of course you are Photoshopping yourself into a Zombie!).

In this Photoshop training tutorial I will show you how to do just that; how to make someone older in Photoshop.

With this aging Photoshop technique, you can make anyone seem decades older, and best of all, it is really easy to do!

This the techniques I’m going to show you in this video are fun and they delivers some extremely realistic results!

All you will need is a picture of yourself (or a any other person), and the reference images I have provided below.

If you have any comments or questions leave them below or you can send me a Tweet.

In This Young To Old Photoshop Tutorial You Will Learn How To:

00:43 – Use the quick selection tool to remove foreground from background.
01:19 – Use the “refine mask” panel to refine your mask.
07:50 – Use the patch tool to add wrinkles to your image.
12:43 – Use the liquify tool to make a face look older.
14:40 – Create “old looking” ears.
17:50 – Add “old” eyebrows to your image.
19:25 – Create a brush to paint facial hair.
24:49 – Add white hair to your image.

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How To Make Someone Older In Photoshop – Young To Old Tutorial


  1. james says

    Thanks for the detailed explanation,, but to tell the truth, you could have cut a good 10 minutes or more out of this video because you were over-explaining everything.
    actually, I really think this video could have been 9 or 10 mins tops!
    its frustrating to have to listen to something for 30 mins that could have been done in 10.
    but it was a good detailed tutorial… (for people that dont mind giving up 30 mins of their time to learn something simple)

    • says

      Thanks for your comment!

      You might be a bit more advanced than most people who visit my site. The overwhelming amount of messages I receive are appreciative of longer videos since most people are starting out. The few messages I get about the videos being too long are usually from more experienced people. Personally, I am more like you, I prefer to watch the shorter videos but I have the advantage (and I’m guessing you do as well) of having experience.

      Also thanks for checking out my stuff!

  2. says

    You Did a Really Great Job!

    But like the Other Poster noted, there was a lot of wasted time,

    mostly in not utilizing the Reason that You went to all the trouble to Carefully Scaling the Images of the Older Persons.

    Instead of having to individually cutting and pasting Wrinkles, While Your Original Layer and Older Person Overlay are still in alignment, Add a Layer Mask to Your Old Image, and then Invert the Layer Mask to 100% Black (Transparency).

    Then You can just Freely Paint on Wrinkles any where you would like them to Appear without having to think about it, by Paint with White Paint.

    This gives the Photoshop User the Freedom to use all of the Layer Blend Modes and Transparency Options as they Create their New Image.

    I Hope that will Help in Future Tutorials in Simplifying what seems to be a Complex Process.

    Fantastic Work that You Accomplished Here.

    Take Care,

    Tracy Mapes

  3. Obel says

    I was very interested in your aging video, but because I don’t belong to any social groups, I was not able to download the tutorial.

  4. says

    Great tutorial, clearly explained. I learned some things for sure. I never use the History Brush but may give it a try now. I also didn’t know the 50% guides trick, going to use that for sure. PS: It’s amazing how anyone can be “frustrated” by a FREE tutorial video ;-).

  5. Lori says

    Thanks for the insightful tutorial! Never too old to learn. :)
    Regarding the tutorial files, is it at all possible to get higher resolution files to prevent the image from looking pixelated?

  6. Christina says

    i really like how you teach this, but i don’t understand on how to take off the old man after words. i mean after you Merge Layers, after you put the wrinkles on, how do you take off the old man and leave your picture with the wrinkles. because after you stop and pause, that’s where i get lost and don’t know how to take off the old man.

    • says


      You mean at the end?

      If so, you should have at least two layers that are virtually the same, except for the face. Just add a layer mask to the top layer (the one with the old person’s face) and mask out the things you don’t want.

      Hope this helps!

  7. George says

    Great video!! More than helpful tutorial!! But in the beggining i seem to have a problem…i select myself with the quick selection tool but then the “add mask” in the layer section is not clickable!! So as the layer mask in the layers tab at the top!! Any idea on what im doing wrong?? :(

  8. luke says


    thanks for the tutorial. i’m having trouble merging the layers. i can merge (ctrl + e) the layer with the picture of the first old man ‘old 1’, however once you pause and restart the video with the second old man image if i try to merge these ‘old 2’ it merges instead with the layer below ‘old 1’. Please can you advise what i am doing wrong?

    • says


      I don’t recall exactly what part this happens on so if you want to tell me what minute in the video it occurs I can see and give you a specific answer.

      In general, however, you can select more than two layers (shift click on them) and then do the merge.

      Hope this helps.

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