Originally Posted by srwatters
While John's method certainly removes all the bags and circles, I find it leaves her rather unrealistic looking. Very few people have zero roundness under the eye. I use the patch tool, then reduce the effect immediately with the fade last operation to yield a, IMHO, more realistic looking face.
Indeed that is the problem with many PHotoshop techniques, they are overdone and the results look artificial. I always try to do changes like this on layers and then I can adjust as needed using opacity and blending modes.
Another way to do this and get a quite realistic look is with a light amount of selective blurring of the area. I usually do this using the history brush. It really is almost exactly as I've previously described in my tutorial on fixing the subjects eyes. Here is the link:
If you scroll to the end I mention the use of the technique using blur.
For those who want to use layers for the same process, check out my tutorial at:
Just change to using a blur of some sort and then follow the tutorial.
Either of the above methods gives you near absolute control of the process.