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How To Remove Tattoos From Photos In 4 Simple Steps

By Amelia P

Tattoos are highly identifying features that might want to conceal in your escorting photos to protect your privacy. If you want to conceal your tattoos, you have three options:

Option 1: Cover Up

Sweet and simple: cover your tattoos before you take photos. Clothing, props or poses can be used to conceal the tattooed area. Escort photographers are skilled at coming up with creative poses to avoid photographing tattoos. Body make-up, such as Dermablend, can also be used to cover tattoos.

Option 2: Blur, Blur, Blur

Blur your tattoos just as you would blur your face. I have most commonly seen this done by escorts who have large areas of their body tattooed (e.g., an entire arm or leg). Blurring tattoos does provide some privacy. However, I think it’s worth considering who you are trying to conceal your identity from, and whether blurring your tattoos will achieve that.

Option 3: Edit Out

Removing your tattoos with editing software will provide more privacy than blurring. However, it is difficult to edit out large tattoos while still making the photo, and your skin, look natural. For large tattoos, you can use editing in conjunction with appropriate poses, clothing and/or make-up.

Let me show you how to quickly remove tattoos from your photographs using free software.

Step #1: Head to the Pixlr Editor and open your image



Step #2: Zoom In

Use the Navigator panel on the right-hand side to zoom in on the tattooed area.



Step #3: Remove

Select the Clone Stamp Tool from the panel on the left-hand side. The Clone Stamp Tool allows us to copy skin close to the tattoo and put it on top of the tattoo so that the tattoo is no longer visible.

Use the menu at the top to select an appropriate brush size and opacity. Select a brush size that is smaller than the tattoo. Opacity refers to the transparency of the brush. An opacity of about 60 is a good place to start, but you may have to play around with this.

Place your cursor over the photo and hold down the Command key (Alt if you are using Windows). A crosshair will appear. Click once on some bare skin that is close to the tattoo – this is the skin we will be copying. Release your mouse so that the round brush reappears. Now, click and hold to paint over the top of the tattoo. The skin colour is not going to match exactly to start with – don’t stress!

PRO TIPS:

  • If you stuff up and need to undo something, click ‘Edit’ then ‘Undo’.
  • Short strokes are better, so lift your finger off your mouse often. Using short strokes means you won’t lose lots of work if you do need to undo something.
  • Pay attention to where the crosshair moves as you move the round brush. This means the skin that the crosshair is sampling also moves. If you need to reposition your crosshair, hold down Command again.
  • You may need to adjust your brush size as you go, especially if the tattoo is on the ‘edge’ of a body part. Play around; don’t be scared! Undo is there if you need it.
  • To make the editing look more natural, make sure you pay attention to shadows on the body. If the skin around the tattoo is light, make sure you use the crosshair to select light skin, rather than skin covered by a shadow.

Step #4: Perfect

Use the Navigator panel on the right-hand side to zoom out. Change your brush size to a much larger brush with lighter opacity. Using the method from step 3, use the brush to go over the area where the tattoo was. This will even out the skin tone and remove any inconsistencies from the previous step.

Anddd you’re done! Repeat as needed for tattoo free photos.


Photo by Unsplash.

Disclaimer: I cannot, and do not, speak for all sex workers. I speak from my experience of working in a legal brothel and as an independent escort in Australia. Where possible I try to be inclusive. However, I can’t relay every experience of sex work – especially if I haven’t experienced it myself.

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