How to Thin Your Waist Line in a Photo


While getting a thinner waistline in real life requires a healthy diet and exercise, or plastic surgery, it is fairly simple to trim unwanted pounds from your waistline in a photo. For amateur photo editors, it is best to attempt this type of edit on photos with solid or uncomplicated backgrounds. Bare skin and solid colored clothing are also easier to work with than patterned clothing.

  • Select a graphics program that has the features you need. Although a bit pricey, Adobe Photoshop is a powerful graphics program that has all the tools you'll need. There are other less expensive programs available for download on the Internet. Make sure the program you select has the tools you're looking for before you purchase it, such as a magnifier, liquifier, clone tool, and a basic set up brushes.

  • Install the graphics program and take a few moments to familiarize yourself with the tools and settings.

  • Work with a copy of the original photo. This way if you are unhappy with the results of your editing, you have the original file to revert to. To make a copy, you can right-click on the file and select copy, then paste, or duplicate if you have a Mac. Another option is opening the file in your graphics program and choosing Save As from the File menu.

  • Open the file and zoom into the area you wish to slim. Working on the file in this fashion will allow you to be more precise with the tools, which will yield better results. You can zoom out or view your photos at its actual size between edits to see how it looks. Click on the "Magnifying glass" icon in most programs. In Adobe Photoshop, you can also use the easy keyboard shortcut, "CNTRL" + "+".

  • Use the Liquefy tool on the Filter menu in Photoshop. Use your program's "Help" or "Search" to find a similar tool if your program does not have a Liquefy filter. Position the cross hairs of the tool against your waistline, click the left mouse button and gently push inward toward your bellybutton. Adjust the brush size for best results by right-clicking on the page and selecting a small number of pixels from the menu that will pop-up.

  • Save the file after every few edits. If you save the photo after every few edits, you can revert to the last saved version if you make a mistake.

  • Fix the photo background. If the slimming has resulted in a blurry or skewed background, use the "Clone" tool to clone an untouched portion of the background and apply it to the area around your waistline to fix it.

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