A simple fix for under-eye circles. It doesn’t work for every photo, but when it does work, it’s quick and easy.
(Elements doesn’t have the Patch Tool, but this method applies pretty much the same to the Clone or Healing tools.)
First, duplicate the Background layer (or maybe select the face, and duplicate that):
Choose the Patch Tool, and draw around the problem area:
When you release the mouse, the marching ants will be going around your selected area, the same as any other tool:
Click and drag the area to another area of plain detail. Release the mouse when you’re chosen a satisfactory area:
Press Ctrl D (Cmd D on a Mac) to deselect the marching ants. Now, the area looks *too* flat, of course:
Repeat the previous steps for all the other eyebags in the photo, until no eyebags are visible at all.
Then lower the layer opacity gradually to let some of the natural shape of the bags come through, so your subject doesn’t look like a weird robot: