Photoshop Tutorial: EYES!  How to Brighten, Enhance & Change Color

Photoshop Tutorial: EYES! How to Brighten, Enhance & Change Color


This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV.

I'm going to show you a technique that will brighten and enhance the eyes' irises, as wellas change their colors.

This works especially well for irises that are originally dark.

Open a photo of a person you'd like to use.

I downloaded this one from Shutterstock.


Make a copy of it by pressing Ctrl + J on Windows or Cmd + J on a Mac.

Let's zoom intoone of the eyes.

To do this, press "z" on your keyboard to open your Zoom Tool and draga rectangle over the eye.

To reposition it on your screen, hold down the Spacebar anddrag your image.

Open your Brush Tool and make sure the Hardness is 0% and the Opacityand Flow are 100%.

We'll adjust the size in a moment.

Make sure your foreground and backgroundcolors are black and white, respectively.

If they aren't, press "D" on your keyboard.

Click the Quickmask icon, so we can brush in quickmasks over the irises.

To reduce thesize of your brush, press the Left bracket key.


brush across the inside perimeterof the iris and make sure there are no holes in the quickmask.

To quickly fill it in, openyour Paint Bucket Tool and left-click inside the quickmask.

Press "B" to open back up yourBrush Tool and brush over the empty areas.

Hold down the Spacebar to slide the imageover and brush over the inside perimeter of this iris.

Press "G" to open your Paint BucketTool and left-click inside the quickmask.

Press "B" again to open back your Brush Tooland brush in the rest.

If you need to zoom out a little, so you can see both eyes onyour screen, press Ctrl or Cmd and the minus key.

Press "Q" to make the quickmasks intoselections and then invert the selections by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + Shift + I.

Clickthe Layer mask icon to make a layer mask of the selections, next to the active layer.

Click the New Layer icon to make a new layer.

Go to the Layer mask and hold down Alt orOption as you drag a copy of it next to the empty layer.

Click on the empty layer to makeit active and change its Blend Mode to Overlay.

Make sure white is the foreground color andmake the Opacity 50%.

Increase your brush size by pressing the right bracket key.

Now,brush over the bottom half of the iris a few times to brighten it.

Then, brush over thebottom half of the screen left iris to brighten it.

As I toggle back and forth, you can seethat the color is brighter and and more vibrant.

Click the thumbnail of Layer 1 to make itactive and go to Filter, Sharpen and Unsharp Mask.

This will sharpen the details withinthe iris.

l'll choose an Amount of 40%, the Radius is 10 pixels and the Threshold is 0 levels.

Depending on the size, resolution and characteristics of your photo, experiment with these settingsto get just the right amount of sharpness.

As I toggle back and forth, you can see the difference.

After you apply Unsharp Mask, if you want to make it look less sharp and have less contrast,just reduce its Opacity.

Next, we'll change the eye color.

Make the top layer active andclick the adjustment layer icon.

Choose Hue/Saturation.

Go to the Layer Mask and drag a copy of iton top of the white layer mask at the top.

If you see this warning to replace it, clickYes.

Click the icon next to the layer mask to make the adjustment layer active and dragthe Hue slider to the right and left to change the eye color.

If you want to tone down thecolor, reduce the Saturation.

I'll reduce mine to minus 46.

To see your entire document, press Ctrl or Cmd + 0.

This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV.

Thanks for watching!.

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