Ready for another groovyPost in the Adobe Photoshop Basics series? Excellent! Today I’m going to show you how you can easily do things like change the eye color in a photo or even add some spooky effects like adding replacing an eye with an image. With Photoshop, the How-To is quick and simple so let’s get started.
You Will Need:
- Photoshop CS4/CS5
- A Photo of an eye/eyes (either taken by you or downloaded from the internet)
- 30 Minutes of free time.
Eye Touch-Up Techniques
Changing Eye Color
Begin with an image of any eye, preferably a high quality .jpg
Go back to your eye layer and precisely select the eye. You can use the Refine Edge dialog box to smooth out your selection and achieve a more realistic effect in the end.
Now use a Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer to change the color of the eye. You can tick the Colorize checkbox on the adjustment layer options for a more solid color effect. Be sure your reflection layer is still on top of all the others or things won’t look right.
Wasn’t that simple? If you remember, we did something very similar in a previous How-To where we used the Hue/Saturation Adjustment feature in Photoshop to change the color of a car. It’s super simple yet very powerful once you get the hang of it.
Adding an Image To The Eye
Here’s where things get a bit more complicated. If you can, find or make an image of an eye shot with no angle IE: looking directly at the camera, otherwise this trick will cause a lot of distortion to your image which you will need to try and fix.
To start off, begin with selecting the eye directly.
Now use a Brush, an Adjustment Layer, and the Smudge Tool, to make yourself an effect similar to the image below. The point of this is to have a near-solid color effect as close as possible to the colors in the image which you will be adding to your eye.
Now you can add your image. Make sure it fits into the area of the eye. Again, use the Refine Edge dialog box if you need to make things look smoother. You can also try changing the blending more to Overlay, Color, Pin Light or any other overlay mode that looks good with your image.
You can pick up a brush and do some additional black strokes around the eye lashes for a deep eye shadow effect. Also try gently touching some corner areas of the eye with the Sharpen Tool to boost the overall pop.
While your at it, add a Filter for more of an artistic look…
…and play around with a Low Flow White Overlay Brush to make things look perfect and beyond.
In today’s groovyPost on photoshop basics, I showed you how-to:
- Change the color of an eye
- Replace an eye with a personal image or logo
- Touch-up an eye with dark eye lashes and use a filter to add a little freaky to your image
So give one or all of these Photoshop tips & tricks a try and drop us a comment if you need any help along the way or if you have your own groovyTip!