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GroovyPost Teaches Photoshop: Basic Photo Touch-Up Techniques – Eyes

Basic Photo Touch-Ups - EyesReady 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:

  1. Photoshop CS4/CS5
  2. A Photo of an eye/eyes (either taken by you or downloaded from the internet)
  3. 30 Minutes of free time.

Eye Touch-Up Techniques

Changing Eye Color

Begin with an image of any eye, preferably a high quality .jpg

Adobe Photoshop Basics - Human Eye

Use the Selection tool of your choice to select any reflection areas in the eye and then copy them to a new photoshop Layer, placed on top of the current one.

Adobe Photoshop Basics - Human Eye select reflection

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.

Adobe Photoshop Basics - Human Eye select entire eye layer

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.
Adobe Photoshop Basics - Human Eye change color using hue saturation

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.

Adobe Photoshop Basics - Human Eye select eye layer

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.

Adobe Photoshop Basics - Human Eye smudge color

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.

Adobe Photoshop Basics - Human Eye add globe to eye

Additional groovyTips

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.

Adobe Photoshop Basics - Human Eye darken eye lashes

While your at it, add a Filter for more of an artistic look…

Adobe Photoshop Basics - Human Eye add filter for artistic look

…and play around with a Low Flow White Overlay Brush to make things look perfect and beyond.

Adobe Photoshop Basics - Human Eye filter over exposure

In today’s groovyPost on photoshop basics, I showed you how-to:

  1. Change the color of an eye
  2. Replace an eye with a personal image or logo
  3. 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!

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One Response to GroovyPost Teaches Photoshop: Basic Photo Touch-Up Techniques – Eyes

  1. Kapil Kapoor June 23, 2011 at 5:27 am #

    bravo… I’m going to do this, just now. 🙂

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