We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. Click continue if you're happy to receive all cookies on the 416 Studios website.


Eye Sharpening – Photoshop Tutorial

eye sharpening Photoshop tutorial before and after image

With this tutorial you can create amazing, bright eyes within minutes.

amazing bright eyes how to tutorial

First retouch, adjust levels and do all necessary colour corrections on your image.

amazing bright eyes how to tutorial

With a Lasso Tool  (L) select the eyes (hold Shift key to add to selection). Hit Ctrl+J to copy selection to a new layer. You can copy the whole layer instead of selecting eyes but applying the filter to the large area like this may take a while on slower computers.

amazing bright eyes how to tutorial

Use Smart Sharpen filter on the eyes, the choice of right settings will depend on the size of your file.

eye sharpening Photoshop tutorial

Add a layer mask to the sharpened layer, then using a white soft brush on 50% bring back paint only iris’ and pupils to expose the sharpened eyes. Reduce opacity of the layer if it is obviously too sharp.

amazing bright eyes how to tutorial

Using levels brighten the whole picture and then copy mask from previous layer to select only eyes by holding Alt while dragging the sharpened mask (“layer 1″ in the pic) onto the “levels 2″ layer.

eye sharpening Photoshop tutorial

With a Colour Balance set desired eye colour, keep “Preserve Luminosity” ticked, again use copy of previously created mask to select eyes only.

eye sharpening Photoshop tutorial

Reduce opacity of the colour layer to make the eyes look more natural. Optionally go back to the other masked layers to find the best balance playing with opacity.

eye sharpening Photoshop tutorial

And voilà, the image is ready.

416 Studios (Margot + Michael) is Brighton based husband & wife team specializing in web design, WordPress themes, SEO, photography, photo editing and creative retouching for professional clients such as photographers, models, actors, musicians, cafes, restaurants, venues and other businesses but also private clients.

Many of 416 Studios' photos are now available to purchase through RedBubble store. Please, come inside to take a look...

Coffee & Vanilla's prints for sale

142 Responses to “Eye Sharpening – Photoshop Tutorial”

  1. Texas alcohol addiction

    Great site you have here.. It’s difficult to find high-quality
    writing like yours these days. I truly appreciate individuals like you!

    Take care!!

    My homepage; Texas alcohol addiction

  2. Barbara

    I read a lot of interesting content here. Probably you spend a lot of time writing, i know how to save you a lot
    of time, there is an online tool that creates high quality,
    google friendly posts in seconds, just type in google – laranitas free content source

  3. Totana

    Hi, Its really a great Photoshop Tutorial,Every Time i like to create different things, your tutorial help me. lot of thanks for this tutorial

  4. Phowd

    Nice job on the tutorial. I liked the catch light in your example. BTW everybody be careful not to o over sharpen!

  5. http://www.touzes.tv/

    Follement сaptivant, seelon moi cе post intéresserait une gonzesse

    My web blogg … http://www.touzes.tv/

  6. Clipping path

    What can I say?You have a talent!Thanks for making it so clear-step-by-step.It will be a great resource page of knowledge.

  7. blekko.com

    This info is worth everyone’s attention. Where can I
    find out more?

  8. ana

    thanks for sharing

  9. Abu Fateh

    I like this post!! I would like to choose 3rd option.Thank you

    very much for your posting!!! Best,

  10. admar2010

    Thank you
    very much for your posting!!! Best,

  11. clipping path bd

    awesome Eye Sharpening tutorials.I have impressed and learn lots .this is helpful for beginner and thanks for step by step process

  12. vidéo xxx avec des lesbiennes

    Jе suis arrivé surr ton sitе internet paг hasard et
    ppսis je ne le reɡrette nullement !!!

    my homepage vidéo xxx avec des lesbiennes

  13. jeune coquine

    Humm êtes vous sûr dе сe que vօսѕ avancez

    Αlsߋ visit my weblog: jeune coquine

  14. lesbienne cochonne

    Sublime postе, continuez comme ça

    mʏ homepage: lesbienne cochonne

  15. MelissaRigby-SharpEyes-Photoshop | Melissa Rigby Photography

    […] I have always wanted to learn how to do this, so I finally took the time to do so! I followed this tutorial and it takes less than 5 minutes. In the tutorial they enhanced the color of the eyes in the example […]

  16. leeloo

    great tutorial! (but the green part a bit too much though :) )

Leave a Reply

Allowed tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>