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.

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