A short, requested tutorial on how to pop the eyes in photos.
(It’s a small change, but I think it looks nicer~)
Okay, so first things first - you need your photo. Obviously you’ll have to sort all that out, and once you’ve got it open in photoshop - you’re ready.
- Zoom right in to the eyes of the subject. I usually zoom in around 300/400%. It’s a /lot/ easier the closer in you are. But try to keep both eyes in on the canvas, just so you’re not doing one at a time ‘cause it’ll probably look a bit weird.
- Select the burn tool (the icon to the left with those settings) and start to gently colour over the eyebrows and eyelids. It’s not just the eyes that have to pop out! [So far I have this]
- Next, select the dodge tool (the icon to the left with those settings) and start to gently colour over the whites of the eyes. Usually when you’re resizing, etc, the colours in the eyes can get mixed, and it looks a lot nicer if you whiten them back up again. Then give a single colour over the hues, avoiding the pupil.
- Now, we’re going to have to add a new layer. Click this and make sure the new layer is on top of the photo you’re editing. Now, hold ALT and select the most vibrant colour of the hue (For example, if it’s a brown eye you want the most brown, or if it’s a blue eye you want more blue.) and paint over it. So far, I have this.
- After that, set the new layer to COLOR DODGE. If the colour you selected is vibrant enough, it should instantly boost the eye colour and lightness. (If you don’t like the effect, select the layer and go into Image > Adjustments > Brightness & Contrasts and boost/lower it. You can also go into Hue/Saturation and alter it too. Now I have this.
- Once you’re happy with everything, right click a layer and flatten the image. Then sharpen or use an action on it, and then add a PSD. (I used PSD #96)
This is my end result: