Re: Newbie Eye Retouch
(Stolen from Splanky and modified some)
1. Select the eyes. Use your lasso tool (or equivalent) and go around the irises. Try to get fairly close, but a perfect selection isn't necessary. If you hold down the SHIFT key while selecting, you can add the second eye to the selection.
2.. Soften (feather) the selection. Usually, unless you're working with an IMMENSE image, you'll just want to feather a couple pixels. This is just so you don't get a hard edge once you move the eyes to their own layer.
3.. After you've gone around both eyes, hit CTRL-J. CTRL-J adds a new layer...if there is a selection, it will copy whatever is in the selection to the new layer.
4. Now you are going to sharpen the eyes. Actually, you're going to OVERsharpen the eyes.
Make sure you are on the Eyes layer, and go to Filters > Sharpen > Unsharp Mask. (This picture 136, 6.2, 3) The size of the photo, the quality of the photo, and the detail in the eyes will determine your settings - you'll just have to play around a little to get a feel for it.
5. Now add a little color. Hold down the ALT key and click the button at the bottom of the Layers palette that's a circle that's half white, half black. That button adds a new "Fill or Adjustment Layer." Click on "Hue and Saturation" to add a color adjustment layer.
If you held down the ALT key while doing this, it pops up a dialog box that asks if you want to use 'the Previous Layer to Create a Clipping Mask" - check that box and click OK.
You'll notice that the new adjustment layer is offset a little to the right of the Eyes layer. This means that it will affect that layer only.
6. To colorize the eyes a little. Increase the Saturation a bit (this example +40). Click OK, and then lower the opacity of the colorization layer in the Layers palette. Adjust this until it looks about right.(This example 65%) But as with all images, come back to it the next day and take another look - you might find the eyes need a little more, or less, color than you originally set.
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