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Old 10-23-2007, 03:35 AM
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Re: Brown EYE retouching with impact??

Ant and Ankh1,

My intent was to show the OP how far you could take the eyes using 1 simple tool.. Tis just a sample.. Like Ant said, just "opening up the shadows", by using one pass would have probably been enough for a nice effect.

So, I happen to agree, I much prefer to see rich natural colors with good highlights instead of the translucent look like I presented here, whether they be brown, blue, green, or hazel.. although I did see a pair of the most beautiful, translucent, penetrating blue eyes on a young man in Germany that made my heart skip a couple beats (Memories from many, many years ago).

Back to reality, I feel if you want your Model to be happy, the eye color should not be changed much at all, because they are used to looking at their eyes and face every day and some feel that even minor changes look way to weird, same goes for scars, moles and wrinkles.. some people wear them like badges of honor and do not want them retouched at all..

If it is for a client and the model doesn't matter then it is a totally different situation because you have to make the money people happy, sometimes at the expense of the model.

Most of the time everything should be in harmony and compliment, instead of standing out as an "Eye Sore" ( just had to say it! JK)

For the OP "milzy" who asked "Are there any resources on retouching brown eyes???"

1: Photoshop to Create Superstars ... Scroll down to the eye part

2: How to Digitally Enhance Eyes

3: Change the Color of an Eye

4: Retouching Tutorials ›› Eye Enhancement

5: To change eye color, make a new selection of just the iris or colored part of the eye. (If the eyes are really dark you might want to use the soft brush Sponge Tool with a desaturate setting to remove some color first.) Grab the elliptical marquee tool and select the iris. Then go the image menu and select the adjustments item then select hue saturation.
A new box will pop open with three sliders. The one you are interested in is the hue slider at the top. Try dragging this slider around to see how the eye changes color. For even more color variations you can try clicking the colorize check box at the bottom right corner of the dialog box and then slide the hue slider around again. The saturation slider will adjust the intensity of the color of the eye. When you find a good color write the values down as you will want to apply the same values to the other eye, then just click ok.

Either individually or using a combination of the above methods will work with Brown or darkly colored eyes.

Last edited by grannysdc; 10-23-2007 at 08:03 PM. Reason: added resource
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