Happy Monday, today we are going begin a three part tutorial on eye enhancements that can helpful in your portrait editing workflow.
Here is the photo I am using
You can find it here
OK, so now we open our image in photoshop, and place a blank layer above the background (Annes layer). Go to Layer-New-Layer.
Next we select the brush tool. Set the opacity to 20% and leave the flow at 100%
Now we are going to remove the red marks on the white part (zenfolio will not let me write S-C-L-E-R-A.)
Sample (hold down the alt key and click with your brush) an area closest to the red part and the brush over it.
Repeat on all red and discolored areas.
Go to Filter-Noise- Add Noise, amount 1% Distribution check uniform.
On the layers palette reduce opacity to about 80 or 85%
Then hit Control/E (to flatten the image)
Your result should look like this.............
Next you want to hit Control/J (to copy the background layer).
Now change the blending mode to screen. (blending modes are located at the top of the layers panel)
Alt click on the layer mask icon, or go to Layer-Layer Mask-Hide All.
Hit B on the keyboard or select the brush tool from the toolbar.
Remember opacity and flow should both be at 100%
Then with your foreground color set to white (the mask is black) Paint over the eyes.
You can use the bracket keys to make your brush lager or smaller.
Hit the X key to switch between black and white.
Make sure to go over the eyes carefully, you only want the white part lightened.
When you are satisfied with the result reduce the layer opacity to 25 to 30%
It should look like this..............
In part two we will do some digital painting that will make your images pop!