Sharpening Eyes

 

With a few simple steps is it possible within minutes to improve the visual impression of eyes dramatically. A word of caution it is very easy to overdo this and end up with too sharp and unnatural looking eyes. I have deliberately done this in the examples, to better emphasis the effects. Should this happen, just cut back on opacity There is several ways to achieve the same effects, some are more complex than others, in this post are we going to deal with two different techniques.

Technique 1

 

  1. Mark the eyes with the marquee tool (hold Shift key to add to the selection). Create a copy of the selected eyes into a new layer (ctrl+j), then rename the layer as “lighten eyes”.

  1. Brighten up the new layer (under image->adjustments->brightness/contrast), do not be afraid making them too bright, you can always cut back on opacity.

  1. Copy the “lighten eyes” layer on to a new layer (ctrl+j), and rename that to sharpen eyes.

  1. Hide the “sharpen eye” layer (green arrow), and select the “lighten eyes” layer. Then while holding the ALT key press Mask layer (red arrow). This will mask out the adjustments from the “lighten eyes” layer.

  1. Select a 50% brush of a fitting size; I use the (alt key+ right mouse key) allowing me to adjust the brush size. Make sure the mast layer is selected, and now start painting the “lighten eye” layer back in.

 

  1. Now Select and unhide the “Sharpen eye” Layer. Apply “filter->Other->High Pass”. The value you want to enter is typical around 3.5 – 4.5 depending on how sharp you want the eyes.

     

  2. Add a Mask layer (hold the alt key+new mask) and change the blend mode to “overlay” of the sharpen layer, you can now start painting the sharpness back in on the Mask.

  3. If the “lighten eyes” layer is to dominant, then lower the opacity on the layer

  1. You can select the “Sharpen eyes” and “Lighten eyes” layer and group them by hitting CTRL+G, then rename the group to “eye effects”

     

Technique 2

 

  1. Mark the eyes with the marquee tool (hold Shift key to add to the selection). Create a copy of the selected eyes into a new layer (ctrl+j), then rename the layer as “eyes”. Brighten up the new layer (under image->adjustments->brightness/contrast), do not be afraid making them too bright, you can always cut back on opacity.

     

  2. Sharpen the eyes (Filter -> Sharpen -> Smart Sharpen”

  3. Add a Mask layer (hold the alt key+new mask) and change the blend mode to “overlay” of the sharpen layer, you can now start painting the sharpness back in on the Mask. Lower the opacity if the effects becomes to much

     

     

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