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Improving the eyes

From: Lightroom 4 Essentials: 02 Enhancing Photos with the Develop Module

Video: Improving the eyes

Let's take a look at how we can improve this image using the Adjustment brush. And for this photograph, let's zoom in and start off by working on the eyes. In the Navigator panel, zoom up to, say, a 1:2 zoom ratio, so you can get really close and see a lot of the nice detail here. Next we'll select the Adjustment brush. And from the Effect pull down menu, there is an option called Iris Enhance. Basically this has increased saturation, clarity and some bumped-up exposure there. Next we want to take our brush Flow down so we can kind of progressively build this up, and then position our brush over the image.

Improving the eyes

Let's take a look at how we can improve this image using the Adjustment brush. And for this photograph, let's zoom in and start off by working on the eyes. In the Navigator panel, zoom up to, say, a 1:2 zoom ratio, so you can get really close and see a lot of the nice detail here. Next we'll select the Adjustment brush. And from the Effect pull down menu, there is an option called Iris Enhance. Basically this has increased saturation, clarity and some bumped-up exposure there. Next we want to take our brush Flow down so we can kind of progressively build this up, and then position our brush over the image.

When I do that, my brush looks too big. To change your brush size, you can do something which may seem counterintuitive. You can actually zoom in. Let me show you what I mean. If I zoom into a 1:1, well, now all of a sudden when I position the brush over the eye, it's smaller. What isn't really smaller though; is just relative to your zoom rate. So one of the ways to change brush size when using the Adjustment brush is just to zoom in or zoom out. All right! Well, now that we have this, go ahead and maybe a little bit higher Flow amount here.

I'm just going to quickly paint around the iris and the eye here. I want to be a little bit careful to kind of build this up slowly, so it doesn't look completely unnatural. And of course, you want to move to the other eye when you've made progress on one. Take your time there, and than get to the other. Spacebar key allows you to access the hand tool and then click and drag to the right, so that you can move to the other eye. And you want to spend about the same time on each eye; otherwise, it just will look imbalanced, look a little bit strange.

So just go through and again just painting here. In this case, I'm using a mouse. You maybe able to hear me clicking. It would be ideal to have a Wacom tablet. I don't have mine with me today, but the mouse will still work for us. I think we're making pretty good progress on this. What I want to do is zoom out so I can see both of the eyes at one time. Therefore, in the Navigator panel, I'll click on 1:2, so it'll take me to this 1:2 zoom ratio here, and let's see how we've done with our eye work there.

We'll click on this switch to look at our before-and-after. Here we have before and then now after. Now one of the things that I notice with these eyes is there's too much saturation. It looks a little bit unnatural. So I'm going to decrease that Saturation amount. Also my clarity, I don't quite like that high of clarity. It made the eye just look a little bit strange. I will bring up a little bit of sharpness. I think this is helpful to see, because the default setting, well, it's not always perfect for all people, all eyes, and all situations.

You want to experiment and get it right for your image. Now, let's review the before-and-after. Flip that switch. You'll be able to see the before, which they look great. There's nice brightness to the eyes, a little catch light there, and then after just makes those come to life even a little bit more. You also want to make sure that you zoom out further, and you want to zoom out in different ways. So you can kind of see how does this fit into the overall brightness in this image? Again, our before and then after. And you know with eyes, I'm actually pretty cautious.

I'll probably back this off even more, because I don't want it to look exaggerated. The trick with all of this is that you want it to add a little life, but not too much life. Okay, well, I think that's nice there, yet I notice a problem. I was working on the eyes, the eyes are nice and bright, but next to the eyes is this bright highlight here. I need to somehow tone down this highlight. And sometimes by darkening something which is near the eyes, actually brightens them up.

In other words, correcting other aspects of the image can kind of fix the image in interesting and unexpected ways. Well, let's explore how we could work with this highlight right here in order to take that down a little bit, and let's do that in the next movie. So go ahead and keep this image open and I'll see you in the next movie.

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  1. 2m 1s
    1. Welcome
      1m 17s
    2. Using the exercise files
      44s
  2. 22m 4s
    1. Develop module overview and essential shortcuts
      4m 13s
    2. Panel navigation tips
      4m 53s
    3. Using the Develop module presets
      3m 32s
    4. Creating your own presets
      4m 1s
    5. Using the Snapshot and History panels
      3m 40s
    6. Working with the tool strip
      1m 45s
  3. 15m 20s
    1. Working with legacy Lightroom files
      6m 53s
    2. Viewing the before and after
      4m 29s
    3. Comparing and surveying images
      3m 58s
  4. 19m 42s
    1. Understanding white balance and color temperature
      2m 43s
    2. Using the White Balance Selector tool
      4m 22s
    3. Correcting white balance with a color checker
      3m 52s
    4. Working with white balance presets and fine-tuning white balance
      4m 24s
    5. Color correcting multiple images at once
      2m 42s
    6. Creativity and white balance
      1m 39s
  5. 23m 5s
    1. Getting familiar with the tone controls
      3m 19s
    2. Deconstructing the tone controls
      5m 39s
    3. Using the tone controls to enhance photographs
      5m 28s
    4. Correcting clipping with the tone controls
      4m 53s
    5. Synchronizing tonal adjustments with multiple images
      3m 46s
  6. 22m 31s
    1. Understanding vibrance and saturation
      5m 6s
    2. Working with vibrance and saturation
      5m 38s
    3. Color creativity with temperature, vibrance, and saturation
      3m 19s
    4. Understanding clarity
      2m 34s
    5. Using clarity in collaboration with vibrance and saturation
      5m 54s
  7. 10m 37s
    1. Basic panel workflow
      3m 38s
    2. Using Auto Tone
      1m 42s
    3. Workflow considerations
      5m 17s
  8. 18m 27s
    1. Cropping
      3m 29s
    2. Changing the crop aspect ratio
      1m 47s
    3. Straightening with the Crop tool
      2m 49s
    4. Working with the crop overlay
      3m 4s
    5. Crop creativity and orientation
      2m 36s
    6. Synchronizing crop settings
      2m 36s
    7. Exploring how to improve the composition of your photographs
      2m 6s
  9. 15m 55s
    1. Retouching with the Spot Removal tool
      8m 26s
    2. The Spot Removal tool: Clone versus Heal
      4m 56s
    3. Fixing red-eye
      2m 33s
  10. 16m 43s
    1. Introducing the Graduated Filter
      5m 14s
    2. Darkening the sky with the Graduated Filter
      6m 10s
    3. Enhancing a sunrise with the Graduated Filter
      5m 19s
  11. 45m 51s
    1. Adjustment Brush overview
      7m 45s
    2. Using Auto Mask
      5m 55s
    3. Burning and dodging a black-and-white image
      6m 44s
    4. Reducing noise
      5m 40s
    5. Minimizing moiré patterns
      3m 18s
    6. Painting in localized sharpening
      2m 14s
    7. Improving the eyes
      4m 6s
    8. Dimishing a distracting highlight
      3m 42s
    9. The Adjustment Brush and Basic panel workflow
      6m 27s
  12. 15m 38s
    1. Demystifying the Tone Curve controls
      5m 5s
    2. Using the tone curve to correct exposure
      2m 16s
    3. Changing tone and color with the the point tone curve
      3m 39s
    4. Making creative RGB adjustments
      4m 38s
  13. 13m 36s
    1. Understanding the HSL controls
      4m 4s
    2. Using the HSL Target Adjustment tool
      1m 40s
    3. Brightening tones with HSL
      3m 21s
    4. Using HSL to bring out warm and cool tones
      1m 47s
    5. Creative color with HSL
      2m 44s
  14. 36m 35s
    1. Introducing black-and-white conversion
      2m 38s
    2. Converting to black and white
      2m 16s
    3. Modifying black-and-white tones with the Grayscale panel
      5m 26s
    4. Enhancing black-and-white images with the Adjustment Brush
      9m 4s
    5. Using presets to convert to black and white
      5m 13s
    6. Black-and-white workflow with virtual copies
      5m 29s
    7. Black-and-white images and collections
      4m 22s
    8. Creating better black-and-white photographs
      2m 7s
  15. 14m 2s
    1. Split-toning essentials
      3m 34s
    2. Advanced split-toning tips
      2m 44s
    3. Split toning a color image
      3m 5s
    4. Split toning to create a sepia-tone effect
      2m 22s
    5. Using split toning to enhance a sunrise
      2m 17s
  16. 12m 21s
    1. Introducing noise reduction
      5m 10s
    2. Understanding sharpening
      5m 2s
    3. Sharpening workflow
      2m 9s
  17. 13m 35s
    1. Using the Lens Correction controls
      1m 56s
    2. Correcting distortion
      2m 45s
    3. Making subtle adjustments to composition and tone
      4m 10s
    4. Removing fish-eye distortion
      3m 18s
    5. Removing chromatic aberration
      1m 26s
  18. 12m 55s
    1. Adding and correcting vignettes
      2m 24s
    2. Using the Post-Crop controls
      4m 5s
    3. Adding a post-crop vignette
      4m 26s
    4. Working with film grain
      2m 0s
  19. 5m 34s
    1. Understanding camera calibration in Lightroom
      3m 20s
    2. Creative color with camera calibration
      2m 14s
  20. 21s
    1. Goodbye
      21s

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