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Here I want to share with you a quick and easy technique that you can use to darken the eyelashes. In a sense, this technique allows you to add mascara after the fact, using Photoshop. We'll also explore how we can add a few of our own eyelashes as well. In order to work with this technique, we simply need to create a new layer, change the layer blending mode, and then paint in on top of the eyelashes, and also paint in some of our own. So first press Shift+Command+N on a Mac, or Shift+Control+N on Windows.
We'll name this new layer Eyelashes, and we'll change our layer blending mode to Soft Light. Next, click OK. After having done that we'll want to choose our Brush tool, and with the Brush tool, we're going to need a really small brush. This will depend upon the res of your file, but for this one, I'm guessing two or three pixels will probably work well. All right, well let's zoom in on this photograph, and then next what we want to do is just start to paint over some of these eyelashes here. So we'll just start to follow some of the eyelashes. We also can add some of our own by painting, again, a similar shape around those eyelashes.
As we do this, the nice thing about this is it's on a separate layer, so if we make a mistake, we can always erase what we've done, or we can change this. Here you can see I'm just looking to kind of add a few of my own, and also darken these. Initially, as you make your way through your photograph, you won't see anything huge; it won't look like you've made some big dramatic change to your picture until you really start to turn your eye icon on and off. You can see now how I'm adding more to this area of the photograph. Again, as we go back and forth over this part of our picture, we can either really focus in on the eyelashes themselves to kind of add more density to them, or we can paint near them with a similar type of a shape in order to add some more of our own.
Here I'll just do a couple more in order to kind of finish this project off, and I'm going to add a bit more on that side, and also over here on this side. I'm trying to add some more of these guys here. And the next step; click on the eye icon. You can see there is our before; here is our after. If you've decided that you've added too many, well, when you turn off the Background layer, you can see all of your little brush strokes, right? To erase or to get rid of some of them, you can just use your Eraser tool. Now, if we zoom in really close on these, we could say, you know what? I kind of feel like I added one too many here, I don't like the shape of this one over there.
Well just go ahead and erase that. You can do that with the Background layer turned on as well, and this can help you kind of see how you can soften these, or erase these in order to clean up a couple areas if you feel like some of these that you added didn't work very well, and you just want to kind of diminish those. All right. Well, here you can see kind of that before and after view. And this technique, as I mentioned, is really simple and easy. All that you have to do is to create a new layer, and then change that layer blending mode to Soft Light, and then finally, at the end of this technique, feel free to use that Eraser brush, just to do any clean up work, or to kind of soften, or back up anything that you've done.
And by doing that, many times it can help you come up with really realistic and interesting results. Here are ours. There it is; the before, and then now, the after.
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