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Adding mascara to darken eyelashes

From: Photoshop for Photographers: Portrait Retouching

Video: Adding mascara to darken eyelashes

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.

Adding mascara to darken eyelashes

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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Photoshop for Photographers: Portrait Retouching

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  1. 1m 58s
    1. Welcome
      1m 4s
    2. Using the exercise files
      54s
  2. 6m 49s
    1. Initial retouching considerations
      3m 51s
    2. Using a Wacom tablet
      1m 8s
    3. Exploring resources and finding inspiration
      1m 50s
  3. 37m 21s
    1. Where to begin?
      1m 19s
    2. Reviewing the basic cleanup tools
      3m 59s
    3. Removing small distractions
      2m 41s
    4. Using selections and cloning to remove distractions
      4m 26s
    5. Simplifying the background with the Clone tool
      5m 12s
    6. Removing a garment strap
      5m 17s
    7. Removing a distracting logo
      3m 43s
    8. Removing lint from a T-shirt
      3m 40s
    9. Cleaning up a backdrop with Content-Aware Fill
      2m 58s
    10. Cleaning up a backdrop with the Patch tool
      4m 6s
  4. 22m 31s
    1. Extending a real-world scene, part 1
      4m 6s
    2. Extending a real-world scene, part 2
      4m 20s
    3. Removing distractions for a creative effect
      4m 31s
    4. Using selections and Free Transform to rebuild image elements
      3m 44s
    5. Moving a person with Content-Aware Move
      5m 50s
  5. 28m 48s
    1. Removing small details from the face
      4m 50s
    2. Retouching skin
      4m 35s
    3. Reducing hotspots, part 1
      4m 32s
    4. Reducing hotspots, part 2
      4m 36s
    5. Reducing brightness with selections and curves
      3m 26s
    6. Using Hue/Saturation to minimize variations in skin color
      3m 45s
    7. Removing tan lines
      1m 53s
    8. Leaving imperfections in portraits
      1m 11s
  6. 37m 15s
    1. Correcting tone with curves and masking
      5m 39s
    2. Fixing exposure and color with curves
      4m 14s
    3. Correcting tone with blending modes and masking
      5m 22s
    4. Using Shadows/Highlights to improve exposure
      5m 28s
    5. Using Soft Light layer blending to burn and dodge
      4m 37s
    6. Exploring the burning-and-dodging workflow
      6m 35s
    7. Using multiple techniques to improve shadows and highlights
      5m 20s
  7. 22m 42s
    1. Reducing wrinkles with the Healing Brush
      7m 21s
    2. Working on wrinkles and details
      6m 51s
    3. Fine-tuning and making final adjustments on wrinkles
      3m 44s
    4. Quick wrinkle reduction with the Patch tool
      4m 46s
  8. 43m 27s
    1. Enhancing eyes with adjustment layers and blending
      4m 7s
    2. Adding sparkle to the eyes
      4m 38s
    3. Increasing color with Colorize and blending modes
      5m 37s
    4. Rebuilding the edge of the eye
      6m 34s
    5. Whitening eyes, part 1
      3m 54s
    6. Whitening eyes, part 2
      5m 42s
    7. Removing eye veins and sharpening eyes behind glasses
      7m 8s
    8. Correcting color and tone behind glasses
      5m 47s
  9. 11m 26s
    1. Trimming eyebrows
      5m 25s
    2. Darkening eyebrows
      2m 48s
    3. Adding mascara to darken eyelashes
      3m 13s
  10. 16m 47s
    1. Enhancing lip color and tone with curves and masking
      4m 23s
    2. Using Color Balance and blending modes to improve the look of lips
      7m 41s
    3. Improving the look of lips with the Burn and Dodge tools
      4m 43s
  11. 13m 49s
    1. Teeth whitening made easy
      2m 33s
    2. Exploring advanced teeth whitening
      5m 0s
    3. Automating teeth whitening with actions
      5m 9s
    4. A note on retouching facial features
      1m 7s
  12. 35m 22s
    1. Covering and correcting hair discoloration
      5m 48s
    2. Fixing the color of hair roots
      3m 3s
    3. Making creative color adjustments to hair
      2m 44s
    4. Patching a gap in hair
      4m 27s
    5. Removing flyaway hairs
      6m 18s
    6. Fixing flyaway hairs with a complicated background
      5m 57s
    7. Adding accents and creative color to a fashion photograph
      7m 5s
  13. 27m 22s
    1. Brightening shadow areas on the face
      4m 22s
    2. Adding color to the cheeks and eyelids
      4m 30s
    3. Modifying eye makeup color
      3m 52s
    4. Increasing color saturation and variety
      4m 17s
    5. Enhancing color with the Lab Color space
      5m 44s
    6. Using Selective Color to create vibrant color
      3m 29s
    7. Additional makeup resources
      1m 8s
  14. 23m 15s
    1. High-pass skin softening
      6m 48s
    2. Creating a mask for the skin
      4m 23s
    3. Softening and adding even texture to the skin
      5m 36s
    4. Adding a soft glow to the skin and details
      6m 28s
  15. 34m 36s
    1. Adding dimension using curves and masking
      3m 50s
    2. Reshaping a jawline with Liquify
      4m 30s
    3. Reshaping a shirt with Liquify
      3m 13s
    4. Reshaping a shoulder with Liquify
      3m 22s
    5. Reshaping the body with Liquify
      2m 35s
    6. Using the Warp tool to reshape a jawline
      3m 33s
    7. Modifying the body with the Warp tool
      3m 35s
    8. Changing shape with selections and masking
      8m 32s
    9. Tips for thoughtful portrait retouching
      1m 26s
  16. 36s
    1. Goodbye
      36s

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