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Now we're going to continue to work with the same image, and this time, we're going to focus in on how we can add some sparkle to the eyes. Let's go ahead and zoom way in to this photograph. We can do that by pressing Command +Plus on a Mac, or Control+Plus on Windows. And when we get really close, you'll notice that this image was captured underneath a tree. That's why you can see all these little highlights, and some of the blue of the sky there. Well, already there are some nice kind of elements in the eyes, but I want to bring out even more detail; even more sharpness or sparkle in that area of the picture.
To do that, what you'll want to do is to click in your Background layer. Next, let's select a tool which allows us to make a round selection. We'll use the Elliptical Marquee tool, and we'll increase the Feather a little bit. Now, when you make the selection, it doesn't need to be perfect, because we're going to be masking off the edges in a moment. To select both eyes, hold down the Shift key, then click, and drag over the other eye. Well, now that we have these rough selections, press Command+J on a Mac, or Control+J on Windows. Here, if we turn off the Background layer, you can see we have the eyes isolated by themselves.
And the reason we're doing this is because we're only going to apply this effect to this part of our photograph, so we don't want to have the extra file size of duplicating the entire layer. We don't need to do that; we just need the eyes. All right; well, let's turn on the visibility of the Background layer, and let's name this new layer sparkle. All right; now next, let's go to our Filter pulldown menu, and then we're going to choose Sharpen, and Smart Sharpen. In the Smart Sharpen dialog, what we want to do is we want to apply some sharpening here with Lens Blur.
That typically works best. Next, you can click and drag your Radius and your Amount sliders around until you see nice detail there in the eyes. You want to have more detail than you're comfortable with, because we really want to make these vibrant and alive. We can see the preview over there on the image as well. Sometimes, when it comes to working on eyes, More Accurate can help out, because it will really bring out the little teeny details in the image. Of course, that depends upon the lens and camera you're using, and whether or not the image is really tack sharp.
With this image, I was using a real shallow depth of field, so I don't think that's going to work very well here, because the area of focus; it's pretty narrow. All right. Well next let's click OK in order to apply this effect, and then we need to mask it in. To mask it in, we want to first create a mask which is filled with black. So rather than just clicking on the Add Layer Mask icon by itself, we're going to add a modifier key. Press Option on a Mac, Alt on Windows, then click on the Add Layer Mask icon.
That will create a mask which is filled with black. Next, let's zoom in nice and close. Here we'll grab our Brush tool. The Brush tool we want to use is going to be with a nice soft edge here, so no Hardness, and a nice and small brush. With regards to our Opacity, let's bring this down a little bit; go down to about 70%, and of course, we want to paint with white. And by doing that, a lot of times what you can do is start in the middle of the eye, and kind of paint out, following the shape of the eye, and the lines there that you'll see in the eye.
So we're just going to click and paint out, trying to bring out a little bit of that sparkle there in the eye. If you want to bring out more, you can paint in to more of the eye. Now that we've done this, let's click on the Eye icon. You can see there is the before; click again, there is the after. Let me zoom in a bit more close here, so you can see this even more clearly, and I'll apply the effect in a way that's even stronger, so that you can see this in this movie, once it's compressed. All right; well now that I've done that, this time, hopefully, when we see our before and after, what you should see is the eye looks a little soft, and then now it all of a sudden has these really nice details highlighted in it.
I'll zoom in way beyond 100%; here is that before, and then after. And all of these effects that we've created work well together. If we turn off the visibility of all of these layers, we can see this first one of adding a bit of sparkle. Well, that works okay by itself, but really it's in combination with this Curves adjustment that these two start to make these eyes look better. With this adjustment here, it's cranked up pretty high. You could always diminish that if you don't want a vibrant, or bright effect.
And then finally, we had the color change there with this last layer. All right; well let's zoom out, so we can see this in a better perspective here. Here I'll click on the Eye icon, so that we can look at our overall before, and then now, our after.
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