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Adding sparkle to the eyes

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Video: Adding sparkle to the eyes

In this chapter, we are going to take a look at a number of different techniques that we can use in order to enhance and improve eyes. In this movie, here we have this photograph that I captured earlier this year, and I really like the composition. I like the way everyone is looking up. I climbed up on a tree in order to gain this perspective. So let's go ahead and double-click the Zoom tool to take this image to 100%. Now, when we do that, one of the things that's kind of interesting is we can see there are different types of eyes that are really close together, and that's one of the reasons why I want to start with this image, just so we can begin to see how these different techniques will work with different colored eyes.

Adding sparkle to the eyes

In this chapter, we are going to take a look at a number of different techniques that we can use in order to enhance and improve eyes. In this movie, here we have this photograph that I captured earlier this year, and I really like the composition. I like the way everyone is looking up. I climbed up on a tree in order to gain this perspective. So let's go ahead and double-click the Zoom tool to take this image to 100%. Now, when we do that, one of the things that's kind of interesting is we can see there are different types of eyes that are really close together, and that's one of the reasons why I want to start with this image, just so we can begin to see how these different techniques will work with different colored eyes.

Well, the first thing that I want to do here is I want to brighten the eyes out. So I want to add a little bit more sparkle to the eyes. I'm going to add a little bit more detail there. So how can I do that? Well, the first thing that I'm going to do is copy that background layer by pressing Command+J on a Mac, Ctrl+J on a PC and then I'll name this layer Eyes. Next, I'm going to navigate to my Filter pull-down menu and I'm going to choose Filter, Sharpen, and Smart Sharpen. What I'm interested in doing here is just bringing in some sharpening. So I'm going to go ahead and start with a pretty low amount. I want to be able to see the detail there. I'm going to bring my Amount up probably somewhere around 100 or so. This is a lower res file, so that it could be included with the training, and then I'll bring my radius up. I want More Accurate on. That will bring in little tiny details here, and we can see that I'm sharpening those little details.

I am also sharpening the rest of the image, and that doesn't look very good. I'm going to exaggerate this a little bit more because we will be able to lower its opacity, and let's go ahead and click OK. Well, now that we have sharpened everything, what we want to do is limit the sharpening to the eyes. So we are going to go ahead and use the shortcut, which is really handy. You hold down the Option key on a Mac, Alt key on a PC, and you think of that shortcut key as the renegade shortcut key. It's a shortcut key that says Hey! I want to do something my own way. If you hold that key down and then click on the Mask icon, it creates a mask filled with black rather than the default, a mask filled with white.

Next, we are going to grab our Brush tool. We are going to get a nice small brush here. We are going to go ahead and paint with white, and we are going to just begin to bring in a little bit of that sharpening into these eyes here. Now, it doesn't have to be perfect, but what we do want to do is just to begin to bring in a little bit of that. It's going to make those eyes sparkle a bit more. I'll go ahead and work on maybe one more over here. We could make our way throughout the entirety of this photograph in order to add a little bit more to these other images as well. Now, the nice thing about this is because it's a mask, we can then take advantage of what we have here in a number of different ways.

Well, for starters, let's look at our before and after. Here is before and here is after. That's going to be tough to see. So I'm going to zoom way in on one of the sets of eyes here, the bride. There is our before and after, and you should be able to see that there is just a little bit more detail there in the eyes. Nice. Well, what else can we do to make these eyes even brighter? Well, I'm going to copy this layer again, Command+J, and I'm copying the Eyes layer. So it's just a masked-in area of those eyes. Now, in this case, it's not doing too much because I have already brought in the sharpening. But I'm going to take my blend mode to one of the blend modes that brightens, like Screen.

Now, that's a little bit over the top. Those eyes are too bright, but that's not that big of a deal, because we can lower the opacity here. So I'm going to go ahead and lower the Opacity. Also, lower the opacity of that Sharpening layer. It's a little bit too strong, and now let's take a look at it. There is our before and after. If we zoom out a little bit, so we can see it in regards the whole picture. Here is our before and our after, just brightening those eyes. Again, we will just move around a little bit in the frame, so you can try to see some of the other eyes as well down here in this corner. How it deals with the brown eyes is kind of interesting. We can see the sharpening and then that brightening effect.

What you can do with this technique is you can dial in different amounts or different intensities by changing your opacity. Also, for that matter, let's say that you don't want to sharpen at all. You can simply add a little bit of brightness to those eyes, and that Screen blend mode does a great job, and I'll zoom in a little bit further, so you can see what I'm talking about. Here is our before and after. Well, that was just an initial look at how we can begin to brighten and sharpen, and add a little bit of sparkle to eyes. In this particular image, we are pulled back. The eyes are pretty small in this photograph. So it might just be a little subtle enhancement that we add here that isn't even necessarily noticeable, to add just a little bit of a snap, a little bit of life to this photograph.

Well, what about a photograph with a little bit closer, where we are really focused-in on the eyes? We will take a look at how we can begin to work on situations like that in the next movie.

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Photoshop CS4 Portrait Retouching Essential Training

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  1. 3m 22s
    1. Introduction
      2m 35s
    2. Using the exercise files
      47s
  2. 16m 24s
    1. Initial retouching considerations
      5m 21s
    2. Retouching workflow strategies
      3m 58s
    3. Retouching roadmap: Making notes
      2m 33s
    4. Using a Wacom Tablet
      2m 21s
    5. Resources and inspiration
      2m 11s
  3. 19m 44s
    1. White balancing in Adobe Camera Raw
      5m 51s
    2. White balancing with curves
      3m 10s
    3. Fine-tuning color with curves
      2m 17s
    4. Color-correcting white and black points in a photo
      3m 32s
    5. Color-correcting with a color card
      2m 59s
    6. Applying curves adjustments to another image
      1m 55s
  4. 35m 37s
    1. Reducing red skin tones
      3m 36s
    2. Correcting and enhancing skin colors
      2m 46s
    3. Introducing skin tone color correction
      3m 0s
    4. Color-correcting skin by the numbers
      2m 59s
    5. Color-correcting light skin tones: Male
      3m 25s
    6. Color-correcting light skin tones: Female
      2m 40s
    7. Color-correcting light skin tones: Children
      2m 46s
    8. Color-correcting medium light skin tones: Female
      2m 46s
    9. Color-correcting medium dark skin tones: Male
      3m 44s
    10. Color-correcting dark skin tones: Male
      5m 15s
    11. Color-correcting dark skin tones: Female
      2m 40s
  5. 34m 28s
    1. Using the Spot Removal tool
      5m 11s
    2. Deconstructing Clone and Heal spot removal
      2m 59s
    3. Cleaning up small skin variations
      5m 36s
    4. Reducing blemishes and skin shine
      3m 53s
    5. Cleaning up a portrait backdrop
      1m 39s
    6. Cleaning up a backdrop
      4m 33s
    7. Reducing wrinkles and Camera Raw workflow
      7m 46s
    8. Removing lens dust from images
      2m 51s
  6. 1h 1m
    1. Creative tip: Leaving crumbs
      1m 8s
    2. Removing background distractions
      7m 31s
    3. Removing elements with the Patch tool
      8m 27s
    4. Removing T-shirt graphics
      4m 6s
    5. Removing distractions near subjects
      6m 5s
    6. Simplifying a background
      7m 24s
    7. Cleaning up small facial details
      5m 50s
    8. Simple skin retouching project
      7m 29s
    9. Reducing hot spots
      4m 55s
    10. Cleaning up small hair details
      9m 2s
  7. 19m 39s
    1. Taking notes on an image
      2m 8s
    2. Cleaning up small details
      7m 12s
    3. Improving an eyebrow
      4m 13s
    4. Working on shadows
      6m 6s
  8. 15m 36s
    1. Cleaning up the background
      4m 27s
    2. Creative tip: Letting go of perfection
      1m 25s
    3. Improving the face
      5m 8s
    4. Cleaning up the details
      4m 36s
  9. 24m 41s
    1. Cleaning up the background
      5m 43s
    2. Improving background tone and texture
      6m 21s
    3. Fixing details and wrinkles
      4m 33s
    4. Final detail corrections
      4m 22s
    5. Bonus color enhancements
      3m 42s
  10. 38m 49s
    1. Creative tip: Movie critic
      58s
    2. Correcting tone with the Adjustment brush: Male
      5m 31s
    3. Correcting tone with the Adjustment brush: Female
      4m 58s
    4. Brightening with the Dodge tool
      3m 37s
    5. Correcting tone with curves
      5m 9s
    6. Enhancing with curves and the Burn tool
      3m 40s
    7. Quickly correcting tone with curves
      3m 35s
    8. Brightening with soft light blending
      4m 35s
    9. Darkening corners with soft light blending
      3m 54s
    10. Enhancing tone with shadows and highlights
      2m 52s
  11. 36m 11s
    1. Reducing shallow wrinkles with the Healing brush
      4m 32s
    2. Reducing wrinkles with Clone Stamp blending
      4m 2s
    3. Reducing deeper wrinkles with the Healing brush
      5m 57s
    4. Organizing layers and masking
      3m 15s
    5. Using the Dodge tool and blending modes on wrinkles
      4m 9s
    6. Using cloning, healing, and curves on wrinkles
      7m 33s
    7. Removing face and garment wrinkles for a magazine cover
      6m 43s
  12. 1h 1m
    1. Creative tip: Art and craft
      59s
    2. Adding sparkle to the eyes
      4m 25s
    3. Enhancing eye details
      3m 55s
    4. Brightening eyes
      6m 4s
    5. Improving eyes and darkening edges
      5m 38s
    6. Improving eyes with curves and color
      5m 3s
    7. Enhancing eyes with curves
      3m 42s
    8. Changing eye color
      6m 18s
    9. Adding a catch light
      2m 19s
    10. Sharpening eyes behind glasses
      4m 27s
    11. Whitening eyes
      2m 24s
    12. Whitening eyes in detail
      7m 44s
    13. Creating "Hollywood eyes"
      3m 24s
    14. Modifying pupils and eye edges
      5m 11s
  13. 15m 27s
    1. Reshaping an eyebrow
      3m 24s
    2. Improving texture around an eyebrow
      3m 8s
    3. Darkening an eyebrow
      3m 50s
    4. Adding mascara to increase eyelash density
      2m 11s
    5. Adding eyelashes
      2m 54s
  14. 18m 11s
    1. Enhancing lip color and tone
      3m 22s
    2. Using curves and Hue/Saturation to improve lips
      4m 28s
    3. Adding dimension, shine, tone, and color
      4m 11s
    4. Improving shape and tone
      6m 10s
  15. 11m 53s
    1. Creative tip: Ansel Adams
      1m 36s
    2. Whitening teeth with the Dodge tool
      2m 14s
    3. Whitening teeth with Hue/Saturation
      5m 17s
    4. Removing a gap between teeth
      2m 46s
  16. 35m 20s
    1. Patching a gap in hair
      2m 45s
    2. Covering hair discoloration
      3m 20s
    3. Brightening hair for emphasis
      3m 8s
    4. Brightening dark roots
      4m 27s
    5. Adding hair
      4m 39s
    6. Fixing roots and hair color
      4m 17s
    7. Removing flyaway hairs
      12m 44s
  17. 36m 12s
    1. Additional makeup resources
      1m 30s
    2. Brightening shadowed areas on the face
      2m 46s
    3. Adding color to the cheeks
      4m 59s
    4. Improving the lips
      3m 3s
    5. Modifying lip color
      4m 28s
    6. Adding makeup
      3m 31s
    7. Modifying eye makeup color
      4m 58s
    8. Increasing color saturation and variety
      3m 19s
    9. Changing eye makeup color
      3m 15s
    10. Creating dimensions with contours
      4m 23s
  18. 45m 5s
    1. Creative tip: Know when to hold 'em
      1m 18s
    2. Reducing skin highlights
      4m 15s
    3. Cleaning up small skin blemishes
      5m 19s
    4. Healing small skin blemishes
      3m 15s
    5. Minimizing color variance
      3m 31s
    6. Reducing small details
      4m 40s
    7. Advanced skin enhancement
      6m 17s
    8. Beauty skin workflow
      8m 50s
    9. Fashion project pt. 1: Background cleanup
      4m 21s
    10. Fashion project pt. 2: Skin cleanup
      3m 19s
  19. 1h 5m
    1. Basic skin cleanup
      2m 49s
    2. Advanced blemish removal
      6m 39s
    3. Skin softening
      7m 5s
    4. Basic skin cleanup
      3m 42s
    5. Enhancing texture and tone
      5m 12s
    6. Basic retouching final steps
      4m 27s
    7. Final skin softening
      6m 53s
    8. High-Pass skin softening
      7m 38s
    9. Creating a skin-softening action
      7m 18s
    10. Speeding up skin softening with masking
      7m 1s
    11. Skin cleanup and softening with Camera Raw
      6m 53s
  20. 57m 33s
    1. Creative tip: The ethics of retouching
      1m 31s
    2. Yoga project
      8m 52s
    3. Fashion project pt. 1: Improving the facial expression
      2m 44s
    4. Fashion project pt. 2: Changing the arms
      4m 43s
    5. Fashion project pt. 3: Modifying the legs
      2m 54s
    6. Fashion project pt. 4: Increasing the height
      2m 29s
    7. Fashion project pt. 5: Working with light
      6m 4s
    8. Flamenco project pt. 1: Modifying the waist
      3m 37s
    9. Flamenco project pt. 2: Improving the waist
      1m 54s
    10. Flamenco project pt. 3: Adding height
      2m 16s
    11. Flamenco project pt. 4: Color and tone
      2m 52s
    12. Muscles project pt. 1: Introducing the Liquefy filter
      2m 46s
    13. Muscles project pt. 2: Using the Liquefy filter
      5m 12s
    14. Muscles project pt. 3: Burning and dodging
      6m 19s
    15. Muscles project pt. 4: Using curves
      3m 20s
  21. 43m 31s
    1. Improving the jaw line with Forward Warp Liquefy
      3m 21s
    2. Improving the jaw line with Push Left Liquefy
      3m 25s
    3. Improving the jaw line with the Free Transform tool
      1m 55s
    4. Creating simple symmetry in the face
      7m 21s
    5. Improving the Shape of Eyes, Ears, Nose and Face
      3m 49s
    6. Tailor fitting a wedding dress
      2m 32s
    7. Improving the face
      3m 20s
    8. Reducing the stomach size
      4m 28s
    9. Correcting distortion
      8m 49s
    10. Combining multiple exposures
      4m 31s
  22. 46m 0s
    1. Creative tip: Seal on photography
      1m 28s
    2. Color-correcting skin tones
      4m 8s
    3. Reducing blemishes
      3m 33s
    4. Enhancing tone
      3m 22s
    5. Adding makeup
      5m 17s
    6. Creating dimension with contours
      2m 57s
    7. Sharpening eyes
      5m 22s
    8. Improving eyes
      4m 44s
    9. Lightening dark roots
      1m 26s
    10. Smoothing skin
      3m 38s
    11. Enhancing color
      3m 29s
    12. Modifying the background
      6m 36s
  23. 38s
    1. Goodbye
      38s

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