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Photoshop CS4 for Photographers is an essential course for any digital photographer who wants to master the software's vast array of image enhancement techniques. Professional photographer and instructor Chris Orwig uses his own compelling images to demonstrate how the power of Photoshop can make photographers more passionate about their work. He covers many aspects of the application, such as working with RAW images, using curves and levels, making images snap, and enhancing bland photographs by converting them to black and white. Exercise files accompany this course.
In this movie we are going to transition to beginning to talk about how we can improve eyes. In this movie in particular I want to talk about how we can brighten eyes. So let's select this photograph that I captured of one of our family friends, Bailey here. So let's go ahead and select the file eye_brightening.tif, and let's double-click that to open it in Photoshop. Press F to go to Full Screen View mode. As a side note, this is one of our family friends, and she is really cute, full of life, full of personality, so I'm going to add a little bit of brightness to her eyes, just to make this image have that little bit of an extra snap. I'll double-click the Zoom tool to take it to 100% so I can see my detail, and I'm going to zoom in even further on the eyes.
Now, I want to talk about how we can brighten these eyes really quickly. One of the things that we can do is this, its going to look a little strange but stick with me. Grab our Lasso tool; L is the shortcut, and I'll make a Lasso selection around the eyes. I'll copy that to a new layer. Command+J on a Mac Ctrl+J on a PC, and I'll name this new layer eyes. Next, I'm going to take this to a blend mode of Screen. We know that these blend modes darken, these lighten. We want that Screen blend mode which will add a lot of brightness. Now, I told you it would look strange, but stick with me.
The next thing I'm going to do is hold down the Option key on a Mac/Alt key on a PC and click on the Mask icon, which will then create a Mask filled with black. Now let me step back for a second. Why did I copy the eyes to a new layer? Well, I could have copied the whole layer, but then I would have had access file size, it would have increased the file size, wouldn't have been a good thing. In this way I just made a rough selection, copy that to a new layer, and then I was able to change it to that blend mode. All right. Well, next all that I need to do is Zooming in even further. Press B on the keyboard to grab my Brush tool. Press the Left Bracket key, I want a nice and soft brush, and here I'm just going to paint with white. I'm going to paint with white, which will then reveal that layer underneath it which in turn will brighten these eyes.
That Screen blend mode is a really nice blend mode when it comes to brightening. Currently, the Opacity of my brush is low, which I didn't realize, which actually turned out to be kind of nice. So it was at 100%, which I'll do. We would just then need to lower the Opacity of the layer. So I'll take that up to 100%. One of things you want to do is turn this layer on and off, look at your before and after. When I do that I realize I also brightened some of the eyelid. So I'll press the X key, I'll paint with black on the eyelid; don't want that bright, do I, over there as well.
I also don't want to brighten any of the whites of the eye. I'm going to be real careful about that, before and after. Take my brush a little bit bigger. That would just soften those transition edges around the eye. Keep in mind that it's not going to looking very good initially, it's going to look a little strange. Double-click the Zoom tool, and then let's go to our before and after; here is before, here is after, Zoom in so you can actually see that I guess. Here is our before and after. Again, for me that looks a little bit too intense, so I'm going to back that off. But now here is before and after. Just a little bit more light in those eyes, and then for my own sanity I need to Zoom out and look at my before and after, and on my monitor that looks a little bit too bright. So I'm going to just pull that back a little bit. I want to keep it nice and natural, so again, I'm just going to lower my Opacity till I find the sweet spot.
That wraps up our conversation about eye brightening.
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