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Brightening eyes

From: Photoshop CS4 Portrait Retouching Essential Training

Video: Brightening eyes

Welcome back. We are going to continue to enhance the eyes in this photograph. Let's go ahead and zoom in to 100% and this time let's do that by a way of shortcut. If you press Command+Option+0 on a Mac or Ctrl+Alt+0 on a PC, you can zoom in to 100%. Now what do I want to do here is make a selection of the eyes. So I'm going to go ahead and zoom in even further so I can make a good selection. I'm going to do that by pressing Command++ on a Mac; that's Ctrl++ on a PC. Next I'm going to press the Q key in order to enter Quick Mask mode. Press the B key to select my brush. So again to reiterate, first press the Q key, second grab your Brush tool by pressing the B key. Now what we are going to do is we are going to paint with black, and when I paint with black, it gives me an ability to see this red rubylith overlay and I'm going to be able to make a selection of these eyes.

Brightening eyes

Welcome back. We are going to continue to enhance the eyes in this photograph. Let's go ahead and zoom in to 100% and this time let's do that by a way of shortcut. If you press Command+Option+0 on a Mac or Ctrl+Alt+0 on a PC, you can zoom in to 100%. Now what do I want to do here is make a selection of the eyes. So I'm going to go ahead and zoom in even further so I can make a good selection. I'm going to do that by pressing Command++ on a Mac; that's Ctrl++ on a PC. Next I'm going to press the Q key in order to enter Quick Mask mode. Press the B key to select my brush. So again to reiterate, first press the Q key, second grab your Brush tool by pressing the B key. Now what we are going to do is we are going to paint with black, and when I paint with black, it gives me an ability to see this red rubylith overlay and I'm going to be able to make a selection of these eyes.

And I'm going to make a pretty rough selection because I can always edit or modify this later. I might as well try to make it as good as possible just so that I have something that's nice to work with. And again what I should see is that the red is overlaying the eyes and again if your selection isn't perfect, no big deal. Typically, though what you want to do is make sure your selection is bigger than the eye. It's always better to have a little bit more information than a little bit less. Because what we are going to do is we are going to turn this into a selection. We are then going to copy that selection to a new layer, and I'm just begin to take a look at how we can use some blending modes and what not in order to improve the eyes here.

So I have gone a little bit too far, which is fine. I think I'm okay with that. Now if I need to mask out anything, just hit the X key. So you paint with white and then when you paint with white, you can mask out any of these areas of the eyes here that you want to not select. Great. Well, now that we have done that, and now that we have a decent selection, let's go ahead and press the good old Q key that will exit the Quick Mask mode. Now in this case what I have selected is everything, but the eyes. So I want to inverse that. So I'm going to Select and choose Inverse. Now that I have the eyes selected, I'm going to do something kind of interesting. I'll click in the Background layer and rather than actually just copy this portion of the eyes, I'm going to copy the whole layer.

I will go ahead and click and drag this to the New Layer icon. And then I'm going to click on the Mask icon. So what I have on this layer, if I turn off the visibility of my other layers is just the eyes, or at least a rough selection of the eyes. Again, it goes a little bit too far, but I can always clean that up as I need to. And I'm going to put this layer on the top of my layer stack and turn on those underlying layer. So at this juncture, I'm not really seeing anything that's different, but what I'm going to do is I'm going to take the blend mode to one of those brightening blend modes and it's going to be Screen. Now when I initially do this, the eyes are going to be much too bright, but I'm going to run with this. I'm going to go ahead and say okay, you know what, I see potential here. I do see that my edges went out a little bit too far. So first I want to clean those up. So I'll grab my Brush, click in the Mask layer and I'm going to go ahead and paint with black, not paint with white there. Make sure I'm painting with black to -- I just clean up the edges.

I want to try to maintain some darkness on the edges and we will actually look at a technique where we will look to darken those edges up even more. So I'm going to go ahead and just mask those out here, just so I have nice darkness on them, and I'll make my way around. Of course, I could have done this from the get go. Although, it's nice to kind of see how we can clean that up. All right, great. Well, the intensity of that is much too strong. So I'm going to go ahead and lower the Opacity. And then one of the things that we want to begin to think about is what part of the eye should be the brightest. Well, it's the part of the eye that's opposite the light source. The light is coming from above. We can see a little catch light right there. So this portion of the eye should be the brightest. So what I need to do as well is I need to grab my brush, I'm going to lower the opacity here. I'm going to lower maybe somewhere around 50% or so.

In this case I'm going to paint with black. I'll make my brush nice and big, so I can get these nice big soft brush strokes. I'm just going to darken the top of the eye a little bit more. I want to have uniform brightness on these eyes. So now here is my before and after. We can see that the Brightening Effect is a little bit stronger in the lower portion of the eye. Again, before and after and that's a little bit more natural. All right, well let's zoom out a bit and see how we are doing. Here is our before and after. And you know what happens is a lot of times people stop right here and they say you know what? That's great. That's all that I need to do. I kind of have this super vivid bright eyes. It's actually not what you want to do, because typically what happens is when you brighten something, you lose a little bit of contrast.

So how could we quickly add contrast back to the eyes? Well, it's pretty simple. Here is all that you need to do. Copy this layer, which is our Screen layer. We will go ahead and click and drag that to the New Layer icon, so now I have a copy of it. That doubled the intensity of the brightness. That's not what I want. What I do want though is to take this to a blend mode of Soft Light, interesting. So now let's take a look at the combination of the two layers. Here is our before and then our after and in this juncture we can then bring the brightness up a little bit, bring the contrast down a touch, and again it's that added contrast on top of the eyes that makes them a little bit more realistic.

Now of course, it really depends on what style you want to go for in regards to the look in the eyes. So if we zoom out a little bit, and let me find a good zoom rate where we can evaluate the eyes. Let's take a look at our before and after. Here is before and then here is after. And of course, when you are doing these techniques you can always intensify the effect by simply selecting one of your layers, like let's say Screen and increasing the Opacity, then pressing Command+J to have even more brightness. That might be too much. So you can lower the opacity or you can mask it in this specific areas. So there is a lot of flexibility with this and what I'm trying to begin to show you is how you can work with eyes in a unique way. Sometimes what I like to do at this juncture is click on my topmost layer, then hold down the Shift key, click in the bottommost layer. Then group these by pressing Command+G for group on a Mac, Ctrl+G for group on a PC, and now I have these as a group and at this juncture I can then lower or increase the intensity of the overall effect. Here is my before and after.

In this case, a little bit more subtle eye brightening and eye sharpening, but it makes those eyes really come to life and you are going to have to determine how far to take it based on your own photograph and what the intent of the photographs actually are. Now there is one more little thing that I want to do with this particular photograph and we will do 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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