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Let's take a look at how we can have some fun with eye color. Here in this photograph of my daughter Annika. She was getting ready for Halloween and she is dressed up as little mermaid and we spray-painted her hair and everything. So let's go ahead and push this even a little bit further and have fun by changing her eye color. Well, first, let's zoom in on the image, so that we can focus in on those big beautiful eyes. Next, we can use a number of different types of adjustment layers to change eye color, Color Balance, Hue/Saturation, Curves.
Let's go ahead, and select or create a Curves adjustment layer. We can do so by clicking on the Curves icon. Next, what I'm going to do is I'm going to go into this Red channel here. I'm going to click and drag down. That's going to then change the overall color of the image. Now, in this case, I'm changing the color everywhere. Well, let's say that what I want to do is just change the color in the eyes. Well then, I need to invert the mask. Press Command+I on a Mac, Ctrl+I on a PC, then click on your Brush tool. Paint with white.
What we're going to do is just paint in the eye area. As I do that, we can see that I have this color shift that was created with this Curves adjustment. Now, at this point, let's say that's a little bit too muddy. Well, no biog deal. Go back to the RGB channel, and then brighten that up. Well, we can then go into the different channels, for example, the Red channel or the Green channel. Here we can click and drag one way or another in order to change the different type of eye color that we want. Again, the Blue channel, we'll see how this could swing this one way or another.
We can have a lot of flexibility with how this works. Now, sometimes what you may want to do with eye color is perhaps just add a little hint of color, not something that's as dramatic as this. Well, just keep in mind, all that you need to do is make a more subtle adjustment here. Click on your before and after. Then also you can always lower the Opacity. Sometimes that's helpful just so you have a little bit of that shift of color that makes sense for that particular image. Now, in this case, one of things you may want to do is go ahead and reset your Curves.
So I'm going to reset Curves, have a lower Opacity, a little bit more subtle. In my RGB channel, I'm going to brighten this up a bit. So I'm just subtly bringing in some brightness. I'll then go into this Red/Cyan channel. I'm going to click on the Target Adjustment tool so I'm working in the right area. Here what I'm going to do is go ahead and add some Cyan. I can do that by clicking and dragging. You can see they become more Red or a little bit more Cyan. Next, I'll go down to my Blue/Yellow channel. Again, with this tool still selected, I'll click and drag up, adding a little bit more Blue.
Here we can see our before and then after. Again, just a fun way to begin to modify or change eye color.
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