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Enhancing the eyes

From: Photo Restoration with Photoshop

Video: Enhancing the eyes

Old portraits can be gorgeous, and with a little bit of something as simple as bringing out the eyes, you can make them even more so. I am going to show you a really quick easy way to do that. Looking at this image, you can see there isn't a thing in the world wrong with this. I just want to pop the eyes a little bit and bring them out and make them the real focus of the image. We will begin by making an adjustment layer. Go down to the bottom of your Layers panel--half-black, half-white circle to create a new fill or adjustment layer.

Enhancing the eyes

Old portraits can be gorgeous, and with a little bit of something as simple as bringing out the eyes, you can make them even more so. I am going to show you a really quick easy way to do that. Looking at this image, you can see there isn't a thing in the world wrong with this. I just want to pop the eyes a little bit and bring them out and make them the real focus of the image. We will begin by making an adjustment layer. Go down to the bottom of your Layers panel--half-black, half-white circle to create a new fill or adjustment layer.

Click that and choose Curves. Going to bring our histogram, grab it in the center, and move it up toward your upper left-hand corner, just a bit. Now we are going to invert our mask using Ctrl+I or Command+I. Let's grab our Zoom tool in our toolbar and just zoom in on the eyes here and go back to the toolbar and grab our brush. You can adjust the size of your brush using your open and close bracket keys, and I am going to make mine a little smaller with the open bracket key and begin drawing in the area I want to make a little lighter, this half-moon shaped this big and beauty retouching and the lights of the eyes. Maybe just a little here outside the pupil to bring a little emphasis there.

Now let's go up to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur. We just want a bit of a blur on here, enough to blend it in, blend in the edges, but not blow things out. Have a look at both sides. That looks pretty good, so click OK. Now you can bring your Opacity down. The main focus is to blend these areas on the outside of the pupil with the rest of the whites of the eye, because you don't want those to stand out a whole lot.

You just want a nice subtle lightening there. Bring it way down to about 15%, and now we are going to add another Curves Adjustment. Go down to your Create a new fill or adjustment layer. Select Curves again. This time we're going to bring the Histogram down towards the lower right-hand corner. Invert the mask using Ctrl+I or Command+I, and this time we are going to paint in the dark areas: the pupils and around the edges of the eye, around the pupil, and maybe along the lash line, a little emphasis there. Follow the shadows of the eye, have a nice shadow here, perhaps right here.

Let's get this pupil in here. Don't want to forget the other eye. You can take your time with this. It doesn't have to be overly precise, because we are going to blur, but you can catch everything. Now we are going go up to Filter, and I believe we'll just use our last setting on our Gaussian Blur. You can also use Ctrl+F to get that last setting of the last filter you used, and let's bring the Opacity down--maybe keep it a little darker than the whites.

Okay, that looks pretty good, but the only way we are really going to be able to tell is if we zoom back out, and then we can look at it this way. That might be a little harsh, so let's try at about 20. I just want it subtle. Subtlety is the key. You don't want a big in-your-face beauty retouching on an old portrait. Let's look at our before and our after and just a nice subtle pick-me-up at the eyes to really bring the focus in.

Just as in beauty retouching, giving the eyes a little lift in old portraits can bring the whole picture back to life.

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Photo Restoration with Photoshop

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  1. 1m 33s
    1. Welcome
      48s
    2. What you should know before watching this course
      13s
    3. Using the exercise files
      32s
  2. 16m 47s
    1. Customizing your workspace
      2m 17s
    2. Using layers
      1m 58s
    3. Assessing the damage
      1m 52s
    4. Rebuilding color channels in a grayscale image
      3m 47s
    5. Using a Black & White adjustment layer
      1m 57s
    6. Using the Clone Stamp, Healing Brush, and Patch tools
      4m 56s
  3. 27m 30s
    1. Fixing a faded black-and-white photo
      2m 20s
    2. Removing small splits, specks, and spots
      3m 44s
    3. Repairing red-eye
      4m 58s
    4. Reducing paper texture
      4m 34s
    5. Reducing dot patterns in printed photos
      3m 51s
    6. Fixing lens distortion
      4m 19s
    7. Straightening a crooked image
      3m 44s
  4. 24m 16s
    1. Fixing large rips, tears, and other damage
      3m 9s
    2. Removing long scratches
      3m 24s
    3. Fixing creases
      5m 8s
    4. Stitching large photos using Photomerge
      3m 17s
    5. Reassembling torn photos
      4m 56s
    6. Replacing missing pieces
      4m 22s
  5. 27m 55s
    1. Removing stains
      3m 48s
    2. Removing ink marks
      2m 34s
    3. Repairing adhesive tape damage on a black-and-white photo
      2m 14s
    4. Repairing adhesive tape damage on a color photo
      6m 1s
    5. Fixing mold damage
      5m 20s
    6. Reducing starburst light glare
      5m 11s
    7. Reducing eyeglass light glare
      2m 47s
  6. 21m 32s
    1. Understanding the basics of levels
      2m 50s
    2. Understanding the basics of curves
      3m 29s
    3. Finding the black, white, and gray points in an image
      3m 28s
    4. Adjusting color levels by channel
      1m 58s
    5. Making selective contrast adjustments
      4m 48s
    6. Adjusting image shadows and highlights
      4m 59s
  7. 18m 13s
    1. Adjusting color with the Photo Filter adjustment
      2m 23s
    2. Correcting color casts using inverse color correction
      3m 2s
    3. Correcting color problems using the Color Balance adjustment
      3m 19s
    4. Correcting color casts using the Variations command
      3m 55s
    5. Correcting color by combining levels and curves
      1m 44s
    6. Improving color by adjusting the hue and saturation
      3m 50s
  8. 33m 14s
    1. Removing distracting elements
      5m 35s
    2. Repairing and recreating backgrounds
      7m 43s
    3. Extracting areas using masks
      5m 5s
    4. Matching colors in elements you add
      4m 11s
    5. Matching textures
      4m 45s
    6. Replacing facial features and missing body parts
      5m 55s
  9. 29m 59s
    1. Converting to black and white
      4m 48s
    2. Enhancing faded color
      3m 30s
    3. Smoothing a subject's skin
      4m 2s
    4. Enhancing black-and-white photos with duotone
      2m 34s
    5. Enhancing the eyes
      4m 10s
    6. Bringing out facial features with light
      5m 22s
    7. Sharpening
      5m 33s
  10. 32m 32s
    1. Assessing the damage
      1m 26s
    2. Repairing the crack
      1m 52s
    3. Replacing the missing body parts
      3m 5s
    4. Removing the specks, spots, and scratches
      3m 7s
    5. Fixing the missing corner
      1m 14s
    6. Lightening the stains
      5m 22s
    7. Restoring the faded tone in the face
      3m 8s
    8. Balancing the tone in the image
      1m 58s
    9. Evening the color with a Black & White adjustment layer
      49s
    10. Cleaning up the image
      2m 24s
    11. Adding definition to the face
      2m 20s
    12. Softening the image
      58s
    13. Sharpening the image
      2m 4s
    14. Bringing back some of the original tone
      1m 34s
    15. Comparing the image before and after
      1m 11s
  11. 24s
    1. Final thoughts
      24s

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