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Illuminating the eyes

From: Photoshop CS5: Creative Compositing

Video: Illuminating the eyes

Before we begin to work on this project, one of the first things I want to do is evaluate what we have in our Layers panel. Here you can see I've combined a number of different layers. Let's click through these, just so we're familiar with what we have. In the next layer, we have a photograph of a sunrise, and then we have a coffee stains graphic, a tree graphics, some grass, an interesting edge, and also a border. Now eventually, we'll be using all of these different elements, and we'll blend these together with the image. But for now, let's turn off the visibility of those layers. Let's start off with the portrait.

Illuminating the eyes

Before we begin to work on this project, one of the first things I want to do is evaluate what we have in our Layers panel. Here you can see I've combined a number of different layers. Let's click through these, just so we're familiar with what we have. In the next layer, we have a photograph of a sunrise, and then we have a coffee stains graphic, a tree graphics, some grass, an interesting edge, and also a border. Now eventually, we'll be using all of these different elements, and we'll blend these together with the image. But for now, let's turn off the visibility of those layers. Let's start off with the portrait.

Well here, what I want to do is zoom in to 100%. So we can do that by double-clicking the Zoom tool. All right, well, now that we're in at 100%, let's work on the eyes. To do that, let's duplicate this layer by pressing Command+J or Ctrl+J. Then let's rename this eyes. We want to do that so that we can really sharpen the eyes in a unique way. Well here, we'll navigate to our Filter pull-down menu. Then we're going to choose Sharpen and Smart Sharpen.

In Smart Sharpen, what we want to do first is turn on More Accurate. Next, we want to crank up the Amount. We want a really high Amount, and also a pretty high Radius. We're going to overdo things here, because we're trying to create a more conceptual type of an image here. We're not going for realism. We're going for a snap, and pop, and visual interest. So in this case, I really want those eyes to come to life. There is the before and after. I'm going to go ahead and even increase my Amount even more. I think that looks good. Now the More Accurate will bring out all the little texture there. So let's click OK.

The next thing we need to do is to limit the sharpening to the eyes. So to do that, we want to click on the Add Layer Mask icon, but we want to create a mask filled with black. You remember how to do that one. On a Mac, you hold down Option. On Windows, you hold down Alt. Then you click on the Mask icon. That will create a mask filled with black. All of a sudden, we lost all that beautiful sharpness that we had. Well here we'll grab the Brush tool. We'll plaint with White with a pretty high opacity, and a nice small brush.

So I'll make my brush nice and small. I'm going to go ahead and just paint this in. Whenever you're working with sharpness in eyes, it's a lot of times a good idea to paint from the inner part of the eye out. So in this case, we'll start in the middle of the eye and go out, kind of bring in all of these fun details that we have here. There is the before and after. I'll zoom in even closer, so you can see that before and then after. All right, well, let's keep working on the eyes. Here we'll click on our Adjustment Layer icon and choose Curves. What we want to do with Curves is we want to brighten this up, and we'll go ahead and change the color as well.

I'll go to the Green channel, and I'm going to add a little bit of green there. the Red/Cyan channel, a little bit of cyan. Then I'll go to the Blue channel as well and add a bit of blue. We're just mixing the color together for an interesting effect. Next, we need to invert the mask. Command+I on a Mac, Ctrl+I on Windows. Grab our Brush, and once again we want to paint in this particular color. Well, what we're going to do with this color is we're going to change the blending mode. We're going to duplicate this a couple of times. So first, we have just this really intense effect, a lot in the eyes.

We're going to make this even more so by going to a blending mode of Screen. So all of a sudden, we just have all of this really bright vivid color. Next, I'm going to go to my Mask panel, and just Feather out my edges there a little bit. It will make this look a little bit nicer. Then we'll duplicate this layer by clicking and dragging this to the New Layer icon, and changing the blende mode to Soft Light. That will bring back our contrast. Now here, we want to go ahead and lower the opacity of each one of these layers one at a time. As we do that, we can bring in the exact amount of brightness or color.

Here is that overall kind of before and after with the eyes. Well, now here at this juncture, the eyes are indeed over the top. But that's what I'm going for. We can soften this up later, and you'll see how that will work in a second. All right, well, now that we've worked on the eyes, and we have these three layers. Here is before and after, we're ready to transition to working on some of the overall blending, bringing in some of these interesting elements into this photograph. So let's explore how we can do that in the next movie.

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Photoshop CS5: Creative Compositing

58 video lessons · 30817 viewers

Chris Orwig
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  1. 2m 30s
    1. Welcome
      52s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 38s
  2. 20m 12s
    1. Combining layers with blending modes
      1m 36s
    2. Using blending modes and color adjustment layers
      2m 21s
    3. Layer blending and shortcuts
      4m 3s
    4. Creative project: Wisdom begins in wonder
      6m 23s
    5. Creating a flamenco dancer advertisement
      5m 49s
  3. 17m 39s
    1. Snapshot project: Using Auto-Align and Auto-Blend
      3m 27s
    2. Flag project: Combining depths of field
      3m 46s
    3. Nature project: Combining foreground and sky
      4m 47s
    4. Nature project: Adding clouds and creative color
      5m 39s
  4. 15m 28s
    1. Combining multiple frames
      5m 21s
    2. Cleaning up the details
      5m 5s
    3. Modifying color and tone
      5m 2s
  5. 11m 48s
    1. Combining interior and exterior architecture
      6m 57s
    2. Increasing drama and visual interest
      4m 51s
  6. 25m 27s
    1. Composite project overview
      4m 12s
    2. Masking multiple images together
      3m 28s
    3. Extending the canvas and adding elements
      2m 58s
    4. Enhancing the main elements
      1m 47s
    5. Cleaning up the background
      4m 27s
    6. Award-winning composite inspiration
      4m 30s
    7. Photoshop composite inspiration: Web sites
      4m 5s
  7. 1h 4m
    1. Project 1: Removing a model from a background in Photoshop
      9m 27s
    2. Project 1: Combining multiple photographs
      3m 23s
    3. Project 1: Working with shadows
      8m 15s
    4. Project 1: Adding light and color
      5m 18s
    5. Project 1: Working with curves and masking
      3m 45s
    6. Project 1: Final color and tone adjustments
      6m 56s
    7. Project 2: Combining multiple photographs
      7m 51s
    8. Project 2: Adding shadows
      7m 21s
    9. Project 2: Organizing layers and adding blur
      5m 48s
    10. Project 2: Adding film grain
      6m 19s
  8. 22m 58s
    1. Illuminating the eyes
      4m 16s
    2. Blending graphics with photos
      4m 25s
    3. Making final color modifications
      6m 19s
    4. Creative portrait blending
      7m 58s
  9. 25m 54s
    1. Working with color and tone
      3m 46s
    2. Adding texture
      4m 4s
    3. Adding film grain
      2m 44s
    4. Modifying texture
      4m 32s
    5. Darkening edges
      3m 34s
    6. Applying a creative color effect
      7m 14s
  10. 14m 39s
    1. Creating a selection of the TV glass
      4m 14s
    2. Masking the images into the selection
      5m 16s
    3. Modifying the color and tone
      5m 9s
  11. 27m 42s
    1. Extracting elements from their backgrounds
      6m 49s
    2. Removing the words from the book
      4m 31s
    3. Masking and image blending
      4m 35s
    4. Creating composite options
      4m 56s
    5. Enhancing the color
      6m 51s
  12. 11m 39s
    1. Setting the stage with color and tone
      4m 30s
    2. Working with textures and blending
      7m 9s
  13. 20m 31s
    1. Project overview
      4m 54s
    2. Using masking and blending modes for emphasis
      5m 8s
    3. Adding and modifying typography
      4m 55s
    4. Making final color and tone adjustments
      5m 34s
  14. 24s
    1. Goodbye
      24s

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