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In this movie, we are going to continue to have some fun with brightening eyes. We will look at another technique that we can use in order to do this. In addition, we are going to add a little bit of color and have some fun with this one. All right, well let's zoom in on this photograph. This is the portrait of one of my best friend's son. This is Dylan here. And here you can see I have a few layers in the Layers palette. I have included a reference layer, those are all of the layers that we will be doing in this movie. Just so you have an example. You can turn that on and off to see what we have actually done here. Well for starters, we have already retouched this image in actually another movie, so here we can see that we have clean this one up. Now we clean that up using the Healing Brush and the Clone Stamp tool. And now that it's nice and clean as I evaluate the image, one of the things I notice is that while I like the detail, the eyes are little bit soft, right. I need to somehow bring out some of the sparkle, some of the detail, some of the brightness in those eyes.
So how can I do that? Well go ahead and click in that Retouched layer, then I'm going to click on the Adjustment layer icon and choose Curves. Now I'm going to create a Curves adjustment, which brightens up the eyes and I'm really just going to focus in on the eyes right there and then I'm going to invert the mask by way of shortcut. On a Mac that's Command+I, on a PC that's Ctrl+I or of course, you can always navigate to your Masks panel and click Invert here. That does the same exact thing. Well now that I have inverted the Mask, I'll zoom in on the eyes a little bit further. I'll grab the Brush tool by pressing the B key. I'll press the X key, which will flip my black and white color, so I can paint with white. I'm just going to go ahead and look to bring in some brightness into these eyes here.
Now I'll go ahead and paint that in there, both sides, little bit of brightness there. Let's take a look at our before and after, okay great. Well at this juncture, we will zoom out a little bit and say all right, well the eyes are starting to come to life a bit let's double-click the Adjustment layer icon and see what else we can do with this. We will go ahead and brighten it up a little bit more and then perhaps bring in a little bit of Darkening Effect there. So we don't want to go over the top. And the nice thing using Adjustment layer is you can have an Adjustment layer that you continually modify. You can actually use this layer in unique ways.
Let's say that in this case it's a little bit too dark and I don't really want to mess with this curve too much because I'm kind of liking how it looks, but I want to bring in some darker tones. Well, I can click on the Adjustment Layer icon and choose Curves. If we double- click the Adjustments tab for a second, so we can see our layers and then I'll click in the Mask that I have here, it's a really good mask. I'll hold down the Option key on a Mac, Alt key on a PC and click and drag that mask to this layer, and replace the layer mask? Yes. So now I have another layer with the same exact mask, and I also have a little Curves Adjustment icon. Let me go ahead and double-click that and what I can do here, let's say I bring in some darker tones, way down below. So some of the darker colors maintain there and builds a little bit of contrast. Again, I'm just having some fun with this. We can look at our before and then after, just a subtle little darkening effect. Maybe we need to go further and we will go ahead and bring that down a little bit.
So again, stacking layers together can really help. I'll go to this underlying one, it's a little bit too strong for me so I'll go ahead and lower my Opacity and just find a sweet spot for that and then take a look at our before and then after. Now those eyes are really interesting, right. Step back to see the picture in its entirety. Bring some light to those eyes and again, just modify our layers and we can also modify the Curves Adjustment so we find a spot. Just is making this image come to life. All right, well so far so good. We have now brightened the eyes with Curves. Next thing I want to do is click on this layer where I have this onOne_Photo_frame. This comes from a plug-in. It's put out by the guys at onOne Software and I love this photo frame. It's a really fun. To finish this photograph, I want to work on the color a little bit. What I'm going to do is click on my Adjustment Layer icon and choose Color Balance.
Now here with my Midtones, I'll add some Reds, and also some Yellows. I want to give this a little bit of a sepia tone look and a little bit of Magenta there as well and as I do that, one of the things that you will notice when you do something like this is now the brightness of the eyes take on a new life. And that's one of the reasons why I wanted to get into this. So I'll go ahead and reorder that layer. So it's up top. Yet one of the problems a lot of times when you add color like this is it feels like there is color that's simply laying on top of the image. It's not necessarily embedded into the image. Let's fix up. We are going to go ahead and copy this layer.
Command+J on the Mac, Ctrl +J on the PC. Take the blend mode to Soft Light. Lower the Opacity significantly. Go to the underlying layer. Lower the Opacity of that one as well. This will be our main Hue layer. Now let's take a look at our before and after. Here is before and after. That contrast layer help the tone blend into the tonal structure of the image. So the darker tones are affected differently than the brighter tones and that was the result of using that Soft Light blend mode and there is so much flexibility with that. It kind of works together having these two layers in order to create the final image.
Well zoom in a little bit, press F to go to Full Screen View mode, then press F7 key to bring up our Layers palette. Let's take a look at our before and after. We can do that by holding down the Option key on a Mac, Alt key on a PC and clicking on that Background layer. Here is before and then here is after. And the eye brightening with that color really makes a unique effect and helps this image come to life.
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