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Photoshop CS5 for Photographers provides comprehensive Photoshop training targeting the needs of photographers. In this course, author Chris Orwig demonstrates the fundamental skills used to enhance digital photos, including managing and correcting color, sharpening, making selections and adjustments, retouching, and printing from Photoshop. In addition to teaching the techniques that enable photographers to refine and publish their photos, the course includes live-action segments that encourage thinking photographically and shooting with Photoshop’s capabilities in mind. Exercise files are included with the course.
Here I want to share with you a really simple and easy technique for brightening eyes and here's how it works. All that we need to do is to copy our Background layer and change the blending mode and then create a little bit of a mask. Here's how we're going to do that. Let's press Command+J on a Mac, Ctrl+ J on a PC, and then we'll go ahead and name this layer eyes. Next, what we're going to do is change the blending mode. We can either do that by clicking on this pulldown menu and selecting Screen, or if you prefer the shortcut, it's Shift+ Option+S. That will take that layer to that blending mode of Screen, as you can see here. All right.
Well, once we've done this, what we want to do is create a mask and then paint some brightness in just into these eyes. Well, we can do this by clicking on the Add Layer Mask icon. But first what you want to do is hold down Option or Alt. That will then add a layer mask filled with black. So again, hold down the Option or Alt key, and click on the Add Layer Mask icon. Next, we'll zoom in on the eyes here. Select our Brush tool. We're going to paint with white. We want to have a nice and small brush.
All that I'm gong to do is just paint into this area of the eyes. You can see that we're brightening those up and another thing you may want to do while we're here is lower Opacity quite a bit. I'm going to take this way, way down, and then make my brush a little bit bigger. I'm just going to go ahead and paint around the eyes a little bit. I just want to brighten up some of this surrounding area. Just bring a little bit more vibrance to this portion of the face here. You can see that we're kind of slowly building up the light in this context. I'm just going to bring little bit more light to the forehead to even things out little bit, again brightening up this area of the image and just some quick brush strokes there.
Next, I'll go to my Masks panel, feather this out just a bit to make it a little more realistic, and then let's take a look at our before and after. Here we have before and then after. If I zoom out a little bit, you'll be able to see this perhaps even better. Before and then after. Now, how far you go with this really is contingent upon your own flavor and your own style and how the image looks. What we could do to intensify this is to press Command+J on a Mac or Ctrl+J on a PC. Now when I did that, it doesn't look very good.
It's kind of unnatural. So what I would need to do then is work on my mask once again. I'll click on the mask and navigate to Edit and here I'm going to choose Fill, and I'm going to fill this with black. That will then limit that effect from coming through. Next I'll zoom back in. I want to just brighten up the eyes, not the face with this one. So, I'll go ahead and I'm going to paint with white here. Bring up my Opacity. Here we're going to see we're going to be able to brighten those eyes up quite a bit. I just want to do a little bit of that. Zoom out a bit here.
Now we have this before and then after. Now again, how far to go is really up to you and your own taste. In my opinion, we've gone too far. This looks a little bit unnatural. So, I'm going to delete this layer. Next, with this underlying layer, I again feel that's a little bit too strong,. No problem, simply lower the Opacity in order to find just the right sweet spot. Just adding a little bit of that sparkle, little bit of that snap to a specific area of our photograph.
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