How to Make Eyes Pop in Photoshop

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Photoshop can be used to do subtle touch-ups that will help to bring out a person's eyes in a photo. Use dodge and burn tools in Photoshop to lighten and darken the eyes with help from a graphic designer in this free video on Adobe Photoshop tricks.

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Video Transcript

Hi, I'm Zach Katagiri, freelance graphic designer in New York City, and today, we are talking about Photoshop. In this video, I'm going to use Photoshop to do some subtle touching up to bring out the eyes in a photo. So first, I'm going to open up my photo, eyes, and I'm going to zoom in a little bit into the eye area using Control and the plus sign. And I'll scroll over and what I'm going to use are the dodge and burn tools to lighten and then darken certain parts of the eyes. So first, I'll use the dodge tool. I'm going to have it work on the shadows. This is going to lighten up the eyes a little bit, and I'm going to make the diameter around 15. And I'm going to go around the lighter parts of the iris -- not too much, but just a little bit. And later, we're going to go in with the burn tool and bring that contrast out. So again, I'm doing the same thing over here, just brightening up a few spots. Now, I'm going to switch over into the burn tool, and I'm going to have that work on mid-tones, and I'm going to bring the diameter way down on this one -- let's go with three pixels. And I'm just going to kind of make an outline around the iris just to solidify that shape a little bit. You can also do some a little bit on the bottom of the eye here. And if you make a mistake, you can just use Ctrl Z. This is effectively doing what eyeshadow would've done. And scroll over. Again, I'm going to go around the iris just to define the shape a little bit more and a little bit in here. And I'm going to zoom back out, and we've gotten those eyes to pop out just a little bit more.


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