How To Make Your Eyes Appear Bigger With Photoshop
People, I’m introducing a new series here at ABDPBT Tech called the Retouching For Beginners series, the goal of which is to show you basic techniques that you can use in Photoshop to make everything look better than it actually is in real life. Because why should we have to look at pictures of ourselves that are accurate? We see that in the mirror every day. Let’s start looking at pictures of ourselves that are better than life. You know, like Hollywood does.
So first up is how to make your eyes stand out or appear more prominent. Basically, we’re going to make the whites of the eyes even whiter, and this will make the eyes appear deeper. To get started, we need to find a suitable, headshot-type photo to fix. Here’s the one I’m going to use, because it’s the closest thing I can find.
- First, let’s duplicate the background of the photo (Layer –>Duplicate Layer). Please see below for instructions if you’re not sure how to do this.
- Second, Change the blending mode on the duplicated layer to “Soft Light” by using the pulldown menu on the Layers palette. Here’s where to find this stuff:
- Create a layer mask. Go to Layer –> Layer Mask –> Hide All. Next, choose the paintbrush tool and set it to white (#FFFFFF) and paint inside the whites of the eyes. You will probably have to increase the viewing size of the picture to do this well (View –>Actual Pixels, or View –>Zoom in.) Paint until the whites of the eyes seem more prominent, as mine (and, to a lesser degree, Mini’s,are below.
Here’s what it should look like so far:
Setting the mode on the duplicate layer to “soft light” blend mode has darkened the entire photo, but we really only want to add depth to the eyes, so we have to hide the rest of the layer. The way to do that is to create a layer mask.
Here’s the final product:
The effect should be subtle, but it still add something to the overall appearance of the eye. Next time: how to make the color of the eye stand out.