CHANGE THE EYE COLOR IN PHOTOSHOP
The eyes color
Eyes are the windows of the soul. They are very expressive. They can be fierce, fiercely beautiful. Most of us apply decorative elements to the eyes. It can be eyeshadow, eyelash extension, mascara or even contact lens. This article’s topic is about how to play with eye colors using photoshop. Follow the steps below and enjoy the magic of photoshop.
Step 1: Duplicating Layer & Levels Adjustment
Copy the background layer to protect the original form of the picture. Right-click the layer to be copied and select “Duplicate Layer” as shown in figure 1 or press “Ctrl + J“. Click “Adjustment Layer” as shown in figure 2, then select “Levels Adjustment” to lighten the eyes of the object. A window will pop out to modify the levels. Adjust it by dragging the bar to the recommended number figures in the shown window of the demonstration above or to the desired lightness enough to fill another color for the eyes.
Step 2: Brush
After the “Levels Adjustment”, press “Ctrl + I” to reverse the effect of the adjustment. We only need the eyes to get affected by the application. To do that, use the “Brush Tool” and hit the part of the eyes like the demonstration in Figure 3, do the same in the other eye. Hit “X” to erase the affected area if in case you need to. Then, add a new layer to color the eyes. Do it by clicking the icon as shown in Figure 4.
Select the “Brush Tool” to fill the desired area to be colored. To choose a color, click the color palette from the upper right corner of the window or click the colored square box in the lower-left corner of the window along within the toolbar. There, you can choose a color. Here, green is my choice to match the hair color to look at least natural. Set the layer mode of the layer for the eye color by clicking the arrow just above the layer as “Soft Light” as shown in Figure 4. Adjust the opacity of the layer if it’s too strong for you.
Step 3: Brush & Erase
Add another new layer to give the eyes another color effect. Still using “Brush Tool“, this time, another type of brush will be used, Fuzzball, as shown in the figure above. Erase the center of the pupil to emphasize the color black and the part that exceeds the iris using “Eraser Tool” as the above figure. Then adjust the opacity of the layer just enough to highlight the green more.
Step 4: Levels of Adjustment
To make a spark for the eye, do the same process in Steps 1 and 2 following only the levels adjustment procedure. Use the same number figures. Hit only the halfway part of the iris-like shown in the figures above.
Step 8: Saturation & Flatten Image
To emphasize the spark and darken the iris of the eyes, click the “Adjustment Layer” icon and select “Hue/Saturation…“. A window comes out to modify the hue and saturation of the object. Drag the “Saturation” bar to the left at “-100” making everything grey. Set the layer mode of the adjustment layer by clicking the arrow above that says “Normal“, switch it to “Overlay“.
Reverse the effect of the layer by pressing “Ctrl + I“. Then begin to choose the iris to be affected with the adjustment layer by using “Brush Tool“, carefully hit the iris of the eyes, then adjust the opacity to your desired effect. Click “Layer>Flatten Image” or “Layer>Merge Down” or press “Shift + Ctrl + E” to prepare for saving as jpeg or any file extension. Enjoy the result.