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Re-colouring eyes in photoshop CS2/CS3.


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Re-colouring eyes in photoshop CS2/CS3.

7 Aug 2008 12:02PM   Views : 2682 Unique : 1814

Here's a way to re-colour eyes in photoshop CS2/CS3, say you want the model in your portrait shot to have green eyes instead of blue.

First zoom up close to the eyes, by holding down the ctrl key and pressing the + key on your keyboard. Then duplicate your background layer in the layers palette, the shortcut for this is ctrl and J. Next grab the eliptical marquee tool, located at the top left of the tools palette, ( the rectangular marquee tool will probably be showing, to select the eliptical marquee - click and hold on the rectangle to bring up the other tool options).

Next using the eliptical marquee, select the iris in one of the eyes, by clicking and dragging it, ( to re-position your selection as your dragging, hold down the space bar, this will help you position your selection in the correct place. Also don't worry about going over the eyelids, that can easily be fixed later ).
Move on to the next eye and select that iris, (hold down the shift key first, to enable you to add a new selection without losing the first one).

Now with both eyes selected, click on the black square in the tools palette, to bring up the colour picker dialogue box, and choose the colour you want for your eyes. Then go up to edit/fill, and under contents select foreground colour, and click ok to fill your selections with that colour.

Now you need to change the blending mode to apply that colour to the eyes. Next to opacity in the layers palette, is the blending modes drop down menu, open this up and select colour from the list, then lower the opacity to around 30% to decrease the intensity of the colour.

If you want to change the colour after you've applied it, say you want it to be a tad more blue or less green. Go up to image/adjustments/hue/saturation, and adjust the hue slider to re-colour the eyes, also if you need to - increase or decrease the saturation, if you feel the colours need to be a bit more/less intense. When finished, hit ctrl and D on your keyboard to de-select your selections.

Remember when I said not to worry about going over the eyelids. Well if you find that the re-colouring of the eyes has affected them aswell, grab the eraser tool, right click inside your image, and drag the hardness slider down to 20%, to give the eraser tool a soft edge. Then just erase the colour on the eyelids.

I've re-edited some of the other tutorials in my blog, so they're a bit easier to follow

Have fun Smile


Pete 21 18.8k 97 England
7 Aug 2008 6:01PM
I'm really liking the idea of a blog being used as you have. I think in an upgrade we should have categories ...yours could come under Photoshop Tips so they get viewed and appreciated more. Keep up the good work Smile
Photogene 16 176 Wales
7 Aug 2008 7:03PM
Thanks Pete. Blog categories sounds like a great idea. Maybe there could also be an option to insert images in blog posts. It would make the tutorials easier to follow for photoshop newbies, and could also be used to show where someone spent their day. Just a thought Smile

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