Friday, October 21, 2011

Bringing Life to Eyes

I was going through a book Professional Portrait Retouching Techniques by Scott Kelby and was impressed by the fact that how little editing can enhance the photographs.The techniques discussed below is mentioned by Scott in his book. I have just tried his technique in some of the sample pictures and have put down my experience here.
Bringing life to Eyes.
One of the secrets to really making eyes look captivating is to add contrast to the iris.
Step One:To start off, we need to duplicate the Background layer by pressing Command-J (PC: Ctrl-J; or just drag the Background layer in the Layers panel onto the Create a New Layer icon at the bottom of the panel). Next, zoom in tight on the eyes.







 
Step Two: Although there are a number of different ways to add contrast to a photo in Photoshop, this is probably the fastest and most efficient. At the top of the Layers panel, just change the blend mode of this duplicate layer from Normal to Soft Light (as shown here). This makes the entire image much more contrasty, but of course we don’t want all that—we just want her iris more contrasty.
 
 Step Three: Press-and-hold the Option (PC: Alt) key and click on the Add Layer Mask icon at the bottom of the Layers panel. What this does is hides that really contrasty version of your image behind a black mask (so, it’s still there—you just can’t see it). The image now looks like it did when we first opened it (notice that her skin looks back to normal now?). Next, we’ll use the Brush tool to paint over the iris (and pupil) to reveal the super-contrasty version of it.
Step Four: Make sure that your Foreground color is set to white (since your layer mask is black, you’ll want to paint in the opposite color—white) and choose a small, soft-edged brush from the Brush Picker in the Options Bar. Begin painting over the iris, and as you paint, the much more contrasty version of it is revealed, yet the rest of the photo remains untouched.

Tip: Adding More Contrast If, after painting in the iris, you think you need even more contrast, just duplicate the top layer. Since the eye is already masked, you’ll see just the iris and pupil become even more contrasty.

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