How To Digitally Color Eyes on Photoshop

Color eyes Photoshop techniques are very easy and don't take long to create. These simply require changing the eye color of someone in the photo by using computer software. This doesn't take longer than a couple of minutes, and the finished effect actually looks very realistic.

Digitally recoloring the lights in Photoshop might not be something that you will want to apply to every single photo, however, it is a very useful skill which can be applied and used in some situations.

Tools and Materials Needed

  • Digital Photos
  • Photoshop

Step 1: Opening the Image

First, you need to open the image in Photoshop. If you don't already have a suitable image, then you will be able to download one from a stock photo website. Try to choose a high resolution image, as it will be much easier to add the effect and digitally color the eyes.

If you are working with an image which has multiple layers, then you will first need to flatten all of the layers down. Merging the layers down will prepare the image so that you can digitally color the eyes.

Step 2: Duplicating Layers

Open the layers palette if it's not already open by clicking on Windows, Layers. Right click the background layer of the image and click the option to duplicate the layer. Check that the new duplicated layer is on top. If not, drag it so that it's on top of all the other layers.

Step 3: Editing

Select the dodge tool from the toolbox, then set the exposure to 75%. Also, set the Range to Midtones. It's possible to use any sized brush, although a 28 size brush works very well.

Step 4: Coloring the Iris

With the top layer selected, you should then start to work on the iris using the dodge tool.

Step 5: Erasing

Now, select the eraser from the tool box and set the opacity to 100%, mode to brush and flow to 100%. The brush size should be larger than the brush you used to color the iris. Erase the iris; this shouldn't take very long and should only involve a couple of clicks. On the last click, hold the mouse button down slightly to create a nice effect.

Step 6: Choosing Colors

Carefully color in the iris and try not to go over the edges. When selecting a color, you will find it most effective if you choose natural looking colors. However, for more unique results, you can use unnatural and different colors. Once you have chosen the color, choose Image, Adjustments, Variations. Add the different color effects to create the changes to the entire image.

Step 7: Cleaning Up

Once you have applied this effect, the entire image will be colored. Use the eraser to remove the color from the rest of the image. You can start off with a large brush size, although it's a good idea to reduce this to accurately work around the iris.

Step 8: Burn and Dodge

Select the burn tool and trace around the very outside of the eye. Select the dodge tool and click on the center of the iris. This will make the iris color look much more realistic.

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