In Photoshop there are so many different tricks and techniques you can use to edit your photos. One good thing about the program is that there are many ways to do one thing. So if you’re good at using one tool, you can stick to it while doing major edits, as well as try out other tools so you can get comfortable with those as well. It is always good to learn new tips and tricks in Photoshop because it will help better you as a photo editor and as a Photoshopshop user in general. By learning through tutorials and trial and error, you will soon enough become a pro in Photoshop. Just know that Photoshop is relatively simple and complex at the same time, it all just depends on what you want to do to a photo.
One main reason people, both amateurs and professionals, use Photoshop is to edit pictures of people. One main thing people focus on when editing pictures of people is their eyes. In this tutorial, I will show you how to lighten and brighten eyes using any version of Photoshop. In this specific tutorial we’ll be using the dodge tool to brighten and lighten the eyes of the person in our photos.
In this Photoshop tutorial, I will be using a close-up or macro picture of my eye. You can use any picture you have on your computer or you can download one off a free stock picture site such as morguefile.com or sxc.hu. Just go to either site and search “macro eye.”
So let’s begin!
Step 1) Open up your picture in Photoshop. Go to File > Open and search for your picture like you would any document. If you’re copying and pasting from your clipboard, then go to File > New and the canvas size will automatically adjust to the file on your clipboard’s size.
Step 2) Select the dodge tool from the free-floating vertical menu bar. It’s located 14th from the top and is grouped with the sponge tool and burn tool. (It’s also shaped like a black lollypop.)
Step 3) Now that we’ve selected the dodge tool, we need to make sure it’s sized properly and has the right settings. The size will vary depending on the size of your photo/iris (the colored part of the eye). If the iris of the picture is small, use a smaller brush. If the iris is bigger, use a bigger brush. Basically you want the brush to be able to go around the iris in one swipe and you don’t want it to go outside the iris. My image’s size is 861 x 550 and my brush is 94 pixels. Make sure Midtones is the selected Range and make the Exposure 50.
Step 4) Since you now have your settings chosen, go over the iris with the tool slowly. Circle around the eye with the tool. Don’t go over the pupil, otherwise it will too look washed out.
Step 5) As you can see, the eye is now visibly brighter. If you don’t like how bright it is, go back a step and set the Exposure to about 30-40. If the iris is still too dark, go over it with the dodge tool again.
Then you’re done! And you now have a brighter eye or eyes by using the Dodge Tool in Photoshop. Remember you can do other things to edit eyes in Photoshop, such as changing the color.