Photoshop : Eye color, depth, hue and enhancement tips tutorial

by Guest Writer

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Step 2: Layer Masks & more adjustments

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Next, Hold Ctrl on your keyboard, and click on the layer mask for the 'Levels' layer (Ctrl+Left Click on the Levels Layer mask OR icon in the Layers panel.). You should get a selection similar to shown above

With this selection still active, go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Curves, and use the below settings:

Now set this layer to "Screen" at 60% Opacity. You should now have something like this above. Click to enlarge

Step 3: Building a sense of depth

The eye is looking pretty good, but we need to darken parts of it now to make things look more realistic and give a good sense of depth. We'll do this by using.. you guessed it, another adjustment layer.

Ctrl + Click on your layer mask from the previous adjustment layer just like you did before with the Levels layer to make a selection like so:


Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Hue/Saturation...
Use these below settings:

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Now set this layer to 'Multiply' at 50%. You should now have something like this!

For the final touch, zoom in and select the soft round brush again at 20-25px exactly like what we did before, and make sure the foreground color is set to white. Then brush around the edges of the eye, which will darken the edges a bit more.

And there you have it! A quick and easy way to enhance eyes in Photoshop using only 3 adjustment layers and layer masks.

final results
Click to enlarge the results, or click here for a Before & After comparison

Keep practicing, and experimenting with your own adjustment layers and settings, and you'll only get better and faster at this method of enhancing eyes in your photos!

Thanks to Yoshua Sunjo for sending in this full Photoshop tutorial (w/pictorial). Yoshua is the administrator and lead designer at

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