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Blasteh
09-28-2010, 10:23 AM
This tutorial will be spread over 2 posts due to 6 image limit.

Want to know how to add an extra kick to your portraits?
This tutorial will show you how to add a bit of oomph very quickly. You can use this technique in combination with all the regular stuff you use.

What I'm working with:
http://www.matttheox.co.uk/stuffs/photos/eyeretouch/1.JPG

This is an old photo where I have already done all the post processing minus the next part which I will show you.
We will first darken the dark areas of the eyes.
Create a new layer and then press ctrl+backspace to fill the layer; it will bring up a dialog, set it as follows:
http://www.matttheox.co.uk/stuffs/photos/eyeretouch/2.jpg

Your new layer will now be covering your whole picture in grey.
Next make sure the new layer is selected and change its blending mode to Overlay as shown:
http://www.matttheox.co.uk/stuffs/photos/eyeretouch/3.jpg

Select the burn tool and use a smallish brush, I'm using a tablet for finer control while editing. Set roughly* as follows:
http://www.matttheox.co.uk/stuffs/photos/eyeretouch/4.jpg
*Brush size depends on how large your picture is and how big the subject's eyes are in the picture. You may want to use a lower exposure value if you are using a mouse.

With the burn tool all set up, start burning dark areas of the eyes (eyelashes, pupil and edge of the iris)
This is what it looks like if you show only the burn layer:
http://www.matttheox.co.uk/stuffs/photos/eyeretouch/5.jpg

Next step is to lighten the light areas of the eye.
Create a new layer and select the brush tool:
http://www.matttheox.co.uk/stuffs/photos/eyeretouch/6.jpg

Continued...

Blasteh
09-28-2010, 10:24 AM
Set the brush as follows*:
http://www.matttheox.co.uk/stuffs/photos/eyeretouch/7.jpg
*Again, you may want to lower opacity settings if using a mouse and the brush size depends on your image, I usually make my brush size around the same size as the highlights in the eyes and then a bit smaller.

Brush over the whites of the eyes but be careful not to make them too white! The whites of the eyes are not actually pure white irl!
Next brush over the highlights of the eyes and the iris to lighten them up. At this stage, you can make highlights in the eyes bigger or even add new ones, this will be entirely up to your interpretation though!
I didn't need to make the highlights any bigger for this image as they were quite big already.
Here's the areas I painted over shown lighter than the grey:
http://www.matttheox.co.uk/stuffs/photos/eyeretouch/8.jpg

And you're done!
http://www.matttheox.co.uk/stuffs/photos/eyeretouch/9.jpg

Here's a comparison
http://www.matttheox.co.uk/stuffs/photos/eyeretouch/compare.gif

Attorney_at_LOL
12-02-2010, 05:39 PM
Nice!

kaworu0926
01-13-2011, 03:28 PM
sweet

Emrys
01-28-2011, 03:45 PM
Emphasizing the detail of eyelashes is a nice touch, but I prefer to use Dodge on highlights (for the iris), and Burn on shadows (for the pupil and rims around the iris). I think this preserves the colors and tones better by emphasizing the highlights and shadows instead of desaturating the whole thing by altering the midtones. Midtones usually don't need editing, unless you want to add a color overlay with color burn a little to get more pop of color.

Also, I think everyone would be grateful if you could resize your screenshots pls.

Blasteh
04-14-2011, 06:12 PM
Emphasizing the detail of eyelashes is a nice touch, but I prefer to use Dodge on highlights (for the iris), and Burn on shadows (for the pupil and rims around the iris). I think this preserves the colors and tones better by emphasizing the highlights and shadows instead of desaturating the whole thing by altering the midtones. Midtones usually don't need editing, unless you want to add a color overlay with color burn a little to get more pop of color.

Also, I think everyone would be grateful if you could resize your screenshots pls.

The midtones part of the burn brush merely affects the layer filled with 50% grey set as overlay. It doesn't get painted directly on the photo. Its effect is to lighten or darken the overlay layer which in turn passes on to the photo. (Think of it as an undo-able burn/dodge layer independent from the photo itself)
I have resized the photos now.