—Changing eye colour.
In my opinion, changing eye colour in photoshop can be done in two ways; a natural way or a more vivid, dramatic way which takes more focus and more attention to detail. Both ways are very simple and I personally think that the more vivd way is more appealing to the eye.
A natural change;
- First off, you will need to select your lasso tool. Then you can begin to trace around one of the irises (coloured part of the eye).
- Proceed to select the other eye by holding the shift key on your keyboard and then trace around the remaining iris carefully. You will need to be meticulous in doing so as we want to change the colour of both irises entirely, not just part of them.
- Usually, if the overall picture is looking very soft, I will sharpen the selected irises (Enhance > Auto sharpen or you can use the actual sharpen tool) and then I adjust Brightness/Contrast of the eyes to the best of my own judgement. This creates a nice effect and alters the appearance of the eyes immensely.
- Now you will need to decide on a colour. I will take blue as an example as that is the colour I used to change Dianna’s eyes (shown above). It is rather difficult to alter the appearance of extremely dark, brown eyes but it can be done if you pay great attention to lighting and intensity of colour.
- Select the paint brush tool and set the mode to ‘color’. You can adjust the opacity as you wish.
- Carefully fill in both irises with the brush tool, you should be able to tell once he change is complete.
—If you aren’t satisfied with your end result, I suggest you consider the following:
A dramatic change;
- You can furthermore change the eyes by using different settings of the paint brush tool.
- I suggest using a light shade of blue (or whatever other colour you wish to use), a medium-toned shade of a colour that is quite similar and then a darker toned colour of this.
- With these varying shades of blue you will be able to create depth within the irises. For the light shade of blue, set the brush’s mode to ‘color’ and then paint the irises in order to increase the overall pop of the eyes.
- Using the medium shade of blue, set the brush’s mode to ‘color dodge’ or ‘linear dodge’ and lower the opacity all the way down to around 20% or lower. By using this setting, we will be able to create an area of light within the iris. Eyes are very reflective, therefore you will always notice a lighter section within the iris. I suggest painting only a small fraction of the iris, preferably wherever the light is hitting it.
- Lastly, you can then use the darker shade of blue and set the brush’s mode to ‘multiply’. Select a smaller brush (a 1px brush, if possible) and then carefully darken the outer circle of the iris (the black ring which separates the iris from the sclera). If this appears too harsh, then you can blur the line by using the blur tool set at a very low capacity.
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H a i r t u t o r i a l s
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C o m i n g - s o o n…
—How to change eye colour
—How to soften the skin’s appearance
M i s c . t u t o r i a l s
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—How to change a picture’s tint.
—How to make a wallpaper.
This tutorial was created using Photoshop Elements 8, therefore some of the steps may differ in your version of photoshop.
Please refer to my other tutorial here, as I won’t be explaining some of the steps in full detail. You must have basic knowledge of photoshop in order to understand some of these steps, but if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask.
These steps will only work on an actor/model who has blonde hair of this shade, or darker. Platinum blonde hair cannot be edited in a way that looks natural, therefore I don’t ever do it.
Step 1: Copy the layer which contains your picture by right-clicking and then selecting “Duplicate layer”. A second layer should appear of your picture.
Step 2: Then, you should use Brightness/Contrast to darken the appearance of the copied layer. You can also use Levels to lower the RBG setting in a way that lessens the luminosity of the bright hair.
Step 3: After this, select the brush tool and set the mode to Linear Burn, or any other form of Burn. You should choose a dark brown colour that appears natural for hair colour.
Step 4: Paint over the blonde hair with the brush. Try to be neat, but it doesn’t matter if you are a little messy.
Step 5: Next, you are going to erase everything on the copied layer but the hair. Take your time with this and be careful around the edges. (Optional) Once this is done, set the copied layer to Multiply in your Layers tab.
Step 6: If your original layer looks too pale or too bright in contrast to the new hair colour, you can either lower the opacity of the hair or use the following settings to adjust this layer in concord: Brightness/Contrast, Curves.
Step 7: Flatten your image by clicking Layer > Flatten Image. Now you are ready to save your image or you can continue to edit it as you wish.
Note: This tutorial will only work on HQ pictures, but may work on some others. You will have to depend on your own judgement in reference to both layers and how they contrast in comparison to one another.
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This tutorial was created using Photoshop Elements 8 but is compatible with all versions of photoshop, and perhaps other photo editing software.
Before I start out, let me just say that this tutorial probably won’t work on someone with bleached blonde hair, but as you can see in the picture above that the photo of Adriana Lima I used demonstrates the limits of how much you can change a person’s hair. In the original picture, she has very light brown hair with some blonde highlights, but in the finished version it’s dark brown. With some needed patience, if you follow the steps below you should be able to execute the same results with a different picture. I suggest using one of high quality.