The Ultimate Eye Retouching Guide to Photoshop

On this video Colin Smith from PhotoshopCAFE  takes a look at Adobe different aspects of retouching eyes in Photoshop.

On the first quick video Smith creates a hue-saturation adjustment layer in order to fix the tiny blood veins in the eye and applies a healing brush. What you need to keep in mind all the time is that too much retouch in the eyes does not look realistic so always use a new layer and adjust the opacity so you will leave just a bit of the veins visible.

The second video (below) Smith tries to restore the sharp look of the iris which looks almost foggy in the image. He uses some interesting techniques with specific selections (again make sure to bring down your retouches in order to make them more realistic).

Part II – Putting life into the iris and adding catch lights


We have already looked at correcting and improving eyes in images in depth on several past videos including “How To Brighten, Color and Sharpen Eyes in Photoshop” with photographer Craig Beckta, a Quick Tip: How to Change Eye Color in 1 Minute in Photoshop! by Howard Pinsky, “Retouching Eyes in Photoshop: Color, Brighten and Sharpen” and Creating Realistic Eye Makeup in Photoshop by Aaron Nace, photographer’s Michael Woloszynowicz “How To Brighten Eyes in Photoshop” and Photoshop senior product manager Bryan O’Neil Hughes video on “How to Brighten Eyes in B&W Photos Using Photoshop“.

You can find many more Photoshop video tutorials on LensVid’s Photoshop section.

Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.


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