Would you like to see how you'd look with eyes of a different color? In this tutorial I'll show you how to change eye color in Photoshop. With my method, you'll be able to make the eyes brighter, darker, and change their hue, no matter how bright or dark they currently are. You won't only learn how to recolor the eyes drastically, but also how to enhance eye color in Photoshop, if this is your preference!
What You'll Learn in This Tutorial on Changing Eye Color in Photoshop
- How to edit eye color in Photoshop
- How to enhance eye color in Photoshop
- How to brighten eyes in Photoshop
- How to make eyes pop in Photoshop
- How to change eye color in a photo
What You'll Need
To learn how to edit eye color in Photoshop, first you need a photo. It should be a high-quality photo, high resolution and sharp. If your eyes are really dark, make sure you choose a photo where you can still see some detail of the iris. Here is the photo I used to present the effect:
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How to Change Eye Color in Photoshop
Open your photo. Press W, move to the upper bar, and click Select and Mask.
Take the Brush Tool (B), adjust the brush size to the size of the iris, and paint over them.
Then hold the Alt key and paint over the areas that shouldn't be a part of the selection, like the eyelids and eyelashes. This selection doesn't have to be perfect—we'll get a chance to adjust it later.
Make the brush smaller and paint over the pupils while holding the Alt key. If you can't see the pupils, try to guess where they are.
Set Output to Selection and click OK.
Add a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer. It will automatically use the selection as its mask. Name the layer Color.
Check Colorize and give the eyes a bright, intense color. Check if the color reaches too far or doesn't cover the whole iris. If this is the case, paint on the Layer Mask to fix it—paint with black to remove the effect, and with white to add it. Experiment with different colors—some are less forgiving than others.
The eyes may lack detail now, especially if you're trying to brighten them. To fix this, double-click the layer and go to the Blend If section. Grab the lower dark marker and drag it to the right—this will remove the effect from the dark parts of the photo.
Hold the Alt key when dragging to split the marker and make the effect more gradual. The brighter the intended color, the farther you can move the marker. You can adjust this setting later as well.
If you try to make the eyes darker, you'll notice that the shine over the iris gets darker too. To fix this, hold the Control key and click the Layer Mask to create a selection.
Press Q and paint with white over the pupils to remove them from the selection. Then press Q again.
Go back to the Background layer and press Control-J to duplicate the selected part. Drag it to the top and name it Shine.
Press Control-L. Drag the black marker to the right, until the eyes are black and shiny. Then click OK.
Set the Blend Mode to Screen. Now the shine will stay white, regardless of the colors below!
Now that we've taken care of all the problems, you're free to change the eyes to any color you wish! You can also adjust the intensity of the effect by duplicating the layers or lowering their Opacity.
Now you know how to Photoshop your eyes a different color!
5 Cool Photoshop Actions
You might've noticed that this whole effect is based on a series of simple steps—such steps can be recorded as an action, and then played with a single click. Envato Elements offers thousands of such actions—you can just download them and let them save you hours of work!
Eyes Photoshop Action (ABR, ATN)
If you want to recolor the eyes in multiple photos, it's best to use an action that will automate this process. This set of actions will be perfect for this purpose! It doesn't only color the eyes, but it also makes them glow, turns them black, or gives them a vampire look.
Skin Retouching Actions (ATN)
You don't have to be a professional to achieve professional retouching effects! This set contains 34 actions for airbrushing, matting, reducing redness, brightening the eyes, and more!
Double Light Photoshop Action (ABR, PAT, ATN)
A pretty photo can be made even prettier with this stunning double light effect. Just mask your subject and play the action to give a magical look to your photo!
Mix your photo with text just by replacing the photo in this PSD file. You'll be surprised how good it looks!
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