Friday, February 19, 2010


Here is my second tutorial or "how to" and probably the topic I had the most request for. In this post you will learn how I make eyes pop. I am using Paint Shop Pro. There are several photo editing programs out there, although they are different.. they really are similar. So if you do not have Paint Shop Pro, you can probably still follow this tutorial successfully. Below is the oringal that I am working with. Yes, his eyes are really this blue, they have not been enhanced just yet.

1. Open the photo you would like to enhance.

2. Zoom in pretty close so you have a nice close up of the eyes. On Paint Shop Pro you can click "view" on the top links and go down to "zoom in more".

3. As pictured below you want to click on the "selection" tool, then go to "freehand selection".

4. On the tool bar at the top of the editing program (or another area.. if you do not have PSP), you need to change the 0 that should be there to a 3.

5. You will need to use the "freehand selection" tool to select the eye. Although below it looks like I went completely around the eye, I did not... this is where the 3 you entered above comes into play. You want to use the "freehand selection" tool to outline the center of the eye color (where the color of the eye meets the white, outline that line as close as you can).

6. It's easier to do both eyes at the same time. After you have one eye selected you need to do the second. While selecting the second eye you will need to hold down the "shift" key at the same time. If you do not hold the shift key while outlining the second eye, you will notice the first eye you already selected will no longer be selected. So be sure to hold that shift key down. Once you have both eyes selected it should look similar to the below photo.

7. After both eyes are selected click on the "adjust" link on the top bar, go down to "sharpness". There you can click on either "sharpen" or "sharpen more". They work just as they say... sharpen will slightly sharpen the eyes, and sharpen more will sharpern them even more.

The photos below show you the end result of each option. Again this will vary with the photo you are using. Sometimes just sharpen is plenty, and sometimes you need that extra sharpen more. In this particular photo, I am happy with both. You can also mix them up. If you do sharpen more and it still doesn't seem like enough, do just sharpen after and it will give it just a bit more.

Remember.. I am using Paint Shop Pro, so some of these instructions might slightly be different. These are such easy steps you should not have a problem using other editing programs.

(above: sharpen)

(above: sharpen more)

A major tip is to just remember to keep them realistic. This tutorial can be used for your photography photos, family photos, anything at all.
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