How To Bring Out Eyes In Photoshop

Bring Out Eyes In Photoshop

In this post, you will learn how to bring out eyes in a photo with Photoshop. This is one of the many ways. You will simply enhance the contrast, decrease red saturation and use high pass filter for sharpening.

Step 1: Select the Eyes And Create Brightness/Contrast Layer

Pick the Lasso Tool and select around eyes. After selecting one eye hold down shift while selecting the other one. This way you will get both.

While eyes selected create a Brightness/Contrast Layer.

In the opening panel, make brightness very high to see if any selected parts pour out of eyes. If so, select the brush tool and clean up around the eyes. Change Eye Color post explains it better.

Step 2: Create Hue/Saturation Layer With Same Layer Mask

After increasing the contrast, unwanted colors may appear in the white part of the eye. In this case it is red. You need to remove it. Select the layer mask of the Brightness/Contrast Layer, right click on it and select Add Mask To Selection. Then, open the adjustment layer panel and select Hue/Saturation Layer. Select Reds in the opening panel and lower the saturation.

This will get rid of the unwanted red colors.

Step 3: Duplicate The Background and Apply High Pass Filter

Select the background and hit Ctrl+J (Win) / Command+J (Mac).  Go to options panel at the top of the screen and Filter > Other > High Pass. I picked radius as 2 pixels in this example because the resolution is low.

After high pass the image will look like this.

Pick Overlay blend mode to sharpen whole image.

This case we want only eyes to be sharpen. While this layer selected, add a layer mask by clicking on the Add Layer Mask icon at the bottom of the layer panel. The mask will be white, to have black one either create it with holding Alt (Win) / Option (Mac) or hit Ctrl + I (Win) / Command + I (Mac) to revert white mask to black.

Then while mask is selected, pick the Brush Tool and lower hardness. Paint white around the eyelids. Be careful not to paint over wrinkles. This type of brush use is better explained in Whiten Teeth post. Painted mask can be seen by holding Alt (Win) / Option (Mac) and clicking on it.


This is how you can bring out eyes using Photoshop. You can learn this and much more from a professional photo editing course called Learn Photo Editing with more details. To see my learn photo editing review go to the main page . Thank you for reading!

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