What makes a portrait great? Is it the lighting? The use of color? Beautiful skin, hair, or wardrobe? While all of these things can help create a more powerful image, we think the best portraits emphasize our most important feature. Eyes!
Learn a professional approach to retouching eyes in Photoshop. Brighten up dark eyes, change iris color, enhance the details with dodge and burn, and more. Picture-perfect peepers, every time!
Great portraits have a way of pulling you in. And the best portraits make it feel like the subject is right in front of you, looking you in the eye. Learn how to make captivating and powerful portraits by retouching eyes in Photoshop. If you’re looking for more retouching challenges, try Master Retouching Hair!
Enhance Color & Add Details
Eyes are full of color and detail that sometimes get lost in a photograph. Use techniques like dodging and burning, frequency separation, and sharpening to bring back all of the unique detail and beauty in your subject’s eyes.
Complete Eye Retouching
We break down the individual tools and techniques that will help you bring eyes to life in Photoshop. Then we take you through a complete eye retouch from start to finish. Learn how to make a plan, remove distractions, enhance detail, add color, and much more!
Sharpening is sometimes all you need to make eyes look amazing! Learn how to apply the perfect amount of sharpening to eyes using our PHLEARN Sharpening Action. And sharpening is so important that we have a tutorial specifically designed to teach you how to Master Sharpening in Photoshop.
Keep it Natural
Retouching the eyes can have a powerful effect on a portrait, but it can be easy to overdo it. We break down some helpful tips, from understanding how light interacts with the eye, to the fundamentals of eye makeup application and how they can translate over to Photoshop–all so you can create the most subtle and realistic adjustments possible.
Dodge & Burn
Sculpt the areas of light and dark around the eyes using professional dodge and burn techniques. Enhance the natural highlights and shadows to add dimension and draw more attention to the eyes. We make the process even easier with our exclusive PHLEARN Dodge & Burn Photoshop Brush!
RETOUCH AROUND THE EYES
It wouldn’t be a PHLEARN retouching tutorial without a little bit of Frequency Separation! Learn how to smooth out harsh transitions between light and dark in the areas around the eyes, and clean up small blemishes and distractions in the skin without losing any of the original texture.
Eye Makeup Techniques
Eye retouching borrows a lot from the world of makeup. We break down the principles of making eyes stand out using common makeup techniques. Learn how to carefully darken certain areas around the eyes to help them appear brighter and more vibrant.
The eyes are often the feature we want to stand out most in a portrait. How do we make it happen? By adding contrast! We show you multiple ways to increase the contrast around the eyes, from dodging and burning to professional-grade sharpening.
Eyes that Tell a Story
COMPLETE EYE RETOUCH IN PHOTOSHOP
Stunning Color & Detail
Eyes are full of textures and details that can get lost in a photograph. We show you how to bring them back, adding and enhancing colors, recovering detail, and removing unwanted distractions.
Photoshop Actions & Brushes!
We want to make mastering the retouching process as easy as possible. That’s why we’re including two exclusive Photoshop Actions and two custom-made Photoshop Brushes to eliminate some of the tedious parts of the process so you can focus on the art of retouching.
PHLEARN Frequency Separation Photoshop Action
PHLEARN Sharpening Photoshop Action
PHLEARN Dodge & Burn Photoshop Brush
PHLEARN Eyelash Photoshop Brush
BRIGHTEN DARK EYES
Brown eyes are beautiful, but the darker the eyes, the harder it is for our cameras to capture them. We show you how to brighten up dark eyes, recovering all of the natural colors and unique details.
Photoshop Actions & Brushes
We include several custom Photoshop Actions and Brushes that will make your retouching workflow smoother than ever. From using our Eyelashes Brush to fill in eyelashes, to our Frequency Separation Action to make skin look flawless, we set you up with powerful tools that will save you valuable time.
Tiny distractions add up. From flyway hairs to unwanted reflections, we show you how to seamlessly remove the most common objects and distractions that appear around the eyes.
CHANGE EYE COLOR
Improve Any Portrait
Whether your taking corporate headshots, senior pictures, or studio portraits for a magazine cover, understanding how to retouch the eyes can improve your photos and help your subjects and clients look their very best.
Tools & Techniques
Frequency Separation, dodging and burning, blemish removal, and sharpening. These are just a few of the things you’ll learn to use to bring eyes to life in any photo. If you’re ready to tackle more, take the next step in high-end retouching with Professional Beauty Retouching in Photoshop.
Change Eye Color
Going from baby blues to emerald greens has never been easier! We show you how to change any eye color while preserving the original highlights and details for a photorealistic effect.
REMOVE FLASH, GLARE & REFLECTIONS
A big part of retouching the eyes is working with skin around them. Learn how to remove blemishes and distractions, like flyaway hairs, and work with the complicated areas around the eyes like the eyelids and the dark patches under the eyes.
Lock Eyes with the Viewer
Windows to the soul. Doorways to the brain. No matter what you call them, the eyes are what pull the viewer into a portrait. We show you every trick and professional technique out there so that you can use your subject’s eyes to tell the story of an image.
Remove Flash, Reflections & Glare from Eyes
We know that eyeglasses can sometimes create editing challenges of their own. Learn how to reduce and remove pesky glare and reflections from glasses, ensuring that the eyes behind them are completely visible.
PHLEARN Founder – Class Instructor
Aaron Nace is a photographer, Photoshop artist and founder of PHLEARN. He is the #1 Photoshop instructor in the world with millions of YouTube subscribers.