The Digital Photo Guy

The Eyes Have It

by on Aug.25, 2010, under Articles, Photo Editing, Photoshop CS2/4, Photoshop Elements, Schedule, Workshops

The Eyes Are the Windows to the Soul

Today, we’ll post Part 1 of 2 posts about retouching eyes to add intensity and “pop” to any portrait including those where the photographer messed up! Here’s a photo of my favorite model, Tylor. I made this photo at the beach on one of those days when everything seemed to go wrong. Tylor’s eyes were lost in the shadows and her smile seemed lifeless (below left). After bit of Photoshop Elements magic, I brought back her eyes and the photo is almost acceptable. I think you’ll agree the retouched photo is better because Tylor’s eyes are alive with sparkle.


My technique is a distillation of several classes and workshops. Some were overly convoluted while others were too simplified. I’ve tried to walk a line between complexity and finesse so the end result is convincing but achievable.

This is Part 1 of a two part video. I don’t get into the details of how to use a tool because it’s assumed most have taken my webinar, Photoshop Elements for Digital Photographers.

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2 Comments for this entry

  • Viva

    Thanks for the great eye videos—-very helpful!

    • Lee

      Thanks Viva, I developed those steps from several different seminars and classes I attended because I felt most people just didn’t need the 600 step process touted by some pros. (OK, so they only use only 598 steps). Thanks for reading.

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