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NicJ Oct 21, 2009 9:27 PM

Sharp eyes
I am not entirely sure this is the right place for this question, but didn't know where else to put it. How in the world do you create the really sharp eyes in photoshop. I saw a tutorial for lightroom that is really good, but when I try to sharpen eyes in PS it always comes out pixely (not a word I know). Doesn't seem to matter what way I try it. Does anyone know of a really good way to get that crystal clear look on the eyes? Please help!!!

BillDrew Oct 22, 2009 8:17 AM

Get the focus right when shooting, and use a good lens. Paying attention to how the subject is lit can help a great deal. In particular, how the reflection of the lights show in the eyes.

Fixing problems in post processing is never as good as getting the shot right in the first place.

kibaris May 21, 2010 8:17 AM

I agree for sure with BillDrew, but playing a little with 'contrast' + 'brightness', in photoshop, will help photos "look" sharper.

VTphotog May 22, 2010 12:31 PM

You might get better responses to your question in the Software forums.
If using Photoshop, which I am not too familiar with, I think the procedure is to make a selection around the eyes, and make that a new layer, then sharpen, and use a blend mode such as Soft Light, adjusting opacity for the look you need.


poppertop Aug 16, 2010 8:08 PM

Here's the first question I'm comfortable answering. Yay me.

What I do, and I find it works quite well, is this.

1. Open the photo you're working with in PS, whatever version you may be using, and zoom so that you have basically just the eyes in your winder.
2. Use either lasso select or oval, and select one eye.
3. Make sure you have "add to selection" chosen, rather than "new selection", and select the second eye.
4. Create a new levels adjustment layer.
5. On the top there should be three boxes, the farthest right should say 255; for general situations change this to 212, and click OK.
6. Erase any parts that may have brightened that you don't want changed; eyebrows, cheeks, under the eyes.
7. Play with blending modes and opacities of your adjustment layer.

Hope you get results yo're satisfied with!

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