I’ve had so much fun putting this series of posts together! So far, we’ve learned how to:
To wrap up this Retouching and Enhancing Eyes series I will now show you a super easy method to Sharpen Eyes in Photoshop.
You may recall me explaining how our own eyes go on a journey to seek out areas of a photograph that contain high amounts of brightness, contrast and sharpness.
In Portraiture, eyes are considered to be one of the primary focus points in an image. For good reason too. They are powerful, captivating, emotional and beautiful.
We want to persuade our viewers eyes to soak up all that goodness, right?
To do this, we need capture their focus and control it to land on our subjects’ eyes (cue romantic music). A great way to achieve this is to selectively sharpen the primary focus points of your image.
To selectively sharpen our photograph, we’ll combine all the adjustments we’ve created so far into a single layer. This will allow us to run a high frequency filter (“High Frequencies” is more commonly referred to as ‘Texture’) across our image to lift the texture and sharpen our photograph. We’ll then apply a layer mask to restrict where the sharpened effect will be visible.
If you’re starting to get that puzzled look, don’t panic.
This all sounds rather technical and sophisticated but it’s super straightforward, even Holly could do it.
In this Photoshop tutorial, you will learn how to:
• Use ‘Apply Image’ to merge your adjustments layers onto a single layer
• Desaturate your image
• Use the High Pass filter to add sharpness to your image
• Use the overlay blending mode to modify your High Pass Filter
• Create and use layer masks to control the visibility of your adjustments.
• Keep your edits neat and tidy using groups.
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