In this tutorial, we will learn a very simple technique to change eye color in a photo with a “Hue / Saturation” adjustment layer of photoshop.
Of course, there are many ways to change the colors of an image with Photoshop, but if we know what color we want to use or simply want to play and experience, a “Hue / Saturation” adjustment layer allows you to change the eye color easily, quickly. Let’s start …
In our case, we already cut the image purely and exclusively for this tutorial. But if we have a full face image, the first thing we have to do is zoom to work more comfortably. We can select the “Zoom” tool from the toolbar, or press the “Z” key, which is the default keyboard shortcut.
Select the “Lasso” tool.
Next, we must select the eyes so that the effect does not affect other areas of the image. Therefore, we will use the “Lasso” tool. Select the “Lasso” tool from the toolbar, or press the “L” key on the keyboard to quickly select with the shortcut.
With the Lasso tool selected, we drag a selection around one of the eyes. We should not worry if the selection scheme is not perfect, since we will clean things later. Once we have selected the first eye, we hold down the “Shift” key and draw a selection around the other eye. Holding down the “Shift” or “Shift” key will add the new selection to the previous one, which allows us to select both eyes at the same time.
We don’t need the selected pupils, so let’s remove that part of the selection. Hold down the “Alt / Optn” key and drag the mouse through each pupil with the Lasso tool. This will be removed from the selection, which leaves us with only the selected color zone. Again, we don’t worry about being too precise for now.
Add a Hue / Saturation adjustment layer.
With the eyes now selected, we are ready to change its color. To do this, we will use a “Hue / Saturation” adjustment layer. We click on the “Create new fill or adjustment layer” icon at the bottom of the “Layers” panel (it is the circle divided diagonally between black and white), then select Hue / Saturation from the list of adjustment layers that appears.
Select the “Coloring” option.
If we are using Photoshop CS4 or a later version, the options and controls for the “Hue / Saturation” dialog box will appear inside the settings panel that is new from CS4 and if we are using the CS6 version, it will appear inside the “Properties”. In Photoshop CS3 and earlier versions, a “Hue / Saturation” dialog box appears. Select the Colorize option by clicking inside the checkbox.
Adjust the “Hue”, “Saturation” and “Brightness”.
To change the color, we simply adjust the “Hue”, “Saturation” and “Brightness” options by dragging their slides to the left or right. “Hue” will change the background color, “Saturation” changes the saturation of the color, and “Brightness” affects the overall brightness. We must be careful not to move the saturation or brightness controls too far to the right, as things can quickly become exaggerated. The image in the document window will update continuously as we move the sliders so we can see a preview of the changes.
Now we are going to select the “Brush” tool in the toolbar or by pressing the “B” key. Let’s paint on the mask of the adjustment layer, to improve details. For example, if a white part of the eye was painted. This is so that the edges are better and more natural.
Finally, we are going to lower the opacity of the adjustment layer to 60%, so that it is not too exaggerated and mixes more with the original eye color.
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