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Colorizing Eyes

Author: mizgriz

Tools Needed

* Adobe Photoshop

Introduction

Ever wanted to give your renders really bright, vibrant eyes? Now you can.

Step 1: Preparing the Eye

Open up your image.

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The first thing you're going to do is to duplicate the layer your image is on. Then, select the burn tool.

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We're going to darken the eye a little bit. You're going to do this in straight lines, starting at the pupil and brushing out to the edge of the iris.

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It will look something like this:

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Step 2: Colorizing the eye

Now that your eye is prepared, erase the pupil.

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It should take one or two clicks, and it should look like this when you finish:

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Next, go to Image > Adjustments > Variations, where a menu similar to this

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will pop up. This menu is where you can play around with different settings and get your eye to be exactly the color you want. I picked blue. Pick your color. You'll notice that your entire image has turned whichever color you wanted your eye to be. Start erasing everything in the image except for the iris of the eye.

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I recommend using an eraser with soft edges.

Your eye should be quite striking now.

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Step 3: Finishing Touches

Now, take the burn tool and just go around the outside edges of the iris.

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This is to give your eye a bit more definition. After that, select the dodge tool and lighten the inside of the eye.

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Now, this is where you can play with the color in your eye a little bit if you want to. Press Ctrl+U on your keyboard to open up the Hue/Saturation menu. Make sure that “colorize” is checked and start playing with the settings. For example, in my eye, settings like this:

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gave me a pretty aquamarine-ish eye, and settings like this:

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gave me a creepy red eye.

If you like your eye the way it is, though, you don't have to change anything.

Step 4: The end!

Do whatever postwork tickles your fancy…and ta-da!

You now have a striking eye.

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