Enhancing Eyes In Photoshop – SEVEN Techniques To Create AMAZING Eyes in Photoshop

The eyes have long been considered the windows to the soul, but sometimes those windows need a bit of cleaning up and enhancing.

In this tutorial, we’ll create amazing looking eyes in Photoshop.  I will show you 7 different techniques you can use to enhance anyone’s eyes.

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7 Techniques to Retouch Eyes in Photoshop:

01 – Retouch the White of the Eyes

You can use the Spot Healing Brush Tool to easily remove distractions from the white eyes like red veins.

02 – How to Sharpen Eyes

You can add Sharpness to eyes by using the Sharpen tool or the Smart Sharpen filter.

04 – How to Dodge and Burn Eyes

In this video, we will use a 50% gray layer that is set to the Overlay Blending Mode to add highlights and shadows using the Dodge and Burn tools.

05 – How to Add Highlights to Eyes

We will use a simple selection to add a highlight to the bottom of the eye.

03 – How to Add Contrast to Eyes

You can add contrast to eyes by using the Curves adjustment layer or the Selective Color adjustment layer.

06 – How to Change Eye Color

In this tutorial, we will use the Hue/Saturation Adjustment later to change eye color.

07 – Remove Chromatic Aberration from Eyes

We will use the Camera Raw filter to remove the purple (Chromatic Aberration) found in the highlights of the eye.

Bonus – How to Make a Multi-Colored Eye Effect

We will use a Gradient Fill layer to apply a cool multi-color eye effect.

You may not use all 7 in the same image, but using one or a combination of techniques will give you great results.

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* To watch the original version of this tutorial released in 2012, you can go here.

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Hi! Great tutorial! Love the effect on the eyes and best of it all is – now I know how to do it myself! 😀


I’m having trouble.. At 8:35 the step to “press ctrl under the sharpen layer to select the eyes” (for creating the curves layer). Nothing happens when I do this. I’m in the sharpen layer, but pressing ctrl does not select the eyes, even if I click on them. Not sure what I’m doing wrong. Do you think you can help? Thanks


Yay! it worked…thanks!


Thank you, for nice tutorial
I try first


Wow – you’re a wonderful teacher and this is an awesome collection of eye treatments. I’m saving this one to watch again. Excellent work. And… THANK YOU!!!



I can’t find the Photoshop files, where can I get them?


Yeah you are right…


Looks great! Can this be done in elements also?
Thank you,


There’s really a huge difference now that you enhance the eyes. It looks nice and attractive.


Hi again, I’m having an issue with the highlight/shadow layer at the 10:00 mark. I’ve successfully created the layer following all directions, but when I turn off all other layers, I do not have a solid grey layer – it’s checkered. I’ve watched, done, redone several times to no avail. Help please! (sorry to be a pain!) Thank you so much! :o)

Bob Fox

I enjoyed your PTC video on Enhancing Eyes in Photoshop. Trying to master the technique over 2 days I feel I am using the correct procedure with the 2 ellipses but when I release my mouse, and then the keys, the trimming does take place but but I loose areas on both sides of the eyes. Using PS CS6 on a current iMac. The enclosed 30 second video show my results. Any thoughts on what I am doing wrong?

Thank You,
Bob Fox



Not so many can speak clearly without making everyone bored in a tutorial like this. Not only you did it nicely, but your results are fare above most that can be seen on the net. I really appreciate your techniques and I am very happy of my first try. Thanks for having spent this time making the tutorial, to help everyone reaching a higher level in our art.
French greetings, from Poland 😉

Hilda Champion

Jesus, your tutorials are just the best! Thank you so much for doing them.


its awesome!!!
I love your great tutorials.
So clear and effective!!!
Thank you!