Changing Eye Color Using Photoshop

Above, I have a photo of an eye. It’s a pretty green eye, but for this tutorial I’ll be changing it to blue.

The first thing I’ll do is hit CTRL-J on my keyboard to make a duplicate layer of the eye. This will allow me to have more control later on. I’ll name “Layer 1” to “eye”. To name the eye layer just double click on the word “layer” and then you’ll be able to type in the word “eye”:

The next thing I’ll do is pick the color blue from the swatches palette:

After I pick the blue color from the swatches palette, I’ll see it in the color picker in the tool box:

Next, I’ll go to the options bar at the top of the screen and change the brush mode from Normal to Color. This will allow the details of the eye to come through:

Now it’s time to paint the eye blue. It’s ok if it’s a little sloppy at first. The next step will fix that problem.

The next step is to add a mask to the eye layer:

Now I can clean up around the eye with the mask using the paint brush. Remember that “black reveals and white conceals”.

The advantage of having a separate layer is that, it’s possible to lower the opacity of the eye color.

Here the opacity is at 100%:

Here the opacity is at 65%:

Here the opacity is at 40%:

I think I like the eye at 40% opacity, so that’s how I’m going to leave it. This is an easy way to change the color of someone’s eye, and you can make it any color you want.
Here is the end result:

Remember when you’re finished to set the brush mode back to Normal.


How to Replace a Color Using the Brush Tool in Photoshop

The above pink daisy didn’t start out that way.

Here I have a photo of a yellow daisy. Let say, I want to make this daisy pink. There are a lot of ways to do this.

For this tutorial I’m going to use the brush tool from the tool box in Photoshop:

The first thing I’ll do is go to the Color Swatches palette to pick the color I want. Here I’ll pick a pinkish color:

When I click on a color from the Color Swatch palette, the color appears in the “color picker” box in the tool box:

Before I start to paint with the brush tool, I’ll need to go to the options bar at the top of the screen to change the mode from Normal to Color:

The Color option is at the bottom of the menu:

Setting the mode to Color allows me to brush the new color over the flower leaving the texture of the flower intact.

Here I’ve taken the paint brush and painted over half of the flower to show how the paint brush works:

Here is the finished photo:

Try this technique for yourself and have fun!

Cloning Trick – Clone In a Good Eye Using Photoshop

Above is the final result of this tutorial.

Here, I have a photo of an owl that I took a while ago. It would have been a nice shot if the owl didn’t wink at me. Here’s a trick I learned and I’ll share with you.

The first thing I’ll do is go to the Window menu on the tool bar and click on the Clone Source option:

The Clone Source panel will come up:

I’m going to flip the source of the destination by changing the width value to negative 100 (-100). I’ll also put the value of negative 5 (-5) in the Rotate Source area. Every picture is different so this might need a little trial and error. But try the (-5) first:

Now I’ll go and click on the Clone Tool:

I’ll go to the tool bar at the top of the screen and make sure that I have the Aligned box checked. Also make sure that you are at 100% opacity and the Mode is set to Normal:

Now I will ALT-Click on the center of the good eye. This will become my source. Then I’ll just start to paint with the clone tool over the closed eye. You’ll see that the eye is being painted as a mirror of the good eye. This will make it look completely natural:

Here is the end result.

When you’re finished, don’t forget to put the setting back to their original state in the Clone Source panel.

I hope you like this little trick. You can use this with animals, people, anything. I think it’s very cool. Have fun!

How to Get Rid of Any Color Fringing Using Photoshop

Above is a section of a photo that I took of a blue heron. After I finished working on the photo, I noticed a blue fringe that went around the bird’s head and beak.

Here’s a close up of the bird’s beak, so that the blue fringe can be seen:

The first thing I’ll do is to click on the eye dropper tool in the tools pallet:

Once I have the eye dropper tool active, I’ll click on the blue fringe and the color will show up in the color picker box:

Now I’ll go to Image / Adjustments / Replace Color menu item:

Here, the Replace Color dialog box appears. The color I selected, blue, will already be in the Color box. I’ll Move the Fuzziness slider to the right slowly, until I start to see the blue fringe. The blue fringe will appear white in the Fuzziness box:

What I’m going to do is bring the Saturation slider to the left, to desaturate the blue fringe. I’ll also move the Lightness slider to the left to darken the desaturated line.

Remember, every image is different. The Lightness slider may have to be moved to the left or right, but I’ll always move the Saturation slider to the left to desaturate.

Here are my settings for this image. Look at the bird’s beak. Big difference:

This can be done with any color fringing using this method.

Check it out and see how it works for you. Have fun.

How to Replace the Sky with Quick Mask Using Photoshop

Here is the end result of this tutorial:

Here I have a photo of the Portland Headlight in Maine. It’s a nice photo, but I think the sky is a little dull and bland. I’m going to add a new sky to this photo; one with clouds to make it more interesting. Here is the original photo:

The first thing I’ll do is select the sky with the Quick Mask tool. I’ll click on the Quick Mask and then I’ll click on the paint brush tool. The color of the brush will be pinkish; that’s the color of the Mask:

I’ll take my time selecting the sky. Most of it is easy. I’ll just have to clean up some small details around the house and the light itself. Zoom in close if you have to and make the brush small for little details. Keep the brush at 100% opacity. It will be worth it in the end:

Here it is in the process. Remember, white reveals and black conceals. Go back and forth between the black and white color pickers to touch up small details:

Now that the Quick Mask is selected, I’ll click on the Quick Mask icon to get out of the Quick Mask mode:

Here’s the selection after exiting Quick Mask mode:

Now I’ll choose a photo of a sky filled with clouds to use as my new sky:

With the photo of the sky open and selected, I’ll do a Select All from the menu at the top of the screen:

Then I’ll go to Edit / Copy:

Next I’ll go to the photo of the lighthouse, select it and then I’ll go to Edit / Paste Into:

Now the new sky is in the photo of the lighthouse. If I don’t like the position of the sky I can always move it with the Move tool:

Here is what the Layers Palette looks like:

Here’s the finish photo:

Tip: whenever you see a beautiful sky, just take a picture of it without anything else in the picture. You never know when you’ll need a sky for one of your photos. Have fun!

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