Retouching eyes is a way to improve a portrait. This is a technique I picked up along the photo restoration and retouching road.

Retouching eyes

Retouching eyes


Above are some eyes from a portrait from Michael Herb at 204Studios. They have around studio flash reflected in them. Some say this is attractive and softens the eyes but this is a matter of opinion. Maybe you want to add your own reflection in the eye that suits your style? I have included a layers snapshot of a process to change them.

Retouching eyes layers pallete

Retouching eyes layers palette


The bottom layer has the reflection removed. The layer above “whites”, is a soft white brush sprayed in the whites of the eye and then reduced in opacity and masked. this softens the whites.

The “reflection” layer is a single dab of white-masked to make a triangular shaped reflection.

Above that is a small white dot, which simulates the main point of light.

Next up is a colour layer to add more of a warm hue to eyes with the centre pupil masked out.

Finally, a splash of red also reduced on opacity in the corners of the eyes to remove the grey look and warm up the eyes some more.

The very top layer is just the original so we can refer back to it to see the changes we made.

Retouching eyes complete

Retouching eyes complete


You then set about retouching the face and skin in your usual way. I hope this retouching eyes article helped you.