2 simple ways to adjust eye color in Photoshop

07/11/2023 1,208

Sometimes changing the character's eye color also completely changes the meaning of the photo. If you are looking for a way to change the eye color of a character in a photo, don't miss the following two simple ways to adjust eye color in Photoshop.

2 simple ways to adjust eye color in Photoshop

Sometimes changing the character's eye color also completely changes the meaning of the photo. If you are looking for a way to change the eye color of a character in a photo, don't miss the following two simple ways to adjust eye color in Photoshop.

Adjust eye color in Photoshop

1. Adjust eye color in Photoshop with Hue Saturation 

Real people can change the color of their eyes very easily by wearing lens, and characters in photos can simply adjust their eye color with Photoshop. With Photoshop software, you can use the Hue Saturation tool to change eye color through some extremely simple steps as follows: 

Step 1: Open the photo in Photoshop where you need to adjust eye color. To open an image, you can select File on the toolbar, then select Open, then select the image to adjust eye color. Or you can use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+O. Look at the right corner of the Photoshop screen, click on the dot icon, then click Hue Saturation.

select the image to adjust eye color

Step 2: At the Hue Saturation window, click on the hand icon, then click on the eye area to sample. Photoshop software will record the color of the eyes. If the subject's eyes have multiple colors, click the pen icon (+), to expand the sampling area. You can see that Photoshop has limited the sampling area in the slider at the bottom.

click on the hand icon then click on the eye area to sample

Step 3: Drag the Hue slider and observe on the screen. You will see that the color of the eyes will change through red, orange, blue, etc. You just need to stop when you have found the eye color that suits your needs.

Drag the Hue slider and observe on the screen

 

Then continue to drag the Saturation slider to the right to make the eye color darker. In many cases, eye color will be close to skin color, so you will see the impact of Hue Saturation on similar color areas. 

Step 4: To continue, click Blending Mode, then select Color.

click Blending Mode then select Color

Select the Hue Saturation Layer, click the Layer Mask, then press Ctrl+I. The Layer Mask will turn black, so you can no longer see the effect of Hue Saturation on the image.

Select the Hue Saturation Layer click the Layer Mask then press Ctrl+I

Step 5: To make the eyes appear the color you want to change, use Brush (B). Choose a Brush size suitable for the eye, choose Foreground color as white. 

Step 6: Let's proceed to paint a white Brush above the black Layer Mask. The areas that the white Brush passes through will reveal the color you choose. Apply a Brush to the eye area to adjust eye color in Photoshop. If you accidentally make a mistake and smudge your eye color, press Ctrl+Z to go back. In addition, you can also press the shortcut key (X) to change to the black Brush, then paint in the areas with blurred colors to regain the original color.

paint a white Brush above the black Layer Mask

 

So you have successfully adjusted eye color in Photoshop with Hue Saturation. The steps are really simple, right? Try it now. 

 

2. Adjust eye color with Solid Color in Photoshop 

Besides Hue Saturation, we can also adjust eye color in Photoshop with Solid Color. This tool is currently available in all versions of Photoshop. Let's adjust eye color in Photoshop using Solid Color through some basic steps:

 

Step 1: Open the photo you need to adjust eye color in Photoshop. On the toolbar, select File => Open => select the image to adjust eye color. Or you can also use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+O. Then, we also click on the dot icon in the bottom right corner of the screen, then select Solid Color.

 select Solid Color

Step 2: I want to adjust the eye color in Photoshop to red. In the Color Picker panel, select red and press OK. You can choose any color that suits your needs.

In the Color Picker panel select red and press OK

At this point, the entire photo will be covered with a red layer and the model cannot be seen. Click on Layer Solid Color, in Blending Mode select Color so that the red color blends with the model's eye color. We only need Solid Color to affect the eye area, but it is still covering the entire image.

Click on Layer Solid Color

Step 3: On Solid Color, click Layer Mask then press Ctrl+I. Additionally, you can also use Properties => Invert for the same result. At this point, Solid Color no longer has an impact on the image, because the black Layer Mask has covered those effects.

click Layer Mask then press Ctrl+I

Step 4: To make the eyes appear red, use a Brush (B) of a size suitable for the eyes, choose Foreground as white. 

Step 5: Let's paint a white Brush above the black Layer Mask. Wherever the white brush goes, red will appear. Paint in the eye area to show red. If you accidentally make a mistake, you can also use Ctrl + Z to go back. Or press the shortcut key (X) to change to a black Brush and then paint in the smudged areas to regain the original color. Finally, reduce the Opacity of the Solid Color to get the best results.

reduce the Opacity of the Solid Color to get the best results

So you have finished adjusting eye color in Photoshop using Solid Color. 

 

Above are two extremely simple ways to adjust eye color in Photoshop. Hopefully SaDesign is sharing can help you edit photos more easily and professionally.

 
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