A Post Processing Question - The Eyes

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by Walt Hanks, Jun 12, 2005.

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    Walt Hanks Guest

    As some of you know, I was out in San Diego two weekends ago shooting my
    sister's wedding (formals only - no reception). Everything was shot
    outdoors on an overcast day with flat lighting. I used a silver reflector
    to add a little sparkle. What I failed to notice was that there were some
    significant shadows under my sister's eyes in a few of the shots. So, I
    need to take care of them in PS.

    Here's my question. What plugins do you all like to use for dealing with
    puffy eyes and shadows around the eyes?

    To see the images, go to:


    But remember, I hadn't shot a wedding in 25 years and these are unretouched


    Walt Hanks, Jun 12, 2005
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    Pete D Guest

    The healing tool really works well, have you tried it? DCE tools also
    includes "portrait skin cleaner".
    Pete D, Jun 12, 2005
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    Jeremy Nixon Guest

    Yeah, you have what looks like two eye problems going on. The first is that
    she has dark circles and "puffies" that would best have been dealt with using
    makeup; the second is the shadow problem, which is a common by-product of
    overcast lighting and is easy to miss when shooting because our eyes overlook
    it (or rather, our brains do, since it's so common).

    Unfortunately, you don't have the luxury of applying makeup and correcting
    the lighting at this point, so Photoshop it is. Try the healing brush, and
    the clone tool. Play with the blending options, in particular "lighten only"
    mode. Some color correction ("color" mode) may be needed to deal with the
    purplish hue, bringing it more in line with the actual skin tone.
    Jeremy Nixon, Jun 12, 2005
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    Walt Hanks Guest

    She has always been anti-makeup, and the woman who did her makeup for the
    wedding was terrible, but I couldn't say anything. And, at almost 50 with 4
    kids and 1 grandchild, she earned every one of those bags!

    the second is the shadow problem, which is a common by-product of
    Yeah, that would be the case.
    I've never used the healing brush, so that will take some playing. I
    generally like to select the pixels I want to work with and apply changes
    directly. But I'll see if I can make it work. The clone tool I know well.


    Walt Hanks, Jun 12, 2005
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    Jeremy Nixon Guest

    Think of the healing brush as the way you always wished the clone tool
    worked, and go from there. :)
    Jeremy Nixon, Jun 12, 2005
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    Matt Clara Guest

    If you're using Photoshop CS, try the shadows/highlight filter under
    Image/Adjustments. If it's too much for the whole picture but works well
    for the shadows under the eyes, just set your history brush to one level
    back from your shadows/highlights adjustment, and quickly brush in the last
    level everywhere but her eyes. It's easy. Jeremy's suggestion(s) are good,
    too, but complicated and best saved for the best of the bunch. Even then,
    you might want to start with the shadows/highlights and proceed from there.
    Matt Clara, Jun 12, 2005
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    Paul H. Guest

    1) Create a new layer and make it the active layer
    2) Set the blending mode of the new layer to "Overlay"
    3) Set draw color to white or very light gray.
    4) Select a soft round brush
    5) Draw a line in the center of the dark circles about 60% of the width of
    the circles (It's sort of like drawing white eyeglasses around the eyes.)
    6) Perform a Gaussian blur on the new overlay layer. Experiment for best
    7) Adjust opacity of the new layer for best effect, touch up if necessary.
    8) Flatten image.

    This is a kind of on-the-fly contrast masking technique used to selectively
    brighten (or darken) small areas of an image. With a little practice and
    experimentation, it becomes quick and intuitive, particularly so if you use
    a graphics tablet for editing.
    Paul H., Jun 14, 2005
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    Walt Hanks Guest

    Thanks to everyone who replied (well, almost everyone). Here is an amusing
    reminder of the axiom, "The customer is always right."

    Using your suggestions, I retouched one of the head shots of my sister and
    showed her the results online. Her response - "What happened to my purple
    eye shadow? I wanted my eyes to be darker."

    So, I will be softening the lines and lightening just a touch - but not
    getting rid of "that purple cast."

    BTW, she loved the pictures "just the way they are."

    Walt Hanks, Jun 14, 2005
  9. The camera never lies?

    David J Taylor, Jun 14, 2005
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