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
    for 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



    -- Hanks, SPFA
    Primerica Financial Services
    443-705-0203 Fax
    Walt Hanks, Jun 12, 2005
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    Colin D Guest

    Hi Walt,
    I imported one of your shots into Photoshop, and, using the dodge tool
    set for a very small diameter, about the width of the shadow under the
    eyes, and dodge exposure at about 15%, was able to remove the visible
    shadows in a few minutes. No plugins necessary.

    Colin D, Jun 13, 2005
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    Paul Mitchum Guest

    No need for a plug-in. Just use an effects layer to selectively change
    the levels of your image. This is much easier to tweak and undo than a

    Open the image. Make an effects layer for Levels. Tweak the midtone
    until you get the brightness you want under the eyes; 1.4 is probably a
    good place to start. Click OK, click on the effect layer's layer mask,
    select all, hit D, then delete. Your effects layer's mask is now full of
    black, causing the brightening effect to go away. Hit D again, and you
    can use a paintbrush tool to paint the brightness back where you want
    it. Finalize the mask and optionally tweak the layer levels and opacity
    to get exactly what you want.

    Paul Mitchum, Jun 13, 2005
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    Walt Hanks Guest

    Thanks everyone. Isn't it amazing how we each use a different technique to
    accomplish the same thing? I'll be trying each one out over the next couple
    of days and deciding which I prefer. Thanks especially to Al for his very
    detailed tutorial on masking.

    Oh, and thank for no one saying "use a fill flash, stupid!"

    Walt Hanks, Jun 13, 2005
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    Pete D Guest

    Bit late for that me thinks, did you anyway?
    Pete D, Jun 13, 2005
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    Bubbabob Guest

    That's a lot more complicated than necessary. Use the healing tool to
    completely reove the bags under the eyes and then paint them back in with
    a few passes of a 25% opacity history brush until they look real.
    Bubbabob, Jun 13, 2005
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    Paul Furman Guest

    Thanks, I'm still clumsy with masks, that was a good explanation. What
    does the "D" do? It seems to work without that.
    Paul Furman, Jun 13, 2005
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    Paul Mitchum Guest

    D just makes sure white is the foreground color and black is the
    background. It's the equivalent of clicking on that little
    white-over-black thing next to the color picker.
    Paul Mitchum, Jun 14, 2005
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    Jerry L Guest

    You work making loans and were too cheap to hire a photographer for the

    If I were out of the making loan business for 25 years, I hope I would
    have sense enough to go to a bank for a mortgage.

    The advances in photography from 25 years back: fill-flash works in
    making outdoor images now.
    = = =
    Jerry L, Jun 14, 2005
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