How to Change the Color of the Eye in Photoshop

Changing the color of the eye in real life is possible, you will only need colored contact lenses. This will put a design to your eyes but most of the time, contact lenses are used by people who have visual problems. Changing the color of the eye in Photoshop is also possible – and it’s very easy. If you don’t want to pay for expensive contact lenses to color your eyes just for that special event or for a photo shoot, you can opt for the cheaper version of changing eye colors.

Changing the eye color is not exactly the correct thing to describe this activity because you will only be changing the color of the Iris. The Iris is the area outside the Pupil (or the black, center portion of the eye). In this activity, I will be using the eye below, which I got from SunGlassWatch.com

Eye

Eye

Open the file in Photoshop, then go to “Quick Mask” mode or simply press “q” for the shortcut key.

Quick Mask Button

Quick Mask Button

In the Quick Mask mode, select the Brush Tool in the Tool bar and choose a Soft Round Brush. This will make sure there is a transition or natural effect of the color that we will blend with the eye.

Soft Round Brush

Soft Round Brush

Adjust the size of the brush by using the Diameter adjustment or simply pressing the “[” and “]” keys to minimize and maximize. Brush it on the the Iris and Pupil and make sure it doesn’t hit the Sclera or white portion of the eye. You will notice a translucent red colored paint as you brush because you are in the Quick Mask mode but don’t worry about it. After you are done brushing the eye, click on the Quick Mask button (or exit from Quick Mask by pressing “q”) and you can see that the painted area is the area, which is NOT chosen. To reverse the selection, just go to the Menu Bar, press Select > Inverse or simply press Shift + Ctrl + i. Now that the Iris and Pupil is being selected, go to Menu Bar > Layer > New Fill Layer > Solid Color.

New Fill Layer

New Fill Layer

Set the Mode to “Soft Light” and the Opacity to 70%. After you click OK, you will choose the color of the eye in the Color Palette.

Adjust the Opacity and Color

Adjust the Opacity and Color

You can adjust the opacity to a higher number depending on your preference on the blend of the original eye color and the photoshopped eye color. You can also change it to a different if you like. Try experimenting with the blend modes to see more color combinations.

Green, Soft Light, 90% Opacity

Green, Soft Light, 90% Opacity

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to write in the comment box below. Hope you like my simple tutorial.

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