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Re: How to get the red out?
Old 02-12-2006, 10:01 PM   #11 (permalink)
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The trick, in my experience, is to not have hard edges around the whites where you've selected them, and to not get the whites too white.

Try this one: (Might sound like a bunch of stuff but once you do it a few times it's fast and -for me at least- works really naturally.}

First zoom all the way into the eyes and use the clone tool at about forty percent opacity, blending mode set to 'lighten' and take out any obvious red veins.

Next select the whites of the eyes. I use the regular lasso tool you use whatever your best selection tool is.

Once both eyes are selected click 'select' then 'feather' and set the feather for .3 pixels.

Zoom out so you can see the subject's face, then hit 'control J' to move the selected whites onto their own layer.

Click 'filter' then 'blur' then gaussian blur.

You only need around 3 pixels of blur. You won't see it but if you zoom in before and after you'll see that the edges of the whites, with the feather and the blur are soft edged.

After you put the blur on (this is IMPORTANT) roll the opacity of the eye layer down to zero.

Then change the belnding mode to 'screen'.

Then roll the opacity up and watch what happens. You'll be amazed at how little you need - 15 - 20 percent opacity, and the eyes are just a really natural looking, but clean, bright white.

The reason you roll the layer down before you turn it to screen is that you only need a little and if you start at one hundred percent opacity the eyes will be zombie eyes...then you start rolling it back and compared to the zombie eyes fifty percent opacity looks good when in fact it's way too much.

Basically your own eyes will make a better judgement on how much white is good if you're adding it rather than dialing it down.

Again that's just my experience and I'm easily confused by bright, shiny objects. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]


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