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Bloodshot - Is there a better way?
Old 08-04-2007, 04:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How do you get rid of bloodshot eyes ... quickly and easily?

A relatively new model shows up with worst case of bloodshot eyes I've ever seen. She said she had a friend apply fake eyelashes before the shoot because she wasn't sure that the MUA I hired would have fake eyelashes. Unfortunately, the glue the "friend" used caused her eyes to get really bloodshot. If she was local, I'd probably have postponed the shoot, but since she flew in and paid my full rate, I was stuck shooting her as is.

I tried several of my standard techniques to whiten her eyes (adjust levels, adjust brightness, adjust saturation) but they all looked fake and left me with gray veins. The before and after below show what I finally ended up doing ... painting the whites with a white brush set to 25% opacity and building it up slowly. Since this takes a long time to accomplish ... anyone got a better technique?


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Re: Bloodshot - Is there a better way?
Old 08-04-2007, 05:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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How do you get rid of bloodshot eyes ... quickly and easily?

A relatively new model shows up with worst case of bloodshot eyes I've ever seen. She said she had a friend apply fake eyelashes before the shoot because she wasn't sure that the MUA I hired would have fake eyelashes. Unfortunately, the glue the "friend" used caused her eyes to get really bloodshot. If she was local, I'd probably have postponed the shoot, but since she flew in and paid my full rate, I was stuck shooting her as is.

I tried several of my standard techniques to whiten her eyes (adjust levels, adjust brightness, adjust saturation) but they all looked fake and left me with gray veins. The before and after below show what I finally ended up doing ... painting the whites with a white brush set to 25% opacity and building it up slowly. Since this takes a long time to accomplish ... anyone got a better technique?


There are a lot of different ways to approach this. The one I use takes about 30 seconds. It works best on the full size resolution image, but I did a screen capture of your left image and did this example in about 30 seconds.



The steps are:

1. Use Lasso tool to select the whites of the eyes. You'll select the first white area, and then hold down shift key as you select the other white areas and that will make them all selected at once.
2. Feather the selection (I use 2).
3. Now open Adjustments, Hue and Saturation.
4. Select red at the top.
5. Slide the Saturation slider to left to taste.
6. Shift back to Master.
7. Slide Lightness slider to right to taste.

Do the work on a large resolution image. If done on a small image like the one I was working with you can't get nearly as good of result.

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