There’s a simple way to make your subject’s eyes pop in a portrait, and it doesn’t involve touching vibrance, saturation, luminosity, or any other color-based edit. In fact, you can make the full edit in 30 seconds.
This quick Photoshop tip comes to us from photographer Mathieu Stern, who uses a simple sharpening technique to make his subjects’ eyes stand out. Here’s the step by step:
1. Duplicate your background layer (your portrait).
2. Go to Filter > Other > High Pass and apply a High Pass filter with a radius of 10 pixels.
3. Set the layer blend mode to Soft Light
4. Alt+Click on the layer mask icon to create a black layer mask
5. Use a soft brush to pain white over just your subject’s eyes.
That’s it. Done right, the filter will take your subject’s eyes from this:
Helping them to stand out without that “nuclear eyes” look that so many saturation-obsessed shooters have accidentally created before. Check out the full demo in the video above, and if you like this video, head over to Mathieu’s YouTube channel for more.
The tone curve is one of the most powerful tools in photo editing, allowing you to change multiple values and essentially doing the job of several different adjustment layers. But it’s also complicated, and hard for beginners to understand. These two videos should help.
The first video was shared by Photoshop Tutorials back in December, and it explains how tone curves REALLY work. From adjusting the main RGB curve to breaking down the curve into its Red, Green, and Blue components, the video explains the tone curve, offers some tips on learning how to use it, and shares plenty of examples of different curves in action.
That video alone is worth your time, especially if you still find the tone curve confusing. This next video add to it by suggesting a few design changes Adobe could do to make that would greatly improve the tool.
The video was shared two days ago by Denny Tang, and it attacks the tone curve from a different angle than most tutorials. This is an advice video for Adobe that shows what a major Curves redesign could look like in Lightroom and Photoshop to make the tool much easier to learn and use.
He lists 5 different changes, each of which will help you to better understand how the tone curve works. But even if Adobe pays no attention to Denny’s suggestions, the video will still leave you with a more comprehensive understanding of this powerful photo editing tool.
Google-owned image editing app Snapseed is a go-to for many photographers when they want (or have) to edit photos on their smartphone. And starting today, those people have a new, highly-requested editing tool at their disposal: Curves.
Using Curves to adjust the shadows, midtones, and highlights in your image is both common and powerful, but up until now you were limited to adjusting shadows and highlights via slider on Snapseed. No more, the Curves panel now let you control the overall brightness and color-specific channels of your image.
“Curves gives you precise control over brightness levels and colors to shape the look of your photos,” writes the Snapseed team. “If you are familiar with Curves from desktop applications, you should be able to get started right away.”
Curves marks the first major update to Snapseed in 2017, but the team didn’t stop there. The newest version of the app also includes an improved Face Detection system that lets you click “Try Harder” if the algorithm isn’t locking on properly. Additionally, the Text tool now lets you wrap lines anywhere you’d like, and the grain quality in Black & White has also been given an algorithmic boost.
To give these updates a shot for yourself, update Snapseed on your phone or download a fresh copy from the iTunes App Store or Google Play.
reVision is a simple new web service that lets you share interactive before-and-after views of your photo edits with other people.
Created by Polish photographer and developer Łukasz Oślizło, the service is extremely minimalist in its design. The front page features two boxes into which you drop your before and after photos.
Once it has both images, the service overlays one on top of the other and provides a slider line that the viewer can use to switch between the shots. Each comparison page has a dedicated permalink that you can share with others.
There aren’t any other features as of yet, but Oślizło tells PetaPixel that an embedding feature for sharing comparisons outside of reVision is currently on his to-do list.
Image credits: Example comparison photo by Ps2613 and licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0