hi I'm Chelsea and today I'm going to
show you how to use Lightroom to enhance
eyes I'm not going to provide a photo
file today because you can just follow
along on any portrait but I recommend
that it's a woman because i'll do a
little bit of makeup and you don't want
to do that to a man or child I mean
maybe you do you know what I take that
back you just do it you want okay so the
first thing that I'm going to do is
select the adjustment brush and the
effect that I'm going to use is iris
enhance and I'll make my brush a bit
bigger you can press o to turn on your
mask and if you want to change the color
press shift and oh you do green white
dark I'm going to go with red since my
eyes are green and I'm just selecting
the IRS not the pupil or the whites of
the eyes so if you press 0 again and you
get rid of your mask and you can see
that the iris enhanced just kind of
sharpens and you can see exactly in this
panel here what it's doing it enhances
the clarity and the saturation a little
bit and ups the exposure and it settle I
i should mention i'm keeping it really
subtle i always see that the eyes can
kind of be over enhanced so what I'm
guessing is going to happen because this
is what always happens to me is that I
do all the edits and then it I make the
person look like a crazy creepy I person
and then you go in and you dial it all
back about twenty thirty percent so I'm
just going to stick with that going to
be my method okay so I created a new
adjustment brush and now I'm going into
my effects and I'm selecting dodge
because I want to lagan and can i zoom
in more oh Lord I can't zoom in more but
I'm just going to
here let me put on my mask select the
whites of the eyes and if you're a
little bit sloppy like I'm being that's
okay is you can go to the erase brush
and let's see let me put my flow almost
all the way up and drop the size and
just clean up my selection a bit i'm
just going to subtly weight in the eyes
brighten them a little bit the wipes
brother think that overly
Dwight's is one of those things that can
make enhance and the eyes look really
unnatural and creepy you look at a
portrait of somebody you don't want to
thank Wow her eyes are terrifying you
want to think that's a nice portrait or
that's a good picture of Bob and Aunt
Susan okay so let's see this is where
the exposure was and then it just raised
it a little bit if you want to
incrementally raise these you can just
hover over them and use the up and down
keys or left and right and that's subtle
sometimes if my eyes are red or my
subjects eyes are red I'll also just
lower the saturation a little bit not
too much because you get it's very gray
Oh raising the high life little okay and
then I created a new adjustment brush
and the next thing that I'm going to do
is light and again and this time I'm
going to light in around the eyes so
make my brush a bit bigger and just
doing like a triangle under the eyes
because when you light in under the eyes
that actually brings out the eyes this
is something people do when they do
and I'll go to my erase brush again and
lower the flow and then just blend the
Sun we make my brush bigger and blend it
in and you can notice that I did kind of
a triangle under the eyes kind of like
what you see when you use Rembrandt
lighting appear to that sort of thing
okay I'll make a new adjustment brush
again new mask again and I'm going to
also lighting around the eyes and do
this part of the I hear that makes the
eyes look bigger and right above the
people that makes the eyes look wider I
bet your life whoa Chelsea knows a lot
about eyes it's true do few light and
under the eyebrows and it makes the arch
the higher which I don't really need but
i don't it sounds like I think I'm cool
i'll select a new adjustment brush and
now i'm going to do some burning
kind of like all over the place maybe I
should have just done the iris first you
know what kind of call it it cuz i do
what works for you and I'm just
selecting the laugh line let me put on
my mask so you can see what I'm doing
I'm getting into the lash line I don't
want to go too far here because then if
you put dark colors on the inside of the
eyes that makes them look closer
together and usually not like a look
that people are going for and use my
oh my flow is down me and just get it
out of my eyes and off of my waterline
this part right above the lashes this is
the waterline and you want that to be
lighter not darker because that makes
your eyes look bigger
and you can see if i adjust it down what
I did kind of like using that is the
guys let me see I'm just going to blend
it in a bit more
so a lot of making new brushes I just
keep pressing new over and over again
the reason why I do that is because you
can go into any of these little pin and
you can see what you adjusted and you
can go back and readjust them so just
making a lot of new pins a lot of new
adjustment brushes means that you have
more control over your final edit so I
can go back in and say well the whites
look too bright and I can specifically
change that I brightened a lot of things
but if I had linked the whites of the
eyes with the lightning I did around the
eyes then maybe one thing was bright
enough but another thing wasn't or vice
versa and I wouldn't have control over
that have to erase things and redo them
so this just makes it easier to go back
and adjust every little change that you
make you can see this is the iris
brightening and you can see it all right
there let me think okay so I'll make a
new adjustment layer I'm going to go
back into burn and you can see I'm
selecting these effects but then I kind
of go in and customize them you can do
that too I recommend that okay one thing
that brings out the eyes is enhancing
the dark line around the iris especially
if the person has the light eyes is then
it makes the brighter inner part of the
IRS stand out there's more contract and
let's see there's a line there and I
don't want to be too dark
this layer i think i'm actually going to
add a little sharpening to that there we
making a new brush and then I'm keeping
it in Bern and I'm going to add a little
bit of makeup but you don't have to do
but I want to do that letting it here
when you're adding I shower I shadow
usually want to follow this line here
from the corner of the eye to the edge
of the eyebrow unless the person has
done something really unusual with their
eyebrows like where the natural eyebrow
would be when i go from the corner to
their eyebrow and kind of just follow
and then you can go a little bit into
your lower lash line two
my hair is here so I'm just going to
have to pretend that it's not right so
I'll erase this part and then I'm going
to lower the flow on my erase brush and
just blend in what I did
I'll increase the flow because I just
want to make sure that there's none in
and I'll turn off
I'm ask and I'll lower the exposure a
little bit and then I want to also
change the color and I have green eyes
i'm going to go towards the purpley
color and then also bring down the blues
a little bit move out to lunch
and now I have I shadow
if you bring up the highlights a little
bit then you get some of the natural
skin underneath and it looks more
natural it looks more like it's on my
skin than it I did this it just looks
like it looks flat looks like it's just
sitting on top so you do this and then
the natural highlights of the skin show
through and it looks like makeup is
actually a bud okay so we have I shadow
eyeliner brightened whites enhance the
IRS everything a little bit sharpen
let's do the eyebrow because that's
important to eyebrows frame your face
and your eyes so if they're not well
defined then your eyes don't show as
much then we'll pop out as much popping
eyes that's important okay so i have a
new adjustment layer and it's burn and
you don't want to do too much one of the
persons look strange but just naturally
define their eyebrows and your eyebrow
should be at the edge of your nose and
then i add an angle from the side of
your eye to your nose like this so from
the corner of the nose so the edge of
the eye up gain my eyebrows are on point
okay that's pretty good for two Durkin
let me zoom out and press Y to see the
floor and after I don't think I went too
far this time actually normally what i
would do is kind of take a break because
i've been acclimating to all of these
adjustments go get a drink or a snack or
whatever go do something else come back
and look at it again and if your first
thought is like whoa wait too much to
the eyes then you know you have to go in
and kind of undo some of your edits but
sending here now maybe i'm wrong but it
looks pretty good oh so one last thing
that you may or may not want to do is
add more eyelashes sometimes it works
out well sometimes it does
it can depend on the picture I have more
control in Photoshop but I'm just
keeping these videos to Lightroom I get
people asking me that some time but I
will get to doing Photoshop videos but
for now business that's happening okay
so we want the size of the brush all the
way down that small as it goes and the
exposure all the way down just so you
can see what you're doing and you want
to follow where the lashes already are
and make them longer I know what you're
thinking you're like this looks like a
spider's leg Chelsea this looks stupid
you're right it's going to get better
you want to follow the natural arch this
is a lot easier with my wacom tablet if
you're into drawing you want to follow
the natural patterns of eyelashes you
can see that they crisscross you can add
like another one like that and like that
I feel like because I can't I think it's
the size of the picture it's not letting
me make my brush as small as I'd want it
works better when your brush can be
smaller but so this is what you do and
you make the lashes a little bit longer
because what you're going to do is go to
do a trace brush and put the flow down a
bit and then you're going to erase the
tip so that these fake cares that you're
making naturally paper off like real
look a little bit crummy but it takes a
little bit of practice to get them
straightened and now we adjust the
exposure so that they're far more subtle
and then you can see it just makes the
eyelashes a bit thicker that's a holster
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Hi, I'm Chelsea and today I'm going to
show you how to use Lightroom to enhance
I'm not going to provide a photo file
today because you can just follow along
on any portrait, but I recommend that
it's a woman because i'll do a little
bit of makeup and you don't want to do
that to a man or a child. I mean, maybe you do.
You know what, I take that back, you just, you do what you want.
Okay, so the first thing that I'm going to
do is select the adjustment brush and
the effect that I'm going to use is iris
And I'll make my brush a bit bigger,
you can press O to turn on your mask. If
you want to change the color, press shift+O
and you can do green, white, dark.
I'm going to go with red since my eyes
And I'm just selecting the iris, not the pupil or the
whites of the eyes.
So if you press O again, then you get rid
of your mask and you can see that the
iris enhance just kind of sharpens and, well
you can see exactly in this panel here
what it's doing. It enhances the clarity
and the saturation a little bit and ups
And it's subtle. I should mention i'm
keeping it really subtle,
I always see that the eyes can kind of
be over enhanced, so what I'm guessing is
going to happen, because this is what
always happens to me, is that I do all
the edits and then it will make the
person look like a crazy
creepy-eyed person and then you go in and you dial
it all back about twenty, thirty percent.
So I'm just going to stick with that. It's
going to be my method.
Okay, so i created a new adjustment brush
and now I'm going into my effects and
i'm selecting dodge because i want to
And can I zoom in more?
Oh lord, I can't zoom in more but i'm just
here let me put on my mask, select the
whites of the eyes, and if you're a
little bit sloppy like I'm being that's
okay. Because you can go to the erase brush.
And let's see, let me put my flow
almost all the way up and drop the size
and clean up my selection a bit. I'm just gonna subtly
whiten the eyes, brighten them a little
The whites, rather. I think that overly-whitened
whites is one of those things that
can make enhancing the eyes look
really unnatural and creepy.
When you look at a portrait of somebody, you
don't want to think, "wow, your eyes are terrifying ."
You want to think, "that's a nice
portrait" or "that's a good picture of uncle Bob
and aunt Susan."
Okay, so let's see.
This is where the exposure was,
and then it just raised it a
little bit. If you want to incrementally
raise these, you can just hover over them
and use the up and down keys or left and right.
and that's subtle.
Sometimes if my eyes are red, or my
subjects eyes are red, I'll also just lower
the saturation a little bit, not too much
because you get, it gets very grey looking.
Just raising the highlights a little.
And then I created a new adjustment brush and
the next thing that I'm going to do is
lighten again, and this time I'm going
to lighten around the eyes.
I'll make my brush a bit bigger and just doing like a
triangle under the eyes.
Because when you lighten under the eyes that actually
brings out the eyes.
This is something people do when they do
And I'll go to my erase brush again and lower the flow
and then just blend this in. Let me make my
brush bigger, and blend it in.
And you'll notice that I did kind of a triangle
under the eyes, kind of like what you see when
you use Rembrandt lighting. If you're into that
sort of thing.
Ok, I'll make a new adjustment brush
a new mask again, and I'm going to also
lighten around the eyes and do this
part of the eye here, that makes the eyes look
bigger, and right above the pupil, that
makes the eyes look wider.
I bet you're like, "woah, Chelsea knows a lot about eyes."
It's true. I do.
If you lighten under the eyebrow, that makes the arch look higher, which I don't really need but...
"I don't need it." It sounds like I think I'm cool. I'll select
a new adjustment brush and now I'm going
to do some burning.
I'm kinda like, all over the place.
Maybe I should have just done
the iris, but you know what? I'm just gonna go with it.
You gotta do what works for you.
And I'm just selecting the lash line, let me put on my mask so you can see what I'm doing.
I'm getting into the lash line,
I don't want to go too far here because
then if you put dark colors on the
inside of the eyes it makes them look
closer together and usually not like a
look that people are going for. And I'll use
my erase tool.
Oh, my flow is down.
And just get it out of
my eyes and off of my waterline, this
part right above the lashes. This is the
waterline and you want that to be
lighter not darker, because that makes
your eyes look bigger.
And you can see if I
adjust it down, what I did- ah! I kind of like using that
as a guide, let me see.
I'm just going to blend it in a bit more
That's a lot of making new brushes.
I just keep pressing new over and over again.
The reason why you do that is because you
can go into any of these little pins and
you can see what you adjusted and you
can go back and readjust them.
So just making a lot of new pins, a lot
of new adjustment brushes, means that you
have more control over your final edit.
So I can go back in and say, "well the whites
look too bright" and I can specifically
I brightened a lot of things, but if I
linked the whites of the eyes with the
lightening I did around the eyes, then
maybe one thing was bright enough but
another thing wasn't or vice versa, and
I wouldn't have control over that. I'd have
to erase things and redo them. So this
just makes it easier to go back and
adjust every little change that you make.
You can see this is the iris brightening and
you can see it all right there.
Okay, so I'll make a new adjustment
layer, I'm going to go back into burn and
you can see i'm selecting these effects
but then I kind of go in and customize
You can do that too, I recommend that.
One thing that brings out the eyes is
enhancing the dark line around the iris,
especially if the person has light
eyes, because then it makes the brighter inner
part of the iris
stand out. There's more contrast. And you can see there's a line there.
And I don't want to be too dark.
This layer, I think i'm actually going to add
a little sharpening to that. There we go.
I'm making a new brush, and then I'm
keeping it in burn and I'm going to add
a little bit of make up. Which you don't have
to do, but i want to do that.
I'm adding it here. When you're adding
eyeshadow, you usually want to
follow this line here from the corner of
the eye to the edge of the eyebrow,
unless the person has done something really unusual with their eyebrows, like
where the natural eyebrow would be. You want
to go from the corner of their eyebrow and
just follow this pattern.
And then you can go a little bit into
your lower lash line too.
My hair is here so I'm just gonna have to
pretend that it's not.
Alright, so I'll erase this part
and then i'm going to lower the flow on
my erase brush and just blend in
what I did.
I'll increase the flow because
I just want to make sure that there is
none in my eye.
And I'll turn off my mask.
And I'll lower the exposure a little bit and then I
want to also change the color.
And I have green eyes so I'm going to go towards the
purpley color and then also bring down
the blues a little bit, ooh no, too much.
And now I have eye shadow! And if you
bring up the highlights a little bit
then you get some of the natural skin
underneath and it looks more natural,
it looks more like it's on my skin
than if I did this, it just looks like it
looks flat, it looks like it's just sitting
on top. So you do this and then the
natural highlights of the skin shows
through and it looks like makeup is
Okay, so we have eye shadow,
eyeliner, brightened whites, enhanced
iris, everything a little bit sharpened.
Let's do the eyebrow, because that's
important too, eyebrows frame your face
and your eyes.
So if they're not well defined, then your
eyes don't show as much, they don't pop
out as much.
Popping eyes, that's important. Okay, so I
have a new adjustment layer and it's
burn, and you don't want to do too much.
You don't want the person looks strange but just
naturally define their eyebrows. And your eyebrows
should be at the edge of your nose and
then out at an angle from the side of
your eye to your nose like this.
So from the corner of the nose to the
edge of the eye, up.
Dang, my eyebrows are on point.
That's pretty good, I don't think they're too dark.
So let me zoom out and press Y to see
the before and after. I don't think I went too
far this time actually. Normally
what i would do is kind of take a break
because I've been acclimating to all of
these adjustments. Go get a drink or a
snack or whatever,
go do something els,e come back and look
at it again. And if your first thought is
way too much to the eyes," then you know you
have to go in and kind of undo some of
your edits. But sitting here now, maybe
i'm wrong, but it looks pretty good.
Oh so one last thing that you may or may
not want to do is add more eyelashes.
Sometimes it works out well, sometimes it
doesn't ,it can depend on the picture.
I have more control in Photoshop but I'm
just keeping these videos to Lightroom.
I get people asking me that sometimes, but
i will get to doing
Photoshop videos, but for now, this is what's
Ok so we want the size of the brush all
the way down, is that small as it goes?
And the exposure all the way down just
so you can see what you're doing. And you
want to follow where the lashes
already are and make them longer.
I know what you're thinking, you're like "this look like
a spider's leg, Chelsea,
this looks stupid." You're right. But
it's going to get better.
So you want to follow the natural arch.
This is a lot easier with my wacom
tablet, if you're into drawing, you want
to follow the natural patterns of
eyelashes, you can see that they
crisscross. You can add like
another one like that and like that. I feel
like because I can't- I think it's the size
of the picture, it's not letting me make
my brush as small as I want. It works
better when your brush can be smaller.
But, so this is what you do and you make
the lashes a little bit longer because
what you're going to do is go to the
erase brush and put the flow down a bit
and then you're going to erase the tips
so that these fake hairs that you're
making naturally taper off like real
Those look a little bit crummy, but it takes a little bit of
practice to get them straight and
And now we adjust the exposure so that they're far more subtle.
And then you can see it just makes the
eye lashes a
bit thicker. That's a cool trick. So if you
like this video, subscribe because i'll
have more coming up soon. I'll have more
lightroom videos coming out, longer ones
on doing things like portraits and
landscapes. Shorter ones on enhancing
eyes and lips and all sorts of things
like that. And we'll also have some
photoshop videos coming out soon. So
subscribe, like, share if you liked it and
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