Shadowed eyes?

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  1. Tolyk

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    I'm having a problem trying to fix "raccoon eyes" in a wedding portrait I took during the weekend. Does anyone have any suggestions on how this can be solved?

    I'll post a sampled image, let me know if you need the original (it's in canon RAW, and before anyone says it, I know my ISO was too high... classic error of not changing ISO after leaving the church *sigh*)

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    Tried shadow/highlight already?
     
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    Yeah, and no matter what combinations of settings I tried, it made it either grey & flat or just funky looking.

    Then I tried to be inventive and tried using the spotlight filter :p That so didn't work either
     
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    I played a bit with it... hope you don´t mind

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    Don't mind at all, my photos are perfectly okay to edit, but I do ask that one explains how they played with it :)

    However, I still think her eyes are too shadowed there.. I've seen people fix that, I just don't remember where I found it
     
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    I used paint shop pro.. and can try a bit more just wasn´t sure how light you wanted them... I´ll try again and repost
     
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    Well, her eyes are actually a rather brilliant blue, and I can't even tell they're blue at all in about 90% of the photos I took :( I know it's something I need to work on in camera, but it's also useful to know how to lighten just the eyes
     
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    Cut out the eyes and make a new layer.
    Make adjustments.
    Blend back in.
     
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    By cut out the eyes, do you mean completely remove them from the original layer?
     
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    you can use the bright blue feature if your camera has it...

    I did this... it´s a bit dramatic but you can do it by making layers in paint shop or photoshop...
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    No. Select the eyes. Copy them to a new layer on top of the original image.
     
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    Ok I have photoshop Elements 4 with a downloaded layer mask (elements 4 didnt come with it) which makes things easier for me, I am learning and enjoy experimenting. I probably over did the skin softening, but I felt that to blend the pander eyes in after cloning it needed some kind of skin softening

    I made a new layer with just the bride
    I de-noised the background
    I cloned the cheek and brushed it over the pander eyes with the clone brush set at about 70%
    I made a new layer with just her eyes, set the high pass filter to 1.9 I used the eraser tool to delete any areas I didnt want selected. I changed the eye layer to overlay and reduced the opacity, I think this keeps the eyes sharp.
    I then made another duplicate layer of just the eyes and chose enhance, adjust colours and colour variations, then I upped the blue. erased the bits i didnt want to be blue-just left the irisis.
    Merged eye layers down to the brides head then duplicated layer
    Selected gausian blur
    Added a layer mask and painted the whole mask black (makes the blur disapear)
    Used the white brush to paint over the skin to bring back the blur on the skin only-going around details that needed to be kept.
    simplified that layer and reduced opacity.
    And as for the lips, well I havent quite worked out how to do teeth and lips yet LOL so they are not very good...

    I hope you dont mind that I did all that, I love photoshopping and love practising-so thank you. and please excuse the poorness of my following lines, im on my laptop with no mouse so some of the blurring is a bit dodgy

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