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Original smiling eye

Open the eye

Taking it to the max & adding lashes


Use only that top handle!
Steer clear of the side and bottom handles, or you can wind up with goofy eyes.

Erase the debris
with the outer most edge of a very soft eraser

Real life smiles seldom make the best photo smiles
Eyes scrunch up squinty, cheeks get fatter, lips get thinner
and gum lines frozen in photos may seem pronounced.

  • Select a generous portion of eye.
  • Promote your selection to a Layer.
  • Use the Point To Point Selection tool to outline the eye.
  • Float your selection.
  • Use the Deformation tool, to drag the top center node upward, and stretch the eye wider.
  • Lower the opacity on the new eye layer and match up the white highlight in this new eye, with the one beneath it. This will correctly position your new eye.
  • Use the Eraser to remove all the created debris, and new mismatched data from this new layer.
  • Kiss your new eye with a little Unsharp Mask, to crisp it up.

Most eyes may benefit from an extra dab of Unsharp Mask crispness,
to give them a bit more zip and life.


Hotter Tip

Should you inadvertently restore any undesirable data?

Remember that you are currently holding your ERASER in your hand.

Use your normal left mouse button to erase any unwanted data unintentionally restored by that unerasing procedure. 

Right button rebuilds it, and left button erases it away. 

A different method preferred?  Here's a favorite.

Have the new layer with your duplicate eye residing above the original image.  Instead of nitpicking around to erase away every little edge, let's just cut the whole darn thing away at once!

  • After you have resized and repositioned your eye, confirm that your newly promoted selection second layer is the active one.
  • Rightclick the image TITLE BAR, and choose CUT.

Yes, all your new work has completely disappeared.
Don't worry, it's coming back.

  • Activate your Eraser.
  • Shape/round Hardness/0
  • Steps/1 Density & Opacity/100
  • Size?
    Ah, here's the key. Set the size of a round brush so that it will encompass both the iris portion AND the white portion of your original eyeball. Obviously, you cannot see your new eyeball yet, since it was rather rudely eliminated, just a moment ago.
  • Make sure your new (now empty) layer is the active one.
  • Position your eraser brush over your original eyeball. Use your RIGHT mouse button to right-click in the center of that eyeball area.
  • Rightclick as needed to fill-in any remaining areas of your newer eye.

Whenever possible, don't decrease the size of your eraser when erasing.  It's better to move farther away and "puff" your blending zone with the outermost edge of a larger brush.

"Puff" is a single mouse-click applied from a large brush with low Hardness settings.  Larger brushes offer better control over our Blending zone when we are blending those edges.


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