How to Change the Eye Colour in a Photo Using PhotoWorks


Eyes are very often the most striking feature in any portrait and are practically mesmerising in some of them. If you’ve ever wondered what a portrait would look like if the eyes were just a slightly different shade or even a radically different colour – why not change it?

Be Sure Not to Over-Edit the Eyes

As you probably know it is possible to alter the colour of eyes in an editor and darken, brighten, or even completely change its base colour. However before you start to edit your photo, you should keep in mind that over-editing the eyes is a common mistake.

To put it simply it is easy to go overboard when you edit the colour of eyes. In many cases the eyes end up excessively brilliant or overly sharp – both of which can happen while you’re changing the eye colour.

The best way to make sure that you don’t run the risk of over-editing the eyes is to compare the photo with the original periodically. That way you’re more likely to spot any unnatural edits as they are made, and can remove or take steps to rectify them.

By catching over-editing early on, you can stop yourself from going any further and getting to the point where it is more difficult to reverse the damage that has been done.

Using PhotoWorks to Change the Eye Colour

Being a user-friendly photo editor, it should come as no surprise that PhotoWorks will provide you with an easy way to edit and change the colour of eyes on a subject. Its method revolves around the Adjustment Brush tool, and you can use it by following a few simple steps:

  1. Launch PhotoWorks and open up the photo that you want to edit. Ideally you should make sure you have a copy of the original elsewhere to compare it to.

  2. Select the Adjustment Brush in the Retouch section of PhotoWorks. It will be one of the several tools that are listed when you open that section.

  3. Adjust the Size setting and paint over the eyes using the Adjustment Brush. It should be relatively easy to paint over the iris if the brush size is similar, but it may help to zoom in before you begin.

  4. Adjust the Hue setting to change the eye colour to the shade that you want it to use. Be sure to take note of the setting that you use, as you’ll eventually want to apply it to the other eye as well.

  5. Make other adjustments as necessary using the other settings in PhotoWorks. For example adjusting the Saturation can make the eye colour more vivid, the Tone settings can make the eyes brighter or darker, and the Sharpness setting can improve its definition.

  6. Repeat the process for the other eye and take care that it looks consistent and natural when you do.

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Make no mistake there are other improvements that can be made using PhotoWorks, such as by smoothening the skin around the eyes, removing spots or blemishes, or even cropping the overall photo to frame it more attractively. If possible you should explore its features and try them out individually to see what they can do.

So long as you’re careful when you change the eye colour and compare the alterations to the original, you shouldn’t end up over-editing them. Why not try it out for yourself though, and see how easy it is to switch the colour of eyes in any portrait using PhotoWorks.