The eyes of the subject are usually the first thing we notice when we look at portraits. If the eyes of your subject don’t look expressive enough, the portrait can’t be truly memorable. Because of this, it’s really important to learn how to enhance eyes using the Adjustment Brush tool in Lightroom. To enhance your subject’s eyes, you should do the following things – enhance the eye color and iris clarity, emphasize a dark line around iris (limbal ring), lighten the white of the eye and add some definition to the eyelashes. We’ll explain these four editing strategies step by step!
1. Enhancing The Iris Color And Clarity
In case the eyes are lacking the detail and vibrancy, that’s the first thing you should work on. Every eye will require the sliders of the Adjustment Brush to be somewhat different – there is no universal remedy! Sometimes it helps to add a bit of sharpness and clarity, while in other cases adding a little saturation can work great. Be careful not to overdo saturation, because it can make eyes appear really weird and plasticky. If the catch lights look too prominent, you can also decrease the highlights to make them softer. In case you don’t know how to position the sliders properly, you can start from the Iris Enhance effect. You can find it in the Effect dropdown of the Adjustment Brush. It’s quite easy to use and alter this preset effect.