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Sharpening effect in Photoshop

8:38 am on Feb 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Hi, everyone!

I was wondering how to achieve the effect of extreme eye-color sharpening? (like the one on the picture below)in Photoshop? It must be very easy, but you see, Photoshop is definitely not my cup of tea. Please, help me out:)

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[edited by: limbo at 9:14 am (utc) on Feb. 5, 2007]

9:38 am on Feb 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Hi Turbulence

The technique used wasn't the result of photoshop. At least not as far as I could tell. It's the result of a capable photographer with a SLR and some nice lighting.

A short depth of field (blurred background) was used, by opening up the aperture on a macro lens allowing the photographer to make the subjects eyes the focus of the image - combined with some pretty lighting to bring out the child's gaze with highlights.

Photoshop was probably used, but only to retouch areas of exposure, contrast and improve colour.

10:03 am on Feb 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Thanks a ton, Limbo - very informative comment.
In the meantime I have actually succeeded in contacting the author of that photograph - her explanation of the effect was very close to the explanation given by you. In other words: a very nice SRL camera, sufficient light, focus on the eyes. In addition - the eyes were sharpened using a set of steps in Photoshop, but it really was not the tool that have created the effect itself.

[edited by: jatar_k at 1:49 pm (utc) on Feb. 6, 2007]
[edit reason] regular font will do thanks [/edit]


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