Eyeball in Photoshop

In this Tutorial we are going to complete the “Eye” and complement the Iris created in the “Realistic Eye Iris in Photoshop” Tutorial.

1 - In Photoshop, open the “Realistic Eye Iris in Photoshop” document, or create a “New Document”. Make it 15 x 15 cm @ 300 dpi (it can be 72 dpi if you don’t need a high resolution), RGB Color Mode and with a Black “Background”.

2 - Enter “Free Transform” (Command/Control + T) and resize the “Iris” 50%. Click on the small checkmark or hit “Enter” to “Commit Changes”.

3 - Show the “Guides” by going to View > Show > Guides. Or, go to View > New Guide and add a “Horizontal” guide @ 50% (Position). Repeat with a similar guide @ “Vertical”50% (Position). Select the “Ellipse Tool” (U) with the “Shape” option selected in the Top Menu. Click inside your “Canvas” and input a Width and Height values of 14.5 cm, make sure that the “From Center” box is checked. Name the layer “Eyeball”.

4 -Select the “Background” Layer and create a “New Fill or Adjustment Layer” by clicking on the small black and white circle at the bottom of the “Layers Panel”. Choose “Solid Color” and use Black (#000000) as “Fill” color.

5 - Double-Click on top of the “Eyeball” layer Thumbnail to apply the following “Layers Styles”:

Inner Shadow: (#000000)

Inner Glow: (#000000)

6 - Click on top of the “Eyeball” Thumbnail while holding the “Command/Option” key to make a selection, go to Select > Transform > Selection and hold the “Alt/Option” key while dragging one of the corners to resize the selection to 95%. Click on the small checkmark or hit “Enter” to “Commit Changes”.

7 - Go to Select > Modify > Feather and use a 25 Pixels “Radius”. Right-click on top of the “Eyeball” Layer Thumbnail and choose “Rasterize Layer”.

8 - With it still selected, use the “Brush Tool” (B) with 300 px, 0% “Hardness” and 35% “Opacity” and make sure Black is the “Foreground” color. You can “Hide” the selection for better viewing using “Command/Control + H”. Paint some “Shadows” on the area of the “Eyeball” that should be shaded.

9 - Switch between “Foreground” and “Background” colors (X) to have White on top, increase the “Opacity” size to 100% and add some “Light” to the opposite side of the “Eyeball”.

10 - Click on top of the “Eyeball” Thumbnail while holding the “Command/Option” key to make a selection, go to create a “New Fill or Adjustment Layer” by clicking on the small black and white circle at the bottom of the “Layers Panel”. Choose “Solid Color” and use Black (#fbdbdb) as “Fill” color.

11 - Right-Click on top of its Thumbnail and choose “Create Clipping Mask”, then reduce the “Opacity” to 25%.

12 - Click on top of the “Iris” Folder Thumbnail while holding the “Command/Option” key to make a selection, go to Select > Modify > Expand and use a value of 10 Pixels.

13 - Go to Select > Modify > Feather and use 10 Pixels “Radius”.

14 - Create a New Layer” by clicking on the small button at the bottom of the “Layers Panel”. Make sure it is placed under the “Iris” Folder. Go to Edit > Fill and choose Black (#000000) as “Fill” color.

15 - Create a “New Document”. Make it 15 x 15 cm @300 dpi (it can be 72 dpi if you don’t need a high resolution), RGB Color Mode and with a White “Background”.

16 - Go to Filter > Render > Clouds. Then, go to Filter > Render > Difference Clouds.

17 - Go to Image > Levels (C0mmand/Control + L) and use the following “Input Levels”: 0, 2.45 and 15. Click “OK”. “Duplicate” the layer (Command/Control + J)

18 - Enter “Free Transform” (Command/Control + T), then go to Edit > Transform > Rotate 90° Clockwise. Click on the small checkmark or hit “Enter” to “Commit Changes”. Use Command/Control + E to merge the Layers and then, change the “Blending Mode” to “Multiply”. “Invert” the image using “Command/Control + I”.

19 - Click on the “Channels” , make sure that all the “Channels” are selected, then click on “Load channel as selection” at the bottom of the “Channels Panel”. Back in the “Layers Panel”, create a “New Layer” on top. Change the “Foreground” color to a deep red (#a60303) and hit “Alt/Option + Delete” twice to apply the fill to your selection. Deselect using “Command/Control + D”.

20 - Go to Filter > Distort > Spherize and use a 100% “Amount” and “Normal” Mode.

21 - Select The “Elliptical Marquee Tool” (M), click on the top-left corner and drag down diagonally holding the “Shift” key until you reach the bottom-right corner. With the “Move” Tool click on the selection and drag on top of the “Eyeball” Document Tab. Then, in the “Eyeball” document, drag to the center and release to bring the circular selection into the file. Arrange the placement of the image so it sits on top of the “Eyeball”.

22 - Click on top of the “Color Fill” Layer Thumbnail (or any other layer that has the big circle) while holding the “Command/Option” key to make a selection, go to the newly placed Layer and click on the “Add Vector Mask” button at the bottom of the “Layers Panel”.

23 - Make sure that the “Mask” Thumbnail is selected and use the “Brush Tool” (B) with 1800 px, 0% “Hardness” and 100% “Opacity” and make sure Black is the “Foreground” color. Place the brush at the center of the “Eyeball” and click a few times to “Erase” some of the “Veins”. Switch between “Foreground” and “Background” colors (X) to have White on top, reduce the “Size” to 300 px and the “Opacity” to 20% and bring out some f the “Veins” around the “Iris”. Drag the Layer so it is placed between the ones that have to do with the “Iris” and the ones that belong to the “Eyeball”.

24 - Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and use a 2.0 Pixels “Radius”.

25 - Check it out!

by @lornacane

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Great tutorial!

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Wow! That’s amazing!

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