a little work left on the baby photo we worked with last
week: the somewhat dejected eyes could do with a little
We could save and load the photo in a normal editing software
but that would be one round too many since the task can
be done in Lightroom too before converting
the RAW picture.
first task is to select the appropriate tool, namely the
only brush-based tool in Lightroom (2.0+),
the healing brush. It is to be found on the right in the
upper icon row of Develop window.
You don’t have to rummage through the piles of sliders,
just select Effect menu and within that
click on Iris Enhance. This is a preset
designed especially for brightening the eyes, the iris.
Beside brightness it also enhances saturation and clarity/contrast.
in the Brush section select a brush size
to your liking, one which is comfortable to use within the
eye area. It’s a good idea to set the zoom 1:1
or even bigger to make it easier to work on this section.
With careful strokes, paint over the white of the eyes and
the colorful iris.
To exit from healing brush mode, click on its icon again.
above image shows the result. If you bring the mouse pointer
over the picture, you can compare with the original state.
Brighter eyes will make the face appear more expressive
and the photo becomes more “catchy”. As the saying goes:
“The eyes are windows to the soul.”