You will need:
- Photoshop (or similar editing program)
**Note: as with many other photoshop techniques, this look may differ from eye to eye, and usually the eyes with more contrast and detail in them will have the best result. Unfortunately, I was unable to recruit such eyes for the images in this tutorial, so bear with me here.
Step 1: Shape
*Note that I have "Fill Pixels" selected in the top menu bar, if you don't have this selected, there will be a border around the shape that will completely change how this process works.
Step 2: Shape - Continued
Step 3: Shape - Continued
Once the selection has been made, just with the Rectangular Marquee, hit delete.
Step 4: Gaussian Blur
For this particular use, usually 3.0 - 4.0 should do just fine. Click OK.
Step 5: Blending
In the Layers Pallete, select the "Soft Light" blend mode. This should blend the highlight into the eye more, and from there you can change the opacity of the layer to your desired look.
Step 6: Fine Tuning the Details
Now that we've got the highlight in the eyes the way we want it, the next step is to adjust the finer details to make the eye pop more. In this particular example, I used the Burn Tool on a low opacity, (10%), to darken the eyelashes and the ring around the iris. This will bring out the shape and contrast in the final image.
Step 7: The Final Result
Generally Smart Sharpen, (filter > sharpen > smart sharpen), is the best tool to use for portraits, but sometimes in fashion photography, another layer of sharpening, (I use Unsharp Mask for this technique, filter > sharpen > unsharp mask), is used to bring out contrast.
In the end, you get an eye that POPS! instead of blending into the background.
To learn more about adding details into eyes, check out my other instructable. :)