Hey, guys! Welcome to my another tutorial from the portrait series. Today, I am going to show you a tutorial on eyes again. Yayy! This time I am gonna show you how to darken iris rim in Photoshop.

You know that I don’t like long tutorials. This one is also going to be a short one again. I am going to use the Marquee tool and layer styles.

But, before I begin, I want to show you the before and after photo.

Before

initial - 3 Steps to Darken Iris Rim in PhotoshopAfter

final-1 - 3 Steps to Darken Iris Rim in PhotoshopStep 1 – Select One Eye

We need to create a circle around the iris first. Grab elliptical marquee tool from the tool panel or press Shift+M until it comes.

We’re going with the left eye first. Create a circle around the iris. You can hold down the spacebar to move the selection from one point to another.

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Now, we need to copy the iris to a new layer. Press Cmd + J/ Ctrl + J for that.

Step 2 – Darken Iris Rim in Photoshop

Time to darken iris rim in Photoshop. We’re going to do this with the help of layer styles. Go to Layer > Layer Style > Inner Glow. 

Change the settings to the one shown below.

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Your photo will look something like this.

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Step 3 – Finetune the Layer Style

Rather than darkening the iris rim, we have darkened the entire eye. Of course, you and I don’t want that. Time to fix it using the layer mask.

Go to Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal All.

Grab the Brush Tool from the tool panel. Increase the hardness to somewhere around 90%. Now start brushing the area which is blocked by eyelids.

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Your photo should look like this.

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Change the foreground color to black. Reduce the brush hardness to 0. Put it in the center. Set the size in such a way that it covers roughly around 70% of the iris. Now click 7-8 times.

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Now, we have completed one eye.

Repeat the steps for the second eye. This is all.

Here you go with the final image again.

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