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Catch Lights >2 - Add Catch Lights

Be sure to check off as you go along.

Preparation

1) Preserve your original file.

If you haven't already done so, go to Preserve Your Original File.

2) Create a Background copy layer.

If you haven't already done so, go to Create a Background Copy Layer.

3) Zoom in to enlarge the section where retouching is needed.

Editing

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4) Open the Color Swatches panel in the panel bin.

If it's not there, open it by going to Window > Color Swatches.

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5) Click a shade of gray.

30% gray was used here.

The foreground color will change to the chosen color.

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3) Select the Brush tool.

Use a non-feathered brush.

If you haven't already done so, go to Feathered Brush.

4) Because catch lights are not in the same position in both eyes, create a layer for each eye.

Do the following.

a) Create a blank layer.

b) Rename the layer as Left eye.

c) Create a second new layer, and rename it as Right eye.

Right eye

Left eye

Background copy

Background

Get Your Bearings

If the light in the scene is coming from the left . . .

The catch lights should be positioned on the left side of the eyes.

The right-eye catch light should be slightly further to the left.

If the light in the scene is coming from the right . . .

The catch lights should be positioned on the right side of the eyes.

The left-eye catch light should be slightly further to the right.

Make the Catch Lights

5) Select the left-eye layer.

6) Position the cursor where you want a catch light, and click.

7) Select the right-eye layer.

8) Position the cursor, and click.

8) You can fine tune the positions of the catch lights by clicking the Move tool.

Use the arrow keys on your keyboard to move the catch light.

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Compare the portrait without and with catch lights.

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Without Catch Lights With Catch Lights

Other Catch Light Sources

Experiment with other brushes to make more uneven catch lights.

You can also select catch lights from other photographs.

Saving the Photograph

If you haven't already done so, go to Saving Files.