Photoshop Quick Tutorial: How to Change Eye Color

This tutorial was created by Cornelie20 on deviantART and submitted for a contest held by the Graphix1 group on that site.

Kornelia is 20 years old and comes from Poland. Her deviantART gallery  is full of wonderful Photoshop resources, including tutorials, actions, brushes and more.

You can view her original tutorial on dA here

How to Change Eye Color

How to Change Eye Color

Step 1

I chose this image from

So open this, or whichever image you are using.

Create a new layer

Select the Polygonal Lasso Tool and create a selection around the iris as shown below:


Step 2

Select the Gradient Fill Tool and set the gradient as shown below:

Gradient Settings

Set the gradient to Linear and drag the cursor from the edge of the selection opposite the highlight in the iris to some way outside the selection, as shown below:

Fill Selection

Set the layer mode to Overlay

Ctrl + D to deselect

Step 3

Add a layer mask by clicking the icon at the bottom of the layers palette

Select a soft, round brush, foreground color black

Now paint around the edges of the iris to blend it with the original eye

Blend Edges

Final Result

Lightening Before After

Changing Dark Eyes to a Lighter Color

So that is great for lightening the color of an eye – but if you have a dark colored eye and you wish to change it to a lighter color, you will need to follow the steps above, but at the end of Step 2, set the layer mode to Color – this will completely change the color of the eye. Continue through the rest of the tutorial in the same way.

Brown to Green

My thanks to Kornelia for sharing this quick tutorial with us.

Please leave any comments or questions below.


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about 7 years ago

thank you so much Cornelie20 for such a wonderful tutorial and thank you Carol for featuring it. i will be using this one often :)



about 7 years ago

Thanks so much for using it ;)


about 6 years ago

love the result..


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