How to Make Eyes Bigger in Photoshop

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How to Make Eyes Bigger in Photoshop
Play with your looks and perspective in Photoshop. (green eye image by Christophe Fouquin from

If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, having bigger eyes may mean you get to see more beauty; But there is no surgical procedure to enlarge your peepers. Through a graphics program such as Adobe Photoshop however, you're able to get a look at your looks with bigger eyes. While this may not provide the most realistic appearance, you can try on a cartoon look or play with perspective -- all in a couple of clicks.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    With Photoshop open, click the "File" menu and click "Open." Browse to the photo with the eyes to make bigger and double-click the file name, opening the picture in the Photoshop workspace.

  2. 2

    Click the "Magnifying" tool, which looks like a magnifying glass on the bottom of the "Tools" palette. Zoom in on one of the eyes in the picture so it fills most of the screen.

  3. 3

    Click the "Lasso" tool on the "Tools" palette on the left side of the screen, draw an outline around the eye and right-click the blinking dotted lines that appear. Select "Layer via Copy."

  4. 4

    Pull down the "Window" menu and click "Layers" to open the "Layers" palette. Notice two layers: the Background layer, with your whole image and a Layer 1, with a tiny cut out of the eye.

  5. 5

    Click the "Edit" menu, click "Transform" and click "Scale." A box surrounds the outlined eye. Press and hold down the "Shift" button and slowly drag a corner of the box to make the eye bigger. Press the "Enter" key when satisfied and the box around the eye goes away, leaving just the enlarged eye.

  6. 6

    Click the Background layer in the "Layers" palette and repeat the "Lasso" and "Layer via Copy" process to create a new layer with the other eye. Repeat the "Edit," "Transform" and "Scale" process to make the other eye bigger.

  7. 7

    Click the small lines icon on the top-right of the "Layers" palette. Select "Flatten Image" and all three layers become one.

  8. 8

    Pull down the "File" menu, click "Save As" and type a new name for the photo to protect the original, then save it to your computer.

Tips and warnings

  • Keep in mind that the larger you make the eyes, the less realistic they'll look. They may become pixilated, a hazard that occurs when you increase the size of an image.

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