How to Open Your Closed Eyes in Photoshop CS

Written by filonia lechat
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There's always one person in a group photo who blinked at the last moment, capturing that classic closed-eye look for all posterity. While there's no way of going back in time and retaking the picture, editing a photo to change the closed-eye appearance to a more natural-looking open-eye look is possible using Adobe Photoshop. Photoshop, part of the Adobe Creative Suite, or CS, offers the tools for an eye-opening switch-out.

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  1. 1

    Open Photoshop. Click the "File" menu. Click "Open." Browse to the closed-eye photograph. Double-click it so that it opens in the Photoshop work area.

  2. 2

    Click the "File" menu. Repeat the "Open" process to open a picture of yourself with your eyes open.

  3. 3

    Zoom in by pressing the "Ctrl" and "+" keys on the keyboard so one open eye fills up most of the work area.

  4. 4

    Click the "Lasso" tool on the "Tools" palette. Draw an outline around the eye. Press the "Ctrl" and "C" keys to copy the open eye.

  5. 5

    Click over to the closed-eye photo to give it focus. Zoom in so the corresponding eye in that picture is large on the screen. Press the "Ctrl" and "V" keys to paste in the image of the open eye.

  6. 6

    Drag the eye into place by clicking the "Move" tool, the top icon on the "Tools" palette. Resize the eye for a natural look by clicking the "Edit" menu, selecting "Transform" and clicking "Scale," then dragging a corner of the eye towards its middle, shrinking it down.

  7. 7

    Click back to the open-eye picture. Repeat the "Lasso" and "Ctrl" and "C" process to copy the other eye. Click back to the closed-eye picture and paste in the eye, drag it into place and shrink it as necessary.

  8. 8

    Click the "File" menu. Select "Save As." Type a new name for the newly opened eye image. Click the "Save" button.

Tips and warnings

  • If both the closed-eye and open-eye photos are located in the same place on the computer, open them both at the same time. Press and hold down the "Shift" key, then click each photo to highlight it. Click the "Open" button and both photos tile into Photoshop at the same time.

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