Tutorials Photoshop Drawing Techniques Creating Eyes from Scratch

Creating Eyes from Scratch

We will start with a blank canvas and then create a new layer. On this new layer, create a perfect circle by using the Elliptical Marquee tool and holding shift, then fill the new layer with an eye color of your choice:

image 1

Next, goto Filter > Noise > Add Noise. Choose around 10% of Gaussian make sure Monochromatic is checked. Then goto Select > Modify > Expand, bye around 30px, and then goto Filter > Blur > Radial Blur. Choose Zoom, Amount 70, Good. Now goto Select > Modify > Contract, 30px. Select > Inverse, and hit delete. We should be left with this:

image 2

Create a new layer and Ctrl-click the main eye layer we've just been working on to make a selection. Then we want to make sure the new layer is active, and goto Edit > Stroke. Choose around 10px, Inside, and a color slightly darker than the one you used for the main eye color. We should have something like this:

image 3

Now going back the our original layer, we should open up its layer styles and add the following:

image 4

image 5

image 6

image 7

image 8

You are encouraged to play with these settings and values, and even add some more to make the eye looking even better. Experimenting in PhotoShop is very much advised. After these settings have been applied, we end up with this:

image 9

We also added a brown color overlay to the outer ring and then added a new layer with a black circle for the pupil:

image 10

Finally, we added layer styles to the pupil to give it more of a glint. Add a black Outer Glow, changing the Blend Mode to Normal and also add a Bevel and Emboss with similar settings to that of the main eye layer. For this example, we used a highlight color of gray, Depth of 1000 and size of 70px. Using these settings, we end up with the following:

image 11

We can also change the color of the eye easily, using a color or gradient overlay on the main eye layer. We can also duplicate the pupil layer and modify the shape:

Creating Eyes from Scratch

subscribe to newsletter