Sometimes when you photograph people or pets, the eyes lack sparkle or turn out flat. You can make the photos more compelling by adding a small speck of light in each eye.
This is especially useful for pet eyes which tend to be more challenging for photographers.
Open the image in Photoshop or Elements.
Click the Create a New Layer icon in the Layers panel which looks like a Post-it note with a folded corner. This puts a new transparent layer above the photo you opened. Select the new layer in the Layers panel. Youíll work on this layer so that you donít alter the original.
Set the Foreground color to white by pressing the letter D then X on your keyboard.
Select the Brush tool.
Locate the Options bar (either at the top of the editing window or below in the Tool Options bin.)
Choose a small, soft round brush.
Set the Hardness to about 85%. In Photoshop, the Hardness is found when you open the Brush picker.
In Elements, find the Hardness slider under Brush Settings in the Tool Options.
Click once on each eye.
If you wish, you can reduce the size of the brush by pressing the [ key on your keyboard (multiple times until you reach the desired size.) Click again in each eye to add a second sparkle.
Now reduce the Opacity of the new layer by dragging the Opacity slider to the left. The Opacity slider can be found at the top right corner of the Layers panel. Drag until the sparkle looks realistic Ė usually around 75% - 80%.
Adding just this tiny fleck brings a spark of life to each eye, making the photo more engaging.