In this tutorial, we’ll learn how to create black demon eyes in Photoshop as you may have seen on TV. For this effect, we will turn both of the eyes black but still keep their natural shine. Here’s the effect we’ll be creating:
To create black demon eyes, you’ll need:
- A recent version of Photoshop
Open your image in Photoshop. I’ll be using this stock image. This effect will work best with pictures of eyes that have some kind of shine or reflection.
To start, we will first need to make a selection from the eye. Let’s start with the right eye. Grab the Pen Tool and make a selection from the right eye.
If you need to adjust any curves or points, you can select the Direct Selection Tool to help you do so. Once you are done, right-click on the path with the Direct Selection Tool still selected and choose Make Selection from the list that appears to turn your path into a selection.
Now, create a new layer, name it “right eye”, then go to Edit > Fill and use the settings shown below.
Double-click on the right eye layer to open the Layer Styles dialog box, click on Color Overlay and select a dark grey color.
Next, click on Inner Glow, choose a black color for the glow and use all the other settings shown below.
Now, click on Outer Glow, choose a black color and use all the other settings shown below.
And click on OK to apply the layer styles.
Repeat the same steps for the other eye. When you are done with it too, hide both the eye layers and select the Background layer.
Switch over to the channels menu and click on the Green channel or whatever channel has the skin darkest and the eyes shimmer brightest. Copy the selected channel layer and select it.
Next, go to Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast and drag the sliders such that the face becomes as dark as possible but the shimmer in the eyes remain white. Don’t forget to check the Use Legacy option.
Grab a black brush and paint the rest of the face black too so that only the eye shines remain visible.
Once you’re done, cmd/ctrl-click on the duplicate green channel layer’s thumbnail to turn the eye shines into a selection. Then, hide this layer and click on the RGB layer.
Switch back to the layers menu, select the background layer and copy the selection by pressing Cmd/Ctrl + C. Then, create a new layer above all the other layers, name it “eye shine” and paste the selection onto this new layer. Also, make all of the layers visible now.
Double-click on the eye shine layer to open the Layer Styles dialog box, click on Outer Glow, choose the color white and use all the other settings shown below.
Finally, we will add some adjustment layers by clicking on the Create New Fill or Adjustment Layer option at the bottom of the layers palette and selecting the desired layer from the list.
First, add an Exposure adjustment layer above the background layer, and adjust the sliders or pick the darkest and lightest points in the picture by using the color picker.
Then, add a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer and use the settings shown below.
Lastly, we will add a Black & White adjustment layer and use the settings shown below. Don’t forget to change the blending mode and opacity.
And we’re done! The black demon eyes tutorial is complete!