During this tutorial I’ll be showing you how to make a futuristic robotic eye. The concept with this tutorial arises from the Droid X commercial were a persons eye transforms in to a robotic eye after overexposure for the awesomeness in the droid X. It is really an beginner level tutorial so in most cases all of the steps must be easy so long as you understand how to make use of a layer mask.


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The first thing you need to do is find a picture of a human eye. If you want free stock photo that you can use as you please I would suggest that you go to  http://www.sxc.hu/.  After you pick out a eye you’ll need to select it and go to Images > Adjustments > Black & White and click “OK”.  Then go to Image > Adjustments > Color Balance and add these settings.



Now we need to gather a few source images together and extract the usable parts by using the Lasso Tool to roughly selected an area around the desired region.

Select Part

Then we need to copy and paste each part into a new document for easy access later on.

I tried to select as many segments of varying size, shape and textured objects, so that I would have a nice selection of parts to use. I ended up using just four parts but it was the huge selection of various images that I had collected that helped my selected the best parts for my robotic eye.



What we need to do now is break up the eye into three basic segments: Cornea, Iris and Pupil. Then we need to take each segment and find a mechanical image that best represents each segment.

The first segment that I worked on was the Pupil.  The image that I used was a optical lens from a security camera.


Ps. For the best results I would suggest that you find a image that corresponds to your eye. You can always use my images but your best option would be to find your own images.


Now that we have our Pupil in place we are going to add a small ring of lights to the inside of the lens. To do this we will need to use a soft white 15px brush and set the following layer styles for each light.

Outer Glow