Whether you're working in a studio with a bunch of lights or outdoors with natural light, the eyes are probably one of the most important features that can make or break any portrait. This helpful tutorial will show you how to add catchlights and make the eyes shine.
Coming to you from Unmesh Dinda of PiXimperfect, this great tutorial will show you how to make the iris of the eye more vibrant and also how to add a catchlight. Catchlights are one of those small details that make a tremendous difference in a portrait, as they bring the eyes to life and give them a bit of sparkle, which in turn draws the viewer to them. However, depending on your shooting environment, you may not always get the catch light you want, but luckily, it's not too terribly difficult to add them using Photoshop. When you're working on making the iris pop a bit more, just remember that it's very easy to overdo such effects, particularly with the eyes, and doing so can make your subject look quite fake and off-putting to the viewer. After you've added the effect, be sure to zoom out and vary the opacity to make sure it's not overdone; less is more.