Monday, August 13, 2007

The eye of truth

Creepy eye split screen

A few people have asked what's up with my current blog sidebar picture. So, here's what's up with it. It's not my eye, and I Photoshopped it a bit, partially because I wanted to just play around a little bit, and partially because I really like eyes. Here's what I did:

  • I lightened the skin tones. I actually prefer darker skin tones, but I was going for a more surreal and dreamy look, and lighter colors seemed to go along with that.
  • I lightened the whites of the eyes a lot. This picture wasn't underexposed or otherwise too dark; the eyes were roughly the correct color in the original.
  • I smoothed out the skin texture.
  • I sharpened the eyebrows and eyelashes to make them a little more distinct.
  • I removed some distracting reflections in the iris.
  • I changed the color of the iris—it was originally brown with some colored reflections and highlights; I recolored it entirely.
  • I played around with the contrast of the iris and pupil to make it stand out a little more. It's now definitely fake, but not distractingly so.

I'm happy with how it turned out.

Currently listening: Enigma—The Eyes of Truth

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