Enhance dog eyes in Photoshop

Author Recent Posts Nicole BegleyNicole Begley, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, is a zoological animal trainer turned pet photographer and educator. She created Hair of the Dog in 2012 to empower pet photographers to turn their dreams into reality by helping them improve their craft and grow their pet photography business.Nicole has authored a book “Pet and Equine […]

Written By Nicole Begley

On July 18, 2017

We've all heard that the eyes are the window to the soul, but often those eyes come straight out of the camera all sorts of unremarkable.  The key is enhancing a dog's eyes in post-production, whether you use Photoshop or Lightroom.  In this video, I'm sharing my workflow for creating eyes that come to life and sparkle, and I do that in Photoshop CC.  You can absolutely use Lightroom to create the same effect, it's completely up to you and your workflow.  If you do use Photoshop and would like to use the high pass action that I created to get this look, you can download it here.



Discover how I got there in this video:

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  1. Sunny

    This is fantastic! I’ve never used the history brush before, so I’ve got to check it out. Thanks for the tutorial and preset!

  2. Jean

    Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. Elison

    Thank you so much for this! Keep it up with the patiently explained tutorials and don’t get discouraged by no comments on your posts.

  4. Sandra

    Thank you so much for sharing! I have neither ever used this brush nor heard about it. Just amazing x

  5. aves

    Thank you so much! I have officially fallen in love with the blog! The action was awesome!

    • Nicole

      Thank you!! I’m glad that you enjoyed it!

  6. Leslie Poulos

    How do i download the mask you talked about to make the eyes glassy?

    • Nicole

      It’s an action. The action will create the mask. 🙂

  7. Frances Aguilar

    Why do you use the history brush?

    • Nicole

      There are LOTS of ways to do things in Photoshop so this certainly isn’t the only way….although I find it’s a bit more subtle and doesn’t muck up the color as quickly as the dodge and burn tools do.


    Your article provide me huge knowledge.
    Thanks for sharing the tip and ticks.

  9. Amanda

    What a great tutorial! I really like how the high-pass filter adds just a little spark.

  10. Vicki

    Nicole thank you for sharing your tutorials and knowledge!
    I love your attitude of helping other photographers

    • Nicole

      You are so welcome!

  11. Jackie

    When I run the action PS is stopping at “make” Says “make” isn’t currently available.

    • Nicole

      Make sure you are running it on a flattened image. 🙂

  12. Anna

    it wont send me the action to my email. I really would love to try it, i fill in my email and name, but nothing is coming to my email 🙁

  13. Danielle

    Would love to try the action but every time I submit, nothing comes to my email.

    • Nicole Begley

      Sorry for the trouble! I just emailed it to you. 🙂



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