Two Different Colored Eyes Before and After Post Processing with Photoshop

Yes, this woman actually does have two different colored eyes. We shot the photograph, near Scottsdale, Arizona in my Fountain Hills studios, using a Paul C. Buff ring flash for key lighting.

Two Color Eyes Before and After Photoshop, sectoral heterochromia

Two Color Eyes Before & After Post Processing

The version on the left is a small jpg of the original in camera capture.

Clearly present and visible in the original photo are the different eye colorations, iris patterns and other gross details.  This gorgeously bluish hazel eyed model, with the beautiful and rare reddish starburst colorations in her right eye, has what is termed in Latin “sectoral heterochromia.”

After learning a boat load of retouching skills recently by watching Lynda Photoshop training videos, I was able to create the post processed example on the right and thereby bring to life details which are dormant yet present in the original.

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Notice how the eyes hypnotically pop out and draw you in. 

Before post process, we had another nice shot of a pretty girl.

Retouched with Photoshop CS5 the shot snaps, has punch and draws eyes.

Both the shot and post processing are important to a modern glamour photograph.  How is it done?



  • Ring flash mounted to camera as main light
  • ISO 200
  • 1/160 of a second @ F32
  • Hand Held


  • Color adjusted to be more vibrant, contrasty, shape and saturated.  You can see it in blue hair, skin and baby hairs.
  • Skin blemishes, dust, wrinkles, spots reduced, removed, toned down.
  • Hairs, selectively removed
  • Eyes enlarged
  • Eyes, red spider veins removed, whites whitened and brightened
  • Eye (frame left),  white area, remove blue halo on edge (caused by proximity to hair)
  • Eye Makeup, enhanced, contrast adjusted and saturation increased
  • Irises, sharpened, brightened, radial contact like lines reduced
  • Lips, edges defined
  • Lips, contours highlighted and exaggerated
  • Lips, Contrast Adjusted

Some people like the baby hair on the face, some abhor it.  Me, I kind of like it.

The following is one in the series of Lynda Videos on Lip Color Enhancing.  Quite a bit of lip work really helped our example above to pop.

Ring flash, note the concentric catch lights, is a fairly hard and even light that manages to smooth skin … Being straight on with the camera to pupil axis, it casts no shadows the lens can see.   The lack of shadows is what creates the very pleasing skin smoothing effect.

Since here the face was turned slightly quartering, hairs on the frame right side are pointing straight toward the camera and are invisible to the camera.

The frame left side of the face is a different story.  These baby hairs are not pointing straight toward the camera and light source and so are side lit and very visible.  Sharpening and increasing contrast further increased these baby hair’s visibility.  This could be retouched or lit slightly differently, depending on tastes.

These hairs left as they are in the final image help lend to the illusion that the photograph is not retouched.

Please share by commenting your thoughts, opinions or questions?

See how the edited shot looks seen large size.

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  1. As I was saying, I personally don’t like photography that looks like what I like to call Sears portraits. Your photos however, are more like art. Not to criticize other people’s work, this is my own opinion.

  2. This photo is really attention-grabbing… And I loved ” ‘shopped” photos that aren’t blatantly retouched/processed! The vibrancy you created in post-production did exactly what that process is supposed to do- ENHANCED the shot.