6. Here is where we are going to isolate the changes you just made to the eyes. Click on the background layer in the layers pallette. Now click "Ctrl+J" to create a duplicate of the background layer. Now you will drag the copy of the background layer to the top of the layers pallette. The image should now look like it did before you made any changes. 7. We are now going to erase the eyes of this layer, revealing the brightening that we did, but leaving the rest of the photo as it was before. Select the eraser tool from the tools pallette to the left of the screen. Resize the brush until it fits just over the iris of the eye, and be sure that the opacity of the brush is set to between 20-40%. Now position your eraser over the iris of the eye and click until you like the result. You don't want the eyes to look phony, just brighter!
Repeat on both eyes until you like the result. If the "pop" is too much, simply select the "Layer 1" layer on your layers pallette and decrease the opacity to 80% or lower until you like the result. When you are happy with the "pop" on the eyes, just flatten your image and save! It can make a beautiful difference! Click on the photos to see a larger image.
This technique will work best on a photo where the subject is larger (filling most of the frame).