Appealing eyes can really help bring a piece of art together and in this 2D tutorial, we're explaining some easy and quick techniques to do just this: Creating beautiful eyes in Photoshop. You can use this technique if you want to enhance your 3D renders or if you're painting traditionally  - the principles are exactly the same.

The steps are fairly simple:

- Start by having a constant colour, such as blue.

- Add a pupil in the center which is close to black. Bigger pupil = Friendlier, smaller pupil = more hostile

- Paint a darker circle around the iris to frame it better.

- Paint shadow in one area of the iris and light in the other.

- Add a small specular highlight on the cornea to really put some life into it.

For your convenience we’ve compiled a list of shortcuts for this tutorial

Click to show shortcuts

Brush size (Alt +RMB)
Brush (B)
Colour Wheel (Alt+Shift+RMB)
Preferences (Ctrl+K)

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