Slightly missing the focus on the eyes when shooting portraits – this has happened to me more times than I’d like to admit. But what if you photograph a client and they choose one of these slightly out-of-focus photos? In this quick tutorial from KelbyOne, Kristina Sherk will show you how to fix it in a few simple steps.
Assuming that you have photographed a series of images, you can simply take the eyes from a different, sharper photo and replace them. Of course, it should be taken at a similar angle, but I believe this is a no-brainer. Start by selecting the eyes from the sharper image and insert them into the out-of-focus one.
Select both layers and then go to Edit > Auto Align Layers and choose “Auto.” This will align the eyes properly onto your subject’s face. Now, add a mask to the eyes layer and click Ctrl/Cmd + I to invert it.
Finally, choose a Brush tool, make sure that you paint in white, and simply paint in the sharper eyes onto the image. And that’s it!
Honestly, I’d never thought of this. When it happens to me to slightly miss focus, I add some subtle sharpening to the eyes in Photoshop if it’s possible, and it usually takes some time for me to do right. I might try this next time. Have you done it before?