A look from the dark

Good day, site visitors photoshop-master!
In this lesson we will draw the eyes of a cat that hid somewhere in the dark ….

A lot of good photos, where you can clearly see the eyes of these animals.
In carrying out the lesson, I advise you to find one or more of these photos so that looking at them you can understand what is going on or draw a little in your own way.

I created a 1500x1500pix document with a black background.
On the New layer, using oval selection (ElipticalMarqueeTool) draw an oval with a small shading (Feather about 5 pix), fill it with color # f2ef84 and rotate it a bit (Edit-Free Transformation – EditFreeTransform).

Then copy the layer and mirror it (Edit-Free Transform-Flip Horizontally – EditFreeTransform-Flip horizontal) – it turns out the second eye. Merge layers, it was more convenient for me to work when both eyes are on the same layer. Let’s call this layer – Iris.

Add mask on a layer Iris (button at the bottom of the layers panel) and slightly “cover” the eyes with a soft black brush.

Using the pen tool (PenTool) on the new layer draw a black pupil. We customize its size, shape and location. Then we copy on the second eye. And again merge the layers with two pupils into one. This will be a layer – Pupil.

Now turn to the creation of color and volume of the iris.
We will draw on the layers that will be placed between the layers Iris and Wcrustacean.
Easier to draw on layers – Clipping Masks to Layer Iris (PKM – Create clipping mask – CreateClippingMask in the drop-down list).
How many do them, see for yourself. You can start by drawing each color on a new layer, and then you will see: where to change the opacity, where to add a copy …
I drew a brush from a standard set – Spatter 24 pixels. In the process, I changed the opacity (Opacitya) brushes, working in a range 10-40% and its size.

First we add the shadows.

On layer 3crustacean, with the same brush, I added black strokes that resemble hairs on the cat’s eyelids.

Then we add colors: yellow, green, red-brown, brown.
As I said, you can draw on different layers – as you like.

Now we will create heterogeneity of the cat’s eye iris.
Copy layers: Padjuka + colors and shadows (which we just painted) and merge copies into one layer. Call it – Colored iris.

Further possible different ways of working.

Method one:
Copy the resulting layer Colored iris.
As a result, we have layers: Pupil, Colored iris, Colored iris copy and Iris with layers – clipping masks.
To layers Colored iris, Colored iris copy apply Filter-Noise-Add noise (FilterNoiseAddnoise). Settings: Uniform, Monochromatic.

For one layer, I applied a grain larger (about 60%), and to another smaller (approximately 30-40%).
Reduce the opacity (Opacitya) of these layers. For a layer with a large grain, I put a value of about 40%, and for a layer with shallow about 60%.

Change the blending mode PinLight(point light) or see other options.
You can leave only one layer, it all depends on the desired result.
When changing the opacity, I advise you to enlarge the picture and look at the close-up on the effect obtained.

Now we blur a little noise around the edges of the iris.
To do this, create a selection layer Iris (Ctrl + click on the layer icon).
Decrease the selection by a few pixels and blur its border (Selection-Modifying the Selection-Shading … and Decreasing … – SelectModifyFeather WITHontract). I chose order values five pix.
Invert the selection (Ctrl + Shift + I) and delete the excess from the two layers with noise.

Here’s what happened:

You can leave it so, but you can try more options.

Method two:
Make a copy of the layer Colored iris with a big noise.
Turn off the visibility of the main layers with noise.
Change the blending mode to Dissolve(dissolution). Play with opacity.
Copy this layer and merge two copies together.
The blend mode of the new layer has become Normal and now you can apply a layer style to it.

Look, maybe you need to reduce the opacity (Opacity) or fill (Filla) layer.
Choose which result you like best ..

Now, add shadows and light to the cat’s eyes with a soft white and black brush. I did it on separate layers, located under the layer Pupil. Slightly reduce the opacity of the layers.
For light, I used the blending mode of Brightening (Screen), for a shadow – Multiplication (Multiply).

Now, let’s draw glare in front of our eyes …
What they can be .. for example in the form of a window … or look at the photo of cats, as I said at the beginning of the lesson.
The window can be drawn by yourself or find a photo in the internet.
Windows can be like this (1 or 2) … you can also draw clouds. Plenty of your imagination!

That white is removed!
If you are using a photo, remove the shutters.
Reduce the future highlight, slightly blur it (Gaussian blur (FilterBlurGaussianBlur) at 2.5 pix), put it in the right place and give it roundness with the help of transformation Warp – deformation.
Copy the layer and place it on the other eye. Glare can also be drained into one layer.
Change the blending mode to Lighten (Screen). Reduce the opacity. Remove excess eraser.

These are the eyes.

From this picture you can make a wallpaper on your desktop …
.. and you can continue on.

The same brush (Spatter) white color, small diameter, with low opacity, you can draw a pussy nose and mustache.
Why low opacity? Because a gradual imposition of a stroke over one another can achieve interesting transitions and the appearance of bright highlights.
I drew the nose and mustache on different layers, so it is more convenient – quite different manipulations take place with them)))
I copied the layer with the mustache, blurred it a bit and removed unnecessary details here and there … on both layers.
At the end, you can add a bit of sharpness to the layers with a nose and mustache (Filter-Sharpness – FilterSharpen).
At this, the work is finished! … or not? ))) …you decide!

Good luck in your endeavors!

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