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One of the first and easiest enhancements that can be done with pics of people is changing the eye colour. This is easy to do in Photofiltre…who needs expensive and/or complicated photo editing software…Photofiltre can do this and is free to use and download. So what are you waiting for? Join the millions of other people who use this wonderful program.

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Changing eye colour tutorial with Photofiltre.

Part 1. The easy way.

Creative Commons License photo credit: orangeacid

Start the process by zooming in on one of the eyes.

Zoom in on the eye

Using the Lasso Tool, I’ve carefully selected the blue area of the iris.

Using the Lasso to make selection

You can also use the polygon tool to make the selection, if you find the lasso a little hard to use. Next select Hue Variation – Adjust> Hue Variation

Adjusting Hue

Use the slider on hue variation to choose the eye colour.

Eye colour after adjusting the Hue

Resulting green colour after Hue variation adjustment.

Use the same procedure for the other eye.

Eye colour changed to green

Green eyed girl

But wait, there’s another way to do this!

The above method of changing eye with the Hue variation is quick and easy, and also the method of selecting the iris with the lasso is simple as well. However, there are a two disadvantages of using this method, which are:

  • Selecting an exact eye colour may be a bit difficult with the Hue variation slider. For example, selecting brown colours or a blue/grey eye colour may prove challenging with this method. The hue selector is not an exacting colour selection method.
  • Selecting both the iris and pupil(the dark area) in the above method is not very precise, there maybe circumstances where you may need to leave the pupil in its original state without being part of the recolouring process of the iris. Really, you want to be able to select the coloured iris and leave the pupil alone.

Part 2.

Alternative method.

Zoom in on the eye.

Zoom in on the eye

Select the Paintbrush tool and with suitably a bright colour, carefully brush over the iris and around the pupil. Try to do this without releasing the mouse button too many times.

Using the paintbrush tool

I’ve chosen bright orange and a paintbrush radius of 5.

Using the magic wand to make selection

  • Use the Magic Wand tool to select the area. I’ve used a Tolerance setting of 100 on the magic wand to make sure all of the orange is selected.
  • Select Edit>Undo Paintbrush Tool to remove the paint, leaving the selected area with the original iris colour.

Selected area after undoing paintbrushing

Notice how the pupil is not selected using this method, unlike the method before using the lasso tool which selects the entire iris and pupil.

Next, remove colour from the iris using the Grayscale tool.

Using the grayscale tool

Now to add colour 🙂

From the menu select:

Filter>Color>Colored Layer

Colored layer box

From the Colored layer menu choose the desired colour and use an Opacity of between 15% – 20%.

Colour selection box

The Colored layer selection is quite versatile and you have much more control over the colours as opposed to the Hue variation selection method.

There are 3 ways to chose colours from the Colored layer selector:

  • 1.The box here corresponds to the main colour selector on the top right of the Photofiltre screen. Use the Pipette tool to match any colour on the picture then use that colour in the Colored layer selection bar.
  • 2. Forty predefined colours, easy selection.
  • 3. Clicking on “Other colors” gives a large range of colours and shades of gray.

Use the Preview button on the Colored layer tool to see the result. When your satisfied, click OK to confirm.

Light brown eyes

Light brown eyes 🙂



Thankyou for reading my tutorial on changing eye colour with Photofiltre. Comments welcome.

23 Responses to “Photofiltre Basics: Changing Eye Colour”

  1. Neo says:

    Nice tutorial. I like blue eyes, especially babes with blue eyes!

  2. Jeff says:

    Thanks Neo. I agree 100%

  3. natalion says:

    Hehe thats me wow i look werid with green eyes!!!

  4. […] sampled from another source or part of the picture… like for recoloring eye pupils (see my eye coloring tutorial) or recoloring other objects like a car to new […]

  5. Sam says:

    go to adjust –> hue/saturation–>hue
    its a MUCH easier way to change eye coloue ^^

  6. Jacob says:

    i look awsome with red eyes!

  7. sabrina says:

    umm, i kinda tryed it but didnt suceed.
    its so confussing to me tbh, how could you explain it in a simple way ?
    please wright back.
    love sabrina – age:15 sixteen in 2 days :] x

  8. Jeff says:

    Sabrina: Yep can be a bit confusing at first. Check out a few videos on eye recolouring with Photofiltre on youtube as well.

  9. Black Cyanide says:

    Who is the girl you used for the example? She is very beautiful

  10. Pauline says:

    Beautufuly picture.

  11. mushi says:

    dat was great, i really loved it, i tried it straight away after visiting this site!!!!!!! thanks 4 ur support!!!!!

  12. Tabitha says:

    that’s cool. and not to sound weird but whoever the girl is, she’s pretty. I like the green eyes pic, and the blue. I have green eyes. Anyway, it’s cool!

  13. Diana says:

    How do you change the color of the eyes if its like black or dark brown?

  14. Jeff says:

    Use the second technique I’ve described using the Filter>Color>Colored Layer. But with darker colored eyes, you may want adjust the Gamma correct first and/or contrast b4 you apply the coloured effect. Also, adjust the Opacity setting accordingly in the “Colored Layer” dialogue box to help it look more authentic.


  15. kylie says:

    yeah where is the comfirm button?

  16. Rachel says:

    Thank you for this!

  17. dudette says:

    can’t do it!

  18. Micky says:

    Okay, I tried it and it didn’t work. The eyes look like I simply painted them over.

  19. Mindy says:

    Thank you.
    It works.
    Im looking months for it.
    So thank you 😉

  20. Mackenzie says:

    This was pretty easy — tried both the ways to do it — and it makes a cool effect when you grayscale the pictures and then color the eyes. Good tutorial.

  21. Ann says:

    I turned myself into a vampire !!! XD thank you !!!

  22. Jeff says:

    Congratulations Ann, remember to stay out of the sunlight hehe.

  23. tanie wakacje says:

    I am ashamed of myself I couldnt see the priest on the mountain of sugar. Information is nice. I will be very hapyy If you add more infs about that, kthx.292

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