Mastering the Wink in Photoshop

By Al Ward
of Action Fx Photoshop Resources

Dateline: August 4, 2003
Volume 1, Number 2
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My August tutorial isn't so much about teaching a 'new' technique as it is about applying previously-learned techniques in another way. Writing on a software product as vast as Photoshop, there should be a million topics a person could come up with. However, the simple truth is it can be very difficult to pick a single subject to write about in each column, let alone constrain the subject list to those that have never been covered before. I am of the opinion that just because an effect or technique has been covered one way doesn't mean it cannot be applied to something new.

In this installment we'll look at merging two images using masks, but in a different manner than, say, blending multiple images together. Again, I thank the folks at and for their generosity in allowing me to use their photos for these tutorials. To begin, I've chosen two images that are similar, focusing on the same area of the face. You'll note that they don't quite match, but they will suit our purposes just fine.

First, change your image sizes to match, once you have two photos chosen. Then copy the second image and paste it into its own layer in the first image.

We need to line up the eyes, and can do this simply by lowering the opacity of the top-most layer to 50-60%, selecting the Move tool and moving the top layer into position so that the eyes overlap each other between the two layers.

Now increase the opacity of the top layer to 100% again.

Click the Add a Mask icon on the bottom of the Layers palette. Ensure that it is filled with black to render this layer invisible.

Set the foreground color to white, the background to black.

Now select the Paintbrush tool with attributes in the Options bar, as seen below.

Paint over one eye in the Mask to reveal the eye beneath. Continue to do so until the eye below is fully revealed.

There you have it. Granted, this was quick, but not all cool effects take pages to demonstrate.

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Until next time, take care and I'll see you at Action Fx!

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Want to add to your own COOL FACTOR? Al Ward, the author of this column and NAPP Actions Guru, offers thousands of Photoshop goodies for download on his website (! He also has several Photoshop Goodies available on CD. So who is this Al guy anyway? He has co-authored Photoshop Most Wanted: Effects and Design Tips , a manual of popular Photoshop Special Effects and Foundation Photoshop 6.0 from Friends of Ed Publishing. Al is the Author of Adobe Elements 2 Special Effects, a new solo title from Hungry Minds/Wiley Publishing. He has been a contributor to Photoshop User Magazine, a contributing writer for Photoshop Elements 2- 50 Ways to Create Cool Pictures , Photoshop 7 Effects Magic , Inside Photoshop 6 and Special Edition Inside Photoshop 6 from New Riders Publishing, and writes for several Photoshop related websites including the National Association of Photoshop Professional s Official Website,, Planet Photoshop and the Photoshop Café. Al was a panelist at the Photoshop World 2001 Los Angeles Conference, and contributes to the official NAPP website as the Actions area coordinator. Al lists Scott Kelby, Editor-In-Chief of Photoshop User Magazine as his Hero, Coffee as his favorite food group, and Sleep as the one pastime he d like to take up some day.