CoffeeShop Eye Bright PS/PSE Action!

CoffeeShop Eye Bright is an action that runs in both Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. It brightens and defines eyes and removes redness from the whites (due to stress or allergies or late night coffee drinking!). If you love the eye enhancements in CoffeeShop PowderRoom 2 or Perfect Portrait, but don't need the skin softening/teeth whitening step on every image, then this is the action for you. And like all CoffeeShop actions, the enhancements are completely adjustable and the effects can be as subtle or dramatic as you wish.

Here is a complete tutorial with screenshots!

If you just need a little reminder, here are some simple notes. Eye Define layer: Select black layer mask and paint over eyes and lashes with a soft white brush set to 100% opacity. Eye Brighten layer: Use a soft low opacity white brush to paint over the iris, and a soft low opacity black brush to paint over the pupil and black around the iris. Whites Whiten layer: Click to select the black layer mask and paint over the eye whites with a soft low opacity white brush to remove redness and whiten the whites. You can adjust each layer opacity if the effects are too much.

Download the free CoffeeShop Eye Bright PS/PSE action HERE!

Want all of my favorite CoffeeShop Actions or Design Elements in one simple download AND help support this blog? Just click here for my action pack or here for a download of some of my most popular design elements, storyboards, and textures. For complete info on installing all of my actions, click here.


Sylvia March 29, 2009 at 11:56 AM  

As always, you're such a great help and timesaver Rita! Thanks again!

Anonymous March 29, 2009 at 1:21 PM  

Thank you so much; Again!

Cindy Irene March 29, 2009 at 2:17 PM  


CreativeBusyHands-Scrapbook Freebies Search March 29, 2009 at 3:50 PM  

Thank you so much for this Freebie. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Hands Scrapbook Freebies Search List, under the Photoshop/Gimp Resource(s) (Brush(es), Swatch/Palette, ...) post on Mar. 29, 2009. Thanks again.

Anonymous March 29, 2009 at 4:20 PM  

thanks to the actions you have so generously shared i have rekindled my interest in photography editing. if i may, i would like to ask a question. many actions instruct to make changes then press play. try as i may, i can't find such a button in elements 6 or 7. what do you suggest? many thanks.

Staci B March 29, 2009 at 4:20 PM  

Thank you! Fun stuff!

amymom24 March 29, 2009 at 7:44 PM  

Ooo, FABULOUS!!!!!!!! Can't wait to try this one out!!! Thanks so much, Rita. You are awesome!

Digi Free March 29, 2009 at 10:06 PM  

Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Digital Scrapbooking Freebie search engine today (look for timestamp: 29 Mar [LA 07:00pm, NY 09:00pm] - 30 Mar [UK 02:00am, OZ 12:00pm] ).

Tara March 29, 2009 at 11:36 PM  

YAY FOR THIS ACTION! I love how it's just by itself (versus the Perfect Portrait and all of its gloriness). Thanks so much!

michiganhills March 30, 2009 at 5:40 AM  

Thanks for sharing your hard work and making the rest of us look so good!

Shelly March 30, 2009 at 8:32 AM  

I wonder how this will work for brown eyes? I love the blue eye result! Thanks!

Scrapping Mom of 5 March 30, 2009 at 8:36 AM  

Thank you so much for the action. As soon as I have a little extra in my household budget I will be sending a donation your way.

Sharla March 30, 2009 at 9:21 AM  

Thanks, I often would go to the perfect portrait only to get the eye part. So this will be great! Also can't wait for your new BW action, I'm loving the softness of the sepia one!

Anonymous March 30, 2009 at 9:31 AM  

Thank you so much for your generosity and hard work. You're awesome!

Sarah D March 30, 2009 at 9:50 AM  

Love this action! I run the perfect portrait action and turn everything off but the define the eye and this one... brighten the eye when the people in my photos just need that extra boost in their eyes and it is fantastic! I would love the define the eye seperate as well!!! You are great, thank you for sharing your talents with us!

Marcie March 30, 2009 at 1:06 PM  

Just happened upon your site. Such wonderful actions and textures and things to keep me up at night 'playing'. Thank-you so much for doing this...

Magnolia March 30, 2009 at 5:22 PM  

Thank you so much for sharing.

Ramie :-) March 30, 2009 at 8:37 PM  

Thank you so much!

leslie a April 3, 2009 at 1:59 PM  

Thanks again!!! This is awesome

Angela April 8, 2009 at 3:32 PM  

Thank you so much.

Shannon April 9, 2009 at 10:54 PM  

Can I hug you through the computer? I just found your blog through I heart faces tonight and when I saw this post I actually said Yippeeee out loud. I am very new and soooo happy to finally figure out how to do this to eyes.

Anonymous June 18, 2009 at 8:50 PM  

I am new to using your site and I have photoshop CS. I have downloaded it to my CS but can't figure out how to use it on a photos. Can someone help me. :)

Brekke December 28, 2009 at 10:10 PM  

A friend just suggested your site to me and I don't think I can thank her or you enough! I love the actions! I am a classically (film) trained photographer and was having trouble understanding how some portraits looked as amazing as they do. The secret was your Eye Bright action. Thank you so much for creating such a great tool and teaching me something new!

Tara Eckert Photography February 8, 2010 at 9:28 AM  

I am a newbie/wannabe photographer and I love this action! If I don't need Powderroom, I always at least use this! Amazing how a face pops when you just brighten their eyes!

Anonymous March 29, 2010 at 4:06 PM  

Hello... I am new to photography and struggling with your Eye Bright PS/PSE Action. I cannot seem to make it work. I would really like to learn how to do this. Is there a tutorial on your Blog for me to reference?

Thank you for all your help!!

vikkijac May 30, 2010 at 12:13 PM  

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this particular action... just gives that extra POP.
I'm also using the white white layer to whiten teeth!

Again, thank you so much for sharing this!!!

Jake's Momma August 23, 2010 at 7:50 PM  

Seriously gorgeous! TFS :)

Tania B November 2, 2010 at 6:41 AM  

Hi there, I have just downloaded the Eye Bright action and can't wait to try it out. I have been looking for this action and happy to have found your site. Thank you so much.

Heather December 10, 2010 at 10:31 AM  

I have an eye retouching question/request: Do you have any actions that fix red-eye? Sometimes using flash is unavoidable, and I have yet to find a good homemade way to remove red eyes. What do you do? Would you be able to package an action for red-eye removal at some point?

Jessica February 7, 2011 at 3:10 PM  

I am competely new to the photography world and am trying to navigate the best I can. There is so much to learn. Just today, I learned about editing actions and let me just say...I am blown away with your actions. You are so talented. I hope I can absorb as much of your knowledge as possible! :) Thank you so much for sharing your hard work!

Our little family July 12, 2011 at 9:55 PM  

I have read all the FAQ and help section but just cannot get this action to work in PSE5.0. The action runs but when it's finished the picture is just grey. Any idea? I get several pop ups while the action is running saying the background layer is missing. Thanks!

Rita July 13, 2011 at 2:31 PM  

Many of my actions won't work in PSE5. It might be time to upgrade! ;-) Rita

pink velvet August 26, 2011 at 5:28 PM  

Hi Rita, I tried to use your eye bright action and i followed your instruction above and i still can get it work, what should I do after working through the layers? cos the image still in high pass. Any help would be appreciated.

Rita August 26, 2011 at 6:13 PM  

pink velvet, I am going to write a new tutorial using this action in the next few days, so please visit my blog to check it out!

Octavia August 26, 2011 at 7:38 PM  

This is just what I have been needing Particularly with my Male subjects that I photograph and they don't need softening on the skin...

Pink Velvet August 27, 2011 at 11:23 PM  

Thank You Rita, looking forward to it.

abbylea3 May 28, 2012 at 2:58 PM  

Is there any way you can post a link to media fire again or a direct download from your site? 4share requires a log in and i would rather not sign up for anything even if it is free...thanks so much for all you do!

Rita May 28, 2012 at 10:00 PM  

Will do next week!

abbylea3 May 29, 2012 at 11:28 AM  

Thank you so much! You are amazing rita!

Shelly September 9, 2012 at 10:29 PM  

45bummed out.. for some reason when i try downloading this it just gives me a box with tons of codes instead info on completing the download and action.. Any ideas why this would be happening? Thanks sooo much. Have used your actions in the past, LOVE them!!

Michelle Ritts March 11, 2013 at 3:34 PM  

Hi, just wanted to let you know I love your actions and really appreciate it. Also, In the tutorial for the Eyes Bright you say to put the opacitity at 100% for the bright eyes layer and I think that may be the wrong number

Brittany Pursley-Black October 9, 2013 at 10:04 PM  

wow I could stay on your blog for days, actually I have! I love your tutorials they are life savers!

nellenamarie November 4, 2013 at 8:59 PM  

Hi for some reason when using your eye bright action nothing happens on the black eye define layer when I use my white brush? I even tried making the brush bigger to see if I just couldnt see it on the layer but still nothing...

Rita November 5, 2013 at 7:15 AM  

Make sure your brush is in normal mode. :-)

hannahgracephotography December 3, 2013 at 5:47 AM  

Best action EVER!!!! Thanks so much!!!!!

Anonymous August 17, 2014 at 8:20 AM  

Hi! Your blog is amazing and has helped me so much! I absolutely love your actions. For some reason when I install this action, there is just the folder, but I can't figure out how to actually run the action? I have Elements 12.