How to make eyes sparkle in Paint Shop Pro using Unsharp Mask.

This quick tutorial will demonstrate how to quickly sharpen the eyes in Paint Shop Pro to give them that extra little sparkle.

With this little tip/effect you can make your photo subject eyes sparkle and stand out. This tutorial will take less than two minutes to complete. If you found this tip helpful please comment. Thank you for visiting.

Final Results

Here is a side by side comparison of the before and after.

Video Tutorial

A step by step video tutorial is also provided as a reference.

Step 1

Open up a photo you want that you want to make the eyes sparkle in. For this example, I used a photo of my youngest son.

Step 2

Select the Freehand Selection tool, and set the Selection Type to Point to Point, and the the Mode to Replace.

Step 3

Outline the first eye. After the first eye is outlined, hold Shift, and outline the second eye.

Step 4

Right click on the background layer in the layers palette, and select Promote Selection To Layer. Then set the blend mode to Lighten.

Step 5

With the Promoted Selection Layer selected go to Adjust > Sharpness > Unsharp Mask, and apply the following settings that are displayed in the image below. Radius = 3, Strength = 325, Clipping = 1. Optionally, you can experiment with your own settings. You can decrease/increase the sharpness by lowering/raising the “strength” setting. The maximum strength is 500.

Step 6

This step is optional: If you have too much sharpness and sparkle, you can lower the opacity of the Promoted Selection layer to decrease the sharpness and sparkle effect. Adjust until you are satisfied with the results.

The Before Result

The After Result