Photo Manipulation

Perform Laser Eye Surgery on a Photo with Photoshop

  1. Enable the Stroke setting.
  2. Set the Fill Type to gradient. Adjust the Structure > Size setting so that you get a thin outline.
  3. Set the Structure > Position setting to inside.
  4. Reduce the Structure > Opacity setting to 50%.
  5. Click OK to apply the layer styles.


Step 12 – Connect the LASIK flap to the LASIK flap cutout

Use the polygon lasso tool to create a selection like shown in the image below. The selection edge should meet at the two corners where the LASIK flap and the LASIK flap cutout meets.

Select the “LASIK flap cutout layer” then click on the Add Layer Mask button in the Layers palette to add a layer mask. Your LASIK flap should look like the image below.

Hold the Ctrl key and click on the “LASIK flap cutout” layer mask thumbnail . This will create a selection from the transparency of the “LASIK flap cutout” layer. Press Ctrl+I or choose Select > Inverse to inverse the selection. You should have a selection like the image below.

Select the “LASIK flap” layer then click on the Add Layer Mask button to add a layer mask. Your LASIK flap should look like the image below.


Step 13 – Create the LASIK flap hinge

Currently, the hinge on the LASIK flap looks too sharp as if it was folded like origami paper. We’ll smooth it out to create a more realistic LASIK flap hinge with more curvature. Select the layer mask of the “LASIK flap” layer. Make sure that you select the layer mask and not the layer itself. Chooes to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Adjust the Radius setting so that you get a thick translucent white line on the LASIK flap like the image below.

Now choose the layer mask of the “LASIK flap cutout” layer. Again, make sure that you’re selecting the layer mask and not the layer itself. We’ll use the same filter so go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Pick a Radius setting that will just slightly blur the edge of the LASIK flap cutout.

Here’s the completed LASIK flap.


Step 14 – Create a new layer for the Excimer laser

Create a new layer and position it as the top layer. Rename this layer to “Excimer laser”.


Step 15 – Create the shape of the laser

Use the polygon lasso tool to create a selection shape like the image below. Start the selection on the center of the pupil.

Fill the selected area with red then press Ctrl+D or choose Select > Deselect to deselect.


Step 16 – Add a layer mask

Add a layer mask to the “Excimer laser” layer. To do this, choose Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal All.


Step 17 – Fade the “Excimer laser” layer

Select the layer mask of the “Excimer laser” layer. Then select the Gradient tool. Using the default Black to White Linear Gradient, draw a gradient from the tip of the laser where the pupil is to the end. You should get a fading effect like the image below.

Make sure that you still have the layer mask of the “Excimer laser” layer selected. Open the levels tool (Ctrl+L or Image > Adjustments > Levels). Move the middle input slider towards the right until the laser fades away from the eye like the image below.

Finally, set the opacity of the “Eximer laser” layer to 75%.


LASIK Laser Eye Surgery Ad Final Results

Complete the ad by adding some text. You now have a nice ad but keep in mind that you shouldn’t use this ad for real-world projects.

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