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Adding a trickle of waves to eye color is perfect for those of you who wishes to go on a relaxing vacation near the ocean.

A beautiful reflection in one’s eyes is much more creative than a pose on a blurry beach. It will draw attention to a person’s features and turn the visual story focus to their eyes. It can be hard to capture a natural reflection of the waves in the eyes, but a quick photo edit can save you time.

ocean eyes photography example with a woman looking into the distance

1. Choose a background

As a first step, pick a photo you want to edit. Choose one from your personal photo gallery or from our library. It is preferable to have a close-up of a person’s eyes or a portrait. 

Disclaimer: The reflection will look effective on most eye colors while the blending can be tricky on very dark eyes.

a close-up of a woman’s face to add the reflexion of ocean waves to her eyes

2. Add an ocean layer

Now that the background layer is uploaded it is time to add the foreground ocean layer. Click on the “+” button and "Image". Now you are redirected to the image options tab. Here, choose an image from your gallery or the stock archive. You are now free to resize the image to suit the eye size.

Pixomatic layer tool

an ocean layer is added to the photo in the area of a girl's eye for future edits

3. Reduce Opacity

The ocean image needs to be transparent to make it easier for you to see which parts need refinement. Tap twice on the ocean layer and choose "Edit". Reduce opacity of the layer.

a tool bar of a layer’s edit options

lowering the opacity of the ocean’s layer to fine-tune the edit

4. Refine the ocean layer

It is time to erase useless parts of the image to suit the shape of the iris. Click on the Refine tool. You can then zoom into the image for better accuracy. Start by adjusting the brush size and strength with the sliders and erase the photo to fit the eye. Do not forget to erase the area falling in the dark pupil! 

the refine tool helps make an oceal level fit the necessary area of the primary level

a girl with ocean eyes after some edits

5. Blur the edges and change Blending

The erased edges of the ocean layer can look sharp and unnatural at first. To help it blend, use the Blur tool. Choose the manual option to use the brush. For better control, adjust the brush size, strength, opacity, and intensity. Then, simply brush over the outer edges of the photo and lightly over the borders near the pupil.

Pixomatic overlay tool

Real magic happens when you change the foreground layer’s blending mode. It will make the two images merge into one beautifully and naturally. Tap on the ocean layer, press "Edit" -> "Blending Mode" and experiment with different modes. One of the most suitable blending styles is “Overlay.” 
the final variant of the ocean blue eyes edit

And voila! Your photo has a touch of ocean breeze.

Feel free to experiment with different eye colors and wave types! Pixomatic has all the tools to blend layers together.

You can repeat some of the steps mentioned above if the image captures both eyes. To save you the hassle, the photo editor has a ‘duplicate’ layer option. So, all you need is to reposition the duplicate and refine it to the second eye.

ocean waves in the man’s eyes

ocean waves in the blond woman’s eyes

Black and white photos are not a problem. Find a black and white image of some waves to suit the background. If you want to add color to the grayscale image then simply use a colored photo of a wave which will colorize the person’s iris.

black and white ocean eyes edit

Even animals can shine in a new light with enchanting ocean eyes. That’s right!

ocean waves in the white snow owl eyes on a black background

Try out the steps on your pets and they will turn into mysterious creatures. Don't have one? Find a stock photo to your liking. Can’t wait to see your oceanic edits!