10 Jan 2020 | 4 MIN READ

How to Turn Eyes into Ocean Waves

Marina Alojants
TutorialPhoto retouch

Adding a trickle of waves to eye color is perfect for those of you who had or wish for 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 the person’s features and make their eyes the focus of the visual story. It can be hard to capture a natural reflection of the waves in the eyes, which is why a quick photo edit can save you time.

The photo editing process is quick and simple on the Online Pixomatic Editor. There are only 3 tools you will need when turning eye color into ocean waves: Refine, Blending, and the new Blur feature.

1. Choose a background

Firstly, pick the photo you want to edit. You can choose one from your personal photo gallery or use any of the three stock options: Pixabay, Unsplash, and Bing. 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 but the blending can be tricky on very dark eyes. 

2. Add an ocean layer

Now that the background layer is uploaded it is time for the foreground ocean layer. Click on the “Add New Layer” button. It will redirect you to the image options tab where you, once again, can choose an image from your gallery or the stock archive. You are now free to resize the image to suit the eye size.


3. Reduce Opacity

The ocean image needs to be transparent to make it easier for you to see which parts to refine. You can use the layer edit shortcut just under the layer image. After clicking on the pencil icon, move the opacity slider to the left until you can see the background below.

4. Refine the ocean layer

It is time to erase the useless parts of the image to suit the shape of the iris. Click the Refine tool on the left. You can then zoom into the image with the – and + at the bottom 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! 

5. Blur the edges

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

6. Change the Blending

The real magic happens when you change the foreground layer’s blending mode. It will make the two images merge into one beautifully and naturally. Just click on the ocean layer pencil-looking edit shortcut. Press on the Blending drop-down list and experiment with the different modes. One of the most suitable blending styles is “Overlay.” 

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

Feel free to experiment with different eye colors and wave types! Pixomatic Online Editor 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 that will be left is repositioning the duplicate and refining it to the second eye.

Black and white photos are not a problem, all you need is 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.

Even animals can shine in a new light with enchanting ocean eyes. That’s right! Try out the steps on your pet and they will turn into mysterious creatures. In the absence of an animal model, you can easily find a stock photo to your liking.

We can’t wait to see your oceanic edits!