Tutorial: Make Dramatic Eyes

Altering the eye of your subject gives you a major bang for your Halloween buck. Here are expert tips from PicMonkey designer Jen Shetterly, on how to get realistic but dramatic looks from all the eye overlays.

“Don’t be afraid to experiment,” says Jen. “Try all different types of eye overlays, and mix and match from different themes.” Zombie eye on a Vampire: heckyeah! And color outside the lines. Your iris–especially black ones or unnaturally light ones–look great filling the entire space between the lids.

photo of zombie eye overlays

photo of demon eye overlays

Jen suggests you also look beyond the iris.  Use Zombie Bruise to tint the whites of the eye, or add Veins (from the Vampire theme) to show an otherworldly or bloodshot look.

Great tips like this can be found throughout all our Halloween features–just look for the light bulb icon.  Here are step by step instructions for perfectly placing iris overlays like Evil Eye, Hag Eye, Demonic Eye, and Corpse Eye.


photo of Evil Eye overlay placed over photo eye

Step 1: Zoom in on the eyes in your photo. After placing Evil Eye, use the resize handles to match the iris size in the photo. Right-click and “Duplicate” to make a matching second eye for your soul-piercing glare.

Tip: Your Evil Eyes may need to be rotated a bit, especially if the pupil is a vertical cat-like one.


photo of Evil Eye effect being erased

Step 2: Use Eraser to erase parts of the eye that should be overlapped by the eyelid.  Reduce “Eraser hardness” to get softer edges.


photo of Evil Eye effect when done

Step 3: Adjust the “Exposure” slider to give your eyes a supernatural glow or darken them in a shroud of mystery.

Tip: Use “Veins” to create bloodshot, prey-seeking eyes.