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It happens to every photographer, hobbyist and professional alike, when we capture a wonderful image only to find out later, in post processing, that one of the eyes is "soft" (i.e. a little out of focus).
If the eye or eyes are only a little tiny bit soft, that can usually be saved via a Lightroom brush (I highly recommend the Perfect Portrait Brushes to fix this), but if the eyes are REALLY soft, a brush will not solve the problem.
What can we do to correct this?
In the first year or two of using Lightroom, I would have taken images like this one to Photoshop to fix. However, over the years I have learned how to make the most of the clone and heal tools and find that I can now do 99% of ALL my editing work in right in Lightroom. This is one of the Lightroom editing tricks I use from timte to time, and I hope you are able to utilize it in the future as well.
Important note - this trick only works if you have at least one eye that is sharp and the reflection and catchlights are very similar in both the eyes.
If you are more of a visual learner, I put together a short video tutorial demonstrating how to do this below:
Hi! I'm Amanda, a homeschooling mom of four, from South Carolina. I am passionate about photography, photo editing, and helping others learn to love their camera and editing programs.