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 photo effects – 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.

  • Milli

    I have to say that i just love PicMonkey! But i don’t understand if I have to pay for using Royale effects or not? I couldnt find an E-mail address, so i comment the “PicMonkey blog” instead… I hope that’s okay?

    • http://PicMonkey.com PicMonkey

      Hi Milli. You don’t have to pay for now; they’re all free. Soon we’ll launch the official start of Royale membership, and that’s when you can decide if you’re up for it. (We hope you are, ’cause it’s awesome.) By the way, if you have more stuff to tell us, click the “let us know” link at the very, very bottom of the Help page

      • Kristin Griesbaum

        All I can say is you guys rock! I used the paid service before and will gladly pay for the right to use the upgraded features. It just keeps getting better and I really appreciate how easy you have made it to use. Did I mention….you guys ROCK! :)

        • http://PicMonkey.com PicMonkey

          People like you are what keeps us banging at our keyboards, making stuff long into the night. Thanks for checking out the blog.

      • CHM

        Hey Monkey, I also want to pay you guys! I use PicMonkey a lot and would gladly subscribe to a paid version!

  • http://advgrrls.wordpress.com advgrrls

    do you have any idea how much your membership will be and is it a one time fee or annual fee?

  • Estrella Turner

    Hi, I’m a student from Peru. I have to say that Picmonkey is the best edition page that I ever use, is really great, I love it, it´s so easy to use. ♥
    I hope that Picmonkey never close and also you can have your own program. OMG , I really love this page, well, I hope you continue making effects and all that.
    (I hope that you understand my horrible english)
    With Love and happines.
    Estrella Turner.

    • http://PicMonkey.com PicMonkey

      We understand your good English, and thanks much, Estrella. We love making stuff for you.

  • Malind

    I wish everything in our world would have been as easy as editing pictures in picmonkey. Cant even begin to describe how wonderful this app is! Thank you so much guys <3

  • John Snyder

    I am excited about Royale. Will it have other holiday or event themes?

    • http://PicMonkey.com PicMonkey

      Totally, but they’ll roll out over time, John. Next is Winter wonderland.

  • via

    please make it available for picture doodling and many other text effects for picture ! love picmonkey!

  • http://(what'sthis?) R.

    ….I presently have a paid subscription, love it!….but
    where’s the hollowed stuff? …do I haste to subscribe
    to it?

    • http://www.picmonkey.com PicMonkey

      The halloween themes are here!

  • Danilo

    Hi I’m Danilo from Nicaragua, I want to thank you guys for giving us the opportunity to have such an amazing FREE tool to edit our pics. I would also subscribe to a Royale version if the cost is afordable. Keep doing what you are doing congratulations, you guys rock! (you should eventualy set up photo contests or stuff like that, and sure that would be very motivating, oh! and excuse my english)

  • camey

    When are you gonna get the ghose that picnik use to have…. them are the best when making a spooky photo… but ya’ll dont have it…

  • camey

    lol that is suppose to say GHOST….. NOT ghose

  • http://www.picmonkey.com PicMonkey

    Hi Carney! We have ghosts. We have overlays called “Phantoms” in the Demons theme, and also an effect called “Ghostify” in the same theme.