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Photoshop Tutorial: How to Make Glamorous, “Fashion Magazine”, Skin Glow Effects

August 11, 2019

Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV.
I’m going to show you how to transform a photo into glamorous portraits by adding
a variety of sexy, skin glows you often see in fashion magazines, posters and record album covers.
Open a photo you’d like to use. I downloaded this one from The first
thing we should do is to convert your image into a Smart Object, so any effects we give
it will be non-destructive. Click the icon at the top, right corner of the Layers panel
and choose “Convert to Smart Object”. I’ll show you the fastest and simplest way
to give it a glamorous, skin glow. Make a copy of it by pressing Ctrl + J on Windows
or Cmd + J on a Mac. Go to Filter and Filter Gallery. Open the Distort folder and click Difuse Glow. We won’t add any graininess because we want to keep our image as smooth as possible.
The Glow amount controls how bright the glow and the Clear amount determines how much
of the image is covered by the glow. For this particular image, I’ll set the glow at 1 and the Clear at 6. Keep in mind, depending on the size, resolution and characteristics of
your photo, you should experiment with these amounts until you get just the right combination
that looks good to you. Then, click OK. Click Click the Adjustment layer icon and choose “Vibrance”.
Click the “Clip-to-Layer” icon which clips or restricts the adjustment layer to effect
only the one layer beneath it in the Layers panel. Slide the Vibance all the way to the right. As you can see when I toggle back and
forth, we now added a soft, skin glow to our image and we did it with just one adjustment
layer and one filter. Now, I’ll show you some other ways to achieve beautiful, glamorous
effects, but this time, with a bit more complexity. First, let’s group the last effect into its
own folder. To do this, Shift-click on the thumbnail of the middle layer to highlight
it and press Ctrl or Cmd + G. Click off the eyeball next to the folder to hide it. Click
Layer 0 to make it active and make a copy of it. Change the Blend Mode to Overlay. Go
to Filter, Blur and Gaussian Blur. Reduce the view until you can see most of the face.
Adjust the Radius amount, so you can barely make out the eyes, nose and mouth. Then, click
OK. Hide the layer and make the bottom layer active. We want to make a selection just around
the skin. To do this, go to Select and Color Range. Make sure Selection is ticked. If you’re
working on CS5 or earlier, choose Sampled Colors and adjust the Fuzziness until you
see that most of the skin is selected with as little of the rest of the image showing.
Then, click OK. If you’re working on CS6 or later, choose Skin Tones. Photoshop automatically
finds the skin and adjusts the color range to get the best selection. Then, click OK.
Press “Q” to make the selection into a quickmask. Open your Brush Tool and choose a medium-sized
brush and a Hardness of 0%. Make sure the Opacity and Flow are 100% each. Now, paint
over areas that aren’t part of the skin. To remove areas of the quickmask, make the
foreground color white by pressing “x” on your keyboard or by clicking this icon.
Now, brush over areas of the skin that the quickmask covered, as well as the lips. To
enlarge or reduce the size of the brush, press the the right or left bracket keys. Now, brush
over those areas. To paint back in areas, press “x” again to make the foreground color black. Make sure you have the eyes and eyebrows filled in. When you’re done, press “Q” again to revert the quickmask back into a selection.
Make the middle layer visible and active. Click the Layer Mask icon to make a layer
mask of the selection next to the active layer. As I turn the layer mask off and on, you can
see the difference. Next, we’ll make the eye color more attention-getting. First, make
a composite snapshot of your image by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Alt + E on Windows or Cmd +
Shift + Option + E on a Mac. Then, make a copy of it. Make sure black is your foreground
color and click on the quickmask icon, so we can brush in a quickmask. Now carefully
brush over just the irises. Press “Q” to make it into selections and then click the Layer mask icon to make a layer mask of the selections. Invert the layer mask by pressing Ctrl or
Cmd + I. Click the photo to make it active and click the Adjustment layer icon. Choose
Vibrance and click the clip-to-layer icon to restrict the adjustment layer to just the irises. Slide the Vibrance and Saturation all the way to the right. The last effect can be achieved simply by adding a filter that we used earlier. First,
make another composite snapshot and go to Filter, and Filter Gallery. Use Diffuse Glow
again with same settings you used earlier. To intensify the effect, press Ctrl or Cmd + F to repeat the last filter. Have fun transforming regular photos into
glamorous, sexy portraits. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. Thanks for watching!


  • Reply levronas July 12, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    Excellent!! you're the best Marty, thanks…

  • Reply OORVOKKI July 12, 2014 at 9:51 pm


  • Reply Rick Blot July 12, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    Great video – thanks.

  • Reply Robert Klaassen July 12, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    Great Photoshop Skills !… Thank you for sharing Marty… I'll be sharing this one as well on Facebook… 

  • Reply Bob Anomaly July 12, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    2:12 – Second Method

  • Reply mizu goru July 13, 2014 at 12:21 am

    as usual  a  very  awesome tutorial….many thnx to you Marty…

  • Reply Seaanne July 13, 2014 at 4:26 am

    Thank you Marty!!

  • Reply Xoxo96 July 13, 2014 at 4:47 am

    I always have one question.
    why we need to convert image in smart object ? i don't know why you convert few images in smart object.
    will you please tell me this.. i always wan to ask you this question when i see your tutorial. 🙂
    thank you

  • Reply Graça Rocheta July 13, 2014 at 5:41 am

    AMAZING!  You're a genius 🙂

  • Reply françois francois July 13, 2014 at 7:24 am

    super genial encore merci MARTY

  • Reply Adel Almasri July 13, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Great work thx

  • Reply bahaa bombo July 13, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    awesome 🙂

  • Reply Aileen Ortega July 13, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Great tutorial, as always! Very easy to understand! Thank you!

  • Reply jamal cd July 13, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    Thank you are number one.

  • Reply Ibashir Alamri July 14, 2014 at 5:17 am

    I am pleased to follow you very much sir
    And I wish you more lessons in the commercial and advertising
    Thank you very much for your effort great

  • Reply Tomi Lahcanski July 14, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    Marty, my filter gallery text is light gray and I don't have what you used.  How can I create what you showed here?  Thank you.

  • Reply Mahiro July 14, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    what program do you use to record your tutorials ?

  • Reply Antonio Santa Maria July 15, 2014 at 1:40 am

    Cool video and could you make a persons face into a Rubik's cube?

  • Reply NAVSPECWARCOM July 15, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    This is a great tutorial. Thanks again!

  • Reply Jonny July 15, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    Marty you utterly the best! Great quality videos with concise instruction easy for anyone to follow!

    Thank you for teaching me so much! I'll help anyway I can by like all your videos because they are all top quality! Thank you again!

  • Reply Les Dunning July 15, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    How can anyone maintain such a pleasant, patient, all-explaining voice when talking to dummies AND handling recent and older versions of PS and handling Windows and Apple. Brilliant, very helpful, and always useful.

  • Reply Clipping Path India July 16, 2014 at 8:20 am

    I like your all videos. and every time i got what i wan to learn in Photoshoop from your videos. thank you

  • Reply robin saxena July 19, 2014 at 5:41 am

    i love blue lighting
     u r tutorial awesome

    u r great

  • Reply Professor B August 6, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    ur the best man!

  • Reply Jafer Albahli August 16, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    Wooow graeet job
    thankx dear
    I show all your tutorials thankx.

    But i ask. Is there tutorial in your channel to learn Illustretor in profissonal?

  • Reply Daya Nithi August 25, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    Explaining the details with your baritone voice – a treat to watch and learn'

  • Reply Daya Nithi August 25, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    Explaining the details with your baritone voice – a treat to watch and learn'

  • Reply Md. Atiqur Rahman Tuhin August 25, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    i remain that BLTV created awesome photoshop  tutorial  .always i see  and  like it.

  • Reply Ashok Shrestha August 26, 2014 at 8:31 am

    Which version of Photoshop is this?????

  • Reply DavidAWA August 28, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    Great tutorial.  Very clear.  I learned a lot.

  • Reply David Croft September 19, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    I watch hundreds of video tutorials about Photoshop, and yours are the most professional ones that I have ever seen. Well done, and thank you.

  • Reply Adolfo Rodas September 25, 2014 at 3:48 am

    Excellent! I always wanted to learn this effect. Thanks!

  • Reply Joe Scrogham October 1, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    First big thanks for the videos!!

    Second, I'm having an issue. I followed your tutorial a few times and maybe it was just the image I was using but, I could see where the layer mask stopped on my portrait.  The portrait I used the girl has hair over her forehead and it's very difficult to select the skin without getting the hair. It's also very obvious. I can even see it on the one you use in the video. It just looks kind of grey. Is there a better method to select skin that is partly covered with hair?  It may be that I just can't use this technique on pictures like that but, I wanted to ask.

  • Reply Kidnapillai Pratharb October 20, 2014 at 4:49 am

    First big thanks for the Great videos!

  • Reply Ata ul aleem Qureshi October 21, 2014 at 10:05 am

    Hi the best videos you have on you tube just simple and effective…..i have a question to ask if i want to give shining to hair what should i need to do….thanks a lot in advance

  • Reply Nilesh Parmar October 22, 2014 at 6:59 am

    Great tutorial thank you

  • Reply Katrin November 2, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    Hi dear. Thanks for the useful video, just one question, how to group all the layers in one pic in the end? You did not mention that. Thanks again

  • Reply José Parcerisa November 14, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    Excellent my friend, thank you for sharing…

  • Reply Hamzah Sharawi November 19, 2014 at 4:08 am

    about the Vibrance adjustment
    its not excite in CS3 ?  

  • Reply tpronko1 December 27, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    I really like this tutorial but it's not working for me with CS5. I've tried numerous different portraits and get the same result: when applying the Diffuse Glow, the effect causes severe darkening in the areas which should glow brighter.  This is with Diffuse Glow settings of 0/2/6. Here is a sample of what I get –

  • Reply Don Johnson January 4, 2015 at 7:26 am

    I Just love it when you find just what your looking for. This is the best and Easiest tutorial I've seen.

  • Reply DarkScar100 January 10, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    when i use the Defuse Glow i only darkened the picture even more! i put the Grainines to 0 the Glow Amount to 0 and the Clear Amount to 20 and it looks normal! just like the original! if i try to do anything else it just darken up the picture! ive been trying with diferent pics and still it doesnt work!

  • Reply mmr9400 January 28, 2015 at 5:22 am

    Great Videos Marty. I always love your way of explaining. One thing I notice with my Photoshop CC is that when I click on 'Filters', the 'Filter Gallery…' option is grayed out. Is this something they did with latest upgrade? In that case, what options do I choose?

    – Mahesh

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  • Reply Clipping Photoshop February 26, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    Wow! its really helpful and easy to follow. I will follow all of your tutorials. Thanks.

  • Reply Placido March 9, 2015 at 12:46 am

    Really great video Thank You so much for this,instructive and easy to understand.

  • Reply shadman al rashid April 3, 2015 at 9:19 am

    Thank u so much 4 d nice n vry helpful video..

  • Reply DIANAZIMM April 29, 2015 at 11:54 pm

    This is awesome. Thanks so much. Great tutorial.

  • Reply Lisa schmierer May 28, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    Thank you for giving commands and showing them.  You are amazing.

  • Reply Jahid Hassan Rakib June 6, 2015 at 8:47 am

    Thanks Bro 😀 ….

  • Reply Thien Sun June 24, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    Can you show more slowly for next tutorial? Thanks

  • Reply Sinoako Resident August 8, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    wow I LOVET Marty ♥ thanks so much wow yeahey 😀

  • Reply Mark's English Academy August 8, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    Such great tutorials!! Thanks! 🙂

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    Great presentation

  • Reply abdulrahim morsi October 16, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    great tutorial

  • Reply Kainku Chanteq November 27, 2015 at 8:48 am

    such a great tutorial. i do understand all your words, thumbs up for your pace. I need to practice it!. Thank you so much

  • Reply sampath raju December 10, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    how to download the software that u r used in the above video plz… guide me how to download it

  • Reply Louwise Mans December 24, 2015 at 5:45 am

    Absolutely FABULOUS!!!!

  • Reply Demon Lov January 8, 2016 at 4:28 am

    Best tutorial I've seen in a long time!

    Tnx a lot!

  • Reply Shanika Fernando January 21, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    wow amazing. thnx 4da tips

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  • Reply stories February 5, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    Thanks it is very helpful

  • Reply CastleRecordz February 15, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    My filter gallery is greyed out. Do you know why?

  • Reply Farhad Sahil February 24, 2016 at 5:30 am

    thank you far this amazing tutorial

  • Reply Dashing Anwar April 7, 2016 at 10:00 am

    great boss 😀

  • Reply Ishtiyaq Ahmad April 12, 2016 at 11:34 am

    very nice

  • Reply RusHetaFan April 19, 2016 at 3:37 am

    Damn, my photoshop doesnt have Vibrance

  • Reply Cloud Dancer April 24, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    Make sure your foreground color is set to black for diffused glow.

  • Reply Peter Davidson May 3, 2016 at 12:27 am

    You have a new fan sir. Great tutorial.

  • Reply Kinky Suuu May 9, 2016 at 11:56 am

    this is what ive been looking for thank you!

  • Reply Vocaloid Media June 10, 2016 at 8:46 am

    LOL no offence but, she is look like Vladimir Putin girl version xD

  • Reply ecorestudio June 18, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    very good tutorial, thanks

  • Reply veera venkata nagendra July 7, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    I am a graphics design student ,your tutorial's help my studies.thank you …………

  • Reply Lepido August 24, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    What about the group? Before the last step (Diffuse glow filter). I don't know what I've to do with the group. Sorry.

  • Reply Afish rana October 9, 2016 at 4:35 am

    how can convert on photoshop 7

  • Reply Stephen Booth October 11, 2016 at 9:09 am

    Can you tell me where I am going wrong, as soon as i go to filter- filter gallery, I cannot see my photo , I just get a grainy background

  • Reply SAAD MOGHNI May 7, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    dont know who are these 57 stupid people who dislike your video

  • Reply Sudip SH creation May 28, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    very vry nice sir………
    i want to more photoshop tutorial …………

  • Reply 2012isRonPaul November 16, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    my picture just turned red with the first filter

  • Reply Be Indian March 21, 2018 at 4:22 pm

    Awesome work

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