Glowing Monsters Eyes at Night – Easy Photoshop Tutorial

This tutorial moved permanently from due to technical reasons.

Ok, so this is going to be an ultra simple tutorial for making this image. It can add a lot of sexy and elegant yet creepy effect to any of your family photos, so since it’s a quick and easy tut I sincerely recommend you to try it out.

We used a picture of Amy Lee, so for a start you need to get some photo to work with, though don’t forget that you need someone with light eyes, it wont work good enough on brown / black eyes.. discrimination, I know.

You can take the picture of Amy Lee that we used as her eyes are really bright.

Duplicate the layer.

Select the upper layer, and go to Hues / Saturation and reduce the colors of the upper layer fully.

Select the eraser tool, very small with sharp edge, we used 5px but u may want to work with even smaller size.

erase the upper (black n’ white) layer from the inside of the eye. Don’t touch the white area of the eye.

so u will get something like this…

Now to the interesting part.

Select the upper (colourless) layer again, and go to Brightness / Contrast.

The idea is to reduce both Contrast and Brightness dramatically, so that the face won’t be anything but a background anymore.

you will get something like this (feel free to play with the settings, depending on a photo, maybe you will need less or more of brightness or contrast)

For the final touch, select again the layer below (colored) and go to Hue / Saturation. We will add a bit contrast, so that the eyes won’t be that “pale” anymore, and will blend in better…

That’s it. Hope u liked this small tut.

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  • Reply Scrumz January 24, 2009 at 7:24 am

    oww, was it that simple?
    Nice tutorial, nice outcome and easy to follow

  • Reply vizionz January 24, 2009 at 7:25 am

    nice, quite easy to do.. but you made a good tutorial, that’s what counts

  • Reply Sandcomics January 24, 2009 at 7:26 am

    Very nice , I love it. Simple too!

  • Reply Albrtd3 January 24, 2009 at 7:26 am

    Here’s my try at it:

    I didn’t want to upload it because I think the image might be too big.

    ALSO, while the tut doesn’t work with Brown eyes, you can allways change the eye color.

  • Reply IcEmAn January 24, 2009 at 7:27 am

    Great tut.

  • Reply Johnnie_Walker January 24, 2009 at 7:27 am

    Hi Lorelei!

    Nice tut

  • Reply Stormchaser January 24, 2009 at 7:28 am

    Yet another tut that I love. Thank so much Lorelei!

    Here’s what I did with it.

  • Reply GermanOnslaught January 24, 2009 at 7:29 am

    I also had my own go at this, taken from one of my pictures of myself, haha.

    In both, that is my actual eye color xD
    Just made more amazing thanks to this tut. <3

  • Reply Hally68 January 24, 2009 at 7:30 am

    What a great effect and yet with little effort involved

  • Reply Alquentro February 3, 2009 at 10:35 am

    this is awsome! it really works….great job, we’re waiting for more….:)

  • Reply akanata February 13, 2009 at 3:05 am

    Awesome, thank you! I tried this on a photo of me that had severe redeye, since my eyes are very pale, and it looks sooo cool.

  • Reply Vim March 19, 2009 at 9:28 am

    Nice tutorial, seems simple to do. This would be a good tutorial for beginners of photoshop!

  • Reply Erik April 22, 2009 at 9:32 am

    hey guys the pics arent working on the tut any chance of getting them back up again as mine examples rnt turning out like they should!?


    P.S – if possible please email when completed.

  • Reply Lorelei April 23, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    Sorry guys, on April 16th this blog moved to a new host and looks like some uploads gone missing. I am working on fixing this one!

  • Reply gNcWebmaster May 9, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Hmm.. Good work. Thank for tutorial..

  • Reply Marizza September 1, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    Good work! It’s a pleasure to know that the world owns photoshop – engineers like this one! Keep up the good work! Way2go!

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