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How to make glowing eyes in Photoshop?

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 try it out.

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

glowing eyes photoshop - how to make eyes glow in photoshop
glowing eyes photoshop

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 fully reduce the colors of the upper layer.

glowing eyes photoshop tutorial

Select the eraser tool, very small with a 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.

glowing eyes photoshop tutorial

So u will get something like this…

glowing eyes photoshop tutorial

Now to the interesting part.

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

glowing eyes photoshop tutorial

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 brightness or contrast)

glowing eyes photoshop tutorial

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

glowing eyes photoshop tutorial
glowing eyes photoshop tutorial - how to make eyes glow in photoshop

That’s it. I hope u liked this this glowing eyes Photoshop tutorial. Do you know of any other way of how to make glowing eyes in Photoshop?


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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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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