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Glamour Effect

posted by Stromgren, Jul 17, 2007 2:55 PM — 46 comments

I'm using a picture of Britney Spears

Starting Picture:

Select the dodge tool and set range to shadows and exposure at 20%. dogde all over her skin with a soft brush to lighten her up. It will look like this

Now, select burntool and set range to highlights, Still with an exposure of 20%. Burn the dark areas of her skin, In thise case, her bag and under her arm. Choose and smaller brush and brush around her eyes, still with same range and exposure. Change the range to midtones and brush around her eyes again, now do the same with range at shadows. Brush a little around her mouth too.
Now it should look like this:

Duplicate you layer and desaturate it (ctrl+shift+u). go to filter->blur->gaussian blur and put radius for 1,1. Set blending mode for lighten and set opacity for 66%. Merge the to layers.
And now it will look like this:

Push the little black and white "moon" under your layers, Choose a gradiant map with following settings:

Push the moon again and choose brightness and contrast. Set brightness for +7 and contrast til +11

Set the blending mode to darken

Push the moon again and chose levels, Use following settings:

And here's the final result:

Hope you got inspired :)

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1. posted by calvinh, Jul 21, 2007 8:00 PM

Bad tutorial.
You really think that looks good?

lg Calvin

2. posted by adalove, Jul 22, 2007 1:16 AM

I appreciate your work and time making this tutorial.

3. posted by uazikoff, Jul 22, 2007 11:58 PM


4. posted by gabe123, Jul 25, 2007 11:01 PM

an interesting concept,
but perhaps better applied some where ells =)

5. posted by Kassia, Aug 8, 2007 9:35 PM

Sorry mate i cant see a single difference.

6. posted by sagriffith, Aug 10, 2007 9:23 AM

I think the last two images are the after and before, in that order. It's really unclear though.

I would be careful using copyrighted photos without permission, even if it is for a tutorial.

I do appreciate your work on the tutorial though.

7. posted by gokoroko, Aug 11, 2007 12:54 AM

after is not different from after ;

8. posted by gokoroko, Aug 11, 2007 12:54 AM

sorry "from before"

9. posted by AndyD, Aug 14, 2007 5:59 PM

Appreciate your efforts but would prefer a Britney in the "before" state.

10. posted by Ozrien, Aug 16, 2007 1:53 AM

Much too pale, modeling shots such as these often rely on the colorful tone that one's skin has. A very pale tone such as the aftershot has screams (this photo was shopped)

11. posted by rubenshito, Aug 30, 2007 5:57 PM

I do appreciate your efforts and time to post this tutorial, but speaking frankly, we don't share the same vision about what 'glamour' is ;-) lol

12. posted by robertkur, Aug 31, 2007 5:41 AM


13. posted by t-florie, Sep 3, 2007 11:00 AM

I think she looks more sick than "glamour".

14. posted by alilly, Sep 20, 2007 2:03 PM

no difference, whats the clue?

15. posted by ArchaicArt, Sep 26, 2007 7:52 PM

It just makes her look... ghostlike. If you darkened her levels on the final image then it would look a little better.

Nice tutorial though.

16. posted by Eicats, Sep 26, 2007 10:57 PM

Glamour effect? Perhaps ghost effect, but even then it's not great. Sorry to say, but maybe tutorials are not your forte. You gave detailed steps, but it doesn't look like this would be something that anyone else would want to use.

17. posted by anangel09, Sep 27, 2007 5:22 PM

nothing has changed, bad tutorial

try again ;)

18. posted by henkelz, Sep 28, 2007 8:50 PM

Stromgren, I like your tutorial. Maybe britney is not the best subject to use, but I see this transformation working very well on an unexpressive portrait, making it more artistic and misterious.


19. posted by crester, Oct 7, 2007 8:52 AM

Omg! Zombie Britney!

20. posted by P5_Page, Oct 16, 2007 5:54 AM

I can see an application for this. You take the "glamourized" layer and maybe set it to an overlay or a multiply and you might get an interesting effect.
As far as this tutorial on it's own, you would have to do much more, enhance the black, make the skin more naturally tone.

I hope this is taken constructively.

21. posted by wlippo, Oct 17, 2007 6:20 PM

she looks ugly as hell that fuking bytch

22. posted by guggenheim, Oct 24, 2007 5:26 AM

Jodorowsky said, when asked for your opinion say only positive things. Then, no one asked for the opinion of the people who are just offending here. Thank you for your time and effort in trying to share knowledge, it is greatly apprecieated, be sure of that.

23. posted by jbmoocs, Nov 2, 2007 4:57 AM

Some times experimentation pays off and you come out with a novel technique. So cheers bro. All baggers best post a good tut on what they perceive is a good 'glamour FX' or else hush the ....up!

24. posted by supernovi, Nov 6, 2007 10:31 AM

No offence but it looks exactly the same as the starting picture. Interesting though.

25. posted by supernovi, Nov 6, 2007 10:32 AM

Ahhh sorry I saw my stupidity instantly after posting.

26. posted by wcearles, Nov 20, 2007 7:35 PM

Zombie that's funny lol!

27. posted by alinawaz, Dec 2, 2007 12:47 PM

gr8 change bro...
Pakistani Freelance Website Designer / SEO / DNN Specilist

28. posted by bananalex9, Dec 10, 2007 11:24 PM

Nice one :)

29. posted by magicooll, Dec 11, 2007 8:06 PM

Bad tutorial.
You really think that looks good?

I do appreciate your efforts and time to post this tutorial, but speaking frankly, we don't share the same vision about what 'glamour' is


30. posted by verdero, Dec 19, 2007 10:34 AM

Worst tutorial i`ve ever seen yet. Man u better grab a book and learn a lil before u start posting...

31. posted by froguz, Dec 19, 2007 12:11 PM

?? ??????????

32. posted by dusting87, Dec 26, 2007 2:10 PM

I like her!))

33. posted by dusting87, Dec 26, 2007 2:12 PM

by froguz ??????!!

34. posted by valerin0, Dec 26, 2007 3:27 PM

Try creating 2 new layers of the original.
on first copy blend to lighten / gausian blur to 20%
On second copy blend to darken, gausian blur to 10%, merge only the two copied layers and reduce merged layer to 50%
Now using the eraser tool set to 50% gently erase blur from eyes, mouth.
Finally merge the two layers together

35. posted by Giovanny00, Dec 30, 2007 2:33 PM

Quite simple tutorial, nothing inspiring at all...

Good job for doin' it!

36. posted by sabriel, Apr 7, 2008 4:34 AM

I dont wanna sound mean
But whats the difference?

37. posted by championi, Apr 7, 2008 5:11 PM

any picture of britney would have to be adjusted before it got published (cause she's a dog)... how you think you're gonna improve it more than the industry pro's i do not know!
Good effort though, i'd like to see it on a proper picture... see if it does work.

38. posted by Prostyles, May 29, 2008 10:19 PM


39. posted by famousltd, Jun 16, 2008 10:09 PM

i'll tell you all what to do with this picture. go to filter>reduce noise. lessen the quality just a bit (doesn't really lessen but changes quality) and it should come out to your liking :D quicker than surface blur and with no layers necessary for those quick touch ups you don't really want to put too much time on.

40. posted by ahknk, Jul 8, 2008 9:13 AM


41. posted by surgio, Aug 2, 2008 3:12 PM

A few points. I noticed that the last two images are the before and after. Quick way to make the effect less subtle but still clear. Before you start duplicate the first layer and then when all is said and done make sure you have two layers, the original and the one that you did all the modification to. Then change the modified layer (which should be on top) To Luminosity Blend mode, reduce to 60 percent.. viola.

If you wannna try it quickly just copy and paste the first image into photoshop and the second to last image on top of that one. (Don't use the last image, it's slightly offset and the effect won't work as well)

Beginner's Tip: if you're copying an image and pasting it into photoshop, whenever you make a new image the dimensions will be taken from the clipboard (if there is an image on the clipboard.)

Meaning if you copy the image above and go into photoshop just hit
"CTRL + N" (new image),
Enter and
"CTRL + V" (Paste)
The image will be perfectly placed into the document without any excess space around it.

Incidentally you can get a similar effect by setting your foreground and background color to their default colors of black in white (Just hit "d" on the keyboard) and selecting Filters>Distort>Diffuse Glow

42. posted by cindyd100, Aug 3, 2008 12:06 AM

I think this is absolutely great!

A masterpiece and could easily see it on the cover of Vanity Fair. Anyone remember the photo/poster of Sharon Stone at the Apple convention in the early 90's that won FIRST PLACE? Same effect here. Took almost all of her color (almost B&W) out of a plain old boring anyone-can-take color photo, and turned it into a surreal looking, but sexy effect. I love how all her back moles are gone!


43. posted by thaiseo, Aug 4, 2008 9:43 PM

Thanks for cool article.

44. posted by redphoto, Oct 10, 2008 5:32 PM

tooooo baaaad

45. posted by i8pikachu, Feb 4, 2009 9:02 PM

I don't see a difference between the starting and finished images.

46. posted by SweeetS, Aug 9, 2009 6:51 AM

I prefer the original photo than the one you made of it... not a bit glamourus...

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