(NOTE: This post was part of a previous domain and comments were not migrated over.) I love me some Amanda Seyfried. And here she is, being her usual adorable self:

However, she might look even more adorable if we gave her skin a bit more of a youthful glow-y effect via Photoshop! How do we do that? A few simple steps! 🙂

Step One: Duplicate Your Background

Open your image up in Photoshop and make a copy of your image (“background layer”) first. Do this by going to your top menu, selecting “Layer > New > Layer Via Copy.” Once done, you’ll see you have a second layer called in your Layers Palette called “Background Copy” or possibly “Layer 1.” Same deal.

Step Two: Change Blend Mode to Overlay

With your “Background Copy” layer selected in your palette (highlighted in blue), change your Blend Mode in the drop-down menu to “Overlay.” You’ll notice lovely Amanda now has a major contrast effect going on! This is okay!

Step Three: Adding the High Pass Filter to Your Layer

With your “Background Copy” layer selected, we’re going to add the “High Pass” filter to it. To do this, go to your top menu and select “Filter > Other > High Pass.” A little window should pop up, allowing you to select the strength of this filter. The higher the number, the more noticeable (and possibly unrealistic) our soft effect will be. For a photo this size, and to show more dramatic effect, I’ll set my filter to 8. Play around with this as you like – but anything from a 4-6 seems to work lovely on medium sized photos.

When you’ve done this, you might be a little confused as to why Amanda looks even MORE opposite of “glow-y” and think you’ve screwed up. You haven’t! We’re actually working her backwards, where the harsher she looks after this step, the more creamy she’ll look when we’re done. So next things next!

Step Four: Inverting the High Pass Filter

With your “Background Copy” highlighted, we’re going to invert the harshness we caused with our High Pass filter. To do this, go again to your top menu and select “Image > Adjustments > Invert.” Ta-da! Now Amanda is a strange – but GLOWY – blob. PERFECTION! Oh wait, nope. Because who wants a glowy blob? So in our next step, we’re going to tone down the blob effect and bring back a hint of reality! 😉

Step Five: Lowering Your Glowy Effect

With your top layer still selected, we’re going to tone down the glowly blob of face we’ve given dear Amanda. This is the step I tweak and mess with most often, so there is no “right” answer. But for the sake of this tutorial, let’s go back to our Layers Palette and turn the opacity of our “Background Copy” down to 70% (this is the little percentage slide bar next to the blend mode drop down where we set the “Overlay” piece). Now she looks more realistic, but the sharper details are missing!

Step Six: Bringing Back Details / Adding Layer Mask

With your top layer still selected, we’re give Amanda a little more detail. To do this, we first need to add a Layer Mask. At the bottom of your Layers Palette are several small icons. To add a Layer Mask, click the one that looks like a gray square with a white circle inside it. You should see a Layer Mask be added to the same row as our “Background Copy” row in your palette window, like so:

Step Seven: Bringing Back Details / Drawing On Layer Mask

With your layer mask still selected in blue, we’re going to essentially draw back some detail by painting black on the areas we want to be more crisp and sharp. To do this, make sure of a few things. (01): Put your brush size to a size that will only draw on the areas you want sharpened. I’ve set mine to 25 pixels (02) Select the “Brush” tool (03) Be sure your paint color is black (04) Be sure your Opacity & Flow are 100% for more drama (05) You’ll see your drawing appear here and not on the photo itself if you’re drawing in the correct space, so be sure this is highlighted in blue!

Holding your mouse down as you draw, paint black over the areas that should be more crisp and clear. Things like her eyes, nostrils, mouth, eyebrows, jawline, etc — leaving the brunt of her skin untouched. I also like to, depending on my ultimate goal, paint the background and hair “black” as well to bring back their fine detail and make her skin pop even more. When you’re satisfied, you should have a glowy-skinned Amanda and see where you’ve drawn black in your wee little Palette window! From here, you can also raise or lower the “Opacity” of your top layer to bring back or tone down the glow effect even more. Once you’re happy, just be sure to flatten your image before you save it by going to “Layer > Flatten Image.”

It’s subtle but now we can see how much better Amanda’s skin looks!

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(NOTE: This post was part of a previous domain and comments were not migrated over.) It’s Thanksgiving here in the States and I don’t have much planned. We’re actually painting a spare bedroom and then eating obscene amounts of mashed potatoes and onion dip! 🙂 I live life on the edge, I know!

I was going to post all the things I’m thankful for this year, but I realized what might be MORE fun is to show you guys that I’m thankful for YOU with a really (lame) and simple first freebie! If you haven’t noticed, I’ve started framing my photos on here in a very easy little Polaroid-y border (without the fat bottom like traditional Polaroid images). If you’ve got Adobe Photoshop, you can nab my layered PSD image by clicking here and use it to frame your images as well! It’s set to frame 600×400 pixel images but feel free to adjust as needed!

01. To use this, simply open it up in Photoshop. You’ll see that the frame border layer is called, “Polaroid Border,” and it hovers above the “Background” layer.

02. Once you have your 600×400 image ready, just paste it into the file. You’ll notice it puts your image on top of both the “Polaroid Border” and “Background” layers.

03. To fix this, just use your mouse to select the “Polaroid Border” layer. Hold your mouse down to drag it above your image’s layer so that the “Polaroid Border” layer is first before anything else.

04. Now that it is showing as needed, go to your “File” drop down menu. Select the option called, “Flatten Image.” You should see that you’re left with just one layer. Good! 🙂 Now you can save as a .jpg and use your image like normal!

Hope you like it! 🙂 The only thing I ask is that you credit me on your site for it and only use it for personal use — no commercial uses, please!