Okay, so, Shelby (jjustintaylor) did me a favor and looked at my scilesreversebang art for me last night, and I threw this together for them because they were curious about something I did on it. I can't post the original art itself, so I replicated the effect and I'm showing it here.

Please note this was done in Photoshop CS6. Shouldn't be hard to use in other programs, though, as long as they have layer modes (screen/color dodge/etc), gaussian blur, and you can adjust individual layer saturation.


1. Pick your image. I am using this image of Tyler Posey because wow, pretty. Open it in a new document in your program of choice.

2. Create a new layer. (If you're just tuning into PS for the first time, it's the button that looks like a post it note.)

(Quick aside: For the purposes of this tutorial, I'm using a brush from this brush set, but, as long as it is a transparent image (i.e., one that has no background to it, it's JUST the image you want) anything can really work. If you need help installing brushes, you can find that here.)

3. Using said brush, drop a circle wherever you're gonna want it. For this tutorial, I'll show it on both skin and eyes, like I did in the art. Please note this works best on darker images.

(Note: the blue circle is on a separate layer from the red, so if you're following this exactly as I'm doing it, then remember that.

4. Duplicate your circle layer(s) twice, so you have three of them.

5. Set the layer mode of your first circles layer to screen.

5a. If you're doing eyes, using Ctrl + U (command + U on macs) to adjust the lightness of the layer to +100, making it white.

6. Set your second circles layer to overlay, and your third circles layer to color dodge.

(...Do I have to include that picture? No? Good.)

7. Select your color dodge layer, go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur, and set it at 1.5 px.

(That gives it the sort of glow that you're looking for.)

Now, the following steps are dependent on what you're doing the effect on. So I'm going to break it down by which one I'm doing.


8: Duplicate your overlay layer and drag it below the screen layer. Set this layer to multiply.

You can mess around from here. Note that different colors will result in different appearances. For the color I've used (#0879be), my end result is this:

I also like to apply the blur effect to the overlay layer once I've duplicated it, which looks like this:

For eyes:

8. Create a new layer group, and put all of the circle layers for the eyes into the group. Set the group to the layer mode "vivid light".

9. Give the group a layer mask by clicking the little button at the botom that looks like a piece of paper with a circle cut out.

10. Using a hard round brush (color set to black), mask out the bits you don't want.

(This is what the thumbnail looks like.)

My end result is this (note: I didn't blur the overlay layer here):

You can mess with it from here.

If you're doing it with anything other than those, just remember that it works best on darker images/surfaces. (It's why I multiplied the layer for the skin section.)

If this made sense, yay? If not, I'm sorry. XD


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