How to Give Your Subjects a Healthy Glow in Photoshop


Photoshop Elements can be used in the same way to give your subjects a healthy glow and bring the luster back to old, faded pictures. In this tutorial, you will learn to make a pale-looking subject look livelier while filling in the gap between her front teeth.

  • Select [File]-[Open] from the menu bar. The Open dialog box appears.
  • Open the image
  • Select the Selection Brush Tool from the toolbar. In the options bar, set Brush to Soft Round, Size to 20 pixels, Mode to Mask, Hardness to 100%, and Overlay Opacity to 50%.
  • Brush over the face (excluding the eyes and mouth) and neck to mask them.

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  • In the options bar, set Size to 5 pixels. A smaller brush size enables you to select and add the hard-to-reach areas to the selection.
  • Select [Select]-[Inverse] from the menu bar. This inverts the mask.
  • Select [Enhance]-[Adjust Color]-[Hue/Saturation] from the menu bar.
  • In the Hue/Saturation dialog box, set Hue to -7, Saturation to +60, and Lightness to 0. Click OK. The unmasked area is selected.
  • Click [Select]-[Deselect] from the menu bar to remove the mask. The pinkish glow on the face and neck.
  • Select the Selection Brush Tool from the toolbox. In the options bar, set Size to 3 pixels. Select the lips to mask them.
  • In the options bar, set Mode to Selection. This will select the unmasked areas.
  • Select [Select]-[Inverse] from the menu bar. This inverts the selection so that only the lips are selected now.
  • Select [Enhance]-[Adjust Color]-[Color Variations] from the menu bar. In the Color Variations dialog box, click the Increase Red button once. Click OK. This gives the lips a healthy reddish tint.
  • Press [Ctrl] + [D] to deselect the lips.
  • Repeat steps 10 to 12 for the hair, using a brush size of 20 pixels.
  • Select [Enhance]-[Adjust Color]-[Color Variations] from the menu bar. In the Color Variations dialog box, click the Increase Red button and then the Decrease Blue button.
  • Click OK. The hair now has a healthier shine. Press [Ctrl] + [D] to deselect the hair.
  • Select the Zoom Tool from the toolbox. Click and drag the Zoom Tool over the two front teeth to magnify the area.
  • Right-click on the Lasso Tool in the toolbox and select the Polygonal Lasso Tool from the pop-up menu. Click and drag over the front teeth. The selection should reach up to the lips and include a little of the gap between the teeth.
  • Select the Clone Stamp Tool from the toolbox. In the options bar, set the Size to 10 pixels.
  • Hold down the [Alt] key and click on the left front tooth to make a clone.
  • Press [Ctrl] + [0] to view the entire image.
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About the Author: Justin Belden is a freelance web & graphic designer with over 15 years' experience. He is also an Avid member of the Design/Development community and a Serial Blogger who loves to help people by sharing interesting and informative tips and trick related to computer and technology.

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