Boring to Awesome – Portrait Dual Lighting Effect with Glowing Edges in Photoshop

Boring to Awesome – Portrait Dual Lighting Effect with Glowing Edges in Photoshop

In this photoshop manipulation tutorial, learn how to create amazing dual color tone lighting portrait effect using realistic inner and outer glow in photoshop. ►Download PSD file: ►Download Photo to practice:

Select the main subject that you want to add the effect and cutout.
If your subject is more complicated to make a selection then i suggest you to use refine edge or select and mask tool.
Now apply gaussian blur and glowing edges filters to the layer.

Create right hand side lighting using gradient fill and also add light color and soft lighting using solid color adjustment.
Change color fill layer blending to multiply and soft color lighting to soft light. It gives shining diffused spotlight style to the image.

Repeat step 2 on the left hand side as well, or simply duplicate right side light layers and change the direction.

Now group all layer except the original background, CTRL + G keyboard shortcut and name it “Dual color lighing”.

We finished the most complicated part. Now lets focus on additional elements like sharpness, inner glow and outer glow.

Increase contrast

Enhance the details with high pass filter and change blending to hard light.

To achieve realistic look, i will also add inner and outer glow lighting to the edges.
Add any solid color adjustment and reduce fill to zero.
Select inner glow layer style. keep structure , elements and quality as shown in above video.
Similarly add outer glow as well.

Add vignette effect to draw viewer attention to the center of the frame.

Create background with texture (using clouds filter) and some noise.
Place background group above original background layer and add layer mask (cutout Selction).

All the layers are editable, so we can go to any settings any time and tweak the layers to your liking.
For example if we want to minimize the outer glow, simply click on layer style option and lower its opacity.
If you want to change the colors of the lights, then open dual color lighting group.
Double click on light color fill thumbnail and select colors of your liking.
we need to change soft color light gradient fill also to the same color.

That’s it. We’re done.

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50 replies
  1. Thomas Lerner
    Thomas Lerner says:

    Great video !!. No one teaches on youtube with such detailed steps (most of videos are only with music in background and someone doing some keyboard shortcuts). Thanks for showing and walking through every step !!

  2. Areli Z. Dinamarca
    Areli Z. Dinamarca says:

    the result image is great, but sadly is really hard for me to understand you since english is not even my first language. But you work looks awesome! Nice job!

  3. 8Bitofit
    8Bitofit says:

    It seems that this method only works for certain Pictures. I did the exact same Thing with a Picture i took myself and the result ist just terrible. You should have said how to adjust to different persons (and their lines because the Hoodie clearly stands out in contrast to a "normal Person")…

  4. pink Fungi
    pink Fungi says:

    your might not have a pleasing voice but that was a great tutorial i mean you didn’t captivate us much but damn is the result lit

  5. Hilary C
    Hilary C says:

    I got through it easily as it’s just another little trick to learn (thank you), but the music made hearing you very difficult.

  6. Alberto Oyola
    Alberto Oyola says:

    You obviously know what you are talking about, but I can’t understand your instructions due to your accent. It would help if you had caption text with your video. I loved the video,
    but it was hard to follow.


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