Glamour Photo Editing in Photoshop Elements

Make your own glamour shots with Photoshop Elements

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People once spent exorbitant amounts of money getting professional glamour shots made, but now you can now create your own glamorous self portraits with graphic design software. Glamour photo editing in Photoshop Elements requires some basic photo editing skills.

Instructions in this article apply to Photoshop Elements 2019 for Windows and Mac.

How to Create Glamour Photos in Photoshop Elements

There several things you can do to make yourself look glamorous in Photoshop Elements. To get started, open your image and select the Expert tab at the top of the workspace.

Open your image in Photoshop Elements and select the Expert tab at the top of the workspace.

Lower the Contrast

Decrease the contrast to make the image brighter:

  1. Select Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Levels.

    Select Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Levels.
  2. Select OK to create a new adjustment layer.

    Select OK to create a new adjustment layer.
  3. Drag the Midtone slider (the gray triangle between the top black and white triangles) to the left a bit to lighten the shadows.

    Drag the midtone slider to the left a bit to lighten the shadows.

Soften the Skin With a Layer Mask

Smooth and soften the skin by creating a layer mask:

  1. Right click the image layer in the Layers palette and select Duplicate.

    Right click the image layer in the Layers palette and select Duplicate.
  2. Select OK to create a duplicate layer.

    Select OK to create a duplicate layer.
  3. Select the new layer in the Layers palette, and then select the Add Layer Mask icon at the top.

    Select the new layer in the Layers palette, and then select the Add Layer Mask icon at the top.
  4. In the Layers palette, select the eye beside the original image layer to hide it from view.

    In the Layers palette, select the eye beside the original image layer to hide it from view.
  5. Select the Brush tool, set the color to Black, and then paint over the entire image except for skin.

    Remember to black out the eyes, lips, nostrils, and eyebrows.

    Select the Brush tool, set the color to Black, and then paint over the entire image except for skin.
  6. Double-click the photo icon inside the mask layer in the Layers palette, then select Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur.

    Select the photo icon inside the mask layer, then select Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur.
  7. Set the Radius to about 2 pixels, then select OK.

    Set the Radius to about 2 pixels, then select OK.
  8. Select the eye beside the original image layer again to view the image with the mask effect.

    Select the eye beside the original image layer again to view the image with the mask effect.

Make Your Eyes Pop

To make your eyes pop, perform some non-destructive burning and dodging:

  1. Select Layer > New > Layer.

    Select Layer > New > Layer.
  2. Set the Mode to Soft Light, check the box beside Fill with Soft-Light-Neutral color, and then select OK.

    Set the Mode to Soft Light, check the box beside Fill with Soft-Light-Neutral color, and then select OK.
  3. Select the Sponge tool, then select the Dodge tool in the Tool Options panel. Apply the tool to the eyes and any other part of the image you want to make brighter.

    The effect will be subtle, but it should still be noticeable.

    Select the Sponge tool, then select the Dodge tool in the Tool Options panel.
  4. Select the original photo layer, and then select the Sharpen tool. Adjust your brush size and set the Strength to about 50%, then apply the tool to your eyes.

    If the Sharpen tool is not visible in the toolbox, select the Blur tool, then select the Sharpen tool from the Tool Options panel.

    Select the Sharpen tool, set the Strength to about 50%, then apply the tool to your eyes.
  5. Select the Sponge tool. In the Tool Options panel, set the Mode to Saturate and the Flow to around 20%. Apply to tool to the iris of the eye (but not the whites).

    Select the Sponge tool, set the Mode to Saturate and the Flow to around 20%.

Add More Color to the Photo

Increase the saturation a little to give your face a warm glow:

  1. Select the original image layer, then select Enhance > Adjust Color Adjust > Hue/Saturation.

    Select the original image layer, then select Enhance > Adjust Color Adjust > Hue/Saturation.
  2. Move the Saturation slider slightly to the right, then select OK.

    Move the Saturation slider slightly to the right, then select OK.

When satisfied with your photo, you can save it as a PSD file or in your preferred image format.