How to give creamy skin brightener Photoshop effect


Today we are going to learn another technique to make glamorous look for portraits. So we need to follow some steps to do so. Today we are going to learn how to give your portrait a creamy bright effect using Adobe Photoshop. We will be learning this technique by using a portrait photo. In a previous article I tried to tell how to make give glamorous glowing skin tone using Adobe Photoshop. I am going to use the same photo of the model so that you can easily compare them.

Here is the image which I am going to use today to give a creamy bright effect.


The image preview after the “Creamy bright effect”.


As you can see, skin tones are subtle, not to mention there is a selective lighting effect applied to the image in order to highlight the key interesting points of the model’s beauty attributes. Let’s see how to craft this effect with the help of Adobe Photoshop!


At first, you need to open the photo you want to give “Black and White effect” in Adobe Photoshop. To open it in Adobe Photoshop click on the “File”. Then click “Open” and select the photo. You can also open the photo by dragging it to the Photoshop field. If you photo is in desktop then “left click” on the photo and drag it to the Photoshop empty field. Then loose the “Left click”. So you inserted the photo in Photoshop.



Creating a “Duplicate layer” is very easy and very useful for any kind of Photoshop work. It will preserve your original photo and edit the duplicated one. By this, you can reverse the command too. To open a “Duplicate layer” go to the layer option and click “Duplicate layer”. You can see a “Background layer” in the layer dialogue box.



I am going to use my background layer to give my image a nice glowing creamy effect, and since I’ll be adding a few more layers after that, let’s keep track of what I am doing with each layer by giving them more informative names than simply “Layer 1”, “Layer 2”, and so on. Double-click directly on the name “Background layer” in the layers palette and rename it to “Creamy effect”.



Now go to the “Channel” at the layer dialogue box. There you can see the individual selection of RED, GREEN, BLUE. Now click on the “Load channel as selection” tool at the bottom of the dialogue box (RGB should also be selected) as shown in the picture below.


You can see only the highlighted skin areas are selected ( shown in dotted line)



Now go back to the “Layer” option along with the skin areas are selected, now click on the “New adjustment level” option at the bottom and select “Solid color”. Now a color picker will appear. Pick a creamy color. I choose “f9edd1” for mine. You can use this one. To use this one simply write this number on the color area shown in the picture below. Click “Ok”.



You can see a very good result on your picture, it’s bright and have a creamy color. If you think it’s too much for your portrait, then go to the “Opacity”. Decrease the opacity level until you get the white level you want. I kept 60% for this photo. Consider this step as if you were adding foundation makeup to your model.


By providing that Creamy effect on your photo, it may reduce the black level of your photo. It also reduces the contrast. So we need to fix that without making any change of the Creamy effect. So now we need to select the dark area of our photo that the processing will only work at black space of the photo. To select the dark portions of the photo such as hair, eye shadows, follow the previous step of skin selection. Go to the channel and click on the “Load channel as selection” tool at the bottom of the dialogue box. You can see only the skin areas are selected. Now all you need to do to inverse it is press (shift+ctrl+I) altogether. You can see that only the dark areas are selected now.


Now we are going to add contrast to the dark areas of the picture. So go back to the “Layer” option along with the skin areas are selected, now click on the “New adjustment level” option at the bottom and select “Curves”. Now a curve dialogue box will appear. Now we will change the curve to give a good contrast. Here you can see a “Straight Line” which represents the whole RGB of your photo. You can give a good looking tone using “Tone curve”. But I need to change the contrast of definite color. So click on the “RGB”. Now here its showing RED, GREEN, BLUE particularly.

Select the “RGB” and change make the curve as shown in below.



Our “Creamy soft glowing effect” is almost done. But I think by doing this, photos become a little desaturated. So I need an increase the saturation of the photo. Now go back to the “Color fill” level at the layer box and click to the “New adjustment level” option at the bottom and select “Hue/Saturation”. Now increase the saturation a little to increase the color like previous.


Now go to the “Layer” option at the top and select “Flatten image” to flatten the layers. My preferred method to go over this step is to simply hit CTRL+SHIFT+ALT+E and do an instant of the image; that way, the original layers are kept in place and I can adjust the image later on if a client requests revisions for the work I did.


So here you can see how easy to give your portrait photo a creamy glowing effect. You can also check the glamorous glow effect to see the difference. Then you can use them together to have a wonderful portrait photo.

Be sure to consider the model’s original skin tone and makeup applied, as well as the clothes and background of the photograph. Since this effect automatically creates a warmer ambience, better not to abuse of the effect achieved or images will start looking “Photoshopped”, as people usually label unnatural digital post-production results.

Set a group of different Opacity values and compare them after you consider you finished your work. You might be surprised…

Good luck and see you next time!

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