Published on Wed, Sep-15-2010 by Anant

Create Beauty Woman Effect in Photoshop

In this Photoshop tutorial you will learn how to add light effects to your photo and create cool photo effect from your usual image. Step by step, we will show you tips how to work with lights in Photoshop. Mainly, we will works with layers, blending modes, brushes, and we also will use some textures and stock images. As you can see from the final image preview, you can add a very stylish light effect to your image and share it with your friends. Furthermore, I think that kind of image could very well look on the wall.

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Final Image Preview

Beauty Woman Effect


Lets start with the beautiful stock photo of a girl/model. Here I used the stock from shutterstock and cut out the model using Pen tool or using channel. I generally used Pen tool and then use channels for hair extraction. There are lots of tutorials available on the net for cropping, just follow any of them.

Beauty Woman Effect


Download some grungy backgrounds available on Deviantart and Sxc.hu, place them. What I did I extract the model and I use that background only. It has grungy texture.

Beauty Woman Effect

Next I made a new layer and fill it with Diagonal gradient of colors: 621f80 and 00b4e5. Erase some part mainly the face and body and change the blending option to Soft light and opacity to 90-95%

Beauty Woman Effect

Duplicate the gradient layer and reduce its opacity to 45%. Now it looks much better. You can use any of the gradient combination of your choice, it will give different results .

Beauty Woman Effect


Create a new layer and then apply image. Make another layer and use splatter brushes. You can find splatter brushes on many sites. I used Hi-Res Splatter Brushes by Bittbox. It doesn’t matter which color use now. Now hide this layer and make a new layer apply image and then unhide the splatter layer then go to Layer -> Create clipping mask or (Alt + Ctrl + G). What it will do is that the current layer will be masked only where is the brush. Now select Move tool and move the image

Beauty Woman Effect

Beauty Woman Effect

You will get the desired effect. To get more colors brush on the layer with Soft air brush, I painted with magenta and light blues.


Repeat the above process on different positions where ever you like.

Beauty Woman Effect

Beauty Woman Effect


Make a new layer, fill it with black and change the blending option to Color dodge and lower the opacity to 77% and start brushing with a large Soft edge brush of color 696a70, and magenta and pink. This will add some brightness to the background

Beauty Woman Effect


Now make a new layer and apply image (go to Image -> Apply image) then go to Filter -> Distort -> Wave click on randomize button 3-4 times. Hit the layer mask button and paint with black to clear out the model.

Before layer mask:

Beauty Woman Effect

After layer mask:

Beauty Woman Effect


Lets create a New Layer and apply the image (Shortcut: CTRL + ALT + SHIFT + E) now go up to Filter -> Stylize -> Glowing Edges use these Settings:
(Edge Width – 3 | Edge Brightness – 9 | Smoothness – 1)
after applying the Glowing Edges Filter select the layer and go up to Image -> Adjustments -> Invert or press (Shortcut: CTRL + I). This should change the entire layer into white and black, change the blending options of the layer to Multiply or divide in CS5 lower down the opacity to 15%. It will give you more intensity to the colors.

Beauty Woman Effect


Now its time to add some smoke to her hands. I found the stock on deviantart and sxc.hu. Place it your canvas, scale it down to her right hand, desaturate it, blending option to Screen a increase the levels by hitting Ctrl + L . Slide the black triangle bar towards right.

Beauty Woman Effect


Its time to add some circles to the background, create a new layer and grab your Elliptical tool. Draw a selection on the canvas that corresponds with the flow of the image. After you have drawn your selection go to the little half filled icon on your Layers Panel at the bottom and select Pattern. I selected a skew line pattern to fit into the motion of the image. After you have selected your pattern and pressed ok, set the blending options of the layer to Soft Light and drop the opacity down to 22%.

Beauty Woman Effect


Lets add some more colors, create a new layer, fill it with black, change the blending option to Color dodge and start brushing around with these color. You free to use any colors of your choice I used: 784c13 4f4e0e 718290 718290.

Beauty Woman Effect

Beauty Woman Effect


I repeated the above around the corners of the image with 748694 and change the blending option to Color dodge.

Beauty Woman Effect


I again make a new layer and start to paint with 4f163b to her hands and legs as shown in the following image and change the blending option to Color dodge.

Beauty Woman Effect

Beauty Woman Effect


Now download the light streak. Then I placed near her shoulder and resize it converted into rasterize layer and then add a layer mask to it. Remove the unwanted light then finally change the blending option to Screen.

Beauty Woman Effect

Similarly I done it 3-4 times with different light streaks position it to the girl’s body, resize it and wrapped it

Beauty Woman Effect

Be sure to add layer mask to each elements to remove unwanted lights and further I use Pen tool to make lines of yellow and green color

Beauty Woman Effect


Next I add yellow, light blue and magenta (ec188f) lights to the streaks to have a glowing effect. Make a new layer and select Soft edge brush and reduce its flow 30-40%, change the blending mode to Screen.

Beauty Woman Effect

Again make a new layer selectthis color (fffb1d) and brush to the left hand side of the previous layer.

Beauty Woman Effect

Finally add some white light also to the image in the middle of the both light.

Beauty Woman Effect

After this make a new layer below the magenta light layer and add some white splatters.

Beauty Woman Effect


Repeat the process one more time to the light streaks near her leg and hands.

Beauty Woman Effect


Add some lines to the image, just select a harb brush of 2-5 px radius of any color of your choice after that click on Pen tool draw a diagonal line and right click and select Stroke path (make sure that simulate pressure box is checked) then hit OK.

Beauty Woman Effect

Beauty Woman Effect

Make a group of three lines and reposition them as shown in the image:

Beauty Woman Effect


Duplicate several copies of it position at different places on both sides of the model, see reference image below:

Beauty Woman Effect


Download some bokeh brushes from deviantart, I also download it from there. After selecting the brushes hit F5 key a brush palette will open and do the following settings:

Beauty Woman Effect

Beauty Woman Effect

Beauty Woman Effect

And start brushing on the canvas and also play with flow and opacity to get different results.


Now add some rectangles, select Rectangular marquee tool and draw a selection. On a new layer, fill it with white and then do the Motion blur: angle to 90 and distance 999. Finally change the blending option to Overlay and reduce its opacity. Add some drop shadow effect to the selection.

Beauty Woman Effect

Beauty Woman Effect


Hit Ctrl + T to transform and rotate it to angle 45 or 50 and duplicate many a times. Place it at the corners of the image see image below:

Beauty Woman Effect


Now make a new adjustment color balance layer and do the following settings:

Beauty Woman Effect

Beauty Woman Effect

Beauty Woman Effect


Make another adjustment layer of selective color and correct reds, yellow,blue, magentas . I experiment with different settings and values.


Lets add a new adjustment gradient layer of blue – red – yellow and reverse the gradient by checking the box, blending option to Soft light and opacity reduce to 11%.

Beauty Woman Effect


Add another black to white gradient layer, change blending to Soft light and opacity to 16%.

Beauty Woman Effect

Final Result: Beauty Woman Effect

Beauty Woman Effect

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47 Responses

  • Alex say:

    Awesome !!!

  • Childmonster say:

    So colorfu and great tut. But i really dont like her hair

  • Stan say:

    Great artistic ability, but the tutorial is ambiguous in several places, particularly in Step 3. Would love to see this again with a much more thorough explanation. Thank you-

  • virtual worlds for kids say:

    Just love how detailed your tutorials are. Awesome

  • fuat say:

    Awesome ! thanks

  • Amr Boghdady say:

    Wow, awesome tutorial you’ve got there !
    Great work !

  • nasrin say:

    very niceeeeeeee

  • logo templates say:

    Awesome tutorial. Each step is well explained. Thanks for the post.

  • Zoe say:

    Great tutorial, but I think should include the links to the exact textures/backgrounds you used, it would be a massive help! Thanks.

  • miriam say:

    esta cool

  • yow say:

    damn.tutorial’s great, but i can’t understand step 2.(how did that happen? what did he do? what happened?)how did the image went like that??) you need to explain further those tings man.but anyways, thanks for sharing your knowledge. :D

  • Harve say:

    Your Comments I agree with 11 when it comes to step 2. This effect is outstanding. However, the steps are difficult to understand for a novice.

  • peter say:

    cool effect

  • Alicia say:

    absolutely beautiful, your use of colors is amazing. thank you.

  • Unique say:

    hey…where’s the remainin tutorial??

  • creation site web courbevoie say:

    oui ce type de site c’est génial et le toto est parfait

  • indro say:

    Wher eis the rest of this tutorial?!?!

  • aline say:

    woooww really cool!

  • Francisco say:

    Where continue this tutorial after of the 3rd step??

  • Dainis say:

    indro, sorry for that issue. We fix it :) Enjoy.

  • Ali say:

    nice and very impressive tutorial

  • vijay say:


  • Ly Pham say:

    THis is amazing! Love the effect, looks amazing <3

  • Jordan say:

    can u send render?

  • MulYadi say:

    I’m from Indonesia are very pleased with the tutorials.thank you

  • BRiTTO say:

    Great tutorial!
    Thanks :-)

  • davewoe say:

    I wouldn’t say I’m a beginner, nor would I say I’m an expert on photoshopt. There’s many things I do well, but I’d rather consider myself an intermediate user. I ended up extremely confused on step 3 (ya, I know, step 3) when it says to “apply image” several times. What image am I applying? and what exactly do you mean by “apply image”?? It also keeps saying apply image throughout the tutorial, and I greatly need help with this please. Thanks.

  • shekast say:

    tanks for your help .very good .very funy and excelent

  • :) say:

    im confused with step 2 ;/ im not a pro or anything, but im just confused. how do i do it?

  • ehsan say:

    hi i am ehsan im from iranian .this picture is very beautiful &exciting.thanksfor you

  • Eline say:

    You are so creative and talented, you know that? The colors were beautiful, and your final result was absolutely stunning to watch.

    However, I think that you should try to explain things a bit more through, because there’s obviously a lot of confusion going around here.


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