Frozen Star Eye Tutorial


In this Photoshop tutorial you will learn how to create a frozen glamorous look in the skin of your portraits!
All you need is the photo of a face or a closeup of it. I’ll be working with the following one throughout this tutorial:


This one will be named Layer 01.

Step 1: Pupil shape modification

I usually refrain from using contact lenses in my photoshoots since the close ups tend to betray their pixelated/ printed nature.

So for this natural looking pupil, we are going to achieve and out of this world look by using the Smudge tool or Filter>Liquify and then some dodge/burn tool for refining. You can achieve some amazing shape results on the pupil like creating geometric shapes or even resemble animal eye shapes by using their reflections as inspiration.  Here i chose the fancy shape of a star. Remember to follow the radial direction of the Iris when smudging so the results look more realistic.


Step 2: Basic photo retouch

I prefer to do a clean up of the wrinkles/dark circles/excess veins/spots/freckles before i proceed on the color editing.

Using the stamp tool, and healing brush tool you can hide most of the skin flaws but try not to over do it and end up with a plastic looking result.


Step 3: Freckle digital removal

In this case, to remove the remaining freckles from the skin, you can use the following technique if you have Adobe Photoshop CS3 of higher version:

♦ Duplicate the Layer 01 and name it Layer 02.  From now on if you need to merge layers you will do it from Layer 02 and up in order to have layer 01 as a safe backup to refer to in case something goes wrong..

♦ Create a new Black and White adjustments layer


♦ Then you can experiment with the sliders to bring out the best looking tones through contrast.

Here i entered the following values:

Reds: 150 Yellows: 60 Greens: 0 Cyans: 100 Blues: 100 Magentas:100


Set this Adjustment Layer to Screen blending mode

Here is what we 've got  so far:


It's starting to freeze already!

Step 4: Color adjustment

Make a new Color Balance adjustment layer on top and enter the following settings:


Step 4: Intensifying the Iris

♦ Go to Layer 02.

♦ Hit (M) key or Choose the Selection tool from the Tools menu and Use this tool to make selections on your image, in a certain shape. If you press on the little Black arrow on the corner of the button for a few seconds you will see a sub menu appearing with othe selection shapes for you to choose. Click on Elliptical marquee tool.  Or you can even switch between eliptical and rectagular form  by pressing Shift+M as many times as you like.


♦ Holding down the Shift+Alt Keys while dragging from the center of the pupil will create a circular selection. (The Shift key restricts the shape to a perfect circle, while the Alt key sets the center of the circle to where your cursor started.)

♦ Press Shift+F6 or Go to Menu>Select>Modify>Feather and choose somewhat between 20-30 pixels. This will make a smoother fading transaction to the edges of your selection


♦ Hit Ctrl+J. This will create a New layer with your pasted selection.

♦ Drag this Layer on Top of all the other ones and set it to Linear Dodge Blending mode..

♦ Now Use the burn tool in Shadows mode to burn the edges of the Iris and intensify the look



Step 5: Digital makeup

If you are using a digitiser (e.g.: a Wacom Pen) you can draw further details like eyelashes or airbrush the eyelids to add some make up colors on.

♦ Add a new layer on top of them all, Color pick the eyelids sampling all Layers and paint larger eylashes if needed(normal blending mode)

♦ Create another layer on top and draw the eyeliner with a soft semi hard medium dark blue brush


and set the layer's blending mode to Overlay.


Step 6: Digital glitter on skin

For the glitter effect you can overlay a glitter stock  picture or you can do it manually like this:

♦ Hit (B) to Select the brush tool and go to the menu that appears on the top.

♦ Here you will select a size 3 hard edged round brush as a base.


♦ Press F5 key to make the Brushes Pallete appear.

♦ Now for the settings do as follows: (don't forget to remove the dual brush tick)



♦ Depending on the size of your photo you may need to play around with the settings of spacing and scattering.

♦ For the Color Dynamics You will need to experiment with the needs of your image. Do this basic setting and experiment choosing Pale bright foreground and background colors for your glitter. I chose a pale lilac and a pale minty green. You can change colors during the process to get more color depth and iridescent look.


♦ Now its time to paint the glitter on a new empty Layer. Use the brackets [  ] to change the size of your brush while painting in order to have variety and more natural look. Set the layer to Overlay or color Dodge mode.


Step 7: Final Overall color fixes

Since i want to create a great contrast in this image to accentuate the iciness of the skin and it's cold look i will try to darken some areas to create a contrast and a more visual interest.

♦ Using a large Soft round brush in medium opacity i will paint some areas in a new layer set to Overlay blend mode


Step 8: Bringing out the details

Some Sharpening and its finished!

♦ Sellect all layers, Duplicate them and Merge them. Apply Filter>Sharpen>Smart Sharpen

(Ammount 60, Radius 0,7)

Final Result:


You can do some practice it using one of my stock images here and here