Halloween Photo Effect: The Evil Eye

This tutorial will show you how to use the Lens Flare filter to create sinister B-movie glowing eyes (AKA the Evil Eye) effect in Photoshop.


[Step: 1] First, I’m going to darken the image using the gradient map. So, Open your image (ctrl +o), go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Gradient Map and change the gradient to black to white.


[Step: 2] Now change the layer mode of your ‘Gradient Map 1’ layer to ‘Multiply’


[Step: 3] You can duplicate your ‘Gradient Map 1’ to make the image even darker.


[Step: 4] Duplicate your background layer, and place it on top of the stack of layers


[Step: 5] Now select you ‘Background copy’ layer, go to Filter > Render > Lens Flare. Choose the 105mm prime option, set the Brightness to 100 and position the flare over the subject’s pupil.


[Step: 6] Repeat the Step 5 one more time to add a flare effect to the other eye


[Step: 7] Add layer mask to your ‘Background Copy’ layer, set your foreground color to black


[Step: 8] Click on your layer mask, choose a brush tool, set the brush size, play with the opacity, and start painting on the image to reveal the darkened image we did earlier.


7 Responses to “Halloween Photo Effect: The Evil Eye”

  1. nathan says:

    hehe, simple and effective.

    nice tutorial, keep it up!

  2. I like it.
    Yeah, simple, to the point and like any good tutorial it didn’t need any stupid downloads.
    Just open it up and get to work. No magical plugins or brushes or anything; the way it should be.

    Thanks for sharing, I MUST give this one a go.

  3. Stefano says:

    Well I doubt this needed a tutorial… If you don’t know how to do this by yourself, you shouldn’t even be using your illegal copy of photoshop :/ (Be honest, which legal user wouldn’t know this? You just don’t spend a few thousand bucks on software when you can’t even use a fricking filter…

  4. Tania says:

    Excellent tutorial! I tried with a random image and it looks just awesome, a very cool effect!!! Thank you very much for sharing it!


  5. Your a douche bag, I think it was a good tutorial.. infact it’s fantastic.

  6. amit says:

    its fantastic evil image soft

  7. cybapirate says:

    I second that 😀 thanks for the tutorial 😀

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