How to create a glossy photo?


Question

I have seen photos that have a nice glossy sheen or shine to them when viewed on the web. I would like to replicate this view but in searches I am only able to find how to do this with text or icons and have had poor results trying to make this looks good and realistic with a photograph. How can this be done for a photograph? I am not sure where to begin.

Note: I am using Photoshop CS6 to edit photos.

What I Have Tried

Here is the original photo before I have done anything with it:

Photo Without Gloss

Here is the photo after I have attempted to add a gloss look to it:

Attempt at a Photo with a "Gloss" Look

Here are the settings used for the gloss photo:

Settings Used for gloss look.

The adjustments were done as Adjustment Layers and the Gradient Fill is Transparent to Solid White (#FFFFFF)

The example photo is Creative Commons BY-SA License and attribution goes to: AngMoKio. The photo can be found here.

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7/10/2012 8:45:00 PM

Accepted Answer

It would be great if you could post an example of the effect you want to achieve.
If you're looking just for a soft highlight like below then you can achieve that easily with layer styles, either using satin or bevel & emboss.
If you're looking for a sharper edge, use a separate shape layer and add a gradient.

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7/12/2012 2:35:00 PM

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