Definition of Photoshop Glow Effects
Glow effects can be defined as an effect that is used by graphic editors for applying glowing texture in any object or in any text or in any image with the help of some important tools and techniques of this software and also for enhancing the light effect on that object. Glow Effect is one of the exciting features of this software and can make your work more effective.
How to Apply Glow Effect in Photoshop?
Here in this article, we will learn how to apply Glow Effect on any object or image and understand its parameter in very easy steps. So let us start our learning for this task.
Step 1: First of all place an image in Photoshop. You can take any image whether it is your own or downloaded from the internet. Now open that folder where you have been saved your image. For placing it pick that image from that folder and drop it in Photoshop software as I did.
Step 2: After adjusting the image at its proper place take the Rectangle tool from the tool panel of this software which is at the bottom end of the tool panel.
Step 3: Now make a rectangle of any size like this.
Step 4: Select Shape in this property of Rectangle.
Step 5: Turn off the Fill option. For that, go to the Property bar of the rectangle which is at the top and click on Fill option then select the cross mark icon of the color box.
Step 6: There is also a Stroke option in the property of a rectangle. Choose the color of the stroke by click on the box of stroke. I will choose white color. You can choose any color which you want to use in the Glow Effect.
Step 7: Now increase the thickness of stroke from this box. You can choose the thickness of the stroke according to you. I will set 40 pt as the thickness of the stroke of my rectangle.
Step 8: Now press Ctrl + T keys to active transformation selection on the rectangle and rotate it according to you.
Step 9: I will adjust it like this. Now take Path selection tool from the tool panel which is at the bottom end of the tool panel.
Step 10: And right-click on the anchor point of any one corner of the rectangle. A drop-down list will open. Choose Delete Anchor Point option from here. I am doing this for making Triangle shape. You can use this rectangle as it is for your glow effect purpose.
Step 11: Now adjust this triangle according to your image. We will adjust this triangle in this way so that the glow effect will clearly match with the image.
Step 12: Now go to the layer section which is at the right-hand side of the working screen and right-click on the rectangle layer. A drop-down list will open. Choose ‘Blending Options’ from here.
Step 13: When you click on ‘Blending options’ of the drop-down list, a layer style box will open. Choose the Outer glow effect option from this box by click on it and make the checkmark ‘On’ of the Outer Glow effect.
Step 14: Now click on the color box of this effect. When you click on this box, a Color picker box of Outer Glow will be open. Choose your desired color from here. I will choose this color.
Step 15: Now make the Opacity of this effect up to 90%.
Step 16: Now go to the Elements section of this effect. Make changes in the spread value and size value of the glow effect. Here when I take 30% spread value and size value about 40 px then the effect will look like this.
Step 17: And when I decrease spread value and increase size value then the effect will look like this. You can check the effect by changing the values of these two properties. I will go with the second set.
Step 18: If the color is not relevant to your image then change the color by click on the color box.
Step 19: You can change the color of the glow at any time and analyze which color will suits your image better.
Step 20: Now we will make this rectangle as a raster image. Because this shape is in vector form. For making it raster, just make right-click on the rectangle layer. A drop-down list will be open. Choose the Rasterize Layer option from here.
Step 21: Now we will make the style of this layer also as a raster image. Again make right-click on this rectangle layer and choose ‘Rasterize Layer Style’ from the drop-down list.
Step 22: After this, you can see the border of the rectangle becomes sharp. So Choose the ‘Screen’ option from the drop-down list of properties of this layer.
Step 23: Now decrease the opacity of this rectangle from the property of the rectangle which is above the rectangle layer.
Step 24: Now we will erase the unwanted area of this rectangle. Take the Eraser Tool from the tool panel of this software. Set the size of the Eraser according to your requirement from the property bar of this eraser tool.
Step 25: Now erase the unwanted section of rectangle according to you. I will erase this section.
Step 26: And this section also.
- In this way, you can add a glow effect to any object.
Step 27: You can also use ellipse shape for giving a glowing effect in this image or any shape which you like. Just make an ellipse shape by using a shape tool.
Step 28: Then follow the same step as we did in previous and adjust this according to you.
- Like this, you can add glow effects in any object or image.
Now after this article you can have an idea about Glow Effect in Photoshop software and you can use it in your project work without any difficulties. You can make the variation in the Glow effect by adding some other features of this software in it and utilize this effect as a good means of presentation of any project.
This is a guide to Glow Effects in Photoshop. Here we learned basic concept, how to apply the Glow Effect on any object or image and understand its parameter in very easy steps. You can also go through our other related articles to learn more –