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Old 12-15-2012, 11:12 PM
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Making an image "glow"?

(apologies if this is not the correct forum – please feel free to point me in the right direction if it is not)

I need to make a glow effect around the brush (see attached).

I have attempted this in Adobe Illustrator (using the "Outer Glow" effect) but I am distinctly underwhelmed by the results.

Can anyone suggest techniques in Photoshop that might give me better results. Essentially I am looking for a very strong/vibrant glow effect that really jumps out at you.

Any suggestions gratefully received.
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Old 12-16-2012, 09:59 PM
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Re: Making an image "glow"?

Outer glow works, or you can do it manually, or a combination of both.

I made a green Outer Glow, plus a teal glow manually, and used them together (sorry for the sloppy masking).

To do the glow manually, make a selection from your path, expand it, feather it, make a solid color adj layer below your object and use the selection for it's mask. Then you can tweak the mask with the Mask Edge dialog in later editions of PS.

Anyway, play with the spread, feather, blend modes, opacity, etc.
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Old 12-17-2012, 12:12 AM
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Re: Making an image "glow"?

You can't just whack a soft edge around a shape and call it a glow, your eye has to make sense of what it sees. Apart from the brush requiring treatment (eg. why would those dark grey bristles create a glow) the handle and it's hi-lites need fixing (bounced light etc). Sort out the lighting of the object first and adding the glow will be much easier.
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Old 12-17-2012, 08:34 PM
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Re: Making an image "glow"?

I used diffuse glow on a new layer set to overlay. Photoshop.
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Old 12-18-2012, 12:30 AM
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Re: Making an image "glow"?

Maybe this will help, something I wrote a few years back:
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Old 12-18-2012, 01:03 PM
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Re: Making an image "glow"?

I just made a rough selection of the brush, made two copies, filled the bottom copy with white, blurred it to taste and added an outer glow for more effect.

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