Have you ever wondered how to easily create a Glow effect in Photoshop? Well, I decided to put this easy-to-follow Photoshop Tutorial for the Graphic Designers that are still learning the tricks and shortcuts in Photoshop. Just to let you know, I’ll be using Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extended. So, are you ready to follow me through this quick and easy Photoshop Tutorial? Then let’s get started :)
1. – Go To “File” and “New…” to create a Fresh New Photoshop document. Set its parameters just like on the image below and then click “OK”: Width = 580 pixels, Height = 290 pixels, Resolution = 72 pixels/inch.
2. – Click on the “Paint Bucket Tool”, make sure the “Foreground Color” is set to Black (or #000000), and Click on the empty document to fill it all with the Black Paint. Note: you should still be with only one “Background” Layer and you can Save your work at any time you feel like you should.
3. – Create a New Layer by Clicking on “Create a new layer” button at the bottom part of the “Layers” Window. Change the “Foreground Color” to Cyan (or #87eefd). Click on the “Horizontal Type Tool” button and somewhere in the middle of the document type “Glow”. Click on the “Move Tool” button to manually align the text to where you would like it to be. Now, go to “Window” and “Character” to open and reset the font’s parameters as follows: Font Family = Arial, Font Style = Black, Horizontally Scale = 200 percent, and Anti-Aliasing Method = Crisp.
4. – Make sure the “Move Tool” button is still Clicked. Now, hold down the “Ctrl” key on your keyboard and Click on the “Glow” Layer’s “T” icon. This will Select the outer edge of the Word “Glow”. Create another New Layer by Clicking on “Create a new layer” button at the bottom part of the “Layers” Window. Go To “Edit” and “Stroke…” and make sure that you set the parameters as follows: Stroke’s Width = 1 px, Stroke’s Color should be same as “Foreground Color” at #87eefd. Location set to “center”. Blending Mode = Normal, Opacity = 100 percent, and Preserve Transparency is UN-checked. Click Ok when done. Turn off the “Glow” Layer’s Visibility by clicking on its eye icon, and DE-select the active selection on the document by holding down the “Ctrl” key on your keyboard and by clicking on the “D” letter key at the same time. Or you can just go to “Select” and “Deselect”.
5. – Now, Go To “Layer”, “Layer Style”, and “Blending Options…”, or just Double-Click on the empty space to the right of the new “Layer 1″ layer. The options window for Layer Style will appear. On the left side of this whole window, Click on the “Outer Glow” menu choice, but make sure to click on the words themselves and not just the check-box. Set the parameters as follows and then click “OK”: The Structure’s Blend Mode = Screen, Opacity = 100 percent, Noise = 0 percent, make sure the “Color of Glow” radio button is selected and NOT the “Gradient”. Set the “Color of Glow” to #26c2d9. Element’s Technique = Softer, Spread = 1 percent, and Size = 14 px. Quality’s Contour = Linear, Anti-aliased is UN-checked, Range = 50 percent, and Jitter = 0 percent.
You did it! You finished the Photoshop Glow Tutorial and while following it, you most likely learned some new shortcuts, tips, and tricks in working with Adobe Photoshop’s software. Below is the example of the finished image, but don’t stop there, go ahead and play around with different fonts and colors. If you’ll choose just the right color and font you can match your word to look like Tron’s theme neon glowing colors. Also, feel free to show your work of by providing a link to it in the comment section below ;)
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