Adobe Photoshop Glow Effects Training

Today we are going to practice some amazing glow effects, in combination with some PS standard filters. So let’s begin.

As usual create a new document and a new layer.

how to create glow effects

Fill the gradient with Reflected gradient (Black and White).

how to create glow effects

Now do this thing ? it will be explained later on.

Create a new Alpha channel use black-white gradient on it. Load the selection and use Ocean Ripple (only selected Area!).

how to create glow effects



how to create glow effects



how to create glow effects



how to create glow effects

Play with settings ? I chose this. And the result is:

how to create glow effects 

Well let’s ripple it a little bit more.

So I used Plastic Wrap filter to create more realistic water surface. Result:

how to create glow effects

Now let’s make some objects, on a new layer of course.

I’ve used my custom Objects like there ones:

how to create glow effects

The idea is to create something like magic trails.

More over I’ve played with object positions and have merged it creating one Non Vector layer.

how to create glow effects

I’ve also used some layer styles for this as well.
Color Mode ? Lighten:

how to create glow effects



how to create glow effects



how to create glow effects



how to create glow effects 

Result:

how to create glow effects

Now make 2 copies of Magic trail layer and Resize them like this ? and set the position like this:

how to create glow effects



how to create glow effects

Now copy the smallest layer several times ? (on upper picture it is ? Layer that has #1).

So here is what I did. It is very important the position of the layer. + I suggest you to create a layer Group (if you are using PhotoShop CS of higher) ? our group will be called ? TAIL!

how to create glow effects



how to create glow effects

Now it’s time to position all this crap. I will choose to set them in this way.

how to create glow effects

I’ve used Drop Shadow on layer 1 and 2 (on the Picture).

how to create glow effects 



how to create glow effects

And one more thing ? if you are satisfied with re result ? just Merge all the layers together ? (as you want actually) I’ve merged only TAIL.

how to create glow effects

Man tire of this mouse business ? let’s paint create a top Payer a go!

Use soft brush with minimum Flow settings (let’s say ? 10% -15 %).

I’ve used Blur on the background of the picture (it’s a law of painting).

how to create glow effects

I’ve copied the Key layer. + I’ve set the opacity at about 80 -90 % – and erased some parts of it.

An there we have it ? Magic some kind of trail is finished) = Crop the file for better composition.

how to create glow effects

I’ve used and Adjustment layer ? CURVES.

how to create glow effects 

So here it is:

how to create glow effects 


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Enjoy!

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