Photoshop Layers Effects
Example 3: glow
Start with a RGB image: it must
have a background, a text on a new layer and a third layer between
the background and the text.
Now select the empty layer then
press hold the CTRL key and click on the text layer.
Go to the Select menu, Modify,
Expand and enter 1 as value.
Again Select menu, Feather or press
CTRL/ALT/d in Photoshop 5, or CTRL/SHIFT/d in Photoshop 4 and
enter 2,5 as value.
Press the D key and then press
CTRL + Delete or select Fill from edit menu (fill with background
To get a good glow effect you should
use an opposite color to the prevalent color.
In this image I've used the white,
but a yellow could be good too.
Of course with an image that has
bright colors you should use a dark color for the glow. Look
A variation of this technique could
be the next.
Again RGB image with a background,
empty layer and at the top a text layer.
Select the empty layer, press hold
the CTRL key and click on the text layer. So the text layer
selection is active.
Select menu, Modify, Expand: enter
3 as value.
Chooce a colour to make the outline
of the text layer (you can use the default value - press the
Press ALT + Delete.
Good, but we can improve this effect
simply to repeating the previous step.
Here's the last image:
Sometimes the glow effect can be
used as a shadow effect or to enhance an image's zone.
In fact if you select the object
transparency and then apply a feather without expand the selection,
you have a "quick" shadow ;-)
In the next image a selection is
copied into a new layer: then an empty layer is created between
the background and the selection copy.
In the empty layer the glow effect
As you can see the glow effect
is really a powerful effect that you can use several times to
get different solutions. You can use it for quick effects and
most of the images that you see on the web, the magazines, media
and so on are produced with a lot of contribution of glows effects.