How to make an image glow in

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How to make an image glow in
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Users of can add blend effects with an image using the program's layer system. Layers allow indirect editing to an image and its background. Clicking the "glow" effect does not automatically make your foreground image glow. In order to properly outline an image with a glowing effect, two duplicate layers must lay on top of each other. There are two ways of doing this. Creating a raster "negative image" layer gives your photo a neon tint, and blending two layers with the glow effect gives your photo a softer glowing edge.

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    Neon Image Glow Effect

  1. 1

    Select "duplicate" under the layer menu to create a duplicate background layer.

  2. 2

    Select the effect "gaussian blur" from the adjust image menu in your background layer. Under "layer properties," change the blend mode to "difference." Your image should now look like a blurry negative of your original image.

  3. 3

    Select "New Raster Layer" from the layer drop-down menu.

  4. 4

    Select the "floodfill" option to add the colour of your choice to the neon effect.

  5. 5

    Change the background layer's blend mode to "Color (Legacy)." This will affect the raster layer and not change the "differences" blend mode you already selected.

    Blending Two Layers With The Glow Effect

  1. 1

    Click "duplicate" in the layer menu to create a background layer.

  2. 2

    Select "glow" from the layer properties menu. Your image In the background layer should appear hazy.

  3. 3

    Change the colour of the glow in the background layer using the colour wheel in the bottom left corner.

Tips and warnings

  • Save your photo before applying any drastic changes in case you decide not to use the effect.

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