How to Make Things Glow in Photoshop Elements

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How to Make Things Glow in Photoshop Elements
Enhance an image with a striking outer glow. (Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

Make your text, shapes and images shine using Photoshop Elements glow effects. You can produce a dramatic or subtle glow by applying a layer style. Choose the "Outer Glow" layer style to produce a glow that radiates out from the outer edge of your image. "Inner Glow" starts the glow effect at the inner edge of your image and spreads toward its centre point. For an intense glow with bright colours, choose the "Wow Neon" layer style or the Glowing Edges filter. Glowing Edges renders an entire image so it resembles a neon sign.

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    Inner and Outer Glow

  1. 1

    Go to the Layers panel and click to select the layer you want to edit.

  2. 2

    Go to "Window" and select "Effects."

  3. 3

    Click on the "Layer Styles" icon at the top of the panel. It is the second icon from the left and looks like two overlapping document windows.

  4. 4

    Choose "Inner Glows," "Outer Glows" or "Wow Neon" from the drop-down menu.

  5. 5

    Click to select a style, and then click "Apply."

  6. 6

    Go to the Layers panel and double-click the "fx" icon on the layer to change the layer style settings. Altering the glow size and opacity can drastically change the effect.

    Glowing Edges

  1. 1

    Click on a layer to select it.

  2. 2

    Go to "Filter," then "Filter Gallery" and then choose "Stylize."

  3. 3

    Choose the "Glowing Edges" filter.

  4. 4

    Adjust the filter settings such as edge width and brightness.

  5. 5

    Click "OK."

Tips and warnings

  • You can add more than one layer style. For example, you could apply both the Inner Glow and Outer Glow styles to one image.

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