Inner Glow

Inner Glow

Photoshop CS6 Tutorial


How to Add an Inner Glow Layer Style in Photoshop



Inner Glow is often used to simulate light illuminating an object's center or edges. It can also be used to create stylized text or shapes. Inner Glow is one of many Layer Styles found in Photoshop.


Step One

Open a new document in Photoshop (File > New). Set the size to 500 pixels by 500 pixels at 72 ppi. Set Background Contents to White.

Step Two

Select the Text tool, click the workspace and add some text. Set the Text Color to black.

Step Three

Select the Text layer in the Layers palette and choose Layer > Layer Style > Inner Glow.

Step Four

Notice that the Inner Glow heading is Bold and has a checkbox. Selecting a heading name, changes the effect dialog box on the right.

Step Five

To set the glow color, click the Color Rectangle. Notice that the gradient sample to the right also changes. Another option is to select a color by clicking the Gradient Rectangle.

Step Six

In the Elements section, you can set the Size, Choke and Source.

Step Seven

Technique options are Softer and Precise.

Step Eight

The Blend Mode options are similar to the layer Blending Modes in Photoshop.

Step Nine

In the Quality section, you can click the Contour icon to modify it's shape. To save a Contour for future use, click the Save button.

Step Ten

The Contour pull-down menu includes several Contour options.

Step Eleven

You can always click the Reset to Default button to reset all the dialog box settings.

Step Twelve

To soften the effect, adjust the Opacity slider. Once you are satisfied, click OK.

Step Thirteen

You can return to the settings by double-clicking Inner Glow in the Layers panel.

Copy/Paste Layer Styles

To duplicate a layer style, select the source style layer, choose Layer > Layer Style > Copy. Select the target layer and choose Layer > Layer Style > Paste.