Photoshop CS6 Tutorial
How to Add an Outer Glow Layer Style in Photoshop
Outer Glow is often used to simulate light illuminating outward from an object's border. Outer Glow is one of many Layer Styles found in Photoshop.
Press the d key to set the Foreground color to Black, then press the x key to swap the Foreground and Background colors. The Background color should be Black.
Open a new document in Photoshop (File > New). Set the size to 500 pixels by 500 pixels at 72 ppi. Set Background Contents to Background Color. The document should be filled with black.
Select the Text tool, set the Text Color to red, then click the workspace and add some text.
Select the Text layer in the Layers palette and choose Layer > Layer Style > Outer Glow.
Notice that the Outer Glow heading is Bold and has a checkbox. Selecting a heading name, changes the effect dialog box on the right.
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.
In the Elements section, you can set the Spread and Size.
Technique options are Softer and Precise.
The Blend Mode options are similar to the layer Blending Modes in Photoshop.
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.
The Contour pull-down menu includes several Contour options.
You can always click the Reset to Default button to reset all the dialog box settings.
To soften the effect, adjust the Opacity slider. Once you are satisfied, click OK.
You can return to the settings by double-clicking Outer 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.
Adding Layer Styles with Layers Panel
In addition to the Layers menu, you can also add a Layer Style by clicking the Add a Layer Style icon (displays as fx) at the bottom of the Layers palette and selecting the desired style.