Outer Glow

Outer Glow

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.


Step One

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.

Step Two

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.

Step Three

Select the Text tool, set the Text Color to red, then click the workspace and add some text.

Step Four

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

Step Five

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

Step Six

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 Seven

In the Elements section, you can set the Spread and Size.

Step Eight

Technique options are Softer and Precise.

Step Nine

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

Step Ten

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 Eleven

The Contour pull-down menu includes several Contour options.

Step Twelve

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

Step Thirteen

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

Step Fourteen

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.