How to add a glow to custom shapes in Photoshop tutorial

How to add a glow to a custom shape in Photoshop CC2017 2015 CS6 CS5 etc - a quick glow behind your favorite shape in seconds. The first glow trick is to use gradients to create the shape glow

Add glow to Photoshop custom shape

how to add a glow to custom shapes in Photoshop tutorial
  1. Go to the gradient tool in Photoshop toolbar

  2. Click the gradient dropdown / presets picker

  3. Set a stop in white on the far left

  4. Set a stop in pink or red to the far right

  5. Set gradient style to radial

  6. Create a gradient extended beyond the image

  7. Select custom shape tool

  8. Select shape from presets picker

  9. Apply custom shape

Additional approach would be to add the shape in white or a lighter color than the background and then apply a gaussian blur filter to the artwork before re-applying the custom shape. That gives you a glow that follows the applied custom shape

Using Camera raw filter as a great way to add a quick glow behind any shape design

camera glow and adding glow to Photoshop custom shape

Camera raw filter can be used to create a quick glow to any Photoshop shape

  1. Apply a red custom shape layer on pink background (or any other combination of course)

  2. Go to the background layer

  3. Filter menu

  4. Camera raw filter

  5. Go to the radial filter (in camera raw filter)

  6. Set color to the white

  7. Set exposure of the radial filter to the max (or as required)

  8. Feather set to 100%

  9. Feather inside

  10. Draw out a radial filter from the center to the edge

  11. Click OK

  12. Layer menu

  13. Flatten


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