How to Make Something Glow in Digital Art

In this blog post, we’ll show you how to make something glow in digital art using the software of your choice.

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Digital art is a form of art where digital technology is used to create or add to an artwork. This type of art can be created using a computer, phone, or any other digital device. It is becoming increasingly popular among artists and people who appreciate art. Many people enjoy the fact that they can add their own personal touch to an artwork, and that they can make it look however they want it to.

What you need

To make something look like it’s glowing in digital art, you’ll need to ramp up the brightness and contrast of the object, and possibly its color. You can also add light effects around the object to make it look like it’s radiating light.

Step 1: Choose your colors

If you want your digital art to have a glowing effect, you’ll need to start by choosing the right colors. To create a realistic glow, you’ll need to use colors that are either very light or very dark. The lighter your colors are, the more pronounced the glow will be. You can also try using fluorescent or neon colors for a more exaggerated effect.

Once you’ve chosen your colors, it’s time to start creating your glow. The easiest way to do this is by using the gradient tool in your software of choice. To create a basic glow, start by creating a gradient that fades from light to dark. Then, add a second layer on top of your first one and use the gradient tool to create a second gradient that fades from dark to light.

You can also try using the smudge tool to create a more organic looking glow. Start by painting a small area with one of your lightest colors. Then, use the smudge tool to spread the color outwards in a soft, feathered circle. The further you drag the smudge tool, the more diffuse the effect will be.

Step 2: Add a light source

Adding a light source to your artwork can really make it pop and give it a sense of depth. You can use white or light colors to create the impression of light shining from a specific direction. You can also use light source gradient effects to create a more subtle sense of light.

Step 3: Create a glow

In this step, you will create a glow around your subject. To do this, you will need to create a new layer.

1. Open the Layers palette and click on the “Create new layer” icon.
2. In the New Layer dialog box, name the layer “Glow.”
3. Make sure the blending mode is set to “Screen” and the opacity is set to 100%.
4. Click “OK.”
5. Select the Brush tool and choose a soft-edged brush from the Brushes palette.
6. Set the foreground color to white and begin painting around your subject, being careful not to go over the edges.
7. You can add multiple layers of glow if you want a more intense effect. Simply repeat steps 1-6, changing the brush size and opacity as desired.

Step 4: Adjust the transparency

Make your adjustments in the Transparency palette. You can lower the opacity of the layer your glow is on, or you can play around with the Fill Opacity and/or Stroke Opacity until you get the effect you want.

Step 5: Export your file

The last step is to export your file so it can be used in other programs or posted online. For this tutorial we will be using the .png file format, which is a lossless compression format that is best suited for images with areas of solid color and doesn’t support animation.

To export your file, go to File > Export > Export As and select the destination for your file. Choose your file type (.png) and click Export.

That’s it! You now know how to make something glow in digital art.


There are many ways to create a glowing effect in digital art, and the best way to achieve this will vary depending on the software you’re using and the overall look you’re going for. However, some common methods include using layer styles, blending modes, and adjustment layers. Experiment with different techniques to see what works best for your particular project.


This tutorial will show you how to make something glow in digital art, using a variety of methods.

We’ll start with the basics of making a light source, then move on to more advanced techniques like creating atmospheric effects and making objects emit light.

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Further Reading

To continue your exploration of light and glow effects in digital art, check out the following articles and tutorials:

-How to Use Lighting Effects in Photoshop:
-Create a Glowing Light Effect in Photoshop:
-Glow Effects in Digital Art:

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