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I dunno... I made this thunderbolt, but I'm not sure if it's what you're going for.


I'm sure there's a way to do what you want, I'm just not exactly sure what you're looking for.

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First, draw the lightning bolt. Then, duplicate the lightning bolt layer. Then, apply a Gaussian blur to the duplicated layer. Choose an appropriate radius in the blur dialog. If you need the blur to be more visible, duplicate the blur layer...it will make it look brighter.

I also made a radial blur layer to add a little bit of variety and randomness to the bolt. I just thought it made it look a bit nicer...?


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  • 2 weeks later...

It might even be beneficial to have more than two layers. Glows are different than simple feathers. It might be wise to have a layer scheme like this:

Copy of Thunderbolt (3) <-- [blurred 20%]

Copy of Thunderbolt (2) <-- [blurred 10%]

Copy of Thunderbolt <-- [blurred 5%]

Thunderbolt <-- [Not Blurred]



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