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Take a look at Myrddin's tutorial here which explains how to add images to your posts. It's always best to add one if your asking for advice on how to create an effect so that folk know what you're looking for. As for your 'glow enquiry', I'll let other more knowledgeable members answer that one. Trust me, there are many of them!

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I'll let other more knowledgeable members answer that one.

i don't know if i'm more knowledgeable... but i've been working on a technique that mimics stroke and glow from photoshop.

it only works if your image is surrounded by transparent pixels, IE on a layer by itself, either because you drew it separately or cut it out using the magic wand tool.

so, once you have isolated the image:


  • [*:2nvj7pc5] :DuplicateLayer:Duplicate the current layer.
    [*:2nvj7pc5] :RecoloringTool: Use the recoloring tool, with the tolerance set to 100, to change all the opaque pixels on the back layer to the color you want the glow to be.
    [*:2nvj7pc5] use :Median: Median on the back layer. if you did everything correctly, you should see an outline around the image. keep playing with the radius and percentile options, larger numbers make larger and less detailed outlines.
    [*:2nvj7pc5]if that's good, stop there. otherwise, use a :GaussianBlur: Gaussian Blur to soften the edges, making a nice glow effect.

you can also change it up a bit, replacing the gaussian step with your favorite blur. play with it, and you can get some nice effects. i usually do it twice, to make a concentric outline around my characters.

(is this worth making a tutorial out of, if i add menu pictures?)

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Either glowing frames around the whole image or glowing outlines around text can be easily done with the effects or plugins we already have.

There is no need to make another one.

Drop shadow, Outline, Outline object, Halo, Glow, Frames, Borders n shapes, Bevel, Custom frame...and maybe a few I'm missing.

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I'll let other more knowledgeable members answer that one.

i don't know if i'm more knowledgeable... but i've been working on a technique that mimics stroke and glow from photoshop.

it only works if your image is surrounded by transparent pixels, IE on a layer by itself, either because you drew it separately or cut it out using the magic wand tool.

so, once you have isolated the image:


  • [*:1wbp21kl] :DuplicateLayer:Duplicate the current layer.
    [*:1wbp21kl] :RecoloringTool: Use the recoloring tool, with the tolerance set to 100, to change all the opaque pixels on the back layer to the color you want the glow to be.
    [*:1wbp21kl] use :Median: Median on the back layer. if you did everything correctly, you should see an outline around the image. keep playing with the radius and percentile options, larger numbers make larger and less detailed outlines.
    [*:1wbp21kl]if that's good, stop there. otherwise, use a :GaussianBlur: Gaussian Blur to soften the edges, making a nice glow effect.

you can also change it up a bit, replacing the gaussian step with your favorite blur. play with it, and you can get some nice effects. i usually do it twice, to make a concentric outline around my characters.

(is this worth making a tutorial out of, if i add menu pictures?)

This is an extremely good technique for interim use, but I think it would still be very helpful to have a "stroke"-type function (like the one in photoshop) for use in outlining things, such as text. A lot of the time, text is difficult to read when overlayed onto a photo, and adding a "stroke" effect makes it much more readable. Having a button that does it instead of doing a three-step process would be extremely helpful to me at least!

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