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Quick tip: Glow effect

Hi! I decided to sum up some tricks I do when I finish off my artwork!

Today, we will learn how to use the glow effect.

I will be using this drawing of Albireo from .hack as an example today.

albireo_blog.png

So you are finished. But there is more to do which can make it nicer!

So what? Well, duplicate the layers, both color and lineart for your character (Or more) and merge it. Leave the original. Always. Incase you need to fix something.

OK, so here are some stuff I do to make my art better.

I will be using Photoshop to explain things. It may work for other programs like GIMP or Clip Studio Paint. But definitely not SAI due to lack of functions. However, I have one trick I can share to enhance an artwork in SAI which I will update later.

Doing the glow effect

This is a technique seen and shared in alot of Japanese sites. I am not sure if anyone shared this technique in English, so I will teach this trick because it is very handy.

First, duplicate the character layer.

enhance_duplicate.png


Now go to image > adjustments > levels

And you should see this window

enhance_levels.png

Drag the black arrow down, but make sure it doesn't go too dark.

enhance_dragdown.png

And when you drag it down, it should end up having an effect similar to this:

enhance_dragdowneffect.png


Now, go to filter > blur > gaussian blur and get this window

enhance_gaussianblur.png

And probably use 10 px, but it really depends on your taste.

And set this layer to screen, and lower the opacity to around 50%.

Now lets see how it changes:

Here is before the glow effect

enhance_before.png

And this is after the glow effect

enhance_glow.png

You can see that the character is now more brighter, and the colors are less washed.

The glow effect can really help when you want to bring your foreground more like a foreground.







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