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Mini tutorial: Glow effects in SAI by secret-pony Mini tutorial: Glow effects in SAI by secret-pony
Apparently glowing effects are a mystery to a lot of people,
but they're so easy! So here you go!

Apologies for the lame layout, I didn't want to use any more complex backgrounds to bring out the effects to their fullest.
Also apologies for typo's

If you're looking for more resources for drawing (ponies), check out my other tutorials:


I never use any other program but SAI, so I can't tell you how to do glow effects in PS, Gimp, etc...
(and I don't want to know either)
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:iconsilkda:
silkda Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Aha! Finally... now I can try to add glow. Not done this yet. *excited*.

I don't suppose you know how to edit multiple layers at once (i.e. erase/move, for a selected area down all layers)? I've tried google, and therefore tried layer sets. I just get a message saying nothing is selected.
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I don't think such an option exists, sorry ^^;
With layer sets you can only move them around or transform them, but you can't draw on a layer set.
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silkda Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
So say, you drew and coloured and shaded (3 layers) an eye or nose about an inch too far down - there's no way to move it around? *sad face*

I guess that just means I need to improve my lineart and get it right before i even think about colouring ;-)

Also I haven't worked out how to transform a layer set. I follow the tutorials to the latter, but get "nothing selected" still.
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015  Student Digital Artist
You'd have to move the lineart and re-do the coloring and shading for that part, I'm afraid.
Or move every layer around individually, which is equally messy :giggle:

Hmm... can you show me a screenshot perhaps?
I can't really think of anything that could go wrong on the top of my head.
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silkda Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I restarted SAI and now I can transform a layer set. I have no idea... hehehe. Thanks for the help!
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secret-pony Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Woohoow! magical fix! xD
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:iconsilkda:
silkda Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Just so you know, I used the new glowy trick to go from this:

silkda.deviantart.com/art/Harm…

To this:

silkda.deviantart.com/art/Harm…

Basically just added some light on the edges of the clothes, and some tears and random glowy balls because why not. I think it really helped, thanks!
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Malorum55 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2015
Does this also works in Manga Studio 5?
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I'm not sure, i never used manga studio before. Sorry ^^;
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Malorum55 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2015
Okay, Gracias :)
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CosmicGalaxyStar Featured By Owner May 8, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thank you! this is helpful to me :D
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Taty00 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015   Digital Artist
im still having a hard time making it glow
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Can you show me an example or a screenshot?

Some tips:
- if the glow is not strong enough, work with several luminosity layers on top of each other
- use dark backgrounds, the glow will really pop out more than with light backgrounds
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Taty00 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015   Digital Artist
Nvm I fixed it :D (Big Grin) 
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ReaperroseHaunted Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What settings for airbrush?
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Just default settings, vary transparency with how strong of a glow is needed. :nod: 
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:iconreaperrosehaunted:
ReaperroseHaunted Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I used 100% glow for my airbrush but it just blocked out the drawing
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Are you using a tablet with pen pressure?
What do your "normal" airbrush strokes look like?
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ReaperroseHaunted Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes. It isn't transparent enough
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Can you show me some screenshots of your brush strokes?
It's hard to determine what's wrong without seeing it ^^;
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:iconreaperrosehaunted:
ReaperroseHaunted Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Seems pretty normal, actually. 
The color of the glow often takes over the color of the thing below it. :nod:

You can try using different colors, one's more covering than the other.
Or you can do the glowy bits only at the edges by erasing the inside of the glow (set the airbrush tool to transparant). 
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darkrecon7890 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. i just started doing digital art and it hasnt been easy to draw yet but this helped me out a bunch. now time to find out how to draw skin correctly xD
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
No probs! Glad it helped!
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darkrecon7890 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My first picture is done now and i would have been totally lost without this tut and a few others so thanks again.
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secret-pony Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Glad you found it helpful ^^
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SnowingInAdelaide Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Super super helpful! n.=.n
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Glad you think so! ^^
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Rohad Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
helpful, thanks
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Glad you found it useful!
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Tart-a-Tea Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you :3
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
No probs!
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xNarutoFreakygirl93x Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
thanks for the tut! but why I don't seem to have (Shade, Lumi & Shade) modes ? :(
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Maybe your version of SAI in incomplete?
There's a few different versions circling around. Maybe try getting a version from a different source :nod:
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xNarutoFreakygirl93x Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
yea! I have the older version, so I downloaded the new new one. Besides, does these new modes are really good to use? :3
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secret-pony Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
You can create some neat effects with them to shade or highlight your drawings :nod:
Just mess around with them to see what they do with different colors, they can be pretty neat.
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CloudiiSkies Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very helpful, thanks!
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Maewen-Mitzuki Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014
Wooo ! Thanks! :0
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deshanrocks Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
cant get it to work :/
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Where does it go wrong?
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deshanrocks Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
okay so i make layers balh blah, luminosity blah, then when i use airbrush tool on the luminosty layer the bottom on just lightens no glow affect, i just use photoshop then import them over now >.>
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Is your top layer clipped onto the bottom one?
Could you show me a screenshot of your layer setup and the effect you're getting?
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deshanrocks Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Meh cant be botherd >.> soz, well enjoy my latest work for now.... deshanrocks.deviantart.com/art…
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Okay, good luck figuring it out someday then ^^
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Rukikato1999 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much!!! I really needed this!!! :33
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SECRETSspring Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for putting this up~ Now, I know how to put glowing effects in my drawings XD
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LeCherry Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
Thank you soooo much for this tutorial!!!! >3<
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Np, have fun! :3
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8Halostar8 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This has helped me so much since I first found it c: Thank you for the great tutorial!
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Peiridae Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome, thanks!
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