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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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:icontaty00:
Taty00 Featured By Owner 6 days ago  New member  Artist
im still having a hard time making it glow
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner 5 days ago  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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:icontaty00:
Taty00 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  New member  Artist
Nvm I fixed it :D (Big Grin) 
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:iconreaperrosehaunted:
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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:iconreaperrosehaunted:
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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:icondarkrecon7890:
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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:icondarkrecon7890:
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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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Glad you found it helpful ^^
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:iconsnowinginadelaide:
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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:iconrohad:
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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:icontart-a-tea:
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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:iconxnarutofreakygirl93x:
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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:iconxnarutofreakygirl93x:
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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:iconsecret-pony:
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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:iconmaewen-mitzuki:
Maewen-Mitzuki Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014
Wooo ! Thanks! :0
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:icondeshanrocks:
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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:icondeshanrocks:
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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:icondeshanrocks:
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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:iconlecherry:
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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:iconpeiridae:
Peiridae Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome, thanks!
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:iconxxlightxoxdarkxx:
xXlightxoxdarkXx Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
nice tutorial! :) and um this is unrelated but how did u add the pictures in the description?
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Using the thumb code ([link] )

You need a premium subscription to use them in descriptions, but not to use them in journals.
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xXlightxoxdarkXx Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ohoh i see thank you so much XD
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EnigmaticMemory Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very helpful. Thank you. :)
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:iconnaeran:
Naeran Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That looks nice.
Thanks for sharing. :)
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:iconvalececilia22:
valececilia22 Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much :D
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:iconcutiekittie999:
CutieKittie999 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot! Very useful :)
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Glad to hear so! ^^
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:icondavionx:
DavionX Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
i just take a white airbrush and make a few dots, that looks the same oO
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:iconjjlover76:
jjlover76 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist
This will definitely be useful to me. I couldn't make a decent looking sun, but know I can!
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I'm glad you found it useful ^^
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