How to Change Default Inner and Outer Glow Effects in Photoshop CS6

By Barbara Obermeier

In Adobe Photoshop CS6, the inner and outer glow effects possess many of the same settings as the shadows. But unlike shadows, glows offer the option of using a gradient, which can produce an interesting halo effect.

[Credit: ©iStockphoto.com/imv Image #2053920]

Credit: ©iStockphoto.com/imv Image #2053920

Follow these steps to edit your own glow:

  1. Double-click the layer thumbnail or the Layer Style icon (the fx icon).

    The Layer Style dialog box opens.

  2. Click the name of the Effect and specify Blend Mode, Opacity, Color, Spread, and Size settings.

    If you’re editing an inner glow effect, you see the options of Source (Center or Edge) and Choke, rather than Spread. The Center option applies the glow over the entire image except the edge, whereas the Edge option applies only to the element’s edge. The Choke option behaves similarly to the way the Spread option behaves.

  3. If you want to use a gradient rather than a solid color, select a preset gradient from the Gradient drop-down panel or click the Gradient Editor button to edit or create your own gradient.

  4. In the Technique option, select either the Softer or Precise setting.

    Choose Softer to apply a blurred glow. This option doesn’t preserve detailed edges of the element.

    Choose Precise to create a glow that’s good for hard-edged elements, such as type. This option does preserve the details.

  5. Use the Range and Jitter options for the Contour setting.

  6. After you refine your effect settings, click OK.

    Your effect is edited and ready to rock.