Screencast: How to Create Glowing Light Effects Using Photoshop Brushes

I frequently receive requests from readers asking how I create the glowing effects that you’ve all seen as the preview images for some of the light effect brushes on this website. That is because if you download one of those sets and try to use them with the default settings, the effect won’t look as nice as the examples you have seen. The effect, however, is easy to reproduce and will only take mere moments to create. View the short screencast below to see how this effect is created.

Video Tutorial

Final Image

This is the effect that you will be creating.


Resources Used

Grant Friedman

Grant Friedman is a graphic design, blogger, and author. In addition to being the founder of this website, Grant is also the editor of Psdtuts, one of the world's most popular tutorial websites.

  • Gary

    Nice, thanks for the tip…..

  • Great simple tip to have in mind, thanks for the video :D

  • So amazing tutorial. Thanks!

  • Very good!


  • I love it! simple and amazing!

  • Michelle

    I wish to watch your tutorial video but I have problems on loading down many MBs. I would be grateful if you could write down your tutorial step by step.

  • nice screening :D love it , i always thought how designer make this type of effects :D
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  • Great tutorial, and awesome end-result ;-) Thank you very much.
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  • Thanks for yet another grate design tip. I will make sure my colleges hear about it.

  • Robin Owens

    Your work is great! As a beginner in this sphere I follow simple photo enhancement services. In case I need advanced manipulations, is a helping hand for me.