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Lesson 4. Painting and Editing > Creating a glow effect with a custom airbrush

Creating a glow effect with a custom airbrush

The airbrush tool paints soft-edged strokes. You can make adjustments in the airbrush tool options bar and save them as a custom airbrush for reuse.

1.
In the Layers palette, select the Glow layer.

2.
Select the airbrush tool ( ).

3.
Hold down Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS) to change the pointer to an eyedropper ( ) and click on a flower petal to sample a light color from it.

The color you sampled appears in the foreground color fill box in the toolbox. Now you'll create a custom airbrush with a large diameter.

4.
In the tool options bar, click the Brush Editor button ( ) to the left of the Brush arrow.

5.
In the Brush Editor pop-up palette, enter 150 in the Diameter text box. Keep the Hardness at 0 and Spacing at 25. Then enter Glow Brush in the Name text box.

6.
Click the Create New Preset button ( ) in the upper-right corner of the Brush Editor.


Create New Preset button in the Brush Editor pop-up palette


Your new custom airbrush now appears in the list of brushes in the tool options bar.

If you have difficulty locating your new custom airbrush in the palette, click the triangle in the upper-right corner of the pop-up palette. Choose Small List from the palette menu. You can then scroll through a list of brushes and choose your new custom brush option. Use the palette menu to choose different configurations for viewing the brushes in the pop-up palette.

7.
Click with your custom airbrush to paint a glow over the ends of the flowers.


Click the ends of the flower with your custom airbrush tool.


8.
At the top of the Layers palette, enter 80% in the Opacity text box and choose Overlay from the menu to set the blending mode for the Glow layer.

9.
Choose File > Save.

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