Apply Inner and Outer Glow to an Object in Adobe Illustrator CS6

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You're watching VisiHow. This tutorial we will show you how to apply "Inner Glow" and "Outer Glow" filters to an object in Adobe Illustrator CS6 in Windows 7.


Steps

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    You should have Illustrator open and a document ready
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    For this tutorial, let's create a shape using the "Rectangle Tool"
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    Double-click the fill color
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    Click a color and click "OK". There is a video tutorial on how to create basic shapes. A square will be created.
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    First, click "Selection Tool" in the left-hand corner
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    It's in the vertical toolbar. If you have a more complicated shape, you can use different selection tools to specify different areas within a group objects or an object.
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    Next, click the object to which you would like to apply "Inner Glow" and "Outer Glow"
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    The object will become selected with a blue frame.
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    Then, click "Effect" in the horizontal menu along the top of the window
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    Move the cursor to "Stylize" in the menu
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    Click "Inner Glow..." in the expanded menu that appears
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    A dialogue box will appear on the screen.
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    Check the "Preview" box in the lower-left corner of this window
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    It's recommended to check this box so that you can see how your changes affect your object.
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    Click the "Modes" drop-down menu
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    You can then click a mode. It's recommended to experiment with the modes to find one that works with your object.
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    Click the box to the right of the "Mode" drop-down menu
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    This will open "Color Picker".
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    Click a color for the glow effect
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    For this tutorial, let's keep the white glow for the "Inner Glow" effect.
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    Next, you can change the "Opacity" value
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    The default setting is 75 %. You can change this setting by clicking the up and down arrows or by typing a percentage into the box.
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    You can change the "Blur" setting in the same way
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    You can do it by clicking the arrows or by typing a value into the text box.
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    Finally, click either "Edge" or "Center"
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    By clicking between the two, you can see that there is quite a dramatic difference.
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    When you are satisfied with the changes, click "OK" to apply them to your object
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    Now, let's apply "Outer Glow"
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    Before you proceed, make sure that your object is selected. You can select the object by clicking the "Selection Tool" first.
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    Click "Effect" in the horizontal menu at the top of the window
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    Move the cursor to "Stylize" in the menu
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    Then, click "Outer Glow..." in the expanded menu that appears
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    A dialogue box will appear. The settings for "Outer Glow" should mirror those of the "Inner Glow" effect. There are "Mode", "Opacity", and "Blur" settings.
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    Check the "Preview" box at the lower-left corner of the dialogue window
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    You will see that the "Outer Glow" effect is almost like a drop shadow.
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    Once you are satisfied with your settings, click "OK" to apply your changes to the object
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This concludes our tutorial showing you how to apply "Inner Glow" and "Outer Glow" effects to an object in Adobe Illustrator CS6 in Windows 7. If you have any questions or comments regarding this video or the program used, then add them to the comment section below. Thank you for choosing VisiHow!

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USING OUTER GLOW Hi, With CS6 when I go to effects - stylise, there is only the option of glowing edges there. No inner glow/outer glow?

Hi, With CS6 when I go to effects - stylise, there is only the option of glowing edges there. No inner glow/outer glow?

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