How To Outer Glow In Photoshop

Greetings and welcome to our photoshop tutorial series! In this blog post, we will teach you how to incorporate an outer glow effect to your images using Adobe Photoshop. This technique can add a special touch to your images, allowing them to stand out in any portfolio or album.

Here is the step-by-step process:

Step 1: Select Your Object

Open your image in Photoshop. Make sure the layer of the object that you want to apply an outer glow to is selected. You can do this by clicking on the layer in the Layers panel.

Step 2: Go to Layer Style

With your layer selected, go to the Layer menu at the top of your screen, then select Layer Style from the dropdown menu. In the submenu that appears, click on Outer Glow.

Step 3: Adjust the Outer Glow Settings

A new window will appear with your Outer Glow options. Here, you can adjust the Blend Mode, Opacity, Color, Technique, Spread, Size, and other options that affect how your glow appears. Play around with these settings until you get the look you want.

Step 4: Apply the Outer Glow

Once you’re happy with how your outer glow appears, click OK to apply it to your layer. You can always go back and adjust your settings later if you need to.

Example of Photoshop Code:

Generally, we don’t code in Photoshop as it’s a graphic editing software. However, we do have scripts that can be run to automate tasks. Here’s an example of a JavaScript code that adds an outer glow to a layer:

    var doc = app.activeDocument;
    var layer = doc.activeLayer;

    var outerGlow = layer.layerStyle.outerGlow;
    outerGlow.blendMode = BlendMode.NORMAL;
    outerGlow.opacity = 75;
    outerGlow.noise = 0;
    outerGlow.color = new SolidColor(); = 255; = 0; = 0;
    outerGlow.size = 5;
    outerGlow.range = 50;


Learning how to apply an outer glow in Photoshop is a simple but effective way to enhance your images. Remember, the key is to experiment with different settings until you find the one that best complements your image. Happy Photoshopping!