We study the parameters of the internal glow

Layer styles in Photoshop are a popular way to add various effects, shadows, strokes, without destroying the integrity of the layer. With enough knowledge, you can achieve any effect. The main thing is to understand how each parameter works and to be able to combine them in order to achieve the desired results.

In this article we will tell you about the Inner Glow layer style options (Internal glow).

Using Inner Glow

Inner glow is one of the most rarely used layer styles, but this does not mean that there is nothing useful in it.

Inner Glow Dialog Box

You can see the Inner Glow dialog box below. Not too much difference with the Outer Glow (External glow), but you may notice the new Source parameter (A source) with Center settings (Centre) and Edge (Edge).

Blend mode

Blend Mode drop down menu (Blend mode) Allows you to set the blending mode for the layer style. If you want to create a glow effect, then Linear Dodge modes (Linear Dodge) or Screen (Lightening). If you want to create an inner shadow, then Linear Burn (Linear dimmer) and Multiply (Multiplication) fit best. In case you want to create an internal stroke (more on this effect just below), then leave the Normal mode (Normal).
If you are not experienced in working with blending modes, I highly recommend paying attention to the basic lesson.

In the example below you can see the action of the Screen mode (Lightening) on the left side, where soft greenish tinting looks better than on the right example with the Linear Dodge mode (Linear Dodge).


Parameter Opacity (Opacity) allows you to customize the visibility of the Inner Glow effect (Internal glow). At a value of 0%, the effect becomes completely transparent, 100% – fully visible.

In the example below, the left version of the text with opacity of 12% has a softer inner shadow than the right version with opacity of 30%.


Now go to the parameter Noise (Noise). Increasing its value will add noise, which is useful in creating, for example, the effect of sand.

In the example below you can see that adding a small amount of noise can greatly change the final result.

Color and gradient

Color (Colour) allow you to change the color of the glow. Gradient (Gradient) in turn does not limit you to one color, which can be useful in creating some abstract glow.

In the left example, a monochromatic glow gives a simple and predictable result, experimenting with gradients allows you to achieve a more unique and interesting result.


Technique dropdown menu (Method) will give you the opportunity to choose two Inner Glow display modes (Internal glow), Softer (Soft) and Precise (Accurate). Soft mode makes the glow more natural, and Exact makes it sharp and tough.

In the example below you can see the difference between softer (Soft) and Precise (Accurate).

A source

Source (A source) allows you to adjust the source of the internal glow – from the center or from the edge.

The example clearly shows the difference between these two parameters.

Pull off

Choke parameter (Pull off) allows you to adjust the degree of attenuation of the glow at the edges.
Usually when using Inner Glow (Internal glow) This parameter is left at 0%, but to obtain a more intense glow or create a stroke, it should be increased to 100%.

In the example below, the increase in Choke (Pull off) from 0% to 100% turns glow into a stroke.

The size

The name of the parameter Size (The size) speaks for itself. It allows you to adjust the size of the glow, ranging from 1 pixel.

In the left example, the glow effect is less visible, while on the right it is increased to 14 and makes the text velvety.


The shape of the contour will change the appearance of the glow. Changing the shape of the contour, you can choose different ways to fade the glow.
This is very convenient when you need to create some unusual abstract glow.
By the way, the Anti-aliased checkbox (Smoothing) allows you to improve the quality of the shadows with a very slight change in appearance. This value is very small, so we recommend that you always keep this option active.

In the example below, it can be seen that the use of a wavy contour has a ripple effect, which is great for a water style.


Setting Range (Range) same as Choke (Pull off). It will allow almost the same way to adjust the attenuation of the glow.
With a low value, the glow is hard, and with a high value, it becomes softer.

Below in the example you can see how the change in the range affects the softness of the glow.


To see the effect of this parameter, you must select a gradient glow. Jitter (Swing) adds color and transparent noise to create an effect like that of the noise parameter (Noise). The higher the jitter values ​​(Swing), the more visible the resulting effect.

Save and load default settings

You can save and load default settings for each layer style. By clicking the Make Default button (Use default), the program saves the current settings and makes them the active default settings for this layer style.
By clicking on the button Reset to Default (Restore Defaults), the program will load any last saved parameters. This allows you to experiment and easily return the default settings if you want to start over.

The layer style we set up and the psd file will help you see how a different glow can be used in combination with each other to produce beautiful effects.

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