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Text with a Multicolored Glow
written for Painter 6
by Jinny Brown  e-mail
copyright 1994 - 2001, Jinny Brown
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Upper image: 17-pixel deep pink glow above 29-pixel gold glow. 
Lower image: Additional 5-pixel gold glow above the two others.

In this tutorial, you'll learn how to put a single, double, or triple multicolored glow behind your text. Here are the steps to create a fiery glow and suggestions for additional treatments including beveling the text, as shown in the image above: 

1. Open a new black Canvas 380 x 200 pixels, 300 ppi.

2. Click the Text tool, click the Canvas, and in the Controls:Text dialog box, choose a bold/fat font, then adjust the Point Size to 24 and Tracking to whatever makes the letter spacing look right for the font you're using. (Do a test, then Edit/Undo, or Ctrl/Command+Z, and try again.) 

3. In the Art Materials palette RGB Color section, set the color to (blue):

R:39
G:12
B:244
4. Type some text using the final Tracking setting.

5. In the Objects palette Layers section, click the Group button, then the Collapse button, and click Commit All to put the text Shapes on a Layer.

6. Double-click the Layer and, in the Layer Attributes dialog box, rename the Layer Text, or whatever name makes sense to you. For instance, you might name it whatever word it spells out. For this tutorial, we'll call it Text.

7. In the Objects palette Masks list, highlight the Text Mask.

8. In the Masks menu, choose Copy Mask and click OK. New Mask 1 will appear in the Masks list below Text Mask.

9. Highlight the Text Mask and, in the Layers section menu, choose New Layer and rename it Glow-5 pixels-gold.

10. With the Glow-5 pixels-gold layer highlighted, in the Masks section, choose 
Load Selection (or from the Select menu, choose Load Selection, and choose 
New Mask 1).

11. With the Glow-5 pixels-gold layer highlighted, in the Select menu, choose Feather and type 5 or 6 (the number will depend on the font and text size you're using and the effect you want to achieve, but we want to keep this part of the glow relatively narrow).

12. In the Art Materials palette RGB Color section, set the color to (gold):

R:244
G:164
B:12
13. With the Glow-5 pixels-gold layer highlighted, use Effects/Fillor Ctrl/Command+F to fill the selection.

14. In the Layers list, click and drag the Glow-5 pixels-gold layer below the 
Text layer.

15. Create a New Layer, rename it Glow-17 pixels-pink, Load Selection 
New Mask 1, Feather 17 pixels and Ctrl/Command+F to fill the selection with 
deep pink:

R:252
G:10
B:227
16. In the Layers list, click and drag the Glow-17 pixels-pink layer below the Glow-5 pixels-gold layer.

17. Create a New Layer, rename it Glow-29 pixels-gold, Load Selection 
New Mask 1, Feather 29 pixels and Ctrl/Command+F to fill the selection with gold:

R:244
G:164
B:12
18. In the Layers list, click and drag the Glow-29 pixels-gold layer below the Glow-17 pixels-pink layer. Now you have a stack of three glow layers below the Text layer. Click the Eye icon for each glow layer to close it and see how different glow combinations look together.

Some additional, optional treatments, then a last NOTE about glow layers and saving files:

BEVEL WORLD - Highlight the Text layer, then go to the Objects palette, Dynamic Layers section, click the Bevel World icon (or choose it from the drop down list), then click the Apply button and experiment with the settings to get the effect you want. In the sample image above, I chose a Pattern and moved the Reflection slider to the right to make it reflect from the text's surface. Move the Bevel World dialog box to the side of your screen so you can see the effect on your image before clicking the Done button. This is the Pattern I used as a reflection. As you can see, it doesn't take anything fancy to get an interesting reflection, just some color and contrast.

APPLY LIGHTING - Highlight the Text Layer, and in the Effects menu, choose Surface Control, Apply Lighting.

APPLY SURFACE TEXTURE - Highlight the Text Layer, and in the Effects menu, choose Surface Control, Apply Surface Texture and experiment with the settings. You can pick a new Paper or Pattern (Original Luminance uses the current Pattern) while the dialog box is still open and see the effect in the Preview window.

NOTE: Remember that you can have as many different glow effects for one piece of text as you want, and use them one at a time by shutting all other layers temporarily, leaving only the text layer and chosen glow layer, or set of glow layers, open. Once you're happy with a pair of text and glow layers (or a group of glow layers with the text layer), group them, then copy (Ctrl/Command+C) and paste them into a new image (Edit menu, Paste Into New Image). In the new image, Collapse the Group, then drop the Layer to the Canvas and save the image in any non-Painter RIFF format, depending on how you're going to use the image. 

  • TIFF at 300 ppi is good for printing
  • Images for the Web can be as low as 72 ppi
    • JPEG is good for images with smooth color transitions
    • GIF for transparent GIFs, images that have areas of flat color, or for line art
Be sure to save your master file as a RIFF so you can retain the Layers and work on it again if you want.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and find lots of ways of our own to 
add a little "Glow" to your life. In any case...
Have Fun! :o)

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THANKS FOR YOUR ATTENTION TO SAFE DRIVING.
Jinny Brown, April 21, 2001
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