In this effects tutorial we’ll have a look at how to create some fancy glowing lines and how to make it so that the end of the line will fade nicely. First let’s make the background a little bit more interesting to look at, select the Blend tool (aka Gradient tool). Now we want a white line, so change the color to white and choose stroke path, this time we want a 3px thick line.
The layer mask controls the transparency of the layer, but unlike just setting the opacity of the entire layer, the layer mask allows you to set different transparency for different areas in your image. Now set your FG and BG colors to black and white, then select the Blend tool (aka Gradient tool). Choose the gradient called FG to BG (RGB), the shape should be set to linear and the gradient should not be reversed. Then create a gradient from just before the end of the line and all the way to where the selection ends. Grab the Free Select tool, draw a selection around the end of the line, and create a gradient (make sure your FG and BG colors are black and white first, and that you are working on the layer mask).
The red line should be 12px thick and have a Gaussian blur of 12, the white line should be 6px thick and have a Gaussian blur of 3. As you can see we get a problem when the line is so thick, it doesn’t fade as nicely as the smaller lines.
To get a good result, you should click and drag from where piece 4 ends, to the end of the line.
Not a big difference yet, so click and drag from where piece 3 ends, (right where piece 3 and 4 meet), to the end of the line. Now you know a lot about adding glow to lines created by paths, but what about objects that aren’t created by paths? Create a new layer, set the color to white, select the Brush tool and grab a large Fuzzy brush and make it even larger.
That should give us a strange stretched white dot thing and a bunch of white spark like things. Now duplicate the layer with that blurred red on it, this will make the glow seem stronger.
I personally think this image goes well together with glowing text, like the kind you learn to make in the tutorial about glowing text. If you have problems finding your old paths (those that get hidden when you create a new one), you can look in the Paths dialog, it’s the third tab at top of the layer dialog. I’m starting a new online business and want to make a logo with the globe on a transparent background and the name of the company in the foreground in blue, white, and red normal letters, and yellow italics. Yes you have to create all those letters in separate layers that you want to have separate colors. Can you explain more in detail HOW to do the curve line because i have tried many times and i don’t know how!!! This happens if the background and the white line is on the same layer, they are supposed to be on separate layers.
Just to be sur (sorry i’m french so i apologize for my mistakes), how do you add a new layer ? I had a really weird problem… After I made the first line, I found myself unable to make a second one. To do this I plan to pay artists to write tutorials that you and I can read here on this site!


Make sure you have the mask selected, then create a gradient from the bottom left corner to the top right corner. To do that, select the layer in the layer dialog, then go to Colors -> Brightness-Contrast.
Here you can reduce the brightness, I reduced it by 35, but it’s up to you how much you want to reduce (or increase it). We’re actually finished, but I thought the image was a little large, so I cropped it.
To do that, choose the Rectangle Select tool, draw a rectangle selection around the part of the image you want to keep. This tutorial explains how to utilise a number of features in Edge Animate, from creating shapes and manipulating them using filters, to grouping them as Symbols to move multiple elements quickly and efficiently, rather than tweening individual particles.
Once you’re done, you can use this as a background for a web-based gallery banner, and perhaps layer content between your new particles; or even as a full-screen background for your website, constantly moving slowly to give your design a really subtle yet dynamic feel! Sam Piggott is a young digital designer and self-confessed jack-of-all-trades from London, UK. Join our 746,498 subscribers and get access to the latest tools, freebies, product announcements and much more! This Illustrator tutorial go through some really basic and important Illustrator techniques while showing you how to create a fearsome lightning bolt from scratch.
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To solve this we’re going to use the Iwarp filter to make the end of the line thinner. Sparks like these can also be made with the Path tool the same way we made the big lines, only you need to make them smaller. I selected gradient B and W from F to B then used the gradient to disappear the end of the S but it got a black region created on the both end of the S. Since then I have been scouring the web in search of fresh new Adobe After Effects CS4 tutorials for you to try out. This kind of glow effect is pretty quick and easy to create, and definitively useful to know. First locate the actual file on your computer, then right-click on it and choose Extract here or Unpack or something similar. You will be using Roughen effect, tweak effect and much more to create the lightning effect. Make a copy of the previous rectangle and paste it exactly over the top of the first rectangle.
If you are not satisfied with the results, you can modify the settings in the Appearance Panel at any time. Grab the Ellipse Tool (L) and create a perfect circle (hold Shift to constrain the proportions). I am confident that these 40 superb AE tutorials will guide you in creating some amazing motion graphics for your next project. So useful in the fact that you take us on a journey introducing new methods which would be normally overlooked or missed.


Pick the Rectangle Tool (M) and create a rectangle with the same dimensions as the Artboard. Open up the Gradient Panel again and fill the resulting shape with different shades of blue using four color stops: first stop (R=45 G=136 B=190), second stop (R=0 G=66 B=199), third stop (R=16 G=95 B=160), and fourth stop (R=4 G=86 B=235). First, double-click on the Paintbrush Tool (B) in the Tools panel to bring up the brush options. Once done, alter the settings to around 6 Size, 2.5 Detail, Absolute and Smooth and click OK. Once done, enter the following settings: 10 Size, 6 Detail, Absolute and Smooth and hit OK button. Pick the Ellipse Tool (L) and draw a perfect circle which dimensions should be set to about 140 x 140px. Set the dimensions of the object to about 150 x 150px and fill the resulting shape with radial gradients as shown below: light grey (R=177 G=177 B=177) and black (R=0 G=0 B=0). Tony has written one of the most popular tutorial to learn illustrator and has helped more than 20,000 people.
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Now, go to the Gradient Panel and fill the selected object with radial gradients as shown below: dark grey (R=77 G=77 B=77) and pure black (R=0 G=0 B=0).
Keep the object selected, and in the Transparency Panel set the Blending Mode to Overlay (Opacity 85%).
When you finish, select all the paths and apply our new style you can find in the Graphic Styles Panel.
Open up the Gradient Panel and make sure you have a black to white radial gradient selected. On top of that, his tutorials and tips has helped designers improve their illustration skills and have received great feedback. Open up the Graphic Styles Panel and click the New Graphic Style button to make a new style. Using two or three different stroke weights will add some nice variety to the overall look. Make several copies and arrange the objects all over the lightning scene (refer to the image).
Then, create a long thin ellipse with dimensions set to 300 x 65px and place it exactly above the previous one. Keep the main lightning strike selected and click on the New Graphic Style, in order to make a new style. Activate the Gradient Panel and fill the resulting shape with radial gradients shown below.
When you’re done, set the Blending Mode to Color Dodge (Opacity 100%) in the Transparency Panel. Open up the Transparency Panel once more, and change the Blending Mode to Color Dodge (Opacity 100%).



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