Up and Running with Astute Graphics for Illustrator
Illustration by John Hersey

Working with Inner Glow and Outer Glow


Up and Running with Astute Graphics for Illustrator

with Mike Rankin

Video: Working with Inner Glow and Outer Glow

In this movie, we'll see how to use Astute Graphic I'll close the dialog box.
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  1. 7m 10s
    1. Welcome
    2. Using the exercise files
    3. What can you do with the Astute Graphics plugins?
      4m 30s
    4. Installing the Astute Graphics plugins
      1m 22s
  2. 47m 4s
    1. Overview
      2m 28s
    2. Working with dynamic corners
      8m 16s
    3. Working with dynamic shapes
      5m 57s
    4. Editing paths with PathScribe
      8m 28s
    5. Using the Extend Path tool
      8m 30s
    6. Using the Smart Remove Brush tool
      4m 56s
    7. Using the Dynamic Measure tool
      5m 14s
    8. Using the Protractor panel
      3m 15s
  3. 13m 14s
    1. Connecting and straightening objects
      5m 11s
    2. Drawing tangents and perpendiculars
      4m 0s
    3. Drawing circles and arcs
      4m 3s
  4. 8m 24s
    1. Using the Snap to Collisions tool
      3m 56s
    2. Using the Rotate at Collision tool
      2m 14s
    3. Using the collision spacing
      2m 14s
  5. 11m 19s
    1. Mirroring artwork
      4m 40s
    2. Drawing with symmetry
      2m 43s
    3. Mirroring text and images
      3m 56s
  6. 14m 43s
    1. Adjusting colors with filters and effects
      6m 29s
    2. Creating vector halftones
      4m 34s
    3. Applying effects to photos
      3m 40s
  7. 14m 3s
    1. Drawing with InkScribe
      5m 44s
    2. Editing path segments with InkScribe
      4m 37s
    3. Adding, removing, and changing points with InkScribe
      3m 42s
  8. 16m 56s
    1. Drawing and modifying paths
      7m 45s
    2. Using Repeat Sketch
      2m 46s
    3. Using Intelligent Join
      2m 55s
    4. Using Gesture Trim
      3m 30s
  9. 16m 28s
    1. Using the Width Brush tool
      4m 35s
    2. Using the Width Gradient tool
      7m 21s
    3. Using the Width Selector tool
      4m 32s
  10. 27m 44s
    1. Overview
      5m 18s
    2. Working with drop shadows
      4m 38s
    3. Working with feathering
      1m 36s
    4. Working with Inner Glow and Outer Glow
      3m 15s
    5. Working with Transform effects
      5m 26s
    6. Working with Free Distort effects
      2m 4s
    7. Working with Offset Path
      2m 25s
    8. Working with Gaussian Blur
      3m 2s
  11. 1m 10s
    1. Next steps
      1m 10s

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2h 58m Appropriate for all Mar 21, 2014 Updated May 23, 2014

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Want to be more precise, more efficient, and more creative with Illustrator? Learn how the Astute Graphics plugins can revolutionize the way you draw and edit artwork in Adobe Illustrator. Mike Rankin covers drawing and editing with VectorScribe and InkScribe, aligning and arranging objects with ColliderScribe, creating beautiful symmetry with MirrorMe, adjusting color with Phantasm, and the tools in DynamicSketch and WidthScribe that make drawing with a tablet even more natural and intuitive.

Topics include:
  • Working with dynamic corners and shapes
  • Editing paths with PathScribe
  • Connecting and straightening objects
  • Drawing circles and arcs
  • Using the Snap to and the Rotate at Collision tools
  • Mirroring text and images
  • Creating vector halftones
  • Editing path segments with InkScribe
  • Using DynamicSketch
  • Working with the WidthScribe brush tools
Mike Rankin

Working with Inner Glow and Outer Glow

In this movie, we'll see how to use Astute Graphic stylism to create and adjust Illustrator's inner and outer glow effects. I'll start with the inner glow effect. I'll select my star, and click the button in the stylism panel to apply an inner glow. This is the same effect I'd get if I chose Effect> Stylize > Inner Glow. And you can see the same controls on the star that are in the dialogue box. So, I have a blend mode menu currently set to screen. I have opacity controls.

I have blur controls. I can choose whether or not the glow is applied from the center or edge and I can choose the color of the glow. I'll close the dialog box. And let's explore the stylism controls on the star. The default blend mode is screen, but I can pick a different one from the menu, like overlay, and get a different look. I can switch to apply this glow from the center of the object instead of the edge. And I can click the color swatch to pick a different color to blend with. So instead of white I'll pick like a yellow color and click okay.

The left slider allows me to adjust the blur radius of the inner glow from a maximum of 144 pixels all the way down to zero. And like all the sliders in stylism, I can hold the shift key as I drag to constrain to whole number values. I can click anywhere along the line to jump to a value. And I can click and hold Cmd or Ctrl to slow drag to get precise values. And with the slider on the right side, I can adjust the opacity of the glow from zero to 100%.

If I want to hide the stylism controls and get a clear look at the effect, I'll just press and hold the Cmd or Ctrl key. And when I release, the controls come back. Now let's look at the outer glow effect. First, I'll remove the inner glow by clicking on the inner glow button in the panel. I'll click the outer glow button and I have four controls for working with outer glows. So I have that blend mode menu. I have the color square. And I have the two sliders. The one on the left is for blur, and the one on the right is for opacity.

I'll drag it all the way up to 100% opaque and I'll adjust the blur a little bit, holding the shift key to constrain to whole number values. And I'll just end up at seven pixels. Now, by default, all effects are applied to the object as a whole. So, right now I can't really see this effect very clearly. But if I go to the appearance panel, I can see my outer glow, right here, and I can drag to apply it to just the stroke. Now I can see that glow on both sides of the strobe. If I have another Astute Graphics plugin called Phantasm installed, I can also use the curve in the stylism panel to adjust the opacity of the glow.

So I can simply drag on the curve to change the effect. And I can create unique effects by drawing on the graph with the pencil tool and then smoothing it out. Click on this curves button to smooth out, and then you click and drag to adjust the curve however you want. In this movie we took a look at how to use the inner and outer glow controls in Astute Graphics stylism. Next we'll see how to use stylism to work with transform live effects.

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Q: This course was updated on 5/23/2014. What changed?
A: The author added a new chapter (Using Stylism) featuring eight new movies, on working with effects like drop shadow, feathering, inner and outer glow, and more.
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