In today’s tutorial I will show you a very simple but essential visual effect in Adobe After Effects: how to make things glow!

How To Make Things Glow in Adobe After Effects Tutorial

In this After Effects tutorial we will apply a glow effect to both a static element in the scene (the rubber duck) as well as to a moving element in the scene (my hands). Here is a screenshot of the final effect we will be creating:

How To Make Things Glow 1 - Final Effect

Note that I do not cover how to create the lightning effect in this tutorial. You can learn all about how to create lightning in Adobe After Effects in my Advanced Lightning In Adobe After Effects tutorial.

Let’s get started with the tutorial!