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How To Make Things Glow In Adobe After Effects

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!

6 comments for How To Make Things Glow In Adobe After Effects

  1. Hi, i m atmiya.my problem is that when i import audio into the project its look like streched out.it not play as normal rate.

    • Can you be more specific? So you are importing an audio file into After Effects and it plays back at the incorrect speed?

  2. Thanks, Tobias! Getting started with AE, and this is exactly what I needed. Subscribed and learning. Thank you!

    • Thank you very much for the support! Great to hear you found my tutorials useful!

  3. When i finished with rotoscope with rotobrush, i put some glow effect in it and it works on timeline. But when i export it as a video. The rotobrush effect doesnt want to shown up? What should i do?

    • Are you working in ‘full resolution’ when you apply your roto brush? You are likely using a different resolution in your timeline and for your final export.

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