I want to make my runes glow, rather than appear yellow. Help!
Hayden Meekin, New Zealand
Answer Kelley replies
For this example, I’ll place my glowing runes in an ancient spell book. I start by establishing the setting. It’s important for the glowing runes to contrast against the background. If the environment or book pages were in brightly lit sunshine, the runes would hardly be visible at all. I choose to set the scene at night, and paint the book pages a medium brown colour, so that the runes can really stand out.
Now it’s time to paint the runes. My formula for painting glowing things is to draw the glowing element on its own layer. Then I duplicate that layer and blur it using the Gaussian Blur filter. That’s what creates the glowing effect. I adjust the Layer Opacity to change the intensity of the glow.
Here, I want the runes to have a golden glow to contrast with the cool environment. The rune layer is in a light yellow, while the blurred glow layer is in a darker gold colour. It may seem that using pure white would make your runes seem the brightest, but sometimes a darker, coloured glow can actually appear to be more intense.
Weathered carvings, overgrown vines, and glowing runes all add up to an unmistakably magical, mysterious setting.