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PaintTool SAI GLOW Tutorial by aBane PaintTool SAI GLOW Tutorial by aBane
I've had a few people ask me to do a tutorial.

In order to do glows myself I turned to yaoi-dealer [link] because I admire her artwork so much. But basically, credit to her for helping me along in my art and to be able to do art and glowing myself.

Enjoy this simple and easy to use tutorial on SAI Luminosity effects!
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DemonOfTheStarz Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
my life has been saved, thank you:D
xDreamWithMe Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yknow, I keep asking people if they could direct me to a good tutorial for glow effects in SAI... and none of them helped so I took my lazy bum over to DA and voila. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!
Nvaragod Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! Question tho, is there a specific transparency setting you'd use for the airbrush?
sapphiretiger123 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
FlufflyTuff Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
iiExposed Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
lizardman22 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
where is the luminosity layer?
Devilboy58 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the small but very helpful tutorial. Now I can use it for my new OC. :D
absolute-larry Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016  Student Artist
This doesn't work at all for me. I tried selecting the color with the eyedropper and then using the airbrush on my luminosity layer, but the airbrush won't do anything.
kreazea Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016  Student General Artist
extremely helpful. thank you :meow:
RavynAbyss Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016  Student General Artist
This was very helpful, thanks. :) It worked well for what I was needing the glow for.
puggal0504 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2015  Student Digital Artist
when i set my mode to luminosity it just dissapears :(
can i get some help?
SleepyArtiste Featured By Owner May 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There has to be color in the background.
FirebornForm Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2015   Digital Artist
This is such an incredibly poor and tacky "glow" 'tutorial', like damn that step 4 is hideous...  but I guess at least it informs people of the luminosity layer mode?
alexandersinnelius Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2015
Thanks, need this.
Lovz2Draw Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2015
Antta Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thanks. This is nice and easy.
GallowProxi Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Is there a way to do this with an older version? The version of Sai I have doesn't have the luminosity mode
SpadeNightmaren Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
if you have a layer labelled addition its the same thing
Catluckey Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
I get about the same effect on another layer using white airbrush tool that's large. Trick is right under your tools area beside the "set drawing mode", there are 4 small picture icons in black. 1st one looks like a blk thin hill, 2nd a wider hill, 3rd a flat marker tip, 4th a square. These are the "Edge shapes" to your drawing tools.

For the Air brush, select the 1st one, Max. size is larger, Min. size can be 0. Density is like Opaque setting. 100% is full color, and less makes it more transparent. White or a very light color with another layer of white over it gives a nice glow. I've gotten these results without luminosity:
TheWatchman Chapter04 Page01 by Catluckey Boy Practice sm by Catluckey
Hope these settings are available on your SAI version. I don't mind questions either! :heart:
lul-laby Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
why cant you get the new one?
GallowProxi Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I downloaded the file from my old desktop onto my laptop, And even if I get the new version, It would only be the trial, because I have no cash besides my convention money.
lul-laby Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh im forced to use firealpcha because me broke
TheRainbowPaint Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks for this really thanks!!!
UpsetFawn Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for this! I used this for the poison attack for Green from Castle Crashers <:3c
crescent-moon123 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015  Student General Artist
How do we select the colors to illuminate? Do we use the eyedropper tool?
Kenexandrite Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much!!! :D (Big Grin) 
Dhalbakken Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2015  Student General Artist
Oh my g---
grr... Lol. I've been trying to figure out how to do this for nearly 2 weeks, and it's this stupid simple?
Seriously, dude... You're a total life saver. :D
DragonStar2197 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh cool. This'll really help with a new pic I'm working on.
AussieGirlEmi Featured By Owner May 6, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Do you use any other tool like Blur? because those colors look more like they have been blurred...

Your steps where really confusing to me...Maybe you should do a more detailed one that has better instructions? x.x;
Enemom Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
The glow effects actually might be achieved using low opacity hard brushes like marker, but blur could be another.
justinohadi Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  Student General Artist
When I have a glow over a transparent background in my PNG, the airbrush turns into white blobs D: HALP!
this is how:
  1. Paint the picture of you wanna make to glow.
  2. Select the airbrush tool.
  3. Lower its density
  4. HAVE FUN 
justinohadi Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2015  Student General Artist
that doesn't work for every colour, so use the screen and luminosity blending modes in whatever amounts
it works for me :(
JayKeyra Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I couldn't figure out how to do this...And it looks great, thank you so much! Let me hug you! 
diamndz1021 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015  Student General Artist
cool thanks
killerskulldog Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015  Hobbyist
This is really great, and helpful, but the only problem I encountered was that the glow effect with luminosity doesn't work well when the background is a bright color...
GallowProxi Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Mine doesn't seem to have mode at all, and i'm not sure where to update, since I got the file from a friend
Doomfullord Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015
Thank you very much for this. Although I'm not quite that great at it, it helped me at least get the basics down so I can improve.
SweetWhompa Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
My version of SAI doesn't have any of these features?? I downloaded it for free from somewhere, and I had to hunt for brushes... I don't even have all the tools like the straight line/curve tool. Any help? I'd really like luminosity.
BluBxrrie Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015
Maybe your sai is out of date.
SweetWhompa Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Maybe? I think I found a new version that should work, but I haven't set it up yet.
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Sakura-Dark-Uchiha Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
...I cant seem to find luminosity, but addition seems to work the same way :3 Thank you
BluBxrrie Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014
Thank you. I bookmarked this page incase I forget how. c;
pollishedkibles Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
does anyone know if the same would work for OC 5.5
iNsAnE-nEkOs Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It doesn't seem to look right to me, what setting do you have the air brush on?
Beginneratart Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry for snooping, but is the layer s mode set to Luminosity? If so, does the picture have a dark background?
iNsAnE-nEkOs Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes and no. Sometimes it does have a dark background sometimes it doesn't. But it doesn't look right to me for sone reason, it's only looked right once
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