Inner Glow Intro Tip

Today I will be introducing the Inner Glow effect, if you yourself haven’t been acquainted before that is. Inner Glow is perfect way to color around the edges or from the center of the object. In this tip, I will show you the benefits of Inner Glow.


  • Illustrator CS3/4/5
  • Inner Glow

About: I love the gradient tool in Illustrator. I use it all the time for all kinds of thing*1s. But sometimes the Gradient Tool isn’t the best tool for the job. Let’s say I made a star shape and want to darken around the edges*2 but gradients do a a poor job. The Gradient Tool only has linear and radial effects. The radial effect isn’t good enough to do the job today so let’s use the Inner Glow effect.

The Inner Glow effect is located in Effect> Stylize >Inner Glow*3. The Inner Glow effect is good when gradients aren’t enough. If you click the Inner Glow effect, a box will show up*4.  Always, always, always click the preview check box so you can see what you’re doing. The box to the right of the Mode option is your color, click it and choose whatever you want. Depending on what color your using for the effect, for the mode, choose screen if your using light colors(white) and choose multiply for darker colors (black). If you choose the wrong mode, the color (you picked) might not show. Opacity is just how transparent you want it to be. Depending on the size of the object, you may need to adjust the blur so it doesn’t cover too much or too little of the object. Inner Glow is only used to color inside an object from its edges to center or vice versa. If you cut holes inside an object*5, it will color around that area too which gradients can’t do. Plus, this effect sometimes gives a plastic appearance to an object.

Be sure to use this effect whenever you can.

Examples: Left to Right (1-5)


About Fadi G.

I am a digital artist and I hope to push the bounds of creativity. I will produce videos, illustrations, animations, and more interesting things.

Posted on September 4, 2010, in Illustrations, Inner Glow, Tips and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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