I'm going to be showing you how to do the "glow" effect on Photoshop. I'm using CS5, but I'm sure you can do it in the other versions of Photoshop as well.
This....CLICKY. Is what we are aiming for. It's rather simple...but it shows you how to do the glowing effect, and the "fire like" glowing things in the background. Not sure what to call them xD.
I used...THIS picture of Ville...you can use ANY picture you want :) I just used this one...since I LOVE this picture of him ::gooby:: Tis rather sexy ;)
I started by resizing the image since it's just way too big. You can do what you want with the background. I just used the MAGIC WAND took to select all of the white background and delete it. It does leave a bit in his hair...but I covered that with a glow.
After cutting out the background Create a NEW LAYER place it under your picture later. I filled mine with black. Then right click and go to Blending Options, and click GRADIENT OVERLAY.
My settings for that...
Then right click on your picture layer...blending options...Outer Glow.
I used these settings for the outer glow.
You can use any color you want, and play around with the settings if you like. The only reason I added a glow to Ville is because there is still some white background in his hair, that would be a pain to cut out...this way it hides it, and makes him stand out more :)
Next we are going to create the glow around his arm :)
Create a new layer.
Select the Pen Tool (p). You can use either the Free Form Pen Tool or just the Pen Tool. I like to use the regular Pen too. It's easier to control that way. Then draw a wave type thing...
Then select your Brush Tool. Use a soft brush of 7PX and Hardness of 0XP. You can mess around with the size of the brush to your linking. Make sure you have WHITE first in your color palette ;)
Then select your Pen tool again. Right click. Select Stroke Path.
This box will come up.
Make sure you have the Simulate Pressure box checked ;) That will make the stoke get thinner at the top and bottom of the wave.
Next right click with the Pen Tool still selected, and click Make Selection click OK to the box that comes up (feather 0px). Press Crtl D. That will get rid of the selection. And just have the white wave.
Next double click on your glow layer, and that will bring up your Blending Options. I used these settings for my Outer And INNER Glow...
You should have something like this...
You can use whatever colors you want for the inner and outer glow. I used blue, because I made the background blue ;)
Okay...now we need to use some masking to get rid of the Glow we don't want on the arm. You can erase if you want ;) I like to use making layers.
Select your Polygonal Lasso tool. Click your mask tool in your layers box. And do something like this with your tool...
Fill it with black in your MASK layer ;) Do this to some of the glow on the arm. So that it looks like the glow is WRAPPED around the arm. You should have something like this when you are done...
Then push Crtl J. That will duplicate your glow layer. Right click on the layer in your layers box and click CLEAR LAYER STYLE. Then go to Filer-Blur-Gaussian Blur. I used a blur of 6.0px. You can mess around and find something you like. This will make the glow stand out more ;)
Now Create a new layer, and select your pen too again. Follow your original glow. But make sure it's not entirely the same.
Then select your brush tool. Make sure you have white selected. Use a smaller brush. I used a brush of 5px and an Opacity of around 50-75%.
Go back to your pen tool, and Stoke Path again. This gives it a double glow effect. Mask it like you did the first glow layer.
Then push Crtl and click on your ORIGINAL glow layer.
Then go to Select-Modify-Expand. Set that to around 7px. Then go to Select-Modify-Feather. And about 10px.
Then go to your last glow layer, and click Crtl E. Click Apply to the box that comes up, and Crtl E to the next layer. This merges your glow layers into one.
Okay...now push Crtl and click your original glow layer. And do Select-Modify-Expand and Select-Modify-Feather again. Use the same settings as before.
Now with your glow still selected go to your picture layer, and go to Filter-Artistic-Plastic Wrap....
With your glow still selected and still on the picture layer. Go to Filter-Blur-Gaussian Blur. I used a blur of 2.0px this time.
This give it kind of like a motion effect in a way. And with that still selected use your Dodge tool sent on HIGHLIGHTS to create some highlights on your picture. Push Crtl D to deselect your glow.
Now that's the end of the glow we will work on the background glow/fire/stuff. Not sure what to call it :p
Create a new layer, and place it under your picture layer.
Take a white brush. A soft one with 10px or more :)
Now randomly draw a squiggle. Make sure your Brush is set to 100 opacity.
I hid all the other layers so you could see ;)
Now go to Filter-Liquify. And do something like this...
I made the background black you could see it better ;)
Then use the same Outer Glow and Inner Glow settings that you used on the first glow layer ;) You can change the colors if you want :)
I like to add a few more layers like that and use different colors for the glow to make it colorful. But for each layer I use a smaller brush size. Just make a random squiggle.
I made 3 layers of the glow fire :p
Now push crtl and click on the first layer, and do Select-Modify-Expand, and Select-Modify-Feather like you did with the first glow for his arm :) Do that for each of the layers of the glow fire that you make :)
I have really no SET way that I do my glowing. I do it differently each time really. So it's really up to you to experiment with settings and such that you like :)
I actually decided to duplicate my background glow layers...and move them around to make MORE of them :P
The last thing I did was add 2 adjustment layers.
I turned up the BLUE Curve on the first layer.
On the second I turned the regular curve down. I just like the darker look with these layers.
And that's basically it. You can add text or whatever. I just made this like this to show how to make the glow, and how to make like a glow fire type thing :)
Oh, and I want to say that I have TWO PLASTIC WRAP effects on my Final one below D: Didn't realize until it was too late xD so yours won't be as blurry as mine is :P
These are a few things that I have made with this glow technique.
And like I said, I never do it the same way each time I go a glow :) So...none of the stuff I make with the glow effect is ever really the SAME as what came before it. It makes it unique :)
Hope you learned something.
This is my first tutorial ::gooby::