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-Photoshop Tutorial- Unicorn's Magic Glow by Pirill-Poveniy -Photoshop Tutorial- Unicorn's Magic Glow by Pirill-Poveniy
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So, here's a tutorial for making the unicorn's glow seen in the show using Photoshop in a fully vectorized way. This is based on the Unicorn horn glow tutorial for Inkscape made by :iconzutheskunk: Go check out his stuff!
If you see any mistakes, grammar errors and whatnot, please report them to me in the comments. Also, sorry for the pretty poor quality of the images included. The limited screen resolution took it's toll on them when taking the screenshots. :(

EDIT 3/11/2013: sta.sh/0n85pwmb54m Here's an example of the Photoshop CS6 version of this tutorial with a few mentions about the changes in steps. dA automatically creates a preview for the .PSD file on that link in case you don't want to download the example and just want to read the text.
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:bulletblack:Original tutorial for Inskcape and the Twilight Sparkle Vector belong to *ZuTheSkunk
:bulletblack:Tom Vector belongs to ~AxemGR
:bulletblack:Sunglasses Vector belongs to *Alexstrazse
:bulletblack:My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic belongs to Lauren Faust, DHX Media Vancouver, Hasbro and Top Draw Studios;
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Faerie-StarV Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015   General Artist
You mentioned vector mask but which one do we have to use? Reveal all or hide all? You may wan to add that detail because that's where I got stuck, I don't know which one do I have to use, hide or reveal.
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Pirill-Poveniy Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015
I'm sorry for the slow reply, I've been kind of on a hiatus and then just didn't feel like checking dA properly.

As far as I recall, you never have to create a vector mask from the menu, as creating a shape layer will automatically create a vector mask that hides everything except the shape's path. If you do need to manually create a vector mask for some reason, in CS4 "Reveal All" would have an empty mask, revealing the entire layer, while "Hide All" would make a layer mask that covers the entire layer, hiding it completely by default.

If you have issues telling what's going on, you can increase the layer's preview size like the one in the tutorial, to see what is gray or white on the mask more easily by right clicking (I believe) an empty spot in the layers panel and selecting an appropriate thumbnail size.
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Faerie-StarV Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015   General Artist
I was trying to do a horn glow on my G1 Boysnberry Pie pic I made a while back and I had to use a different method to create it(I got impatient waiting for your reply so I just figured I'll find another method which it sort of worked it out). ^^;
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Pirill-Poveniy Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015
Aww, sorry again for the slow reply. I hope it all worked out for you in the end.
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:iconfaerie-starv:
Faerie-StarV Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015   General Artist
It's cool. I'll try again on my next pic in the future. :)
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Deadmine135 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ohhh a very nice tutorial i have little question


does this tutorial also work on CS6 version (since this tutorial is on CS4 while i use is at CS6)


(sorry for the terrible grammar. if i had anything wrong correct me)
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Pirill-Poveniy Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015
Descriptions are magic. :) There's a version with the changes CS6 added to the workflow. I hope it's clear enough.
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Pirill-Poveniy Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
Yay! :D Nice work!
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Roxie03 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Student General Artist
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Pirill-Poveniy Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013
Nice work! 
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Roxie03 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Student General Artist
thank you :D
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KunoichiPikachu Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013
Thank you for making this tutorial! ^^ Though I do have a question. Since I have CS3 Extended, I'm having trouble creating the glow in Part 4. Could you provide a test file for this, please? :)    
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Pirill-Poveniy Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013
Unfortunately I can't. I only used CS4 and then CS6. If you would like to, send me a note with your issue in more detail and I'll see if I can find a solution.
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KunoichiPikachu Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013
Ah, okay. Will do! ^^ 
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ilovemew12 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks so much for making this! It's gonna be really helpful for when I start drawing comics of my unicorn
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Pirill-Poveniy Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
Glad you found it helpful! :D
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CreativeNyx Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can you provide a test file? I'm having problems with the vector masks at part 3 (cs6).
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Pirill-Poveniy Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013
Certainly. I'll do so as soon as I am able, it's gonna be a pretty hectic week. If I don't do it in a timely fashion, please send me a note about it. I sometimes forget about these things. Sweating a little...
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CreativeNyx Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Will do that Wink/Razz

I have a temporary solution (smaller opacity + outer glow) but it doesn't look half as good as what you do.
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Pirill-Poveniy Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
Added a CS6 example with text describing the changes between versions to the description of the tutorial. (Also here's a direct link to it: sta.sh/0n85pwmb54m ) Hope it clears any confusion! :D If you still have issues or feedback, lemme know. :D
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DreamCharmerXD Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
Should I make a animation of her carrying that rock and dropping it?
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Pirill-Poveniy Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013
If you want to then go for it. :) It's your free time!
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SydneyitsSydneyYo Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Professional
Nice.
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Roxie-03 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
which vesion of photoshop are using? please give me the link
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Pirill-Poveniy Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013
The version of Photoshop is clearly written in the first paragraph. As for links, you can always buy it from Adobe or get it from other more resourceful means.
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Roxie-03 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm 12... I can't buy anything...
 
hehe... sorry for that 
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DragonusPrime Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:ninja: ............ *sneaky +fav*
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Pirill-Poveniy Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
What was that?!....huh...I must be hearing things.
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wolfsman2 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
thanks dude that really helps alot even if i work with photoshop the tools are the same
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Pirill-Poveniy Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
(\ Glad you found it useful!
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TheAntsaBoy94 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If I`m not mistaken, objects has different magic glow than the horn and the inner part of horn`s magic glow is round unlike the outer parts. Although they don`t lower sparkle`s opacity on the show, it seems to be a good idea and works very well on these pictures of yours. You forgot to add sparks outside the magical glow, though.
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Pirill-Poveniy Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
This tutorial is starting to be a bit old right now, and I'm not using Photoshop to vector anymore at all. I might need to check some references and see how the magic glow is different. Maybe they changed their way to rendering the magic glow as time went along.

As for the missing sparks outside the glow, all the sparks are actually outside. It's possible I tinted them too pink and they look like they're below the glow but they're actually on the outside. I thought that leaving them too bright would distract a bit from the overall effect but you can have them as you want in your pictures, what I did was one method of doing this.
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TehAwesomeFace Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do you use Adobe Illustrator? And if you do, can you show me how to make the glow in Adobe Illustrator?
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Pirill-Poveniy Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
I use Adobe Illustrator, but :iconsircxyrtyx: already did an equivalent tutorial on it which you can find here.
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XYZExtreme13 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
The tutorial is done in Photoshop. This may be a stupid question but could it also be done in Inkscape?
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Pirill-Poveniy Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
While I could re-write it for Inkscape, I find little reason to considering there are better Inkscape tutorials in MLP-VectorClub's gallery. Also I don't really use Inkscape that much/at all anymore.
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XYZExtreme13 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
Thank you. I could an appropriate tutorial.
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Pirill-Poveniy Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
Well, you have all you need at that link.
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XYZExtreme13 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
Sweet! Just wanted to get workin on my ponysona. I'll be using a base for it and need the magic glow for an object that my ponysona will be using
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Pirill-Poveniy Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
Whoops, I thought your comments were on my other tutorial, silly me. Here's the exact link to the tutorial for Inkscape, made by *ZuTheSkunk. Sorry for the confusion.
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XYZExtreme13 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
S'alright. I already added the right one to my favorites.
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Amy-defy Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
this really help me thanks for create the tutorial!!!
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Pirill-Poveniy Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
Glad you found it useful!
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FreelancerPony Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
so much usefulness! thank you! ^-^
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Pirill-Poveniy Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
Yay! :D
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Terkois Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. Helped a lot!
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Pirill-Poveniy Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
Woo! :D
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bryfury Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
omg, thank you so much, this will be extremely useful for me, thanks again ^^
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Pirill-Poveniy Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
You're welcome.
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