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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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:iconpirill-poveniy:
Pirill-Poveniy Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
Yay! :D Nice work!
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:iconroxie03:
Roxie03 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
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:iconpirill-poveniy:
Pirill-Poveniy Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013
Nice work! 
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:iconroxie03:
Roxie03 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
thank you :D
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:iconkunoichipikachu:
KunoichiPikachu Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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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:iconkunoichipikachu:
KunoichiPikachu Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, okay. Will do! ^^ 
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:iconilovemew12:
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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:iconpirill-poveniy:
Pirill-Poveniy Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
Glad you found it helpful! :D
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:iconcreativenyx:
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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:iconpirill-poveniy:
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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:iconcreativenyx:
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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:iconpirill-poveniy:
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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:iconsydneyitssydneyyo:
SydneyitsSydneyYo Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Nice.
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:iconroxie-03:
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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:iconpirill-poveniy:
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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:iconroxie-03:
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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:iconpirill-poveniy:
Pirill-Poveniy Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
What was that?!....huh...I must be hearing things.
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:iconwolfsman2:
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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:iconpirill-poveniy:
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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:iconpirill-poveniy:
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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:iconxyzextreme13:
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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:iconpirill-poveniy:
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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:iconpirill-poveniy:
Pirill-Poveniy Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
Well, you have all you need at that link.
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:iconxyzextreme13:
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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:iconxyzextreme13:
XYZExtreme13 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
S'alright. I already added the right one to my favorites.
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:iconamy-defy:
Amy-defy Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
this really help me thanks for create the tutorial!!!
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:iconpirill-poveniy:
Pirill-Poveniy Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
Glad you found it useful!
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:iconfreelancerpony:
FreelancerPony Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
so much usefulness! thank you! ^-^
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:iconpirill-poveniy:
Pirill-Poveniy Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
Yay! :D
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:iconterkois:
Terkois Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. Helped a lot!
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:iconpirill-poveniy:
Pirill-Poveniy Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
Woo! :D
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:iconbryfury:
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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:iconpirill-poveniy:
Pirill-Poveniy Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
You're welcome.
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GozerTheEquestrian Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
With a few slight changes to the process, this method works great on GIMP. Thanks for the tutorial!
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:iconpirill-poveniy:
Pirill-Poveniy Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
Great to hear that it can be adapted for GIMP as well. As far as I'm aware, GIMP can't produce vector graphics though.
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GozerTheEquestrian Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, I'm not sure about all the tools you use to make vector graphics in Photoshop, but Gimp's "Paths" tool can be used for most of the same purposes as Photoshop's "Pen" tool. Or is that not what you meant?
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Pirill-Poveniy Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
I haven't used GIMP in a long while so I'm not sure of the state it's in now, but using paths doesn't necessarily mean vectoring. Photoshop and SAI can use simple paths too, but that doesn't mean those are vectors, only using shape layers (in Photoshop) creates a vector image in the end. I'm really not the best to explain this, you might want to ask some of the people at #MLP-VectorClub for a more satisfying answer.
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GozerTheEquestrian Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
interesting, well tyvm.
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lauani Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oooh! you use also GIMP?
could you explain to me how to do it in GIMP?
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GozerTheEquestrian Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Uh, sure, I can try. How far along are you?
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