After all the years that I’ve used Photoshop, you’d think that I would have it all down by now, right? I thought so too! Until, that is, I stumbled upon a great tool that I always wanted, right in the familiar old Layer Styles dialog. That’s right, there’s an option there that I haven’t tried out until now!

Up till now, I always got frustrated over the Outer and Inner Glow styles not working the way I wanted them to.  I would create some random shape, and then set the outer and inner glow styles so that the shape would look something like a lightsaber, but it never worked quite how I wanted it.  Take, for example, the shape below:

As you can see, it has some tight angles, and if I put these styles onto it:

Blending Options

Outer Glow

Inner Glow

But that gives us the image below.  As you can see, there are white points poking out at almost all the corners.

So how do we fix this?  Well, as I found out, all you have to do is go into the Outer and Inner Glow options, and change the Technique from Softer to Precise.  That’s it!  So if we change the glow settings to this:

Outer Glow

Inner Glow

After we change those two settings, we get this:

And it’s fixed!  Now our shape is a nice glowing lightsaber, with no white corners poking out anywhere.