I would like to make a ring that has a faint inner glow ala this image:

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I've tried first creating a circle, then applying a layer mask with a radial gradient from pure black to pure white, but that only achieves a linear gradient from center to edge, whereas this appears to be purely transparent right up to the edge of the circle.

Next I tried creating a circle again, then applying a inner glow effect. This nearly achieves what I want, except the circle is not transparent.

Here is my progress thus far:

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Any tips? I am using Photoshop CS5. Would this be better done using different software?

  • Could you do things: 1. Add an image of what you've got so far. 2. Jot on the current image what you mean by "inner ring" ---- thinking you mean the white but not really sure – Ryan Jun 24 '14 at 18:34
  • Sure. My progress thus far, with methods 1 and 2 imgur.com/wqfkkk7 – MHTri Jun 24 '14 at 18:38

Okay here's how I might approach it:

By playing with radial gradients with colors so we can see I got something like this:

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Now I'm going back in and changing the blue for transparent, note how I pushed everything to one side:

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Which gave this result:

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Which isn't bad but not quite there yet. I redid the gradient pushed even further to the side. I also added a very small feather so there won't be a hard outside edge:

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With the gradient pushed even further, and the feather added we get the following result:

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Hope this helps you

  • Perfect, thank you. I've moved the transparent slider closer to the colour slider for a sharper shift in gradation, then played around with increasing gradation length to get it looking as desired. Is there anyway to ensure a perfect center gradation? I noticed you used guides but I was wondering if PS had something else that would help. – MHTri Jun 24 '14 at 21:48
  • How would PS know what you want to center it around? Guidelines. – Ryan Jun 25 '14 at 0:45

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