How would you animate a glow in and out?

Jan 23, 2014

I have to create an effect where an object is glowing with a custom glow in and out on the screen.  I know how to create the custom glow, but I need some help on how to create the animation of it.  Thank you!

13 Replies
Kim Heintz

Hi Rebecca,

Thanks, it's good to be here. 

This is terrific, and it was exactly what I was looking for!  Thank you!

To this same effect--what if I have an object that I want to make look like it is pulsing?  I tried a few things along the same line and couldn't get it to do what I wanted.  Any suggestions?

Thank you,


amanda green

Hi Rebecca,

I know this an old post, but I'm hoping you are still on and will see this. I tried the link you posted with the steps, but it doesn't bring me to the steps. Do you know the steps I can take to make an object "glow"? I want to bring attention to objects to make people click on them. I hate adding so many directions for things. I prefer to lead them without having to add directions. 

Thanks for your help!

Russell Still

I did something like this recently. I drew a rough outline of the object I wanted to "glow", then set it white with wide "soft edges". That created the background glow I wanted. I put it in a layer with the object in front of it. The glowing background did a fade in and fade out in the layer. 

Then I had another layer that just showed the object without the glowing background.

Finally, I set up a loop where one layer called the other which closed itself at the end and called the calling layer. 

Works perfectly. Glow fades in and out in a pulsing manner forever.

Katie Riggio

Hello, Kayleigh. Thanks for adding your voice!

I'm going to share your thoughts about a built-in pulse animation with the team as a Feature Request on your behalf, so you should get an email confirmation about it shortly!

In the meantime, a few approaches to creating a pulsing effect:

  • Duplicate the object or text box and make it appear and disappear multiple times.
  • Pulse Effects. This discussion offers a handful of crafty tips and examples from community members, like you! 😀

Could any of these work for what you are looking to do?

Kayleigh Saum

Thanks! I suspect they could work, but I've already turned the project in to stakeholders at this point. I would have added a pulsing glow if it were a quick process or built-in, but did not have much time to devote to getting it to work properly before submitting the project. Thank you for doing that!

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