The Object ID corresponds to the object buffers defined in the Compositing tag.
Suppose there are dozens of objects in the scene and you want only one of them to glow. In the render settings, on the Effects page, add the Glow post effect and set Object ID to 1. Assign a Compositing tag to the object that should glow and, in the tag, enable Buffer 1. The glow is now restricted to this object.
The size of the glow is defined as a percentage of the viewport’s size. If you want the glow to appear to grow when you zoom objects, enable the Zoom Scale and Distance Scale options.
The Size value also affects the glow’s brightness. This is because the intensity of the glow (defined by Intensity) is spread over the entire glow.
The Intensity is a measurement for the transparency of the glow. A value of 0 represents full transparency (i.e. no glow). Increase the value for more opacity and thus a brighter glow.
This parameter controls the glow effect for dark surfaces. Using Back Intensity you can fine-tune the transition from glowing areas to non-glowing areas. To reduce the amount of glow for dark areas, set Back Intensity to a high value.
You can also use Back Intensity to achieve negative glow for effects such as dust clouds and smoke clouds. For negative glow, set Back Intensity to a low value.
The glow effect is usually additive and brightens pixels. Using Luminosity you can reduce the glow’s additive nature, causing the glow to darken. A value of 0% results in a diffuse, dusty cloud.
This parameter gives you a more refined way to control luminosity by checking the brightness of the rendered pixels. The glow and the rendered pixels are combined in an additive process. Use the Back Luminosity value to adjust this process.
The Back Luminosity parameter is especially useful for correcting glows that are too bright and washed out.
If the Use option for Color is disabled, the glow will be the same color as the material. To define a different color for the glow, enable the Use option, click the color box and choose the desired color (to access color sliders, click the triangle that’s next to the color box).
Uniform color glow
The color is also important when you want objects to glow with a uniform color regardless of their rendered brightness. Click the color box, choose the desired color and set Balance to a high value. Define an object ID and assign a Compositing tag to the glowing object with the corresponding object buffer enabled.
You can restrict the glow effect to object edges by enabling this option. To make the object’s edges glow with a uniform color — regardless of the rendered brightness — choose a glow color and set Balance to 100%.
There are two ways to zoom objects in the viewport:
Enable Zoom Scale if you are zooming via the Focal Length value and you want to zoom the glow as well as the objects.
Enable Distance Scale if you are zooming by moving the camera (or objects) and you want to zoom the glow as well as the objects. Otherwise the glow will remain the same thickness. See "Zoom Scale" for more details.
Note: This function does not work in conjunction with the Physical Renderer.
The Balance parameter controls how bright the rendered pixels must be in order to trigger glow in those areas. With the default value of 0%, only the brightest areas will glow. With a value of 100%, all areas will glow with the same intensity. However, note that a dark glow will be used for the dark areas. Use the Object ID parameter to restrict the glow to the desired objects.
To make the object glow with uniform color, enable the Use option for Color, click the color box that’s next to the option and choose the desired color.