I am working with a line shapefile that represents the road network of a city. I used a graduated symbology to draw each roads depending on their attribute value.

Now, I want to get the outer glow of each lines for visualisation purposes. Going to Symbology > symbol > effect only allows me to add a outer glow effect to the whole network at one with a definite color. I, however, would like to have the glow color depending on the line it is linked to.

Here's an example in case I was not clear enough:

This is the network colored depending on the roads attributes values:

And this is what I get when I add the outer glow effect to it which is not what I am looking for:

What I want is for the red roads glow to be red, for the blue ones to be blue, for the green ones to be also green etc.

Is there a way of doing so? I have been looking for a while and didn't come across any answers yet.

  • Apply the graduation again, then it should work. I tried it this way round (first blurring, then graduation).
    – Erik
    Commented Dec 17, 2019 at 13:20
  • It's unfortunately not working for me. What version of QGIS are you using?
    – I.M.
    Commented Dec 17, 2019 at 13:24
  • 1
    Are you sure you're using Blur? Looks to me like you're using Outer Glow which indeed only allows to use one color / colorRamp. Commented Dec 17, 2019 at 13:30
  • @I.M. QGIS 3.4.13
    – Erik
    Commented Dec 17, 2019 at 13:34
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    For a stronger blur effect you may use several blur on top of each other....
    – J.R
    Commented Dec 17, 2019 at 13:55

1 Answer 1


You have two choices

  • Solution 1: Geometry generator and ShapeBurst

Follow the accepted answer: QGIS 3 How to Create Glow on Layer with Gradient Symbology

  • Solution 2: Stack as many Blur effects as you need to get the desired result

Effect Stack

Effect Stack



  • I got what I wanted with the stacked blur effect, thank you.
    – I.M.
    Commented Dec 17, 2019 at 14:22

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