NOTE FOR LESSON #1: if you're using a version of photoshop from the CS collection there will not be a icon of an f in a circle, instead it will be a fx by itself.
a tutorial for *a-little-one
i hope this tutorial makes sense and that this is what you wanted to know
really i only needed to show the first method since that's the one i use the most for making things glow, i only use the other two if they need special colours or there's a layering problem...
oh also, i didn't spell check this or really look through it again that much since usually it ends up making less sense, but if you don't understand something then just comment and i'll try to explain