Create Unique Neon Text Effect in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you the processes used to created this unique neon text effect in Photoshop. We will be using a number of Photoshop techniques such as layer masking, selection, blending options, pen tool and adjustment layers.

This is an intermediate level tutorial and some steps can be tricky.

Note: The Photoshop tutorial is done in CS6 – therefore some screenshot may have slighting different layout as in the earlier version. Some brushes are exclusive to Photoshop CS6.

Here is a preview of the final effect I have for this tutorial: (click to enlarge)

translucent-text-flatten

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OK Let’s get started!

To complete this tutorial, you will need the following stocks:

Font

Brick texture

Step 1

Create a new document sized 1400px * 782px with black background. Load the brick texture into Photoshop and select a portion of it with the Rectangular Marquee tool, we will use this as our background:

1 sel

Copy and paste the selection over to our document and re-size it to fit our canvas. Apply the following Gaussian Blur filter to this layer:

1 gaussian blur

Set the layer opacity to around 60%:

1 blend

Apply the following layer mask to this brick layer to hide parts of it:

1 mask

Apply the following color balance adjustment layer to add a bit of colour to the brick layer:

1 col bal

1 col mid

1 col high

and you will have the following effect so far:

1 effect

Step 2

We will start working on the text in this step. Use the font we downloaded and type some texts using the colour shown below:

2 type

Apply the following layer blending options to this text layer:

Bevel and Emboss

2 bevel

Stroke

2 stroke

Inner Shadow

2 inner shadow

Satin

2 satin

Color Overlay

2 overlay

Gradient Overlay

2 grad overlay

Outer Glow

2 outer glow

Drop Shadow

2 drop shadow

and you will have the following effect so far:

2 effect

 

Step 3

Duplicate this text layer once and move it slightly to the angle shown below:

3 dup

Repeat the above process and duplicate more text layers, until you form the following effect:

3 dup2

On the last layer you duplicated, apply the following Hue/Saturation adjustment and darken the layer as shown below:

3 dup mer

and here is the effect so far:

3 effect

Step 4

We will add some highlights around the text with a 6px, 90% hardness brush:

4 brush

Set the brush to have the following colour:

4 brush color

Create a new layer above all previous layers and set its blending mode to “overlay”, and use the brush to paint over the following areas:

4 paint

We can also add some smoke/cloud effect to the following positions, with a cloud brush or smoke brush:

4 cloud

and here is the effect so far:

4 effect

 

Step 5

We will add some wires around text. Use the Pen Tool to draw a path as shown below:

5 path

Use 5px, hard brush, stroke this path:

5 sroke

Apply the following Bevel and Emboss layer blending option to this line:

5 bevel

And you will see the following effect:

5 after bevel

Duplicate this wire layer a few times, adjust the size and shape of each duplicated layer, and attach them to each of the letters as shown below:

5 effect

Step 6

We’re almost done! To fine-tune this text effect, we can add the following adjustment layers on top:

Selective Color

6 sel color

6 blacks

Curves

6 curves

and this is my final effect: (click to enlarge)

translucent-text-flatten

That’s it for this tutorial! Hope you enjoy going through it and find it useful. Drop me a comment below if you have any question.

Till next time, have a great day!

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  • Diogo

    Hi,

    Great tutorial, but I don’t have understand the step 1 of layer mask…

    Can you help me?

    Thanks

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    awesome tutorial, and cooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool it just awsome!
    not only the background same impotency of the font. Font choosing are so gooooooooooood. thank you for shearing this tutorial.
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  • http://imediadesigns.org/ iMedia Designs

    Great tutorial, thanks…..

  • http://theneodesign.com Rajni Setia

    Amazing tutorial, we have featured it here : http://theneodesign.com/best-adobe-photoshop-tutorials-april-2014/

  • Antonio

    But I don’t have understand the step 1 Apply the following layer mask… Can you help me?
    Tanks

  • kevinlaksana

    can you make a video and share at youtube please. i can understand with step by step