Photoshop Tutorial: NEON! How to Make a Custom, Neon Sign August 15, 2019 63 By Peter Engel Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. I’m going to show you how to make your own neon sign. This is a revised version of one I did quite a while ago on an earlier version of Photoshop. I provided this brick wall for you to download. Its links is located in the video description or project files. The size is 1280 by 720 pixels with a resolution of 150 pixels per inch. To fit the image onto your screen, press Ctrl + 0 on a PC or Cmd + 0 on a Mac. Let’s make the brick wall dark. Click on the Adjustment Layer icon and choose “Levels”. We need to see more of the levels properties, so hover your cursor just below the window until you see a vertical, double-arrow. Then, drag it down. Now, we can see the “Output Levels” in the right box. Type in 60. If you feel the brick wall is too dark, you can always increase the number later. Open your Type tool and choose a font. I’m using “Freestyle Script”. If you’d like to use it, I provided that link, as well. I’m choosing a size of 191 points… “Sharp” and Left Alignment. Click on the color box and pick white. Then, click OK. Type out your text. To move a line to the right, click to the left of the first character of the line and press and hold Alt or Opt plus the right arrow key on your keyboard. To increase or decrease the space or “kerning” between two characters, click between them using the same characters of Alt or Opt + the left or right arrow keys. Continue to kern your characters until all of your text looks good. Go to Layer…Rasterize…and Type. Click on your Move Tool. To angle your text, open your Transform Tool by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + T. Go to a corner and when you see a curved, double-arrow, rotate it counterclockwise. Click inside to reposition it. Then, press Enter or Return. Ctrl-click or Cmd-click on the thumbnail of the text to make a selection of its shape. Go to “Select” and “Save Selection”. We’ll name it “text” and click OK. Since neon tubes are relatively thin, we’ll delete the center portion of our text making it look more like thin tubes. Go to Select…Modify… and Contract. I’ll contract it by 4 pixels. Depending on the size of your text, play with the amount of contraction to see what looks good to you. Then click OK. Press “Delete” to get rid of the areas inside the selection. Press Ctrl or Cmd + D to delete the selection. We’re ready to add color and glows to our text. Double-click on its thumbnail to open the Layer Style window. Click “Color Overlay”. Click on the color box and pick a color. Pick a medium shade of a color you like. I’ll choose 6 E A A F B for mine. Click “Outer Glow” and the color box. Pick a slightly darker or richer shade of the same color as you picked just before. For mine, I’ll type in type in 0 B 5 B F F. The blend mode is “Normal”, the Opacity is 75%, and the Size is 10 pixels. Click “Drop Shadow”. The blend mode its “Multiply”, the Opacity is 100%… the “Distance” is 5 pixels and the Size is 7 pixels. Make a copy of the text by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + J. Double-click on “Outer Glow” and change its blend mode to “Color Dodge” and its Opacity to 100%. Click on the color box and pick a medium shade of your color. I’m typing in 5 B 8 F F 9. Make the size approximately, 100 pixels and uncheck “Drop Shadow”. Then, click OK. Next, we’ll add a thin, inner glow to make it look more like neon tubes. Click on the New Layer icon to make a new layer. Let’s name it, “Tube Highlight”. Ctrl-click or Cmd-click on the thumbnail of your text to make a selection of its shape. Go to “Select”, “Modify” and “Contract”. I’ll contract it by 1 pixel. Feel free to experiment with this amount. We’ll fill it with white and since white is the background color, press Ctrl or Cmd + Delete. Then, delete the selection. To blend the inner glow into your neon color, change the blend mode to “Overlay”. We’re ready to make the neon glow on the brick wall. Make the Adjustment Layer active. We’ll place the brick glow above this layer. Make a new layer and we’ll name it “Brick Glow”. Open your Channels panel and Ctrl-click or Cmd-click on the “text” channel that you saved earlier to make a selection of its shape. Open back up your Layers panel and go to “Select” and “Refine Edge”. Feather it 50 pixels and shift the edge 70%. Then, click OK. Fill the selection with white and delete the selection. Change the blend mode to “Overlay”. Double-click on the thumbnail of the brick glow to open its Layer Style window. Click “Color Overlay” and the color box. Pick a rich shade of your color. I’m picking 0 0 4 2 F F. Change the blend mode to “Color” and reduce the Opacity to 70%. We’ll add one more glow to the brick wall to make our sign really pop. Make a new layer and name it “Brick Glow 2”. Open your Channels panel and as before, Ctrl-click or Cmd-click on the text channel and open back up your Layers panel. Go to “Select” and “Refine Edge”. Feather it 50 pixels and this time, shift the edge 40%. Fill it with white and delete the selection. Change the blend mode to “Overlay”. Go to the Effects of the original Brick Glow and press and hold Alt or Opt as you drag a copy of it to “Brick Glow 2”. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. Thanks for watching! CategoryArticles BlogTagsAdobe and blend mode brick wall channels color dodge color overlay copy effects copy layer drop shadow glow graphic design kerning layer style letter spacing light lighting Lights Logo neon neon sign neon tube outer glow overlay photoshop photoshop cc rasterize refine edge selection sign text text effect the tutorial your 63 Comments ᅚᅚTyrone says: November 17, 2014 at 3:43 pm Hey Marty, could you make a tutorial how to make a lightning type of text? Thanks! Reply litit up says: November 18, 2014 at 12:25 am Thank you! Awesome Reply Blair B says: January 4, 2015 at 6:33 pm This is awesome! Thanks for your clear explanation. It worked perfectly! Thanks! Reply ShellstaX says: January 6, 2015 at 7:12 am Thanks – works great. Reply Giovanna Mealer says: January 15, 2015 at 7:36 pm Unfortunately, I can't even get the brick wall. Photoshop tells me the file name is truncated or incomplete. Doing the Ctrl+0 didn't work either… I'll have to find another file. Reply RKG Austin says: February 10, 2015 at 9:57 pm My version of photoshop doesn't have freestyle script as a font choice. Reply GENEFGMK says: February 11, 2015 at 5:55 am Thank you very educational. Reply Pouya Vagefi says: February 11, 2015 at 6:11 pm man ,you are amazin' Reply Photograph says: February 18, 2015 at 9:15 pm Thanks @Blue Lightning TV Your the best Photoshop teacher! Keep up the good works in Photoshop! and It works for me as well! Reply Apple Rose Sanchez says: February 20, 2015 at 1:26 am Thanks for this. 🙂 Reply Harrison wese says: February 26, 2015 at 7:53 am can you make a tutorial on how you made the glow stuff flash Reply carlos oliveira says: March 3, 2015 at 11:30 pm Obrigado pelo ótimo tutorial,great,amazin…fantastic.Thank you very much! Reply barthulsen says: March 6, 2015 at 12:53 pm Thanks for the great lesson! Very nice effect and great explination! Reply KritikEyes says: March 20, 2015 at 2:59 pm Excellent tutorial, thank you! I do hope your font is free of use? I am currently creating my youtube channel and using your font for my title. Is that okay? Best. Reply Leonardo Cano says: April 4, 2015 at 2:12 am because when I go to change the text color not color box appears? please help me,,thanks.. Reply Tommy Dimmel says: April 13, 2015 at 5:44 am Perfect tutorial Reply Lashawn VM says: April 14, 2015 at 11:28 pm I was wondering if you have the color codes to make it neon green? Reply Jeff Call says: May 7, 2015 at 8:10 pm Great tutorial! I've been looking to do something like this for an intro I'm making. I am wondering though if you could show us how you were able to animate the text to an On/Off state or perhaps show us where that additional tutorial is located. Thanks! Reply Conor Donnellan says: May 13, 2015 at 9:22 pm may i use this font and backgroud for my projects ? Thanks. Reply Jungle Mythical Man says: June 5, 2015 at 3:56 pm Thank you. Reply Cracked Clock says: June 16, 2015 at 10:59 pm I was able to make the animation on the the end by making going back into the history and re-editing the colors I chose, going for grey instead of blue. Making it look like an unlit neon tube. Reply kayser152 says: August 8, 2015 at 7:58 pm Dude you went way too f**king fast towards the end. Slow it down Reply Cheyenne Aldamuy says: August 18, 2015 at 8:07 pm Hi just watched this video and it was a great help. Thank you. I was wondering if you can tell me how you got the neon to blink on and off i would love to add this feature to my piece. Reply Ron says: August 30, 2015 at 9:04 pm Marty,I am trying to get two words, one right above (below) the other like in the tutorial. How can I get the two words closer to each other without having to resize them. I want to bring the bottom word closer to the top word. Reply stefan wilson says: August 30, 2015 at 9:54 pm It will not let me delete with ctrl+delete at 5:39 is there another way Reply jay6382 says: September 7, 2015 at 2:44 pm cool tutorial, however i work in the sign business and have never seen double stroke script neon without breaks inbetween the letters Reply Earl Castillo says: September 8, 2015 at 5:14 pm good day! i dont know if this helps im running cs5 in my acer aspire laptop. my problem is i dont know how to do the "deletion" part i tried the "delete" and "del" button but it doesn't do anything, i also tried the shortcut "ctrl+d" still it didnt work until, i rasterize it, but after rasterizing it i have a new problem i cant complete the final steps in the tutorial from 5:22 until the end of the tutorial. any advice? thank you very much. Reply Lew D says: October 1, 2015 at 1:53 pm when I click on adjustment layer for the brick wall it says "no layers match the filter" Reply Taylor Lantelli says: October 27, 2015 at 6:48 pm Every time I go to add the outer glow when I click overlay it disappears, do you know why this is? Reply topnotchhh says: November 8, 2015 at 10:37 pm i try to use text. i hit enter to create a second line it just sets the text what am i doing wrong im on cc Reply RAUL ABDALA says: December 7, 2015 at 1:48 am SOS MAESTRO ENTRE LOS MAESTROS Reply ShaRare says: January 25, 2016 at 12:17 pm thank you!How can I change an image resolution from 72dpi to 300dpi without changing the height&width? Reply Lauren Green says: January 27, 2016 at 11:44 pm Thanks for the tutorial! I am unable to delete my selection at 3:24 (says I need to rasterize first). Do you know what else I can do? Reply Viktoriya Tsoy says: February 21, 2016 at 7:48 am Thank you! Reply 패딩즈LYC says: February 21, 2016 at 3:17 pm why sometimes when I press ctrl+enter it does't fill with white when my background colour is white Reply Jertej says: March 29, 2016 at 6:44 pm I can't delete the inside of the letters to make it white. I select and modify and refine edge. Control delete and control D and it doesnt change. What am I doing wrong? Reply Neon Flashbang says: April 17, 2016 at 7:18 pm i keep repeating this video cuz your voice sounds like something from old time talk shows, its relaxing, soothing and the background noise is soft as in a 1940's radio. also because the video is informational Reply Carlos Carranco says: April 21, 2016 at 5:45 pm When I try to delete the inner selection in letter shows this:"Could not complete your request because the pixels in a type layer cannot be edited without first rasterizing the layer." Reply mohanad Qais says: May 7, 2016 at 8:07 am thank you very match Reply Bmw en tunisie says: May 30, 2016 at 8:33 pm photo Reply smallcocksrecords says: June 7, 2016 at 1:12 pm thank you! this was incredibly helpful!!! Reply Ambre Gaëlle Abudarham says: June 18, 2016 at 11:34 pm I changed the "tube highlight" from normal to overlay and no change occurs.still a solid white line in the middle Reply LaFlamesRodeo says: July 22, 2016 at 4:48 am 6:35 HOW DID YOU FILL THE SELECTION WITH WHITE? Reply P-TOWNER says: September 2, 2016 at 2:41 am I don't see Refine edge under select. Can you please help? Reply TQ- Subway says: September 10, 2016 at 7:47 am Thank you ❤️ Reply Wyatt Bertz says: September 22, 2016 at 6:59 pm thanks for this great tutorial. when i get to the "refine edge" section of brick glow and use shift edge to adjust the size of the glow on the wall, even at 100%, the glow does not extent nearly as far as the glow in this tutorial, and for that reason the end result looks dead.anybody else having this issue? Reply Yasser Al Kindi says: October 1, 2016 at 6:34 am Great video, if I may advise – please make the instructions slower. Trying to follow you step by step meant stopping and rewinding the video many many times. Reply Laria Willy says: October 20, 2016 at 8:38 pm nice tuto n well explain . Reply bourax blablo says: October 25, 2016 at 9:22 am Ps CSS v12, ctrl+clic doesnt select, it worked with Shift+clic Reply N8XLJ says: November 22, 2016 at 9:16 pm how do you make it flicker? Reply Isla Murphy says: December 17, 2016 at 11:13 am Thank you for this tutorial, I use it all the time and it is always effective for what I am using it for :). Reply melvin carter says: February 11, 2017 at 11:19 am I've done 3 of your tutorials now and though the artwork is stunning, the way you teach is very, very inspiring. Ain't many better! Reply Tamer walleed says: February 12, 2017 at 3:50 am thanks man Reply Katie Adams says: February 18, 2017 at 1:25 am Very helpful and explicatory Reply Jeison Rafe says: March 3, 2017 at 3:21 pm Thanks for this tutorial I can do the same in the PIXELMATOR software for Mac Reply Ana Gonzales says: April 26, 2017 at 6:34 pm HOW DID YOU SAVE THE TEXT CHANNEL?? Reply Pablo D says: May 18, 2017 at 10:30 pm how i do the off and on?? I did the full steps! i need to save how?? THX! Reply 이연 says: July 6, 2017 at 5:19 pm So thanks to upload this video.You have good explain people who watch this video Reply Kyle P. Silvers says: October 17, 2017 at 4:42 am When I attempt to contract it says no pixels are selected. Reply Sulaimon Maestro says: December 14, 2017 at 11:27 am Wow, just wow…. BUt you are moving too fast… Reply Hard Blues says: April 1, 2018 at 5:20 pm Thank you. This is exactly what i was looking for. Reply Inod Kenzye says: September 14, 2018 at 7:19 pm Your explanation is very detailed … and I am easy to understand, the best channel. thanks Reply Indu Mani says: September 30, 2018 at 6:30 am nice Reply Smlie Smile says: May 1, 2019 at 3:34 am Thank you. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.