Photoshop Text Effects

How to Create a Neon Text Effect in Photoshop

In this tutorial, we’ll learn how to create a neon text effect in Photoshop by using just a couple of layer styles and a texture.

Neon Text Effect

To create a neon text effect, you’ll need:

Step 1

Create a new 1200 x 600px document and place the brick wall picture in the document.

Background

Go to Image > Adjustments > Levels and make the image darker.

Background Levels

Step 2

Write your text with the Impact font, white color and the settings shown below.

Text Settings

Text

Step 3

Double-click on the text layer to open the Layer Style dialog box and use the settings shown below.

Text Stroke

Text Drop Shadow

Step 4

We will now make the grill texture. To do so, create a new 10 x 10px document and enlarge the document to 3200%. Using a 1px hard brush, make 2 black lines as shown below. Now, go to Edit > Define Pattern and save it with the name “Grill Pattern”.

Grill Pattern

Step 5

Go back to your original document and duplicate the text layer. Then, right-click on the duplicate text layer and select Clear Layer Styles. Double-click on the duplicate text layer and use the settings shown below.

Second Text Layer Bevel and Emboss

Second Text Layer Texture

Second Text Layer Color Overlay

Second Text Layer Stroke

Step 6

To give a 3D effect, grab the Move Tool and move the second text layer 5px up.

Neon Text Effect Move

Step 7

Now, we will make the neon effect. Again, duplicate the text layer, right-click on it and select Clear Layer Styles. Then, double-click on the layer and use the settings shown below.

Neon Text Effect Stroke

After applying the Stroke, right-click on the fx of this text layer and select Create Layer.

Neon Text Effect Create Layer

Then, delete the text layer.

Neon Text Effect Delete Layer

Step 8

Double-click on the layer we just created and use the settings shown below.

Neon Text Effect Neon Drop Shadow

Neon Text Effect Neon Inner Glow

Neon Text Effect Neon Outer Glow

Neon Text Effect Neon Bevel and Emboss

Neon Text Effect Neon Satin

Neon Text Effect Color Overlay

 

Neon Text Effect Neon Result

Step 9

Grab the Eraser Tool and erase some parts of the text to give a realistic look. You can also use a hard brush to create some curves.

Neon Text Effect Eraser

Step 10

Follow this step if you want to draw some wires too. Create a new layer and place it below the neon layer. Then, use a 7px and 4px hard brush to draw the wires and use the settings shown below.

Wires Drop Shadow

Wires Bevel and Emboss

Wires Color Overlay

Wires

Step 11

Double-click on the brick wall layer and use the settings shown below.

Background Gradient Overlay

And we’re done with the neon text effect!

Neon Text Effect

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