Adobe Photoshop Tutorial | Neon Sign Effect



This Adobe Photoshop tutorial will teach you how to make text and logos look like they are a neon sign.

VIDEO OUTLINE:
▪️ Intro & Outline | 0:00 – 1:01
▪️ Step 1 | Familiarize with Adobe Photoshop & set up file: 1:02 – 2:46
▪️ Step 2 | Import photo for the design’s background: 2:47 – 3:04
▪️ Step 3 | Import the logo and add effects: 3:05 – 11:16
▪️ Step 4 | Create a text layer and add effects: 11:17 – 12:52
▪️ Step 5 | Create a brushed layer to integrate the sign into the photo: 12:53 – 16:53
▪️ Step 6 | Export your design: 16:54 – 17:56
▪️ Thank You | 17:57 – End

DEFINITIONS:

Layer Style Dialog Box:
▪️ Blend Mode:
Determines how the layer style blends with the underlying layers, which may or may not include the active layer. For example, an inner shadow blends with the active layer because the effect is drawn on top of that layer, but a drop shadow blends only with the layers beneath the active layer. In most cases, the default mode for each effect produces the best results. See Blending modes.

▪️ Choke:
Shrinks the boundaries of the matte of an Inner Shadow or Inner Glow prior to blurring.

▪️Linear Dodge (Add)
Looks at the color information in each channel and brightens the base color to reflect the blend color by increasing the brightness. Blending with black produces no change.

▪️Multiply:
Looks at the color information in each channel and multiplies the base color by the blend color. The result color is always a darker color. Multiplying any color with black produces black. Multiplying any color with white leaves the color unchanged. When you’re painting with a color other than black or white, successive strokes with a painting tool produce progressively darker colors. The effect is similar to drawing on the image with multiple marking pens.

▪️Size:
Specifies the radius and size of blur or the size of the shadow.

▪️Spread:
Expands the boundaries of the matte prior to blurring.

▪️ Noise:
Specifies the number of random elements in the opacity of a glow or shadow. Enter a value or drag the slider.

▪️ Jitter:
Varies the application of a gradient’s color and opacity.

▪️ Range:
Controls which portion or range of the glow is targeted for the contour.

▪️ Distance:
Specifies the offset distance for a shadow or satin effect. You can drag in the document window to adjust the offset distance.

▪️ Angle:
Determines the lighting angle at which the effect is applied to the layer. You can drag in the document window to adjust the angle of a Pattern Overlay, Drop Shadow, Inner Shadow, or Satin effect.

▪️ Opacity:
Sets the opacity of the layer effect. Enter a value or drag the slider.

▪️ Source:
Specifies the source for an inner glow. Choose Center to apply a glow that emanates from the center of the layer’s content, or Edge to apply a glow that emanates from the inside edges of the layer’s content.

▪️ Contour:
With solid‑color glows, Contour allows you to create rings of transparency. With gradient-filled glows, Contour allows you to create variations in the repetition of the gradient color and opacity. In beveling and embossing, Contour allows you to sculpt the ridges, valleys, and bumps that are shaded in the embossing process. With shadows, Contour allows you to specify the fade. For more information, see Modify layer effects with contours.

OTHER TOOLS

▪️ Horizontal Type Tool:
Known simply as the Type Tool in Photoshop, use the Horizontal Type Tool to add standard type to your document.

▪️ Brush Tool:
The Brush Tool is Photoshop’s primary painting tool. Use it to paint brush strokes on a layer or on a layer mask.

▪️ Magic Wand Tool:
Photoshop’s Magic Wand Tool selects areas of similar color with a single click. The “Tolerance” value in the Options Bar sets the range of colors that will be selected.

▪️ Move Tool:
The Move Tool is used to move layers, selections and guides within a Photoshop document. Enable “Auto-Select” to automatically select the layer or group you click on.

▪️ Outer Glow and Inner Glow: 
Add glows that emanate from the outside or inside edges of the layer’s content.

▪️ Drop Shadow: 
Adds a shadow that falls behind the contents on the layer.

▪️ FX:
Layer Style is one or more effects applied to a layer or layer group. The layer effects icon appears to the right of the layer’s name in the Layers panel.

▪️ Rasterize:
By default, shapes and text are created on a a vector layer. No matter how much you zoom in on a vector layer, the edges always remain perfectly crisp. 

When you rasterize a vector layer, Photoshop converts the layer to pixels. Certain tools like the brush tools, eraser, paint bucket fill, and filters only work on rasterized layers. In order to use one of these tools on a vector layer, the layer must first be converted to pixels.

Shapes and text can no longer be scaled to any size without some loss of quality.

Text is no longer editable, meaning you can not change the words or the font.

Duration: 00:18:04

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