Neon Sign Effect Illustrator & Photoshop Tutorial

In today’s tutorial we’re going to create a bright neon sign effect using the powers of Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop. While it is possible to construct the entire artwork in Photoshop alone, Illustrator offers some useful tools for producing the initial layout with its vector shape building capabilities. Where Photoshop really shines is with its various layer style options that can be configured to create vibrant lighting effects, which are perfect for depicting a realistic, illuminated neon sign. Real neon signs are made out of glass tubes that a bent into shape, so to help with the realism of our neon sign artwork, the linework will be created in a way so there’s a start and end point for each segment with no overlaps. Photographs of real neon signs show intense brightness from the tube that appears almost white, but with an ambient glow of a vibrant colour. This will be replicated using Photoshop’s Inner Glow, Outer Glow and Drop Shadow effects.

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Ponketho says:


Mohamed Tarek says:

AWESOME ! .. could you please update the background at 6:10 ? it would help a lot thx again 🙂

Tucker Webster says:

So it wont let me use the brush tool to do the highlights reflected off the wall, any suggestions

Сortez says:

Very good and too simple tutorial, thanks

Jordan Peters says:

Amazing tutorial as per usual.

obv_ design says:

Cool! Thank you!

Ian Skrivarnik says:

this is insanely good holy damn. I love your videos man

Samuel Pfleumer says:

Great tutorial. Thanks a lot. Will try it myself.

Osama Elgebaly says:

Thank you so much, really this is was so helpful

angela percaso says:

peccato sia in inglese perchè sei molto bravo

PeglegMedia says:

thats radical

Luciano Moreira says:

Espetacular. Obrigado.

anoxonamoon says:

you are the best !

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Benjamin Sacks says:

The fact that this video is 9:58 instead of a little over 10:00 shows that this man cares more about the quality of his content then the Adsense the video will receive

Agam Bhasin says:

The best thing i saw today!

Creativ Journey says:

Nice. It’s clear and useful.

Philippos St says:

You are the man!

Serkan Yel says:

Nice tutorial…

Dylan Kemal says:

“produced by a cocktail of layer styles”…

You discreetly slick pun legend

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