Episode 10: Photoshopping Neon Text

By Ash Davies
February 28, 2010 from Graphic Design,Podcast,Typography

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Neons were invented by accident over 300 years ago when a scientist shook a test tube. At the time though, their discovery was useless because they had no understanding of electricity. It took another 200 years for the concept to be rediscovered, and they called their invention ‘The New Gas’, or, as it was known in Greek, ‘Neon’.

Regardless of how many times I see this image, its realism still amazes me. Neon’s are a great way to feature a title, logo or any other text, and in this tutorial we learn how to transform a simple piece of text into an unbelievable glowing neon, complete with wall mounts and a brick wall to hold it up.

In order to complete this tutorial you will need to download the brick wall image. This is a members only download, but it is free to join.
You may also like to use the Museo typeface that I used in this tutorial. You can grab this for free on MyFonts. Just click ‘Buying Choices’ and you’ll see that Museo 300, 500 and 700 are all available for free. I used Museo 300 in this tutorial.

This tutorial was originally developed by abduzeedo, so I must give credit to them. I’ve been in contact with Fabio, the founder of abduzeedo, and we’ll be working together to bring you more photoguides video tutorials of the amazing abduzeedo tutorials in the future. Thanks again Fabio!

All questions, queries and comments are welcome down below, and feel free to share your own creations either in the comments section, or by putting them up on the PhotoGuides Flickr group.

Good luck!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ahmedkamal.nasef Adel Elshormellecy

    what is the of this photoshop

  • Nivlemrey

    i follow the tutorials and the output is AWESOME!!! thank you so much =) =) =)

  • Kaiwheeler

    how do i get the brick wall, the member link doesnt work.

  • abufehr1

    i can’t find the brick wall photo
    there is no link
    and when i choose 80 pt in font size was too small
    i had to use 500 pt and when i tried to make the blending option didn’t work
    i think you decisive us and his your secrets
    i hate all of this

  • Taha_babikir

    Join BBC…

  • http://www.facebook.com/taha.babikir.5 Taha Babikir

    Hey, nice video but I don’t seem to find the brick wall, help me please.

  • brickwall

    i dont get in members area post foto some where else

  • Alex

    I can’t get the brick wall

  • Mark

    I want have the picture!

  • Mandeep Singh

    ver nice

  • Yvan Redondo

    where can you download the photo