hi this is Marty from Blue Lightning TV
I'm going to show you how to make an
outdoor neon sign and then show you how
to easily change its colors this is an
update to neon tutorials that I've done
on earlier versions of Photoshop open
the photo I provided so you can follow
along it's link is located in the video
description or project files open your
horizontal type tool and choose a
relatively thick font for your main neon
sign i'm using astrid regular if you'd
like to use it I provided that link as
well for this font I'll choose a size of
a hundred ten points smooth and center
alignment click the color box and pick
white click on your document and type
out your text if you want to move some
of the characters closer together click
between them hold down alt or option and
press the left arrow key on your
keyboard to reposition your line of text
open your move tool and move it go to
layer rasterize and type ctrl-click or
command click on the thumbnail of your
text layer to make a selection of the
texts shape go to select modify and
contract contract it by three pixels
notice the selection has contracted
around each character press the Delete
key on your keyboard to delete inside
those areas to deselect it press ctrl or
command D we're left with an outline of
each character which will make in two
tubes of neon double-click the thumbnail
of your text to open its layer style
click outer glow and a color box pick a
color for your main neon sign I've
already picked a color I like it's
alphanumeric number is zero 8b 6 FF to
save your color on to your clipboard
highlight the number and press ctrl or
command C to copy it then click OK
change the blend mode to normal increase
the opacity to a hundred percent and
make the size 9 pixels click inner glow
the color box and press ctrl or command
V to paste the colors alphanumeric
number into the field then click OK
change the blend mode to normal make the
opacity a hundred percent and make the
size two pixels then click OK next we'll
increase the glow and add a subtle drop
shadow behind the sign to add dimension
first click the icon at the upper right
corner of the layers panel and click
convert to smart object now we can click
the FX icon and add another outer glow
to the same layer when the layer style
window opens click the color box and
press ctrl or command V to paste the
number of your color into the field then
click OK change the blend mode to normal
make the opacity sixty percent and the
size 50 pixels click drop shadow
increase the opacity to a hundred
percent and change the angle to minus 15
degrees make the distance 11 pixels and
keep the size 5 pixels then click OK to
enhance the glow effect will blur the
neon slightly go to filter blur and
Gaussian blur blur it point 3 pixels
next we'll arch the sign
press ctrl or command T to open your
transform tool and if you see this
warning click OK it just tells us that
the Smart Filters will be temporarily
turned off click the warp mode icon and
open the custom warp presets for this
example I'll choose arch but feel free
to experiment with the other presets to
decrease the bend type in a lower
percentage I'll type in twenty five
percent then click the checkmark or
press Enter or return to brighten the
sign make a copy of it by pressing ctrl
or command J let's place these two
layers into its own folder to do this
shift-click on the thumbnail of the
original sign to highlight both layers
then press ctrl or command G name it
whatever your sign says next we'll add
the secondary neon sign open your type
tool and choose another font I'm using
air conditioner regular if you'd like to
use it I provided its link for this font
I'll choose a size of 26 points click on
your document and type out your text if
you want to Center it under your other
sign open your move tool shift click on
the folder to highlight both layers and
then click the align horizontal centers
icon click the large t next to your main
neon text to make it active click the FX
icon and choose outer glow click the
color box and pick a color for your
secondary neon sign I'm picking a bright
green 0 0 FF 9 0 as before save it onto
your clipboard by highlighting it and
pressing ctrl or command C then click OK
change the blend mode to normal make the
opacity a hundred percent and because
the font size is small I'll make the
outer glow size 7 pixels click inner
glow and the color box press ctrl or
command V to paste the number of your
color into the field then click OK
change the blend mode to normal the
opacity a hundred percent and the size
three pixels then click OK next we'll
make the secondary neon sign brighter
convert the layer into a smart object
and open the folder of your main neon
sign place your cursor on the effects
and hold down alt or option as you drag
a copy of the effects to the secondary
neon layer close the folder and
double-click on outer glow to see it in
the layer style window click the color
box and press ctrl or command V to paste
the color of your secondary neon sign
into the field then click OK on both
windows in the next few steps we'll
place our entire sign in perspective on
the exterior wall to save space let's
collapse the effects click off the
eyeball of the background to temporarily
hide the layer make a composite snapshot
of your neon sign by pressing ctrl shift
alt e on windows or command shift option
e on a mac hide these two layers by
clicking off their eyeballs the next few
steps will be to prepare the neon sign
for the vanishing point filter which
will place the sign into perspective
press ctrl or command a to select your
sign and ctrl or command C to copy it
deselect it by pressing ctrl or command
D hide the sign and make the background
visible and active
to place your sign correctly onto the
wall we need to brighten the photo to do
this make a copy of it by pressing ctrl
or command J and open the levels window
by pressing ctrl or command L drag the
input white to the left until the wall
that the sign will go on to is bright
enough to see then click ok click the
new layer icon to make a new layer go to
filter and vanishing points the
vanishing point window will open it
defaults to the create plane tool click
on a corner of the grid that shows the
walls perspective release your cursor
and click on another corner continue
until you've clicked on four corners
that show the perspective of the wall
when you see a blue grid appear you can
extend each side by going to the middle
of the side and when you see a straight
double-arrow pull it out the grid
follows its perspective continue to
extend each side of the grid then press
ctrl or command V to paste the sign into
the window as soon as you drag it into
the vanishing point grid it snaps into
the perspective of the grid position it
on the wall and then click OK next I'll
show you how to quickly change the
colors of your neon sign first hide the
bright background copy click the
adjustment layer icon and click
hue/saturation click the clip to layer
icon this restricts the adjustment layer
to effect just the one layer beneath it
if we don't click it the entire image
would change colors now slide the hue to
the left or right
this is Marty from Blue Lightning TV
thanks for watching
Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV.
I'm going to show you how to make an outdoor,
neon sign and then, show you how to easily
change its colors. This is an update to neon
tutorials that I've done on earlier versions of Photoshop.
Open the photo I provided, so you can follow along.
Its link is located
in the video description or project files.
Open your Horizontal Type Tool
and choose a relatively thick font for your main neon
sign. I'm using "Astrud Regular". If you like
to use it, I provided that link, as well.
For this font, I'll choose a size of 110 points,
Smooth and Center Alignment.
Click the color box and pick white.
Click on your document and type out your text.
If you want to move some characters closer together,
click between them, hold down Alt or Option and press the Left arrow key
on your keyboard. To reposition your line of text,
open your Move Tool and move it.
Go to Layer, Rasterize and Type.
Ctrl-click or Cmd-click on the thumbnail of
your text layer to make a selection of the
Go to Select, Modify and Contract.
Contract it by 3 pixels.
Notice the selection
has contracted around each character.
Press the "Delete" key on your keyboard to delete inside those areas. To deselect it, press
Ctrl or Cmd + D. We're left with an outline
of each character, which we'll make into tubes of neon.
Double-click the thumbnail of your
text to open its Layer Style window. Click
"Outer Glow" and the color box.
Pick a color for your main neon sign. I've already picked
a color I like. It's alpha-numeric number is 08b6ff.
To save your color onto your clipboard,
highlight the number and press Ctrl or Cmd
+ C to copy it . Then, click OK.
Change the Blend Mode to "Normal", increase the Opacity to 100% and make the Size: 9 pixels.
Click "Inner Glow", the color box and press Ctrl or Cmd + V to paste the color's alpha-numeric
number into the field. Then, click OK.
Change the Blend Mode to Normal,
make the opacity: 100% and make the Size: 2 pixels. Then, click OK.
Next, we'll increase the glow and add
a subtle drop shadow behind the sign to add
dimension. First, click the icon at the upper,
right corner of the Layers panel and click
"Convert to Smart Object". Now, we can click
the "fx" icon and add another "Outer Glow"
to the same layer. When the Layer Style window
opens, click the color box and press Ctrl
or Cmd + V to paste the number of your color
into the field. Then, click OK. Change the
Blend Mode to "Normal", make the Opacity:
60% and the Size: 50 pixels. Click "Drop Shadow".
Increase the Opacity to 100% and change
the Angle to minus 15 degrees. Make the Distance: 11 pixels and keep the Size: 5 pixels.
Then, click OK.
To enhance the glow effect, we'll blur the neon slightly.
Go to Filter, Blur
and Gaussian Blur. Blur it 0.3 pixels.
Next, we'll arch the sign.
Press Ctrl or Cmd + T
to open your Transform Tool and if you see
this warning, click OK. It just tells us that
the Smart Filters will be temporarily turned
Click the Warp Mode icon and open the
Custom warp presets. For this example, I'll
choose "Arch", but feel free to experiment
with the other presets. To decrease the bend,
type in a lower percentage. I'll type in 25%.
Then, click the checkmark or press Enter or Return.
To brighten the sign, make a copy
of it by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + J. Let's place
these 2 layers into its own folder. To do
this, Shift-click on the thumbnail of the
original sign to highlight both layers. Then,
press Ctrl or Cmd + G. Name it whatever your
sign says. neon
Next, we'll add the secondary neon sign.
Open your Type Tool and choose another
font. I'm using "Air Conditioner Regular".
If you'd like to use it, I provided its link.
For this font, I'll choose a size of 26 points.
Click on your document and type out your text.
If you want to center it under your other
sign, open your Move Tool, Shift-click on
the folder to highlight both layers and then,
click the "Align Horizontal Centers" icon.
Click the large "T" next to your main neon
text to make it active. Click the "fx" icon
and choose "Outer Glow".
Click the color box
and pick a color for your secondary neon sign.
I'm picking a bright green. 00FF90. As before,
save it onto your clipboard by highlighting
it and pressing Ctrl or Cmd + C. Then, click OK.
Change the Blend Mode to Normal, make
the Opacity: 100% and because the font size
is small, I'll make the Outer Glow size: 7
Click "Inner Glow" and the color box.
Press Ctrl or Cmd + V to paste the number
of your color into the field. Then, click
OK. Change the Blend Mode to "Normal", the
Opacity: 100% and the Size: 3 pixels.
Then, click OK.
Next, we'll make the secondary neon sign brighter.
Convert the layer into a Smart
Object and open the folder of your main neon
sign. Place your cursor on the Effects and hold
down Alt or Option as you drag a copy of the
effects to the secondary neon layer. Close
the folder and double-click on "Outer Glow"
to see it in the Layer Style window. Click
the color box and press Ctrl or Cmd + V to
paste the color of your secondary neon sign
into the field. Then, click OK on both windows.
In the next few steps, we'll place our entire
sign in perspective on the exterior wall.
To save space, let's collapse the effects.
Click off the eyeball of the background to
temporarily hide the layer.
Make a composite snapshot of your neon sign by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Alt + E on Windows
or Cmd + Shift+ Option + E on a Mac.
Hide these two layers by clicking off their eyeballs.
The next few steps will be to prepare the
neon sign for the Vanishing Point filter,
which will place the sign into perspective.
Press Ctrl or Cmd + A to select your sign
and Ctrl or Cmd + C to copy it.
Deselect it by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + D.
Hide the sign
and make the background visible
To place your sign correctly onto the wall,
we need to brighten the photo. To do this,
make a copy of it by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + J
and open the Levels window by pressing
Ctrl or Cmd + L.
Drag the Input White to the
left until the wall that the sign will go
onto is bright enough to see. Then, click OK.
Click the New Layer icon to make a new layer.
Go to Filter and Vanishing Point.
The Vanishing Point window will open.
It defaults to the "Create Plane Tool".
Click on a corner of the grid that shows the wall's perspective.
Release your cursor and click on another corner.
Continue until you've clicked on 4 corners
that show the perspective of the wall. When
you see a blue grid appear, you can extend
each side be going to the middle of the
side and when you see a straight, double-arrow,
pull it out.
The grid follows its perspective.
Continue to extend each side of the grid.
Then, press Ctrl or Cmd + V to paste the sign
into the window. As soon as you drag it into
the Vanishing Point grid, it snaps into the
perspective of the grid. Position it on the
wall and then click OK. Next, I'll show you
how to quickly change the colors of your neon
sign. First, hide the bright, background copy.
Click the Adjustment layer icon and click
Click the "Clip-to-layer"
icon. This restricts the Adjustment layer
to effect just the one layer beneath it. If
we don't click it, the entire image would
Now, slide the Hue to the left or right.
This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV.
Thanks for watching!