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Neon Text in Photoshop

By Nick Ustinov Create new RGB image, white background, black foreground. Type some text using type tool. If you are using Photoshop 4.0, just hit Ctrl-E to merge down the type layer (Cmd-E on Mac)
wpe28.jpg (3854 bytes) Duplicate the image (Image /Duplicate...). Now you have 2 images one is Untitled-1 and 2nd one is Untitled-2. Switch to second image and blur it using gaussian blur (Filter /Blur /Gaussian Blur...). Set setting to 4.0 (should be enough for glow, but you might increase or decrease the value depending on the size of the type)
wpe29.jpg (2316 bytes) Now switch to the first image and go to Image /Calculations... Use settings as in image shown below. (It is important to use Overlay mode here.)
wpe2A.jpg (9590 bytes)

wpe2C.jpg (3063 bytes)

We almost done, now time to play with the colours. Go to Image /Adjust /Hue /Saturation., click Colorize checkbox and set Saturation to 35. Change the Hue setting the achieve the desired glow colour. (-125 should do it.)
wpe2D.jpg (3307 bytes)

This article first appeared in November 1998.

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