How to create Neon Illustration Happy New Year 2012 in Photoshop CS5

December 9th, 2011 by admin Posted in Adobe Photoshop, Designing, Text Effects

   

In this tutorial, we are going to design a simple New Year illustration with neon digits in Photoshop CS5. I hope you enjoy this tutorial and that it inspires you to create your own illustration for New Year! Layered PSD file included. Let’s get started!

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How to create Neon Illustration Happy New Year 2012 in Photoshop CS5

Start working by creating a new document (Ctrl+N) in Adobe Photoshop with the size 1900px by 1200px (RGB color mode) at a resolution of 72 pixels/inch. Click on Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel and select Gradient Overlay.

How to create Neon Illustration Happy New Year 2012 in Photoshop CS5

Click in the color bar to open the Gradient Editor and set the color stops as shown. Click OK to close the Gradient Editor dialog box.

How to create Neon Illustration Happy New Year 2012 in Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next background:

How to create Neon Illustration Happy New Year 2012 in Photoshop CS5

Create a new layer and select the Soft Round brush from Brush Tool (B).

How to create Neon Illustration Happy New Year 2012 in Photoshop CS5

Use this brush to paint the central part of the canvas, Foreground color is #03334C:

How to create Neon Illustration Happy New Year 2012 in Photoshop CS5

Select the Horizontal Type tool (T). Select a font, size and color in the Character panel.

How to create Neon Illustration Happy New Year 2012 in Photoshop CS5

Click in the canvas and type ’2012′. Press Enter to apply the text.

How to create Neon Illustration Happy New Year 2012 in Photoshop CS5

Set Fill to 0% for this layer and click on Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel to select Outer Glow.

How to create Neon Illustration Happy New Year 2012 in Photoshop CS5

Add Inner Glow:

How to create Neon Illustration Happy New Year 2012 in Photoshop CS5

Apply Stroke:

How to create Neon Illustration Happy New Year 2012 in Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

How to create Neon Illustration Happy New Year 2012 in Photoshop CS5

Rasterize the text’s layer by creating a new layer above the digits’ one and then select both layers in Layers panel by holding Ctrl button. Then press CTRL+E to Merge Down.
Insert the mask on the layer by choosing Add layer mask on the bottom part of the Layers panel and choose the Soft Round brush of black color (set Opacity to 80% in Options bar).

How to create Neon Illustration Happy New Year 2012 in Photoshop CS5

 

Paint in the mask using this brush to change the opacity of the digits as shown.

How to create Neon Illustration Happy New Year 2012 in Photoshop CS5

Paint with the same Soft Round brush on the mask, but of a smaller Brush Size and using this time white color to give back the brightness on several zones on the same digits, to get the same result as the one from below:

How to create Neon Illustration Happy New Year 2012 in Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

How to create Neon Illustration Happy New Year 2012 in Photoshop CS5

Create a new layer and select the Soft Round brush of white color (brush Opacity – 10%).

How to create Neon Illustration Happy New Year 2012 in Photoshop CS5

Use this brush to paint certain places on the digits.

How to create Neon Illustration Happy New Year 2012 in Photoshop CS5

Create the next new layer and select again the Soft Round brush.

How to create Neon Illustration Happy New Year 2012 in Photoshop CS5

Use this brush to represent a dot on the bottom part of the digits’ edge.

How to create Neon Illustration Happy New Year 2012 in Photoshop CS5

Using the Free Transform (Ctrl+T) command, we can stretch the dot horizontally to get the same result as on the next picture. Set Fill to 50% for this layer.

How to create Neon Illustration Happy New Year 2012 in Photoshop CS5

Click on Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel and select Outer Glow.

How to create Neon Illustration Happy New Year 2012 in Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

How to create Neon Illustration Happy New Year 2012 in Photoshop CS5

Apply the above described method on a new layer (Create a new layer) and get a line by stretching it out of the dot. The brush remains the same.

How to create Neon Illustration Happy New Year 2012 in Photoshop CS5

Set Fill to 46% for this layer and change the Blending mode to Overlay.

How to create Neon Illustration Happy New Year 2012 in Photoshop CS5

Make a copy of the last made layer and select the Free Transform (Ctrl+T) command to stretch down the copy’s layer.

How to create Neon Illustration Happy New Year 2012 in Photoshop CS5

Make a copy of this last made layer:

How to create Neon Illustration Happy New Year 2012 in Photoshop CS5

Make a copy of the last represented layer and select the Free Transform (Ctrl+T) command to place the copy’s layer between the top horizontal line and the bottom one.

How to create Neon Illustration Happy New Year 2012 in Photoshop CS5

Create a new layer and select the Soft Round brush of white color (brush Opacity – 10%).

How to create Neon Illustration Happy New Year 2012 in Photoshop CS5

Use this brush to represent the shining effect under the digits on the central part of the canvas.

How to create Neon Illustration Happy New Year 2012 in Photoshop CS5

Set the Blending mode for this layer to Lighter Color.

How to create Neon Illustration Happy New Year 2012 in Photoshop CS5

Create a new layer and select here the Soft Round brush of white color.

How to create Neon Illustration Happy New Year 2012 in Photoshop CS5

Use this brush to represent a dot on the right part of the digits.

How to create Neon Illustration Happy New Year 2012 in Photoshop CS5

Using the Free Transform (Ctrl+T) command, it’s possible to stretch out the dot horizontally to get the same result as below:

How to create Neon Illustration Happy New Year 2012 in Photoshop CS5

Set Fill to 25% for this layer and change the Blending mode to Overlay.

How to create Neon Illustration Happy New Year 2012 in Photoshop CS5

Make a copy of the recently made layer and select the Free Transform (Ctrl+T) command to place the copy’s layer on the digits’ left side as on the next picture it is demonstrated:

How to create Neon Illustration Happy New Year 2012 in Photoshop CS5

Click Create new fill or adjustment layer from bottom part of the Layers panel and click to Curves to adjust the curve shape as shown to make a little color corrections.

How to create Neon Illustration Happy New Year 2012 in Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

How to create Neon Illustration Happy New Year 2012 in Photoshop CS5

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  • rejidesigner

    12/12/2011

    beautiful tutorial. I liked the effect very much.

  • Abhi

    12/12/2011

    Oh WOW!! What are YOU ??
    This is a freaking awesome tutorial~~!! Extremely superb!
    Where do you get such ideas?

    Why not compile them into some,sort of like, RAR/ZIP so that we can download all the lessons and share with my friends ?. ;)

  • peter

    13/12/2011

    similar to one tut i seen in your website ago

  • Taskmaster

    13/12/2011

    nah! not for me, way too many steps involved, I learned a few tricks thought

  • lolo

    28/12/2011

    where is the rest of tutorial ????
    there isn’t the same result like this
    http://www.adobetutorialz.com/content_images/AdobePhotoshop/ART-D/tutorial584/1.jpg

  • Herri

    28/12/2011

    similar to one tut i seen in your website ago

  • James

    28/12/2011

    Looks really cool, thanks for posting. This image is has missed off the 2012 text inside the final design though. How do you complete it? Thanks

  • James

    28/12/2011

    LOL ok just seen there’s another page. Scratch that! ;)

  • Michael

    28/12/2011

    I don’t think it has too many steps. It only looks that way in the toutril.

  • Vincent

    29/12/2011

    Yeah, besides the design looks dated.

  • palsent

    29/12/2011

    It’s a good tutorial but the 2012 at the top of this page is completely different from your so called final result. Why did the tutorial stop before completion? I would have loved to have used this technique on other projects.

  • palsent

    29/12/2011

    Sorry about the last posting, I noticed this, Post Pages: 1 2, in very small font hidden between an ad and some other postings. Select 2 for more of this tutorial. Ü

  • Izzyspanish

    29/12/2011

    What a wonderful, user-friendly, humble-yet complete tutorial. Two thumbs up. It was of a great help. Happy 2012…! :)

  • Geoff

    29/12/2011

    I’m having problems practically at the start – my gradient editor doesn’t have a set which gives a set like that in the defaults that came with CS5. It also doesn’t give me a hex code in the color stops, so I’m lost pretty much from there.

  • myName

    29/12/2011

    What is the font?

  • myName

    29/12/2011

    RE: What is the font?

    Sorry, I didn’t noticed it’s VAGRounded

  • Oliver

    29/12/2011

    Very nice tutorial….Thank you very much!

  • Ted

    29/12/2011

    Where is the .psd file?

  • francky

    30/12/2011

    great
    very beautifull

  • yurie

    31/12/2011

    Thank you, this is a great tutorial.
    I did and made it!
    Happy New Year!

  • business writing services

    01/01/2012

    Wow! What a great step by step tips!!!! It’s really helpful. A learner can make easier to create this type of images.

    Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge. Please keep it up. :)

  • James

    13/01/2012

    Thanks for the great tutorial !

  • naol

    02/02/2012

    oh!
    What a magnificent effect !

  • APNA JAHANIAN

    27/02/2012

    can you please guide me how to use photoshop actions? and how to install or copy them into photoshop?

  • Krishna Kiran

    06/05/2012

    Way to go!! Nice tut buddy.. Love the effect.. Can you tell me how to do this illustration using GIMP?

  • ali

    08/05/2012

    hello .
    your tutorials are very good.
    good luck.

  • Darlene

    10/09/2012

    For the people who are saying that the tutorial is incomplete, try going on to the second page. The rest of the tutorial is there.

  • JAHED

    03/10/2012

    awesome tutorial
    thanks!

  • veni

    07/10/2012

    pls.. show all steps in single page

  • Ormild

    15/02/2013

    Am having problems using the drawing pen tool…help please

  • Anj

    23/11/2013

    How do you set fill to zero :(