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

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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